Some of us did not know him till 3 or 4 years ago; he entered our life, and soon he was very close to us. Always cheerful, with a tremendous urge to do something phenomenal for the benefit of all, he stayed focused on the goal but was constantly adapting to changing circumstances. He left no stone unturned to define, share and give shape to his dream project on UPANISHADS. The work has been progressing slowly – surely not at the speed he wanted – but we hope we will fulfil his vision: let this valuable knowledge reach everyone in the world, anywhere – Thailand, Trinidad or Timbuktu!
His enthusiasm was unparalleled and he went about the work with a ‘never-say-die’ spirit. We found him to never speak ill of anybody; no gossip, no idle talk but just friendly, tireless engagement on how we may ‘go forward’.
He spoke on entrepreneurship; he exemplified what he spoke; and he believe in empowering some of us – younger than him – to take up things. Generous with his resources, he wanted the youth to get involved in our work.
He would joyously quote from Ram Charit Manas on one hand, and combine the spiritual wisdom with what he had gathered from a number of great, successful entrepreneurs – mainly from USA – who had inspired him.
Swami Chidananda visited him in Fayetteville, North Carolina, for three consecutive years - 2013, 2014 and 2015. In the most recent visit, Swamiji and Vibha Chaitanya spent a week at (his daughter) Pragati's home in New Jersey too. We always noticed that, along with his social work and public service, he was a happy 'family man'.
We will very much miss his love and care, his simplicity and enthusiasm. We feel blessed that he had become part of our lives during the last few years of his noble life.