In Honor of Sulocana Prabhu
Posted February 9, 2007
I've been following the discussions about Sulocana Prabhu's murder online, and I have to admit that it's caused me a lot of pain. Back in 1980/'81, I was traveling through London from the Middle East and met Sulocana Prabhu in the brahmacari room at the Soho St. temple. He seemed like a nice enough fellow. I remember seeing the famous photo in BTG where he is on the L.A. altar, offering arotika to his beloved Deities Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarkadisa. He told me that he had been Their pujari for a number of years. Sulocana also showed me a collection of his Srila Prabhupada, Lord Caitanya and Radha-Krishna pendants that he designed and sold to devotees throughout the movement. We hit it off and Tribhuvannatha Prabhu liked him too. I met him in London a few times and even lent him 50 pounds, although I never really expected or wanted it back. At the time, we just had a lot of laughs in the brahmacari room and then time passed and I never heard about him again until his untimely demise. A sad story indeed, because whatever he may have said or done that was disagreeable to others, he was still a Prabhupada man, and he didn't deserve to be murdered. What happened is appalling and tugs at the heartstrings. He is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, who dedicated many years to Prahupada's service.
Therefore, I would like to humbly suggest that those involved please consider some form of practical restitution. Where is his ex-wife and surviving child or children? Shouldn't they receive some type of remuneration for all the grief they must have suffered? Also, would it not be befitting that in an effort to make amends, there should be a memorial built in his honor, say in New Vrindavan or somewhere else befitting? This would show the world and generations to come that the devotees feel regret and pain for the wrongs done and that his death will not go unnoticed or forgotten. After all, if one dies for one's belief or principles, that death is heroic.
Lastly, I would humbly ask the devotees to say a prayer for Sulocana Prabhu. He was not evil. I didn't know him personally that well, but his faith and love for Srila Prabhupada was obvious, and that will never go in vain. He is a person and not just a name or statistic. He is our Godbrother. And to those involved, a sincere prayer or prayers to Srila Prabhupada, our lord and master, for forgiveness and further direction in this regard would also be most desirable and efficacious, I'm sure.
I hope this helps in some small way because my heart goes out to Sulocana Prabhu and his family, and I also believe that actions of this sort will go a long way to benefit those directly involved. Let's have more compassion and heal the wounds. Then maybe, just maybe, Krishna and Prabhupada will forgive.
Thank you very much for your kind consideration.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.