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Bhaktin Patsy kept repeating, "Sunita, think of Krishna. Sunita, think of Krishna." Sunita said, "Krishna. Prabhupada." Then left her body.
of Sunita Dasi
dear Godsister Sunita dasi, left her body yesterday around 2:30pm. Almost
the entire Alachua community is deeply grieving the loss of her
association. There were very few dry eyes during the morning program
today. Tosana Krishna Prabhu and her three boys, Gaura-sakti, Govinda and
little Naveen survive her and are feeling their great loss.
service had been cooking for the 110 children in the charter school. Every
day she served them lunch, and she would motherly try to get the children
to eat the right things and take enough prasadam. Her interaction with all
the children, teachers and her other Godsisters made her an especially
loved member of the community. Grieving her loss will take some time for
all of us.
finished her service for the school year on Wednesday, June 6. She was
very vibrant and happy yesterday. Just before Greeting of the Deities she
told me she'd brought some flowers for my garden. I wanted to confirm if I
should get them immediately from her car. She responded, "No, I'm
here for the full program. I'm off today!"
the morning program she set off down the Ichetucknee River with a few
Godsisters. Sunita loved the river. She told devotees in the van yesterday
that when she first arrived from Vrndavana and visited the Ichetucknee she
thought it was a heavenly planet.
down the river her heart attack began. She had had two heart attacks
within the last year. Bhaktin Patsy, a trained nurse, was coaching her as
Sunita Prabhu was in extreme respiratory distress. Bhaktin Patsy kept
repeating, "Sunita, think of Krishna. Sunita, think of Krishna."
Sunita said, "Krishna. Prabhupada." Then left her body.
had dreaded another heart attack. When Kosarupa and I visited her in the
hospital after the second attack, she held my hand crying, "Pranada,
I simply can't go through another attack like this. It is so painful and
so difficult to remember Krishna." She confided her fear of failing
the test at the time of her death and she also didn't want to live in a
reduced manner, she wanted to keep doing active service.
had asked Sunita some weeks earlier that if she had another heart attack
would she want Patsy to do CPR. Even though she did not want to live
through another attack Sunita told her, "Yes, I have three
Patsy spent twenty minutes trying to revive Sunita yesterday. But it was
not to be. Krishna fulfilled her desire to not live in a reduced manner or
live through another attack.
sons Gaura-sakti and Govinda were in New York with Rtadvaja Maharaja's
party yesterday. Maharaja broke the news to them in Srila Prabhupada's
quarters at the Radha-Govinda mandir. They are returning to Alachua today.
Sunita left her body outside of Alachua County while not under a doctor's
supervision there are technicalities Tosana Prabhu is facing in obtaining
her body. We are waiting for word when we may have the memorial services
grieving Sunita's loss many devotees are sharing memories of her. As we
gather some of these memories over the next week, we'll post them for
others to appreciate this very special soul. Sunita Prabhu was born a
Brijbasi and was the first Indian-bodied devotee to take shelter of Srila
always remember Sunita Prabhu as fiercely attached to Srila Prabhupada and
following his instructions. Sunita did not have an easy life, but nothing
could budge her from her place at Srila Prabhupada's lotus feet. All
glories to the dear soul Sunita Prabhu.
© CHAKRA 09 June 2001
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