for ISKCON News on Dec. 25, 2010
Sriman Prahlad Nrsimha das passed away on Saturday, December11, 2010 at about 2:10 PM in Port Charlotte, FL. He was a disciple of Hanumatpresaka Swami, and most of his devotional life was spent at the Miami Temple.
He actually saw Srila Prabhupada in person in New York in about 1967 or 68. He told us that Prabhupada looked him in the eye and he was so impressed that he knew he should give his life for this mission. But he was not ready to surrender at that time.
He began spending more time at the Miami temple in the early 90’s, and in 1992 he traveled with Siddhavidya das, Tara das & five other devotees on their Grateful Dead Prasadam Tour, as they drove all over the NE United States for six weeks following the band and distributing books and prasadam at all their concerts.
He moved into Miami temple in 1994 and stayed for six years straight, serving as a handyman and doing whatever was needed with a good service attitude: fixing vehicles, taking out garbage, etc. He used to donate large quantities of farina & dhal for the Deities & devotees.
But the service he did most was harinama sankirtana. He went on street harinama six days a week (and Sundays at the temple) with Siddhavidya das for 6 years without missing hardly a day. That’s almost 2000 times and that is a lot.
Everyone knew him as Bhakta Paul because he did not take diksha till the last year of his life. His Guru Maharaja jokingly called him “the mode of ignozza”. And once in his humility Maharaja said, “He is more advanced than I am.”
Prahlad Nrsimha’s profession was detailing cars and apparently the chemicals got to him. He passed away from some type of cancer. He was 61 years old. He was lovingly cared for in his last days by his good friends Robert and also Rachel at a Hospice Center. He had not eaten any solid food for 48 days. He was weighing about 70 pounds. Siddhavidya das & Sankarshan das drove the 3 hours from Miami to chant for two days with him. When he passed he had a Deity garland in his lap, neckbeads on, and japa beads in his hands with a Prabhupada CD playing.
The Miami ISKCON Center requests all the devotees to please say a prayer for his eternal soul.