KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, May 2, 2013: Swami Guhabaktananda, head of the Divine Life Society here at Batu Caves, passed away yesterday. Swamiji had been very ill, and did not survive a third heart attack. He previously had bypass surgery. Swamiji was the first Malaysian-born monk to lead the local DLS mission. He was a close friend of Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, his successor Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and all those associated with Hinduism Today and HPI. He will be missed.
According to the DLS website: "Our patron and spiritual adviser is His Holiness Sri Swami Guhabhaktananda Saraswati Maharaj. Swami Guhabhaktananda was born on 27th Oct, 1943, and was initiated in 1985 by His Holiness Sri Swami Chidanandaji Maharaj. He is the head of the Peetam and leads the Divine Life Society of Malaysia, headquartered at Batu Caves over 15 years. Full of energy in listening to people and full of praises for others work, Swamiji's optimism in all good efforts endears him to everybody. Swamiji's favorite words are 'Have God in your heart and do your work. How insurmountable it may be, it will come to fruition.' "