Goloka Dham Das
15 Feb 1927- 15 Aug 2021
nama om Vishnu -padaya Krishna- preshthaya bhutale srimate bhaktivedanta -swamin iti namine
namas te sarawate deve gaua-vani-pracharine nirvishesha shunyavadi pashchatya desha tarine
śrī-kṛṣṇa-caitanya prabhu-nityānanda śrī-advaita gadādhara śrīvāsādi-gaura-bhakta-vṛnda
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Anyone who has ever served Srila Prabhupada’s ISKCON is no doubt a special soul to obtain his causeless mercy! We are truly eternally indebted to Srila Prabhupada !
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Krishan Murti or lovingly known as Baji ….Goloka Dham Das:
*Born in 1927 in Lahore, Paniwala Talab (near to Lahore Fort) Punjab…India
*During partition of India 1947, overnight the entire family departed Lahore due to the escalating danger and journeyed onwards to New Delhi as refugees.
*Married and had 2 daughters in India, then departed from New Delhi and relocated to Kenya during 1950’s as an electrician.
*His 3 daughters and one son were born in Kenya.
* Known as ‘master’ because he directed dramas for Janmashtami, created moving painted waves of Jamuna River for baby Krishna
* Left Kenya 1968 and moved to London with his family…but dearly missed the temples.
*Darshan of Sri Sri Radha London-Iswara and Sri Jagannatha, Subadra and Balarama at 7, Bury Place near the British Museum…. 1st ISKCON temple in London 1969 after reading a newspaper article that a Hare Krishna Temple had opened in London.
*Darshan of Srila Prabhupada during 1973 London Ratha Yatra and from that day onwards accepted Srila Prabhupada as his Guru Maharaja in his heart.
*Became ISKCON Life member in the 80s
*Held nama-hatta for over 40 years in Southall.
*Initiated by his guru Maharaj HH Chandra Mauli Swami same as his grandson.
* Lived to see 5 granddaughters, 5 grandsons, 7 great grandsons and 4 great granddaughters.
In his purport to Srimad-Bhagavatam (5.18.12), Srila Prabhupada listed the 26 qualities of a devotee in the following manner:
“Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja, the author of Caitanya-caritamrta, says that all good qualities become manifest in the body of a Vaisnava and that only by the presence of these good qualities can one distinguish a Vaisnava form a non-Vaisnava. Krsnadasa Kaviraja lists the twenty-six good qualities of a Vaisnava: (1) He is very kind to everyone. (2) He does not make anyone his enemy. (3) He is truthful (4) He is equal to everyone.
(5) No one can find any fault in him. (6) He is magnanimous. (7) He is mild. (8) He is always clean. (9) He is without possessions. (10) He works for everyone’s benefit. (11) He is very peaceful. (12) He is always surrendered to Krsna. (13) He has no material desires. (14) He is very meek. (15) He is steady. (16) He controls his senses. (17) He does not eat more than required. (18) He is not influenced by the Lord’s illusory energy. (19) He offers respect to everyone. (20) He does not desire any respect for himself. (21) He is very grave. (22) He is merciful. (23) He is friendly. (24) He is poetic. (25) He is expert. (26) He is silent.”
Krishan Murti or lovingly known as Baji was that special soul as seen by some of his vaisnava qualities.
(1).Kripalu. Merciful, kind to everyone.
Baji was very emotional and had a special quality. He would have tear running down his face whenever he took darshan of the deities and when he felt the suffering of others. He was merciful because he was the well-wishing friend of all living entities and opened his heart and home for all of them with the same devotion in the mood of serving them.
Over 40 years, he lovingly took care of the flourishing 20 Tulsie plants at a time in his conservatory as he did with Sri Sri Radha Southall-Iswara . In return the tulsie plants reciprocated with abundance, showering their love to serve the deities. The flowers in his garden were like his children too…He natured them as if looking after his children for he knew that they too were special souls who were serving Sri Sri Radha Southall-Ishwara.
4. Sama. Equal to everyone.
Bajis was in the mood of serving everyone lovingly especially feeding everyone with prasadam. Through his example he showed us how he treated everyone equally. Age made no difference to him …toddlers…children…teenagers…adults……elderly…. he became a friend to all engaging them to serve Lord Krishna. Grandchildren…. great grandchildren… friends…friends’ children all were equal to him. He helped them in a way that would be most beneficial for them materially and spiritually in their progress. 1981 Nama Hatta Programme started in his home after his wife passed away and continued… firstly monthly then every Friday for nearly 40 years even though he was in his 90’s and had difficulty walking.
