Professor Sripad Dr. Fakir Mohan Das Prabhu
A very wonderful Gaudiya Vaisnava, Sanskrit scholar and member of the spiritual family of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura His Grace Sripad Fakir Mohan Das Prabhu has left this world on 18 November 2016 in Bhubaneswar. He was the dear friend of our beloved Gurudeva His Divine Grace Srila Gour Govinda Swami.
Worship the Holy Name
Sripad Fakir Mohan Das Prabhu was a naistika brahmachari, dressed in white who chanted one lakh of the holy name everyday. Did not initiate anyone, however he preached to one and all irrespective of class, creed, gender, colour or group affiliation. Many senior ISKCON personnel went to him for clarification on philosophical points. He was the foremost scholar on the life of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura; he re-discovered the family Deities of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Sri Sri Radha-Madhava and was foremost scholar in Sanskrit with a Ph.D. and D.Litt in the Sanskrit language. He wrote over 35 books on the Sanskrit language. One of his main preaching points was on chanting the holy name and to worship the holy name of the Lord. He was quite emphatic on this point.
Sripad Fakir Mohan Das Prabhu, was the friend to one and all and had no personal ambition for name, fame, followers (he had no profile as such). He was extremely humble and this could be witnessed by anyone who had spent time with him. Sripad Fakir Mohan Das Prabhu’s daily program was to wake at 1.10 am and begin his research work, writing studying etc., then he would begin chanting his one lakh of the holy name. He lived very simply, he ate boiled rice, steamed vegetables and chapatti.
On one occasion, of which there were many, he went to a large function and at this function he was required to speak, and there would also be a great feast. As he only ate boiled rice and steamed vegetables he wanted to take that with him in a tiffin, however he was over heard as saying that if I take my boiled rice and steamed vegetables and not eat the feast they will think that there is something wrong with me. So he spoke, very wonderful hari-katha, and then opted out to eat the feast, which he later said was a little rich for him.
He would visit Vrindavan every Kartik and with him he would bring the Deities of Sri Sri Radha-Madhava. Then in the evenings he opened his doors to whoever wanted to come and hear him speak very wonderful Hari-katha.
Suffice it to say that this small article does not do justice to such a wonderful Vaisnava. For more information on this exalted personality please see the article http://tvpbooks.com/2016/11/bhaktivinoda-thakurs-radha-madhava-reappear/
His leaving is a great loss to planet earth.