I woke up at 2 am needing to visit the washroom. My cell phone’s message revealed that H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami (friend and spiritual guide) had passed away. I couldn't go back to sleep. I pulled out my pen, hilroy notebook and began writing. 

He signed his name

He signed his name to that temple guest book
Which triggered events leading to a hook
For that signature meant a follow-up call
In ’68 the invite came from the Montreal Hall

He was energetic, young and thoughtful
And began to shun habits considered awful
Time for a change under the Master’s mercy
Patterns of goodness now set, like rising early

Once regulations began they just never stopped
For the virtuous, good actions cannot be dropped
There was gravity in his words and performance
All that spelled ‘devotion’ was of utmost importance

The travels, the classes, the mantra, the raising
This selflessness can be described as simply amazing
The temples, the murtis, the people, the books
He appeared to get into all corners and nooks

From India, the States, Africa, Canada, Russia too
The Empire of Vaishnava culture grew and grew
By the touch of his hand after pursuing dreams
Enthusiasm flowed like rivers and streams
With tireless work and commitment so grand
Much was achieved after multiple plans
It is hard to duplicate and hard to clone
The efforts of one who admits nothing’s done alone
His target is straight and crystal clear
That divine form of Krishna, so dear
The saint inspires many on that special roam
Taking them with him to the Ultimate Home
Let us consider that another book is signed 
By persons who are of the spiritual kind
They make an entrance but not as a guest
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