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Please Pray for Somaka Prabhu
From Lilavilasini dd

Dear Devotees,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Hare Krishna

Unfortunately, yet another of Srila Prabhupada disciples has returned to His Divine Grace. His Grace Somaka Prabhu has passed away after having cancer for some months. All devotees are asked to please pray for him.

Your humble servant,
Lilavilasini dd

Somaka Maharaja Leaves Body

Dear devotees,

With a saddened heart, we announce the passing away of Somaka Maharaja. He was affected by an incurable disease, and in the evening of the 18th of this month, his body ceased to function.

He was Italian born and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1972. He faithfully served in ISKCON almost his entire life. He was a sannyasi and an initiating guru. He relinquished his position a few years ago and retired.

He was loved and respected by everyone. The Italian devotees especially mourn the great soul who gave them so much.

Writings about him are published on the Italian web site

Hare Krishna!

Yadunatha Das Leaves Body
By Anana Moya dasa

Hare Krsna,

Please accept my humble obeisance. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and to Srila Gurudeva.

This is to inform you that His Grace Yadunatha Das (age 63 yrs), a dedicated disciple of Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami left this world at 5:38pm on Sunday, 22nd September, 2002, at Monash Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Thanks and appreciation from to our sponsor and host,

Madhava Kripa das Passes Away
From Tusti Mohan Krsna dasa

[reprinted from Free Forum]

Dear Devotees

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

His grace Madhava Kripa das from Spain, a disciple of HH Jayapataka Swami, passed away July 20th (Ekadasi) in the hospital. He was in a very delicate situation with heart problems. Almost 10 devotees were present at the time he left his body, and they offered him Ganga Water and Tulsi leaves. 

HG Vamana Dev Leaves Body
By Parijata devi dasi

Dear Maharajs and Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

This is to inform you that His Grace Vamana Dev Das (age 80 yrs), a dedicated follower of Srila Prabhupada left this world on 18 July 2002 at Mumbai.

He was in hospital for a few days. Devotees at Sri Sri Radha Rasabihari Mandir, Juhu, performed his last rites, and his body was cremated on 19 July 2002.

Your servant,
Parijata devi dasi
ISKCON Communications (Mumbai)

Reflections on the Departure 
of a Great Mother, Part 1 

By Sankirtana dasa

The mother of H.H.Lokanath Swami Maharaja spent her whole life in a small village in Maharastra, a state in India. She was a simple and loving person, a devotee of Lord Vitthala-Rukmini, worshiped in Pandharpur Dhama. Every year some members of the family used to visit Pandharpur on foot, a walk of many days, to pay their respects to the Lord. Some family members walked that distance to have the dharshan of the Lord, whereas the rest of the family patiently waited at home for the return of the pilgrims to hear from them about the Lord and to honor the Prasadam they would bring.
[Photo inside.]

Reflections on the Departure 
of a Great Mother, Part 2

In Memory of Guru Maharaja's Mother
By Gaurangi Dasi

She was one of my mothers,
Having given birth to my spiritual master.
As he is very dear to me, she also became dear,
For all the love and care she showered upon him.
And I also loved her in her own right.

A simple woman from Maharasthra,
Having lived close to Mother Earth,
Not far from the blessed land of Lord Vitthala,
Working on the farm, raising her children,
Squatting on the ground to cook
Fantastic meals in the open air kitchen
Amidst the mooing of the family cows.
[Photo inside.]

His Grace Radha Pada Das Leaves Body
By Tusti Mohan Krsna das

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Most of you know His Grace Radha Pada das, who donated the Deities of Mayapur, all the laxmi to buy the Kolkata temple, the Gurusadaya Road property, and much more. He left his body on 28th April at 8.30 pm at the age of 82.

He was fully conscious and talking to his son. He told his son to play Srila Prabhupada’s tape, as he usually listens to Prabhupada kirtan. Then within half an hour, he left his body. After getting this news, devotees from the Kolkata temple along with Their Grace Jananivas Prabhu and Dayaram das went to his house and performed kirtan. His body will be taken for cremation today on 29th at 2pm.

Radhapada Passes 
Away in Calcutta

By Vipramukhya Swami

April 29, 2002– His Grace Radhapada Prabhu passed away peacefully in bed yesterday in Kolkata (Calcutta), India. He was 82 years old. He was fully conscious, listening to a tape of Srila Prabhupada performing kirtan.

Radhapada Prabhu donated the deities of ISKCON Mayapur and gave substantial donations for the purchase of the Kolkata temple and the property on Gurusaday Road.

On the day of his passing, Radhapada Prabhu was lying in bed and asked his son, Radhe Syam Tulsion, to put on his usual tape of Srila Prabhupada singing. A half hour later he peacefully left his body.

Upon hearing the news, devotees from ISKCON Kolkata went to his house and performed kirtan.

His body will be taken for cremation today, April 29, 2002, at 2 PM India time.

Radhapada Prabhu was well known by many GBC members.
[Complete on this page.]

Remembering Ojasvi Prabhu
By Mahapurana dasa

I am overjoyed because my dear Godbrother has returned to the spiritual world to continue his service to Srila Prabhupada and to embrace the Lotus Feet of Krishna. I am sad because I am bereft of his association.

I met Ojasvi Prabhu in 1972 or '73. He ran a small shop one or two blocks from the entrance to the famous Pike Place Market in Seattle. He sold devotional paraphernalia and, of course, Srila Prabhupada's books. I had been to India in 1968, so when I first saw him dressed in a dhoti with tilak and sikha, I thought, "Wow! He looks like those people I met in India."

