One who takes birth must also leave, that is the inevitable truth of this material world, where everything is temporary and momentary. And so the devotees of the Lord, who are the true treasure in this world, must also leave and continue their service elsewhere.
It is with great distress and sorrow that we inform the entire devotee community about the departure of H.G. Bhuvaneshwar Prabhu, a dear disciple of Srila Prabhupad and the head cook of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir for almost three decades.
H.G. Bhuvaneshwar Prabhu, born and brought up in America, took to the process of Krishna consciousness and dedicated himself wholeheartedly to his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupad. In the year 1986, H.G. Bhuvaneshwar Prabhu came to India for the 500th anniversary of the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He came to Vrindavan after the Mayapur festival and stayed back for the rest of his life in Sridham Vrindavan, only leaving to get his visa extensions. After coming to Vrindavan, he soon took up the service of heading the BBT department in Vrindavan and served in this department for 6 years. Thereafter, in the year 1992 he started serving in the deity department as the head cook of the Lords, making their Rajbhoga offering, daily sweets and burfis. The offerings made by him were certainly relished by the Lords, for the Mahaprasad was always very delicious and was sought after by everyone. He continued this wonderful service of his till just a few months before his departure.
The devotees of the Lord are truly wonderful. Their attitude of service is certainly awe inspiring and sets a great example for others to follow. About 12-13 years ago, H.G. Bhuvaneshwar Prabhu had once slipped and broken his hip, which forced him to take a break from his service for a few months so that he could recover nicely from the injury. Although the time of recovery was tough for him, his spirits were low and he felt unhappy due to not being able to serve the Lords, as soon as he recovered completely, he started his services with even more vigor. Then, along with cooking for the Lords, he also started performing either the Mangalarati or Sandhya Arati on a regular basis and started participating in the 24hrs kirtan from 7:00-7:15 in the morning and 4:00-4:30 in the afternoon. He eventually also started giving Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavat Gita classes regularly, which he was never doing before. It was absolutely wonderful to see him get back to his services with such enthusiasm after his injury. He would also regularly read and discuss the scriptures with different devotees in his room.
There is always a lot that all of us can learn from the lives of the Vaishnavas. From H.G. Bhuvaneshwar Prabhu, among many other auspicious qualities, we can certainly learn how to be fully dedicated to the Lord and how to come back stronger in our Krishna consciousness after challenging and adverse situations. H.G. Bhuvaneshwar Prabhu was one of the oldest devotees in Vrindavan, having lived here for 35 years. Although it is distressful not to have him amongst us any more, the departure of the devotees is actually not to be mourned, as their destination is in the lotus feet of the Lord, which is the most auspicious and blissful situation for the soul. We pray to their Lordships Sri Sri Gaur Nitai, Sri Sri Krishna Balaram, and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsundar, to always keep him in their shelter and to bless us so that we may be able to imbibe his wonderful qualities in ourselves as well.