By Caturatma Das
I have been asked to inform the Vaishnava community of the sad news of the departure from this earthly realm of Yamaraja Das. Yamaraja dasa was the renowned ISKCON photographer and layout artist, design artist and proof reader of Back To Godhead for decades. He left this world this morning, Friday June 22, 2018 during the brahma muhurta time (auspicious, early morning hours) listening to Srila Prabhupada chanting the Hare Krishna mantra. His departure was expected as he was in the final stages of cancer.
Today is the highly auspicious day of observance of the disappearance of Baladeva Vidyabhusana, the appearance of Srimati Ganga-Mata Goswamini, and Ganga puja. He spent his final days meeting with devotees, hearing how devotees came to Krsna consciousness and speaking about service to the Lord.
May we all be blessed with such an auspicious departure from this world.
It was a well-known fact that his chapati making, which numbered into the thousands, kept devotees happily satisfied during lunch for years. Additionally, one bite of his festival and Sunday feast halava was said to produce immediate love of God!
Yamaraja, please put in a good world for us back here as you continue to assist Srila Prabhupada in his service to Lord Chaitanya.
All glories to His Grace Yamaraja Das!
All glories to our beloved Srila Prabhupada!