His Grace Sadaputa prabhu
19 September 2008

September 18 2008

HG Sadaputa prabhu

I just heard the terrible news that Sriman Sadaputa prabhu, one of the foremost thinkers in our society, has just departed this world. I have no detailed information at this moment other than that his body was found in the bottom of his swimming pool at his home in Alachua FL, USA. He was a personal friend and like many other devotees around the world who knew him, this news has come as body blow.

I am including here a brief biography from the Bhaktivedanta Institute website:

Sadaputa Dasa (Richard L. Thompson) was born in Binghamton, New York, in 1947. In 1974, he received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University, where he specialized in probability theory and statistical mechanics. He went on to do research in quantum physics and mathematical biology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, and the La Jolla Institute in San Diego. He is the author of seven books and the producer of six videos on science and philosophy, and he has written many articles for scientific journals and for Back To Godhead, the magazine of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. His most recent book, Mysteries of the Sacred Universe, discusses evidence of advanced astronomical knowledge in India’s ancient texts known as the Puranas. He has designed exhibits using computer animation and multimedia techniques to present the Vedic cosmology and the Vedic world view to the general populace, and he is presently writing a book discussing the laws of physics and the nature and origin of life.

My sincere and heartfelt condolences go out to his wife and children.

I will be writing a memoriam soon to this brilliant devotee, who Srila Prabhupada once praised as a ‘real mahatma.’

One Comment
1. vdamerla
September 24th, 2008 at 5:59 am

Although I never got to speak to Sadaputa Prabhu, I did observe him present a talk at a Astro Physics conference and present a talk on mind and brain in Hyderabad, India. My impression of him was he was an Einstein from Vaikuntha- able to see the most subtle details of reality beyond this dimension and explain in the earthly dimension only for pleasing his Lord and master, Srila Prabhupada.

There isn’t a doubt that hearing his lecture tapes in my early days of Krishna consciousness in 1991 clearly fashioned my genuine motivation to pursue the scientific field of Medicine with the aim to carving out a path for consciousness based medical science. Sadaputa prabhu will always remain as one of my important sources of inspiration and I seek his blessings in my future endeavours so that I am protected from the unwanted weeds of false pride and attachment to name and fame.

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