His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
His Grace Tribhuvannatha Prabhu
This section is dedicated to Sriman Tribhuvannatha Prabhu,
a devoted preacher and sincere disciple of Srila Prabhupada. ___________________________________________________
An important feature of Srila Prabhupada's mercy is the association of devotees, which he has so kindly provided for our spiritual advancement and friendship. One such notable devotee and servant of His Divine Grace is our dear godbrother, Sriman Tribhuvannatha Prabhu. A sankirtana leader extraordinaire, Tribhuvannatha was always focused on preaching the holy names of the Lord. He had strong faith in the potency of chanting Hare Krsna -- especially in congregation. His enthusiastic kirtanas and harinama parties were legendary throughout the world.
Personally, I owe him a great debt of gratitude for engaging me in Lord Caitanya's sankirtana movement and dragging me to the Middle East after Prabhupada's physical departure. His resolute determination to spread Krsna consciousness under any circumstances was an inspiration to all those who knew and loved him. He was loved so much because he loved Prabhupada so much.
Tribhuvannatha Prabhu never claimed to be perfect. When he made what he considered to be a mistake or error of judgement, he would apologize and ask forgiveness. According to Srila Prabhupada, this is the sign of great character:
"To err is human. Anyone commits mistake. There is no doubt about it. But after committing mistake, if I stick to that mistake, that is foolishness. When it is detected that it is mistake, you must admit. That is greatness." (Srila Prabhupada morning walk, 2/1/77)
For those who never met Tribhuvannatha Prabhu, these are just a few of the reasons why he was so popular amongst devotees. His love for Srila Prabhupada was undying, and he served Prabhupada without reservation; yet he wasn't afraid to be human and admit his limitations. This made him all the more lovable and approachable to so many people from all walks of life.
By his words and example, he further solidified my conviction that the secret of success in spiritual life is to somehow get the mercy of Srila Prabhupada. I can think of no better gift to offer anyone, and so I'm forever grateful to Sriman Tribhuvannatha Prabhu for his kindness and generosity of spirit. His association was a great blessing, and for me, to remember him is to remember Prabhupada as well.
Thank you, dear friend.