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on Suicide at
ISKCON Temple, Potomac
By Trikalajna Das
Contact Person: Trikalajna Das (301) 299-7205, Sri.Trikalajna.MG@pamho.net
On Saturday, June 29th evening, Dragon Bilbija (Damodar das – spiritual ordained name) committed suicide in the woods in Potomac, Maryland. We were informed by the police about this in the evening at around 9:30 pm.
Bilbija, a young man aged 23, had been in Potomac since July 2001, offering religious voluntary services to the Krishna temple. He was planning to leave for his native country, Serbia, early July.
Damodar was initiated by Krishna Kshetra Prabhu. He was a very active member of the community who was liked by all the Temple devotees as well as the community members. Being a service-oriented person he was engaged in cooking and serving Prasadam as well as keeping up with other preaching activities, especially the Harinams and Namahatta programs.
On the day of the suicide, he was very sincerely engaged in dressing Srila Prabhupada early in the morning. Then he also helped most of the morning to prepare for the free feast distribution for the Ratha Yatra Festival. Later on in the afternoon he also rendered services. However, tragically in the late evening he went into the forest land of Potomac Temple and hung himself.
In a suicide note he expressed his love for his family members, especially two of his sisters who are also of the Krishna faith. Actually, he had planned to go back to Europe and join his sisters in Book distribution. He always spoke highly of sisters, Shayama Priya dasi and Sri Khanda dasi, and was also attached to being with them.
An investigation of this unfortunate death is being conducted by the police. As per the requirements of the state of Maryland, an autopsy will be performed.
Funeral arrangements will be determined in consultation with his family. A memorial service will be held on Monday 1st July at the Krishna Potomac temple in the evening at 7 pm.
All members of ISKCON Potomac are shocked with the sudden demise of Damodar Das. We are very sad to lose the association of such a wonderful devotee and friend. He will be very much missed and remembered by all the community members of ISKCON Potomac. We humbly request all our leaders and devotees to pray to Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan for the welfare of the departed soul.
© CHAKRA 2 July 2002
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