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Offering from ISKCON GBC on the Occasion of His Divine Disappearance

Dear Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj,

All glories to His Divine Grace Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami Maharaja, All glories to His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada, All glories to His Divine Grace Abhaya Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and all glories to your Divine Grace,

We are deeply aggrieved to hear about your disappearance from this planet. Although most of us did not have the good fortune of meeting you personally, we heard from those that did, about your affectionate dealings and sincere support for the activities of our institution.

Our spiritual master, Srila Abhaya Charanaravinda Bhaktivednta Swami Prabhupada, had a very close relationship with your Guru Maharaja and his godbrother, Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Goswami Maharaja. He requested your Guru Maharaja to be a trustee of the Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust that was created to support the activities of different Gaudiya Vaishnava institutions. When your spiritual master entered into Sri Krishna’s eternal pastimes you were requested to continue his legacy by becoming a trustee of that Trust. That involvement of yours gave many of us the opportunity to come close to you and experience your wonderful Vaishnava qualities and learned so much from your exemplary acts.

At a time like this, we feel a great loss, especially in the propagation of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement. A leader like you is very rare, and it will be very difficult to compensate that loss. However, those who are left behind have to carry on endeavoring their level best.

Personalities like you come to this world due to the divine arrangements of Sri Krishna to deliver the suffering multitude by offering them the transcendental message of the Spiritual Sky. And after rendering that service go back to the spiritual world into the eternal pastimes of Sri Krishna.

Although you have left this planet, we are confident that you have trained many qualified disciples to continue your legacy. Please also bless us that we can serve Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's sankirtan movement together with your disciples and spread it all over the world for the actual benefit of mankind.

We know that a grand ceremony will be conducted in Sri Mayapur Dham to mark your return to the Supreme Lord's eternal pastimes. Although it will not be possible for me to attend that ceremony personally, many of our devotees from Mayapur will be most fortunate to take part in it.

On behalf of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission,
Your servant,

Bhakti Charu Swami

(Chairman)





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