His Holiness Maha-Vishnu Goswami, a senior ISKCON sannyasi, peacefully passed away at the society’s Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai at 3 pm on January 25. He was 91.
Born into a family of Vaishnavas and highly educated with M.A degrees in both English and Sanskrit, he was also fluent in Marathi, Hindi, Gujarati, and Urdu. He established a beautiful ISKCON temple in Dvaraka, and a community in Rajkot, Gujarat, where a grand new temple is currently being built.
Maha-Vishnu Goswami was famous for his discourses on Srimad-Bhagavatam on which he would often lecture non-stop for hours. His Holiness was known for his sense of humor and for his deep love for Srila Prabhupada’s books. Despite being rendered dazed by prescribed painkillers, his spiritual consciousness continued to be astounding. He was undisturbed by his imminent passing. He said, “Those who are afraid to die, they die. . . those who are unafraid to die, they never die they live through the platform of devotional service. ”
He passed away surrounded by devotees who were constantly chanting and praying for him