Akhandadhi Das Prabhu of Bhaktivedanta Manor started the programme and devotees brought their Sri Gaura Nitai to the programme but somehow or the other they never went back after a programme and they decided to remained at the house. All glories to GauraNitai who blessed and gave their mercy to start the Nama Hattta programmes! Later Sri Sri Radha Southall-Isvara joined Sri Gaura Nitai.
Many sanyasi and Srila Prabhupada’s disciples including his guru Maharaj HH Chandra Mauli Swami visited Sri Sri Radha Southall-Isvara and gave blessings for the.
8. Suchi. Clean.
Baji continued over 40years to chant the maha mantra …. Hare Krishna… Hare Krishna…. Krishna Krishna….. Hare Hare …. Hare Rama…. Hare Rama… Rama Rama…. Hare Hare …..He chanted his 16 rounds daily and more, without fail and no matter how ill he was. Even though his knees gave him problems and was painful for him to walk, he never complained but stayed independent using his three-wheeler frame, disable scooter and continued to drive to the temple in his nineties. He was often seen at London and Brighton Rathayatra on his scooter driving Lord Jagannatha, Balarama and Subadra. Baji would independently shower until the last few years when he would be assisted by his carers.
Even until the last 10 days of his life…93 years of age, he continued daily, remained attentive while singing arati and playing cartels. He would sing vibhavari sesa vrindavan mangla aarti because it reminded him of Vrindavan. He eagerly watched mangal arati in Sri Vrindavan dham and Sri Mayapur Dham on the television.
9. Akinchana. Simple, without material possessions.
Baji’s home was a temple. He was simple in his approach and his devotion to Lord Krishna remained steadfast no matter what the material world threw at him. Not only did he engage everything in service of Sri Sri Radha Southall-Isvara but also involved family and friends in Lord Krishna’s service. Whether making samosa or painting and decorating, cooking for the festivals. He used his material possession appropriately in His Service.
10. Sarvo-pakaraka. Benevolent.
Baji was a well-wisher and worked for the welfare of every living entity. He welcomed everyone from different backgrounds to engage in Krishna Consciousness so that all could benefit spiritually. Not only theoretically, but he was an action man and a man of few words. Initially not many Hindus accepted the western devotees into their homes but Baji instantly accepted and respected the western devotees in their orange dhotis and kurtas as genuine devotees of lord Krishna. Inviting them to perform kirtan and give class on the Bhagavad-Gita in his temple room every Fridays for the Nama Hatta or at any time for prasad if they were passing by. His home…. temple was always open for the devotees.
11. Santa. Peaceful.
Baji experienced real peace in his relationship with Lord Krishna. First, he lost his wife Raja Rani who was 50 years old in 1981 and then 8 years later, his only youngest son Sunil aged 24 years who he cared for over a year. This was extremely hard for him and he came to realize that there was nothing beyond Lord Krishna. 8 years on, he also lost his second wife Manjeet Mataji. He became more fearlessness and determined in his Krishna Consciousness. He achieved real peace in his chanting and any calamity did not perturb him.
15. Esthira. Steady, fixed.
Even during difficult times, Baji was not disturbed because his faith and devotion to the supreme lord was fixed. When he had a fire at his house in 2019……he commented …. everything is temporary ….and remained peaceful and steady even in hospital. When he lost his youngest daughter Sudesh during Covid 2020 he understood that there was no more suffering for her but missed her dearly since she lived with him and took care of him. They were a team…she was his legs and he the brains, always keeping the supreme personality of Godhead as their focus. His realizations were so profound that his devotion to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna could not be influenced anymore by his personal bodily suffering or by loss of his dearest ones. He had had an open-heart surgery, as well as a pacemaker.
He never became disturbed by opposing philosophies since he was totally dedicated to Srila Prabhupada and eternally indepted to him for bringing Krishna Consciousness to the west and to him through his disciples.
Despite turmoil’s in ISKCON he never flinched from his dedication to Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON
19. Manada. Respectful.
Baji always offered respect to others without expecting anything in return. He respected everyone as part of Lord Krishna the supreme personality of Godhead and treated them accordingly.
20. Amani. Humble, free from false prestige.
Baji remained simple and humble throughout his life and never wish to waste unnecessary money on himself but would rather spend it on feeding prasad to other or on his deities or donating things needed at the temple. For years he would personally drive to deliver milk and yogurt for Janmashtami festival until the last few years. He made everyone feel comfortable in his presence and welcomed everyone to his home/temple. He recognized his achievements in his spiritual journey as the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and due to Lord Krishna’s grace.
He was not attracted by material possessions to help him to gain a prestigious position. Instead, he bought and learned the latest technology, be it internet, i-pad, or smart tv or phone…only to connect himself to Lord Krishna, the all-attractive cause of all causes.
