Dear Das and Bhima, Please accept my most humble obeisances, all glories to Srila Prabhupada.
This passing away, leaving the body of ANANDA SHANTI PRABHU is very, very sad and unhappy news for me. He is the number one, LEADING PIONEER DEVOTEE of RUSSIA.
After Srila Prabhupada left Russia, Ananda Shanti never saw Srila Prabhupada again in this life. Srila Prabhupafda sent me to Russia and had me secretly bring him Bhagavad gita As It Is, karatals, harmonium and other things.
We would walk the Red Square and over the river bridge, go shopping for bhoga. There was not much to buy – cabbage, potatoes re-constituted milk, a pretty meager selection of eatable ingredients. I would cook, and we would share prasadam, talking for hours and days. more