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Kusakratha Departs the World -
Jagat - Sat, 08 Oct 2005 21:29:02 +0530
By Dhananjaya Das (Sampradaya Sun, Chakra)
Oct 7 — Our dear Godbrother Kusakrata prabhu left his body this afternoon at 3.52 p.m. on October 7, 2005 in MVT flat number B14.101 (Padma Sambhava's flat). He passed away very peacefully in the presence of Aindra prabhu and his kirtan group, along with other assembled Vaisnavas who were chanting the Maha Mantra very sweetly. Krishna Kumari devi, the local RN, was also present. His passing was confirmed by Dr Parikh, who resides at the MVT.
Kushakratha Dasji was a pioneering translator of many Sanskrit and Bengali works, who introduced them to Western readers for the first time. Nearly every devotee has read some of his work, and therefore owes him some debt. He seems to have had a very auspicious departure, so we ask him that he takes out some time from his nitya-lila to bless us in our work, for we are mostly just taking his leftovers.
Sakhicharan - Sat, 08 Oct 2005 22:05:23 +0530
I also just heard this for the first time this morning. I certainly owe him a great deal. In 1990-91 he used to send me rasa granthas on disk that he was not intending to publish due to their esoteric nature. He also spent countless hours of his time attemping to teach this foolish soul Sanskrit grammar. I considered him a dear friend. His passing certainly did appear to be very auspicious indeed! Jaya Kusakratha Dasji!
Gaurasundara - Sun, 09 Oct 2005 04:07:38 +0530
This is very sad to hear.
I hope that he is now at peace.
vijayalakshmi - Sun, 09 Oct 2005 04:18:08 +0530
Jaya Radhe-Shyam! From whatever I've heard and read, he seems to have made a graceful exit. Hope he made it "there."
Keshava - Sun, 09 Oct 2005 08:27:57 +0530
Kusakratha was a dear friend and last time I saw him two years back in Vrndavan I was so amazed that he was so calm and fixed about his cancer. He will be missed, but he lives on in his books.
Mina - Sun, 09 Oct 2005 23:24:06 +0530
A long time friend and mentor. He helped me get through Antoine's 2 volume Sanskrit grammar back in 1976-77. It aggrieves me to learn of his passing, but then again at least his suffering from cancer has ended. He was a very kind man, and generous as well.
Tamal Baran das - Mon, 10 Oct 2005 02:46:22 +0530
This are very sad news.May Sri Sri Radha Krishna protect his great soul.