HG Syamalal Prabhu, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who served for many years in South Africa, departed this world on 5 January 2014. Here is an offering of appreciation to Syamalal Prabhu written by Kadamba Kanana Swami.
Dear Syamalal Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
You were a Navadvipa boy, when you met Prabhupada. He sent you to Calcutta to serve with Gargamuni and Brahmananda. You did it faithfully and even when your father expired, Prabhupada wouldn’t let you go back home to meet your family. You stayed under Prabhupada’s shelter.
Later, you collected large sums of money to push forward Prabhupada’s movement in South Africa and around the world. You always remained under Prabhupada’s shelter.
In your final days, when due to disease so much of your memory was lost, what remained was the essence of your being. You remained the resident of Navadvipa, who with great culture welcomed and respected the vaisnavas. You remained the dedicated servant of Prabhupada and remembered all your pastimes with him over and over, many times a day.
I could see how in those final days your consciousness was all auspicious, because you had taken shelter of Prabhupada only throughout your entire life, until the very end. . I know you are now with His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada once again.
We will miss you Syamalal, but in the future we will meet again at Prabhupada’s feet.
Thank you very much for all your association,
Kadamba Kanana Swami