Hindus have been settling worldwide for a long time (since before Christ!), yet in the‘s the British took many Indians as Indentured Labourers to the islands of Fiji, Mauritius, and the Caribbean. Guyana saw the influx of Indian labourers from onwards and over Indians were transported over. Later on a few Brahmin families were also braught accross because of the language barrier that the British had with their indentured labourers. They acted as interpreters and through their brilliance also managed to secure land from the British, upon which they called their Indian fellows to work and live on – in conditions hundreds of times better than what the British had given them.
These great Brahmin families are unfortunately now few in number, and practising Brahmanas are indeed a rarity. In the UK, Shri Bankim Gossai MBE is a famous and worthy Hindu descended from the Gossai’s of Guyana. He establised the Shri Mahalakshmi Vidya Bhavan (www.mahalakshmi.net) in South London, and has recieved numerous accolades and indeed Shri Sadgurudev Ji’s blessings for the tireless work he does to keep the flame of Hindu Dharma burning in the hearts of all descendants of India.
We were indeed very saddened by the news that his beloved brother and founder of Shri Bhuvaneshwar Mandir, New York, Shri Prakash Gossai, who worked tirelessly in North America & the Caribbean to reignite the love for Hindu Dharma amongst the diaspora, had passed away on the 15th June 2009 at the very young age of. He was advisor to the Office of the President of Guyana on Religious and Cultural Affairs. He had taken this position specifically to address the social issues facing the young Hindus of Guyana, and also to improve the quality of life for all in Guyana from a spiritual point of view. Shri Sadgurudev Ji lauds praise on this grandson of Bhaarat Mata, and son of Guyana, who made such a difference in thousands of people’s lives through teaching the Raamacharitmanas, the Bhajans and Keertans he used to sing, and the message of Vedic Philosophy of eternal happiness he gave when he delivered his discourses.
May Thakur Shri Shri Radha Golokavihari Ji Bhagavan give him an eternal place at Their Lotus Feet.
- Shri Prakash Gossai delivering a lecture on the Shri Ramacharitamanas