BY SANTI VARDHANA CAITANYA DASA

JOHOR BHARU - After three days battle, Bhakta Vignesh Lal, 36 years old, succumbed to Denggi after multiple organ failure and internal bleeding. 

He was well trained by Adi Purusa Krishna Prabhu, together with many other youth boys of his age, and he was one of the most cheerful and humble amongst them.

He was always dedicated to serve Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON movement, Ratha Yatra festivals by helping in Ratha decorations etc. He also started the Sri Radhastami Festival in Teluk Intan and it has been going strong ever since. I was fortunate to have his association during the 2 or 3 years he lived with me in Penang Island more than 13 years ago.

He leaves behind his parents, brother and sisters. He was a bachelor.

Funeral prayers will be conducted by Narasimha Prabhu at his sister's house:(No 4, Jalan Cempaka 6, Taman Cempaka, 68000 Ampang, Kuala Lumpur) at 1.30 p.m.

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Hearse will leave the house at 2.30 p.m. and cremation will be at Loke Yew, Hindu Cremation ground at 3.30 p.m.(Most saddening, Para Brahma Prabhu was supposed to conduct the ceremony but his brother just left body in an accident at 12 a.m.

BY ADI PURUSA DASA

ADELAIDE - The passing away of Lal comes as a big shock to all of us. I still remember Lal as a young boy in school uniform marching into my clinic with his friend enquiring about Krishna Consciousness. I used to send them to the back room where I had books, magazines, posters etc which would interest them. Lal was so inquisitive about Krishna Consciousness that he had tons of questions which I patiently answered. He was bubbly in nature and was always eager to participate in devotional activities.

There was not much support from his family for his enthusiasm (except his mother) but we were always there for him. A large group of boys and girls had joined ISKCON then and being young were a boisterous lot. Like a responsible father I had been strict and was ever ready to discipline them much to their dislike.

Years later the whole gang would descend into our house yearly for Deepavali reminiscing old times. Often re-enacting past episodes they would imitate and ridicule my chastisements. There will be thunderous laughter all around going late into the night. All of them are doing fairly well in their own fields though not involved directly in ISKCON activities. They have the highest respect for ISKCON and thankful to it for having guided them in the formative years. Most importantly they have genuine love for HH Jayapataka Swami ever ready to serve him when summoned.

Lal, my dear son, you are now safely in the arms of Lord Krishna and may the Lord protect you always. We will always remember the good times we had with you and consider it our great fortune to have associated with you.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my heartfelt condolences to his family members, mentors and friends.

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