He looked upon his typewriter as Lord Bhavanishankar (pg 24, Anandi-Ananda). Huddled with this 'deity', the perfectionist Gopalmam brought forth typed sheets that could be the envy of a veteran typist - not even a solitary smudge, no overtyping, and no stains to defile the whiteness of the paper.
While the oxygen cylinder kept vigil by his bedside, he managed to thump away at the typewriter, outwitting the medicineman. When I told him “Gopalmam, you should now take it easy and avoid stress on the chest” he would smile and tell me, giving me a pat on my shoulders,” that is my oxygen, Rajgopal, not this cylinder”.
Hattangadi Vasantmam and I tried in vain to persuade him to write for “Sunbeam.” It is a pity we met with no success.
We all at Sunbeam silently salute his memory. May his love for our Vedic heritage kindle us all too. May his soul rest in eternal peace.
Shri V. Rajgopalbhat`s origins are in the temple town of Vittal (the ‘V’ in his family name) located in Dakshina Kannada district of Karnataka. He studied for his Master`s degree in Philosophy from University of Mumbai, for which he was awarded a gold medal. For many years he has been the Editor of “Chitrapur Sunbeam” (the monthly magazine of Shri Chitrapur Math, Shirali). He is also the official Dharma Pracharak of Shri Chitrapur Math.
The above piece formed the Editorial of the “Chitrapur Sunbeam” issue, June 2003. It is reproduced with permission from the author.