11th August 2007

With mixed feelings we have learnt about the glorious departure of HG Caitanyananda Prabhu from this world. Joyful from knowing he had such a wonderful leaving, but sad we have lost his association. Caitanyananda Prabhu was a disciple of HH Bhaktivikasa Swami and for years he was an admirer of Suhotra Maharaja. He helped him in various ways with publication of his books and his internet journal In2-MeC.

HH Bhaktivikasa Swami: "On 7 August 2007 at 11.20 p.m. in Sri Vrindavan Dham Sri Caitanyananda Dasa passed away, amidst blissful kirtana led by Aindra Prabhu. He spoke "Krsna, Krsna, Krsna" just before he left.

Caitanyananda had for several years previously been the leading distributor of Srila Prabhupada's books in Finland. In November 2006 he was informed that he had cancer. Efforts to subdue the disease proving futile, he came to Vrindavan to pass away. He was never afraid, nor did he ever complain about the pain and discomfort he experienced as his body declined. His only lamentation was that he could not perform much service in this life.

The devotees who had attended him, headed by Ananda Vardhana Prabhu and Dr. Avinish, and indeed all who came to visit him in the days before his departure, were inspired by his clear consciousness, sobriety, and firm faith in the mercy and protection of Srila Prabhupada, Lord Krsna, and the Vaisnavas. After his passing no-one felt sad. All were happy in the knowledge of his having passed away so auspiciously, assuring his going back to Godhead.

Krsna looks after His devotees. Surely those who dedicate their lives to distributing Srila Prabhupada's books will attain all auspiciousness."

HG Caitanyananda Prabhu ki jay!

HH Danavir das Goswami: "This was a young Finnish man with great material opportunities ahead of him, but he sacrificed everything and threw himself totally into Krishna consciousness. He was so exuberant and grave in rendering his extraordinary services. He didnít waste a second. Even though he departed this world still in his twenties or early thirties, he was mature, exemplary and never looked back. It was a privilege and pleasure to know such a sincere devotee. The benediction, muni putra ma jiva (oh brahmacari, donít live) is appropriate here. Krishna took him back early and saved him so much trouble. All glories tothe wonderful devotee Caitanyananda dasa Prabhu! All glories to Srila Prabhupadaís glorious follower!

From his servant and admirer,
Danavir Goswami
August 9th, 2007 "