21. Gambhira. Grave, solemn.
Baji was a very serious devotee of the Lord and open minded. His approach was solemn when it came to serving Sri Sri Radha Southall-Isvara. He never compromised when related to the Supreme Lord. As he was approaching 90 one of his daughters recommended that he stop cooking and performing the annual yaga/ abhisheka since it was getting difficult for him. Immediately he responded that he would continue to serve until he dies. The yaga/ abhisheka of Radha Southall-Isvara continued on with Gauri Das Prabhu. 50 devotees and neighbours would attend the yearly yuga and participate in the yuga, abhisheka of Radha Southall-Isvara, kirtan, lecture, arati and prasadam.
He was always conscious that the material existence can be finished at that time. He strongly believed that Lord Krishna always looked after his devotees. So, he was constantly thinking of how to serve the Lord and executed his service with no nonsense attitude.
22. Karuna. Compassionate
Baji was always grateful to the supreme Lord Krishna for all that he had. The essence of compassion is the distribution of transcendental knowledge was Srila Prabhupada’s books. Baji read his books with commitment and always made notes like a steady serious student which he would then use to give Bhagavata Gita class. He has a huge library of Vaisnav books.
He visited Delhi and invited Devotees for a special programme at his mother’s home in Lajpat Nagar once a year. His mother was a Krishna devotee and had darshan of Srila Prabhupada in Lajpat Nagar where he gave a lecture in Hindi.
He visited Sri Vrindavan Dhama once a year and served the Gurukula children with special gifts, donated grass for the cows at ISKCON Goshalla, also donated food for the devotee kitchen, the deity kitchen and the Sandipani primary School. He continued to travel to Sri Vrindavan Dhama driving his scooter for mangal arati until 2020 age of 93.
23. Maitra. Friendly.
Baji encourages everyone; putting aside differences of gender, colour, race, age, religion and caste. Instead, he regarded the qualities of the individual and the inner soul. Baji led and connected everyone to Krishna.
His sincere and reciprocating mood touched the lives of many. His life and preaching by example reminded us all of the wonderful and unlimited mercy of Srila Prabhupada which he tried to distribute.
Many guests who attended the Southall Nama Hatta eventually became devoted to the process of Krishna Consciousness and are grateful to Baji for sustaining his programme which enabling them to join ISKCON.
25. Daksa. Expert.
Baji worked on things with full attention and to the best of his ability. His expertise as a devotee was that he could do anything for Lord Krishna. He was a man of remarkable skills and talents which he used to serve Lord Krishna despite his advancing age.
1979 Baji began visiting Sri Sri Radha Gokulanandan at Bhaktivedanta Manor and became involved in serving at festivals…
*Janmashtami’s – cooking gulab jamun, milkshakes…. etc
Gulab jamun …. prepared boxed prasad for all guests attending Janmashtami 1980’s…Haley mills requested for few more boxes for friends.
*London Rathayatra- coated peanuts for distributing as prasadam ….
*Sunday feasts by cooking prasadam once a year…
Remembering Bajis cooking….15 years later… a devotee commented that she has never had or tasted kulfi like the one she had on the Sunday feast at the Manor prepared by Baji…
30 years later….one prabhuji commented that no one can make shahi paneer as Baji used to make
*Without fail making once a week fresh yogurt for offering for bathing Their Lordships at the Bhaktivedant Manor – charanamritra for over 15 years.
*Lovingly prepared the full feast prasadam for the Nama Hatta programme. There were not many homes in 1980s that the devotees could go and eat prasad.
He sewed for Sri Sri Radha Gokulanandan under guidance of Rama Devi Dasi. And also sewed outfits for Sri Sri Radha Paris-Isvara.
*Purchased, designed and sewed yearly outfits for Sri Sri Radha Southall-Isvara for over 40 years.
*Built the altar for Sri Sri Radha Southall-Isvara and worked on the lighting.
* Tent designed and erected for the yuga puja in such a way that it was easy to erect each year.
*Yearly yuga performed for Sri Sri Radha Southall-Iswara for over 40 years involving all members of the family and friends.
*Invitation prepared and sent.
*Tent erected, Purchase items for cooking, prepare items, cook them in large pots as well as ensure that all the items for the yaga are organised.
*Organised groups for the tasks that needed competing and personally overseeing that everyone was on board.
*ensuring there were 4 or five starters for prasad, 2 or three types of drinks, 3 or 4 types of subjis, pathura, raita, salads, 3 or 4 sweets……all made lovingly for Lord Krishna.
Bajis loyalty and dedication was as firmly twined in Srila Prabhupada ISKCON as he was with his deep devotion and attachment to his Sri Sri Radha Southall-Isvara.
All glories to Sri Sri Radha Southall Isvara!
All glories to Srila Prabhupad!
All glories to Baji’s service!
Eternally debit to my father…..