This is indeed sad news. Bhaktavasa Govinda Prabhu is born in Poland some 52-3 years ago; he was taking BC TRS program in period 2005-2008. While studying he was also teaching Bhakti Sasti and Intro to BY courses onsite. In 2009 he joined our Govinda’s prasadam distribution throughout Germany for two summertimes. In 2011 he joined our online department as teacher of Bhakti Sastri modules. He loved it.
In 2013 after coming back from India his health started to decline to the point of being bounded to three dialysis per week since his kidneys were not working properly. In the last two years we were in touch on more-less regular basis. This is what he wrote me on March 29th after my inquiry on his health:
“Because kidneys are not recovered yet I am still bound to dialysis centre in Opole – 3 times a week. That’s the essence of my health condition. Besides I feel OK. Still alive :-)”
I will remember him as friendly and jolly person in all circumstances. That was a great quality he had. Always keeping smile and move forward. I am sure that Krishna smiled back to him.
very sad news. He was a diligent and enthusiastic student and a very humble and dedicated devotee.
I have fond memories about his association and I pray for his ultimate spiritual success.
I am very sorry to read that our dear graduate, who also served as a teacher at the College, Bhaktavasa Govinda Prabhu has passed away and that we won’t be able to have his direct association in this lifetime anymore. As Vraja Vihari Prabhu pointed out, the Lord will take good care of him. In any case, as this world is dangerous and there are always obstacles that distance us from Krishna, please say a prayer for his smooth return to the lotus feet of Krishna or to an undisturbed condition of devotional service wherever the Lord takes him.
It is very sad news to hear of our dear brothers passing. Bhaktavasa Govinda Prabhu was always gracious, humble in his dealings, enthused to serve, learn, and teach, and inspiring to be around.
Bhaktavasa Govinda prabhu was a very warm and friendly devotee, always inquiring how things are going and with a lot of understanding and appreciation for devotees in a management position. I wish all the strength to his family, especialy his good wife, to bear the sudden separation.
Hrdaya Caitanya das.
For me, Bhaktavasa Govinda Prabhu was a prime example of the sort of devotee for whom Bh. College had its raison d’etre — ever eager and happy to be in the midst of a devotional learning environment, always thinking how he could bring what he learned to others (especially in Poland, where his loss as a pillar of the yatra’s budding efforts to have systematic education will be much felt). Lord Krishna must have big plans for him.
Very sad news! Bhaktavasa Govinda Prabhu was such a sweet devotee – always appreciating others and never critical. I pray that Krisna gives him all His mercy.
It is with great sadness that I receive this news, for Bhaktavasa Govinda prabhu was a fellow student, staff member and above all a good friend. I will miss his sanga.
I remember him as a caring, jolly and devoted Vaishnava who was always in good spirits. In 2007 we taught a VTE course together in Krakow, Poland, and I remember his caring mood that permeated the whole course, a quality of his that inspired everybody who had the privilege of his company.
I am very shocked by this news, as I was hoping Bhaktavasa Govinda Pr. will soon resume his service at BCO. His wish was to develop and teach Bhakti Vaibhava Modules, starting with Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1. I missed the association of him and his wife during the time of his illness, but as I mentioned- I was hopeful we will see them again very soon. Krishna had other plans..
I remember Bhaktavasa Govinda Prabhu as a devotee who was ever eager to learn and to teach, who was wholly committed to ISKCON education, who showered others with care and affection, and who never missed an opportunity to smile. Even when I spoke to him some months ago, he refused to entertain any self-pity, and spent most of the conversation discussing his plans for service and asking about mine.