“It is with overwhelming heartache that we announce to you the departure of our beloved godbrother and a dearmost servant of Srila Prabhupada, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami” begins the official announcement by GBC Executive Committee. It was only a couple of years ago that Bhakti Charu Swami himself was selected Executive Committee Chairman, a position he held twice in his life. This news is deeply devastating to his disciples and everyone else who knew him personally. He was an example of a vaishnava behavior – soft, gentle, and extremely devoted to the service of Srila Prabhupada, and a source of inspiration to thousands of people. “He reasons ill who tell that Vaishnavas die, When thou are living still in sound! The Vaishnavas die to live, and living try To spread the holy name around!”, and we are fortunate to have access to countless of Maharaja’s lectures and bhajans. “Maharaja’s voice, sweeter than honey, has immortalised many of our acaryas’ prayers,” reads the announcement, and it’s certainly true and can be confirmed by anyone visiting his page on ISKCON Desire Tree or Facebook or Youtube channel.
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