HH Tamal Krishna Maharaja
By HH Hrdayananda Maharaj
Submitted by Krpa
All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Here is my statement about
Because His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami was such a great servant of Srila Prabhupada, his passing is a powerful teaching of Krishna consciousness that brings us closer to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna. I pray that we all honor Tamal Krishna Goswami by deeply assimilating the many valuable lessons which he has given us through his life, his teaching, his writing, and even his glorious passing at a most auspicious time and place in the presence of many exhalted Vaisnavas. Srila Prabhupada would always call upon him to render unique and powerful services, and as we all know without a doubt Srila Prabhupada has again called his right-hand man,Tamala Krishna Goswami, for another service, to again do what he alone can do.
One cannot help but observe throughout the entire world, the massive, spontaneous, heartfelt outpouring of love, honor, and devotion for Tamala Krishna Goswami. Indeed the intensity of grief, shock and loving admiration is second only to that shown to Srila Prabhupada himself. Last night, in an intimate home program in Minnesota, USA, I spoke at length on Goswami Maharaja's long list of distinguished, inimitable achievements in the service of Lord Krishna. I will not repeat that list here, but rather I will conclude with a heartfelt observation of my own: in passing on to even more glorious devotional service, the great Vaishnava Tamala Krishna Goswami has taken a giant step toward the achievment of yet another of his cherished goals: the restoration of deep, generous, and loving Vaishnava culture to
ISKCON. The tidal wave of appreciation and affection for him which already engulfs the ISKCON world, and which is growing daily, has already begun to sweep away years of accumulated cynicism and skepticism. Faith
is replacing doubt. Generosity is replacing reluctance. Love is replacing bitterness. Devotees are freely declaring to the world that a great Vaishnava has passed, and in doing so they personally and deeply recognize and acknowledge that Srila Prabhupada's dear disciple, Tamala Krishna Goswami, was indeed a great Vaishnava.
We all, in our grief, cry out that this was an exalted servant of Srila Prabhupada, a great soul who played a mighty part in transforming the world. Devotees everywhere are seeing that every living being that benefits from Srila Prabhupada's movement, owes an eternal debt to His Holiness Tamala Krishna Goswami who did more than words can tell to serve the mission of his eternal spiritual master Srila Prabhupada. Let us rejoice in our certain knowledge that Tamala Krishna Goswami will now speedily return to the personal service of his eternal spiritual master, a service which he valued above all things.
From his younger brother and eager servant,
Hridayananda das Goswami.