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With a sad heart, I report the passing of Satcitananda Das from Zimbabwe,
on the July 27, 2019 after a brief illness. He was soon to be 70 years of age.
A disciple of His Holiness Giriraj Swami.and a pioneer in preaching in Zimbabwe, Satcitananda was an owner of a supermarket in a small town called Marondera. His businesswas famously referred to as “Hare Krishna” even though it was of a different name and that was because he was playing continuous bhajans and kirtans for all during the opening hours of the supermarket which was one of the largest in the town. He would wear his devotional clothing of a dhoti and kurta and tilak even as the only devotee in town, and thus everyone chanted “Hare Krishna.”
I recall his mercy at times during sudden, random trips to South Africa, to visit
temples or the Rathayatra (yearly festival). A group of us were sitting in the back of a pick-up truck bed, (not designed for passengers) for 19-20 hours
breathing diesel fumes all the way. It was a great experience as these were
the first temples I visited – Sri Sri Gaura Nitai in Hillsboro and Sri Sri
Radha Radhanatha in Durban.
Satcitananda Prabhu was also somewhat of an Avadhuta, as he would only be
seen wearing his thin dhoti and kurta in the coldest of winters. I even saw
a picture of him in the same attire in the middle of London snow.
Always kind and compassionate, he was looked upon with respect by all the
townsfolk who also referred to him as “Sekuru Gulab,” a term of respect for
He and I arranged national TV interviews for HH Gour Govinda Swami
who, just before his disappearance a few months later said our town had a good name, “Maron-del” which means, “everyone dies.” Satcitananda Pr as a great devotee, his passing was not as the ordinary people pass, because he was surrounded with the holy names. He maintained preaching and encouraged everyone to chant, he would insist greeting him with “Hare Krishna” not “hi” or “hello.”
Satcidananda Das hosted many devotees in his home including dear Tribhuvanatha Das (ACBSP), HH Giriraj Swami, HH Bhakti Narasimha Swami all of whom were hosted on national television on a popular talk show. Countless people benefited from his association and efforts.
His Grace Satcitananda Prabhu ki jaya!
Bhakta Piyush Mehta