I would frequently go to the shop to purchase incense and other items. Ojasvi would always greet me with a big smile. I had no idea what the devotees were about. I just knew that I enjoyed Ojasvi's warm and friendly association.

The Passing Away of 
Ojasvi Prabhu

By Sri Thakur das

Dear devotees,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

My father, Ojasvi Prabhu, left his body at 7:47 a.m. here in San Diego, on the most auspicious Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He passed away due to complications from leukemia.

Ojasvi dasa, age 50, was an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He joined the Denver ISKCON Temple in 1972. Subsequently he served in Denver, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Seattle, the Bridesville farm in Canada, and San Diego.

Ojasvi was a skilled artist and sculptor, and while in Los Angeles he worked on a project very dear to Srila Prabhupada, the First American Theistic Exhibition, popularly known as the FATE museum. He helped make dioramas that are now on display at the Detroit temple. In Denver he assisted with the installation of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda. He also did book distribution and college preaching programs there. 

The Glories of the 
Late Adiraj Prabhu

By Bhaktin Yesha 
on behalf on Nrshingha Prabhu

Please accept my obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

Recently, on the 11th of March, six Mauritian devotees were killed in a car accident in the south of Mauritius. Among them, three were initiated devotees and three of them were devotee children.

Adiraj Prabhu and his wife, Vilasini Devi Dasi, two of the victims, were disciples of His Holiness Giriraj Swami. Adiraj Prabhu was a very ardent and dynamic preacher. He never liked to stay idle but wanted to preach in all circumstances, and on the eve of his death, he gave a lecture on the glories of Tulasi Devi. In fact, there is something that many Mauritian devotees are unaware of: Adiraj Prabhu is the one who sent the silas of Krsna and Balaram, who are being worshipped in our Radha Golokananda temple.

Radha Devi Dasi Passes Away
from Dinadayadri dasi

Today I received an e-mail from Vikramini wherein she said: "I just called Shamani and she told me that Radha passed away. I didn't get any details as she was on the other line and couldn't talk to me."

Madhava Toshani’s Last Rites
by Amogha das

[from Free Forum]

I wish to thank the many devotees who have e-mailed condolences and words of kindness and praise for my beloved daughter. It is a very difficult time for us, and your words have helped greatly.

The devotees in Kuala Lumpur saw her off with great kindness, attention, and reverence. We are forever indebted to them. Apparently the group of brahmacaris who helped us are never usually in KL, but traveling around Malaysia distributing books and preaching.

Madhava Toshani 
Back to Krishna

by Amogha das and Mohini Rupa devi dasi
[reprinted from Free Forum]

My lovely devotee daughter Madhava Toshani, age 13, has passed away in Kuala Lumpur. We came here to see Dr. Santi Rupa arriving from Singapore, but our daughter became very weak and couldn't breathe just after we arrived. Dr. Santi Rupa had a look and said to go immediately to hospital. In the van as we were driven by Simhesvara Prabhu she was gasping for breath and I was chanting loudly close to her face and she was mouthing the words with me.

Sunita Ashes Placed in Yamuna 
By Deena Bandhu das

CHAKRA (Vrindavan, India) - 30th July, 2001, Pavitropana Ekadasi: In a very touching ceremony today, Toshan Krishna and his two younger sons, Govinda and Naveen Krishna, sprinkled the ashes of Sunita Mataji in the sacred waters of Sri Yamuna.

Remembering Krsna Kanta Devi Dasi
By Jaya Govinda dasa (ISKCON Vancouver)

On Friday morning, the 20th of July, Krsna Kanta devi dasi, a well-known disciple of Srila Prabhupada who lived in Vancouver, Canada, unexpectedly passed away. Although the actual cause of death is not certain it appears to be related to an epileptic seizure. She is survived by her husband Mahidhara Dasa and three children; Raman Reti aged 20, Gaura Sundar aged 18 and Rasamanjari aged 13. 

The Passing of Rupa Manohara
By Yugala Kishor dasa

On Sayana Ekadasi Day, July 2, 2001, Rupa Manohara Prabhu left this world, in Gainesville, Florida. He was survived by his wife, son and daughter: Mother Draupadi, Sri Rama and Vrindavaneswari.

© CHAKRA 16-July-2001

Kirtida Mataji Leaves Her Body

CHAKRA (Dallas, Texas) - June 26, 2001: At 3:05 a. m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2001 Kirtida devi dasi, a disciple of H. H. Tamal Krishna Goswami, left her body in Radha Kalachandji Dhama in Dallas, Texas from esophageal cancer. 

© CHAKRA 27-June-2001

Abbreviated Devotional History of Srimati Sunita Devi Dasi
By Tosan Krishna dasa

Sunita was born in Brajadhama in an Aggarwal family in the village of Hatras in 1949. Both her mother and father were born in Mathura.

© CHAKRA 22-June-2001

Passing of Sunita Dasi
By Pranada Devi Dasi

Our dear Godsister Sunita dasi, left her body yesterday around 2:30pm. Almost the entire Alachua community is deeply grieving the loss of her association.

© CHAKRA 09 June 2001

The Glorious Passing of Sriman Ramadasa Prabhu
By Deena Bandhu das

CHAKRA (Vrindavan, India): On Dvadasi night at 10 pm, Ram Das left his body very peacefully here in Vrindavan in the company of his wife Krishna Kumari.

© CHAKRA 12-December-2000

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