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(C) 1995 by Richard S. Brown All rights reserved.

Death Of A Believer

By Richard Shaw Brown

His Divine Grace Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami Maharaj departed his body in the holy land. Without pain, without fear, without loathing, without anything; just gone in an instant! On death highway, Calcutta-Mayapur, India.

Some devotees ask "why did Lord Krishna not protect him?" Protect him from what? fear? pain? loathing? Of course he was spared all these dreaded things, killed instantly, without warning, on Death Highway!

If we believe in the words of Sadhu & Shastra we will know that the great TKG has attained his eternal place on the parikrama path around Govardhana, in Goloka Vraja Loka! And he achieved this without all the fanfare of the departure of Sri Druva Maharaj or Srila Haridas Thakura; TKG was taken instantly by Lord Krishna!

Some say that TKG was this or that! Some were envious of him. Lots of people tried to get TKG to fall down like so many others had done; they wanted him to fall down IN ADVANCE! But he never did fall down! He was a believer! He believed in Krishna, he believed in Srila Prabhupada, and most importantly he believed in himself, and he was always certain about his eternal relationship with Sri Sri Guru & Gauranga! Always sure that he was Krishna's eternal servant.

Some people actually accuse TKG of the most heinous crime of Guru-hatya!? They actually think that TKG murdered his beloved Spiritual Master!? It is simply the most preposterous and offensive jati buddhi! And some people also believe that Iraq had WMDs; some even believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny...

If someone were to attempt to harm Srila Prabhupada it would be OVER TKG's DEAD BODY! That is more like the exact truth. Even some time ago TKG had taken important esoteric lessons in Krishna Consciousness from other venerable bhaktas, such as Prabhupada's dear friend Sri Narayana Goswami Maharaj; but he was criticised by agents of maya who forced him to show a material dualistic allegiance to Srila Prabhupada. And to prove his loyalty he was forced to be seen as offending the lotus feet of his dear well wisher Srila Narayana Maharaj.

But TKG never left the feet of Srila Prabhupada NOR Srila Narayana Maharaj. He was the genuine "tough cookie;" right to the end! TKG did NOT fall down. He did never fall from his belief in his relationship with Krishna; nor did he fall from his duties as a spiritual master, nor did he fail as a disciple; nor did he suffer, nor did he fear; nor did he loath; with 0 pain TKG was taken like a bolt of lightning! Gone in an instant, the twinkling of an eye, back to Godhead, Lord Krishna, the Protector of His devotees!