By Padmapani Das
An important feature of Srila Prabhupada’s mercy is the association of devotees which he has so kindly provided for our spiritual advancement and friendship. One such notable devotee and servant of His Divine Grace is our dear godbrother, Sriman Tribhuvanatha Prabhu. A sankirtan leader extraordinaire, Tribhuvanatha was always focused on preaching the holy names of the Lord. He had strong faith in the potency of chanting Hare Krishna, especially in congregation. His enthusiastic kirtans and harinam parties were legendary throughout the world.
Personally, I owe him a great debt of gratitude for engaging me in Lord Caitanya’s sankirtan movement and dragging me to the Middle East after Prabhupada’s physical departure. His resolute determination to spread Krishna consciousness under any circumstances was an inspiration to all those who knew and loved him. He was loved so much because he loved Prabhupada so much.
Tribhuvanatha Prabhu never claimed to be perfect. When he made what he considered to be a mistake or error of judgment, he would apologize and ask forgiveness. According to Srila Prabhupada this is the sign of great character:
“To err is human. Anyone commits mistake. There is no doubt about it. But after committing mistake, if I stick to that mistake, that is foolishness. When it is detected that it is mistake, you must admit. That is greatness.”
(Srila Prabhupada Morning Walk, February 1, 1977, Bhuvanesvara)
For those who never met Tribhuvanatha Prabhu, these are just a few of the reasons why he was so popular amongst devotees. His love for Srila Prabhupada was undying and he served Prabhupada without reservation, yet he wasn’t afraid to be human and admit his limitations. This made him all the more lovable and approachable to so many people from all walks of life.
By his words and example, he further solidified my conviction that the secret of success in spiritual life is to somehow get the mercy of Srila Prabhupada. I can think of no better gift to offer anyone, and so I’m forever grateful to Sriman Tribhuvanatha Prabhu for his kindness and generosity of spirit. His association was a great blessing, and for me, to remember him is to remember Prabhupada as well.
Thank you, dear friend.