On 25th December 2012 our dear brother Durlabha prabhu left his body.
Such an exemplary devotee will always be indelibly etched on our memory. Although we didn’t have many opportunities to associate with him personally due to him living so far away fom us, we always remember him being happy and ready to serve Srila Gurudeva and the vaisnavas. A model of generosity, he constantly invited different sannyasis to come and preach for the benefit of the Latin American sanga. His home was a shelter for all.
We know through various friends and aquaintancies how many devotees asked him for loans or books on credit, and even though in most cases those loans were never repayed, he always continued to help whoever asked.
But our practical experience with him is directly related to the publication of Srila Gurudeva´s books in Spanish. Without his help many of our books would never have seen the light of day. We remember at least a couple of occasions on which we had a title ready to be published, but no money in our coffers, and we got in touch with him to see if he could assist. He would invariably answer: “You can count on it”. There was never a time when we asked for help and he denied it.
Recently we decided to send a large number of books to Mexico so that they could be distributed there and in other Latin American countries, but we faced the problems of where to store them and who would be responsible for them. We only needed to make a phone call to Durlabha prabhu. Without thinking about it twice, he said: “Don’t worry. I will take care of everything.”
Even though we deeply lament his departure, we are extremely happy to have had the opportunity to meet personally and to collaborate in Srila Gurudeva’s service with such a dedicated, humble and kindhearted devotee. The Spanish publication team will always be indebted to him.
Not long before entering nitya-lila, Srila Gurudeva personally called him from Govardhana to thank him for his many years of service. We have no doubt that Srila Gurudeva has a very special place in his heart for Durlabha prabhu.
The Spanish Publication Team,
Publicaciones Gaudiya Vedanta,
Vrindavan, 27 December 2012