1946 – 16 Dec 2021
Srila Prabhupada also personally recognised him as an excellent cook and writer.
By Kunkuma Devi Dasi:
It’s with a heavy heart and blessings from his family that I want to tell everyone that last night December 16 at 11:45pm Hawaii time His Grace Revatinandan ( former Swami) passed away in Honolulu after a short illness which was diagnosed as lymph cancer. He was my partner for 5 years about 6 years after having been married to his first wife Pushpanjali Dasi and having a child Nila Chala Chandra das. He was first cousin to Vishnujana Swami who brought him to ISKCON in 1968. He has been living as a recluse alone many years on the south part of the island of Hawaii. His first wife was in touch with him and helped him through the last days. They were reluctant to send him to hospital but had no choice. His son Nila was on a telemedicine tv as he passed. So he was not alone. When Srila Prabhupada awarded him sannyas Prabhupada said, “ if you don’t succeed as sannyas then find yourself a good wife.”
As per the request from the family of Revatinandan das who passed on December 16 in Honolulu, they asked for this quote in his memory “He reasons ill who tells that Vaisnavas die When thou art living still in sound! The Vaisnavas die to live, and living try To spread the holy name around!” (Bhaktivinode Thakur)
Brief History of Revatinandana Maharaj in ISKCON
(compiled by Dayananda prabhu)
Opened His First Temple After a Year in The Movement At Age 23:
Revantinandana Maharaj joined ISKCON in San Francisco in 1969 and came to L.A. that same year. Tamal Krishna Goswami writes in his book, Servant of the Servant: “”As Śrīla Prabhupāda pushed forward his worldwide scheme, on a smaller scale we also continued to expand our activities. The map I had previously sent him indicated a number of likely places for establishing centers, and from these we selected Santa Barbara as the next suitable place. Like Laguna Beach, many young people were residing there, and in addition, there was a large university. I decided to send Revatinandana däsa to locate a suitable place for establishing a center, as he had proven himself as one of the most enthusiastic preachers of our sankirtana party.””
Thus, in 1969, after Revatinandana had been a devotee for about one year, he was sent to Santa Barbara, north of L.A., to open a temple.
Helped Prabhupāda Establish ISKCON in India
In 1971, Revatinandana went to India to help Prabhupada establish ISKCON in India. He took sannyasa there, and here is an example of how much Prabhupada trusted him:
Bombay, 14 March 1971
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
Resolved in a meeting of the International Society For Krishna Consciousness held in Calcutta at 3, Albert Road, Calcutta 16 in the presence of the Acarya Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, GBC Secretary Tamala Krishna Das Adhikari and initiated members as Ksirodakasayi Das Adhikari (Kedar Natha Gupta) and Revatinandana Das Brahmacari (Robert Stephen Cusimano) that a checking account of the society be opened in Central Bank of India, Delhi and Ksirodakasayi Das Adhikari (Kedar Natha Gupta) and Revatinandana Das Brahmacari (Robert Stephen Cusimano) will jointly sign the checks. Their specimen signatures are as under.
Prabhupāda Encouraged Revatinandana’s Preaching in England 1972-1974
In April 1972, Prabhupada wrote him:
My dear Revatinandana,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated 3/10/72, and I am very much pleased upon you for taking up the matter of preaching work in England especially, and also other places. I am happy to hear that new centers are being opened by you and others in Europe.
I think your idea to canvass the youth groups and colleges in England is good proposal, so do it nicely in cooperation with Dayananda and the others there, and I am sending Kesava there to England soon to organize the book-distribution and travelling Sankirtana Party, so you know him, now you help him very seriously to increase these two programs, because I think especially that England is the best field in the world for distributing our books, as good or better than USA, so I want that you all should be very active to increase the scope there.
In December of 1972, Prabhupada wrote to Kishore:
Yes, I have seen the press articles sent by yourself and Revatinandana, and I am very thankful to Revatinandana also for giving you all nice boys and girls the right instruction.
Prabhupāda Asked Revantinandana to Chant On Beads For First Initiates
In 1973, Prabhupada wrote to Revatinandana Swami:
My Dear Revatinandana,
Please accept my blessings. Just now I have received some more requests for giving first initiation from Dhananjaya, and now I am receiving weekly not less than ten to fifteen such requests from new students. So it is becoming very expensive to send so many sets of beads such long distance, and it has become little bothersome for me also, so I think now you may be appointed by me to give first initiations to new disciples by chanting on their beads on my behalf.
Revatinandana Was a Good Writer
Later in 1973, Prabhupada wrote to Revantinandana in response to an article he had written:
My dear Revatinandana,
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter dated 29-5-73, and accompanying essay, and have noted the contents carefully.
Yes, your article is very nice. It is very important that we now expose the nonsense theories of these rascal scientists who assert that life comes from matter. They say that life comes from some chemicals, but they cannot say wherefrom these chemicals have come. Actually, if we examine carefully, chemicals are coming from life, not life from chemicals.
Revatinandana Was Famous as A Cook. Prabhupāda Encouraged Him to Write a Cookbook
In January 1974, Prabhupada wrote:
My dear Revatinandana Swami,
Please accept my blessings. I am in due receipt of your letter Jan. 4, 1974, with the enclosed cookbook.
I know you are a very good cook, and I can understand that you have found the books useful for distribution. I have no objection to your printing it with the name “”Revatinandana Swami’s Cookbook”, but the royalty should go to the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.