Kaviraja Das, He Loved Srila Prabhupada
Posted June 26, 2009
It is with a sad heart that we inform the Vaisnava community of the passing of Kaviraj das prabhu on June 1st, 2009. Kaviraj prabhu is a direct initiated disciple of Srila Prabhupada. For those of us who knew him personally, we can proudly state that he loved Srila Prabhupada and exhibited that love openly and fervently. Kavi prabhu (as we all affectionately called him) served Srila Prabhupada in America as well as in India, where he spent a number of years preaching. There he learnt to speak the local languages, Hindi, Bengali, etc., fluently and imbibed the culture of India. He legally changed his name to the initiated name given to him by Srila Prabhupada: Kaviraj Das.
He married a pious Bengali girl, Shanti devi dasi, and raised four Krsna conscious children. Kavi was a truly charismatic individual, and in many ways amongst his friends he was a very humorous and jolly devotee. I remember laughing and joking with him constantly, coming to his home with my family to sing bhajan and enjoy the sumptuous Bengali prasadam prepared by his loyal and loving wife. He was also an avid intellectual and we had many deep philosophical discussions that strengthened our faith in Srila Prabhupada and Krsna consciousness.
Kavi had a strong grasp of business skills as a merchant and was a superlative salesman. He spoke German, fluent Spanish,Bengali, Hindi, and other local Indian languages, and he knew India like the palm of his hand. I often said to him that with his enthusiasm, multilingual ability and knowledge of India, he could start an international import/export enterprise and easily become rich. Kavi had no interest in economic development (artham); for him it was mundane and he preferred to lead a modest life and remain Krsna conscious in order to serve Srila Prabhupada.
In his final days, his daughter, Prapatti dasi conveyed to me that although Kavi had difficulty breathing and it was an obvious painstaking effort for him to chant, you could hear him softly uttering the holy name continuously. At one point, she said that her father loudly exclaimed, "Krsna Please!" Who can say if Kaviraj prabhu was perceiving Krsna in his heart and imploring for His mercy?
Carudesna prabhu, a close and good friend of Kavi read the eighth and ninth chapter of Bhagavad Gita in his last moments and Kaviraj prabhu passed away peacefully surrounded by close friends and family members hearing the loud chanting of the holy name:
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare
Kaviraj das prabhu was a loving father, grandfather, husband and our friend and dear godbrother, but most importantly a sincere disciple who loved Srila Prabhupada very deeply. He is now closer to Krsna and we will miss him dearly. Kaviraj Das Prabhu ki jai!