HH Kadamba Kanana Swami Departs


Dear Devotees

On Thursday 9th March at 12.06pm, under the gaze of Śrī Giriraja, in the holy land of Śrī Vṛndāvana dhāma, in the loving company of his spiritual master and the vaisnavas, with a resounding kirtan party, His Holiness Kadamba Kanana Swami departed from this material realm.

In the coming hours we will send details of the Samadhi Ceremony and online links for viewing.

“Intelligent persons who take shelter of beautiful Vrndavana’s opulent vines melting with motherly love, and throw far away the idea that they are material, become supremely successful, both in this life and also after death.” (Prabhodananda Saraswati, Vrindavana Mahimamrta)


Radha Carana Prabhu’s Tribute to Kadamba Kanana Maharaja

A Great Vaisnava has left this world today, with so much inspiration and enough to keep us focused on service to Srila Prabhupada.

Maharaj was known all over the world for many things: his lectures, his kirtans, his preaching and his powered energy.
But let us also remember that he was the mastermind behind Srila Prabhupada samadhi. He was also behind the construction of Srila Prabhupada samadhi in Mayapur. He also risked his life to secure the land adjacent to the KB Mandir. But wait, there is more. He was the general manager for the KB Mandir in the 80s. BB Govinda Swami was the temple president and I was made the head cook. That was 1983.

When I took up my service, Kadamba Kanana Maharaj said, “Follow me.” We went to the top floor of the gurukula building. He gave me a set of keys to a room that was full with dozens of tins of 10kg pure ghee. “Use it wisely,” he said.
Kadamba Kanana Maharaj never missed a mangal arati and loved to sing Vibhavari Sesa. Did you know he spoke fluent Hindi?
You may recall how he always had his sleeves rolled up. He was always ready to get to work to make things happen. Basically, he never stopped. Thank you Maharaj.


OUR KK SWAMI (Dedicated to Kadamba Kanana Swami) By HH Bhakti Marg Swami

Life was good when he was young

He then got wed, then became a monk

A man of the Dutch touch genre

In venturesome pursuit he found Chaitanya

Intelligent, musical, with so much talent

He also displayed a warrior’s trait so valiant

Like most of us in the early days of the mission

Active responsibility was the only true vision

He became an admin at the Vrindavan temple

For cleaning up a ring of sin – nothing simple

He received a vengeful bullet in his back

Imagine the pain and sacrifice in taking such flack

He once told me he was a natural bloodhound

For any deviant whose philosophy was out–of–bounds

When put on a podium or sent on a stage

He became a heart and brain shake-up sage

He was a tremendous success on many counts

A pure force, to illusion he would pounce

It didn’t matter which country or continent

What he delivered had substance and content

A mobile swami for New York, India, Europe

And South Africa, so sweet, like thick, running syrup

He was persistent, determined, and all about giving

Convinced that loving God is the only way of living

There is no doubt that he gained incredible favour

From guru to Krishna and the regular neighbour

He is charging ahead to a greener pasture

After fighting cancer to meet his Master

For the sake of unity among the diverse

He made a contribution to a vast universe

We miss him for his candid consciousness

And appreciate the kindness he launched on us

–By Bhaktimarga Swami

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