The Glorious Vedic method of preparing for Death
Remembering my old friend Venugopala dasa ACBSP who is now close to leaving his material bodily vessel. Just thinking of all the years of preaching all over Australia and even in India in 1982 with Venugopal prabhu, great times even though at times difficult.
I have known Venu since 1974 when he first joined at 18 years of age. In the 70s, 80s and 90s when we did Padyatra together, I had a nickname for Venugopal calling him Venu GHEE pal because of his love of using plenty of ghee in his wonderful cooking. My two favorite cooks back then was Venu and Brian Lloyd Bhutanath prabhu both amazing.
Anyway in a recent personal dream I met up with Venu and we both realized that the greatest quality of a ''genuine devotee'' is having the ability to forgive and never make the serious mistake of turning a sincere devotee away. Everyone, even the most fallen, must be somehow be engaged in the service of the Lord.
After all Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda have come to save the most fallen souls in this rare Kali-yuga the Brothers appear in. All those who may have feel offended by some past event have undoubtedly found forgiveness old friend.
Have a safe Journey dear friend. Undoubtedly Prabhupada will come and lift you up and guide you back home, back to Godhead. However, be careful, do not even look at the illusionary glare coming from the heavenly planets. GD