Thank you Arpan for these beautiful words about Venu.
In year 1994 I spent four months in San Francisco, working in Ananda Fuara Restaurant. I was just two year disciple and I remember Venu's kindness and care, he was helping me and others in every way in the Restaurant and the Center. He used to come to work before everyone else and to make fresh watermalon juice for all of us. He was so devoted and selfgiving and at the same time so humble and quiet and he really inspired me so much. At that time he was already 20 year disciple and, besides few others, he was involved in every Center activity. Personallly, I have learnt a lot from all of them.
Once his parents and sister came to San Francisco and visited the Restaurant, and I was surprised to see completely new Venu comming to the fore. He was so happy and trilled because of that visit, that he introduced all of us to his family. He was so proud that we are his spiritual family and he openly showed it to them.
For so many years in New York I used to meet him, but we have never spoke to each other, we just exchanged smiles as greetings and went our ways. In my memory he will always remain as older brother who shows right path to his younger siblings, guided by Guru's Loving Heart that could be seen in his eyes.