Today is the 76th Vyasa-puja of my very dear godbrother His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami. I was hearing the homage of His Grace Hari Sauri prabhu and he was sharing that His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami was very dear to Srila Prabhupada and he was intimate associate of Srila Prabhupada. After Hari Sauri prabhu, I spoke for 15-20 minutes.

His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami had a very special relationship with Srila Prabhupada. He always wanted to please Sila Prabhupada. He dedicated himself to the service of Srila Prabhupada – translating all the books into Bengali, then he made the Abhayacarana series, then he was made Guru and GBC member and he did those services with dedication. As a GBC member, as a leader, he was always thinking how to help ISKCON in various areas.

It is really a great loss to not have his personal association. When I was in hospital with the stroke, he told me “you have to stay”. So he was very involving and he would always check on me with my various health challenges. He was such a loving godbrother. But we are blessed that he appeared in this world and he gave us his association, his love and affection, his example of dedication to Srila Prabhupada. We can all carry out his desires to serve Srila Prabhupada. On this sacred occasion, I offered my pushpanjali to his lotus feet.