Chakra Discussions

Message to a Great Soul

by Padmapani das

Posted July 27, 2008

Dear Sriman Gokulananda Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to you.

Although I never met you personally, the fact that you attended Gurukula at such a young age means I feel nothing less than in total awe of you, respecting you as one of the greatest souls who ever took birth on this planet in this ever so difficult age. It pains me to no end to learn what you and the other Gurukulis at the time had to silently endure at the hands of mean-spiritedness and gross ignorance in the name of so-called devotional service.

I was a young brahmacari in ISKCON in the early 70's, and although I joined the movement fresh out of High School at 18 years old, I had (and have) nothing but total respect and love for all of you Gurukulis, knowing you to be the rare jewels of our movement and so very very dear to Srila Prabhupada. What happened to you and many of your peers is absolutely despicable and beyond all belief and comprehension. I'm so very very sorry for that. You all deserved so much better - the very best in fact - as Prabhupada himself so much wanted for you, without a doubt. Unfortunately, you were failed miserably - one of the greatest tragedies of all time.

Despite this great travesty of justice, Lord Krishna knows and sees all - and surely, without a shred of doubt, your suffering will be transformed into the highest spiritual joy, by Srila Prabhupada's divine grace and love. Prabhupada will never forget or forsake you, even though you have suffered so much in this rotten material world.

My humble prayers, respect, and love go out to you, Dear Prabhu, and to all of your friends and family members who love you so much. Ultimately, there will be a happy ending to this story for sure, Dear Godbrother, and to all those who know and love you, because you always have Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna on your side.

Thank you so much for coming to this world to bless us all, and I only wish that I could have helped and served you while you were here among us in physical form. Surely Prabhupada is now caring for you, and all your pain and suffering are finished for good. This is my humble prayer and wish for you.

Once again, all glories to YOU, Sriman Gokulananda Prabhu - and may your family and friends be pacified in the knowledge that your life served a great purpose here on Earth and that you're now bathing in the ocean of divine love that you so rightly deserve.

Best wishes and love to you always.

Your ever-respectful servant,
Padmapani das