All glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga!
Dear devotees, my dandavat pranams unto your lotus feet.
On 23rd February 2008, by the will of Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, Who is All-good, our dear friend and well-wisher Dr. Janez Drnovsek, president of the Republic of Slovenia, left his body at his home, near the capital Ljubljana (please see previous articles on Vina connected with him).
In his last two years he met with different Vaishnavas, he was especially fond of Srila B.V. Sadhu Maharaja, with whom he met four times (one time in the private home of Dr. Drnovsek where he personally served Maharaja on Ekadashi day and by the advice of Maharaja even fasted on that day, and one time in India, Delhi on Nityananda Trayodashi day!).
Dr. Drnovsek also met two times with Srila B.B. Bishnu Maharaj (vice-president of the WVA), one time with Srila B.K. Govinda Maharaj, one time with Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Maharaj who presented him a WVA certificate as a "Patron for the welfare of Humanity", one time with Srila B.V. Tridandi Maharaj and one time with Srila Bir Krishna Swami, all along with their accompaning devotees.
At these meetings he eagerly took Krishna's Mahaprasad and Vaishnava books (Holy Biography of Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhav Goswami Maharaj translated into Slovenian, Bhagavad Gita As it is, Jaiva Dharma, Srimad Bhagavat 11th Canto) and different articles (by my Gurudev) which according to his words he was also regularly reading.
During Kartik 2007 his secretary requested me to bring ayurvedic Triphala medicine from India for them which I did, after touching it to the lotus hands of my Gurudeva. Few weeks ago I informed the secretary about the coming of Srila B.V Sadhu Maharaj to Slovenia in beginning of March and Dr. Drnovsek and his secretary were very delighted to know about this and were eager to meet him again…
At present most of the people in Slovenia are wishing him: Let him rest in peace, but I wish him eternal continuation of his service to Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and His devotees wherever he may be.
Words from Srila B.V. Sadhu Maharaj :
"I'm very sad to hear this news, please writte my condolences to his secretary. Everything is will of Krishna, what we can do…"
Words from Srila B.B. Bishnu Maharaj :
"I am extremely sorry to listen about president left his body. Really we lost a good soul. He had such a high position and love for Sadhus, this is very rare to get in this Kali yuga. In his last period he had many Sadhu-sanga. He will get all benefit. If he comes back to this planet, he will be a best preacher and save many people. May Lord Nityananda and Mahaprabhu bless him".
Words from Srila B.V. Tridandi Maharaj :
"Yes I heard yesterday and was deeply unhappy with the news. I prayed for him this morning. He was a real friend of mine. I am sure his future is bright, you gave him so much Mahaprasadam. He heard the holy name. I will write to his secretary and offer my condolances."
May All-merciful Nitai and Gouranga bless him and us all.