By BB Govinda Swami
His Holiness Gunagrahi Goswami Maharaja, my very oldest devotee friend, the munificent kind soul who made me a devotee, passed away this morning just before 4 AM this morning at the Bhakitvedanta Hospice in Vrindavan, India.
He was surrounded by loving godbrothers and devotees, singing the holy names loudly and in ecstasy.
He had been unconscious since the afternoon .. but when the end was eminent I was screaming the mahamantra into his ear and each time he would respond.
He was such a kind loving devotee.
A radiant star has stopped shining in this world .. but now glows brilliantly in Goloka Vrindavan.
All glories to my beloved god brother and friend of 47 years.
Tonight he conquered his cancer .. and now has a sat cit ananda form and life in the groves of Vrindavan, with Radhe Shyam and all their myriad friends.
Maharaja, you took me off the street and gave me a life at
132 Bidwell Parkway in Buffalo, NY.
I am ever thankful … and I forever love you.
If I ever make it back to godhead I’ll know how to spot you ..
You’ll be the only resident of Golokdham with a Conga Drum.
I love you, and miss you, and am thankful that you kept our deal and waited till I returned from the USA to be with you in your last pastime down here.
My love is ever with you .. please, be kind .. pull sone strings and make some arrangements so that I may be reunited with you in Goloka Vrindavan.
Hare Krishna, with tears of joy and sorrow,
Your old friend and servant,
BB Govinda Swami
Below: HH Gunagrahi Goswami’s departure from Dallas to India. Maharaja went there for receiving treatment, after his recent diagnosis with cancer.