Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj expresses his heartfelt appreciation for his exemplary godbrother.
Translated from a Bengali editorial,
published in Śrī Gauḍīya Darśan,
Volume 1, Issue 7,
Friday, 10 February 1956.
Volume 11, Issue 6,
Wednesday, 11 February 1966.
His peaceful, pleasing, serene, devotional conduct, reflecting in the mirror of his life, has given great enthusiasm for service to fallen souls like myself; every step in the line of his conduct would alleviate all the fatigue felt by his godbrothers on the path of spiritual practice; and his endeavours to please the Lord, Śrī Guru, and the Vaiṣṇavas were exemplary for all spiritualists—today, being separated from the direct affection of Śrīmat Yādavendu Bhakti Chandan Prabhu and feeling as though half of a pair has disappeared, we are bearing jewel-less hearts. Personally, I received so much of Śrī Bhakti Chandan Prabhu’s auspicious association. In daily life, whenever I remember him in the midst of my various activities and thoughts, a lightning bolt of sweet remembrance in separation strikes and makes my fickle heart steady and sober for a moment. When we have teeth, we do not understand their value. Today, if I could meet him again, then, just by getting a touch of his good association, I would attain even greater good fortune.
His unerring wisdom, the keenness of his intellect, the steadiness of his aim, the firmness of his resolve, his courageousness, his vigorousness, his discretion, and above all, his thirst for the Absolute, his earnestness for Truth, and his sincere and successful aspiration to faithfully serve Śrī Śrī Guru Gaurāṅga Gāndharvā Govindasundar throughout his pure spiritual life—when we remember his virtues, our hearts become filled simultaneously with joy, humility, sadness, gratitude, enthusiasm, hopelessness, and hope.
His endeavours to give affectionate, spiritual advice to his relatives; his sincere care to demonstrate the importance of spiritual knowledge and regulated life in his conversations with his social and professional friends; his humble, service-based observance of etiquette amongst the sādhus; his extraordinary, sincere, and profound love for Śrī Guru Pāda-padma; his uninhibited and loving desire to collect funds for the service of the Lord; and his heart-touching, intimate friendship with the glorifiers of Śrī Guru’s feet—remembering his virtues in his separation, we feel ourselves to be extremely poor and unfortunate. On today’s date, to convey our sympathy for the sadness of his partner in dharma (wife), who adhered to his ideal, and that of the heirs to his uncommon brilliance, fondness for Truth, and other virtues, who are intent upon worshipping their holy father, Śrī Prakāśachandra Datta Mahāśay and family, in the company of the sādhus we are drawing attention to the direction of the ideal of this great soul.
Further glorification of Śrīpad Yādavendu Bhakti Chandan Prabhu by Śrīla Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj.