Bir Krishna das Goswami: Locan Prabhu’s daughter Rasa Priya passed away approximately at 10:00 AM today (December 24th). She was listening to Srila Prabhupada chant Gaya Gaura Madhur Svare as she left her mortal frame. Certainly she has gone on to join Srila Prabhupada in his mission.
For last few months she has been surrounded by loving devotees caring for her every need. Especially Locan Prabhu and his wife Krishna Rati were there 24 hours a day caring for her, helping her leave this world remembering Krishna.
Rasa Priya was born right after her mother participated in Rathayatra in Los Angeles. Srila Prabhupada happily accepted the news of her birth and blessed her.
Throughout her life she has been dedicated to Srila Prabhupada’s mission. She taught many others the process of Kirtan especially how to play the mrdunga drum.
She was educated in the Krishna consciousness movement and pursued a carear in medicine. Just before becoming ill, she finished medical school with straight A’s specializing in three fields. Her desire to become a doctor reflected her compassionate nature.
When she was 18 years old she did the entire Vraj Mandal Parikrama barefooted. She has so much faith in Krishna consciousness that she drank from every single kund, and river in the holy dhama. Certainly by that act alone she has assured herself an eternal place at Srila Prabhupada’s feet.
Please pray for her and her family.
Bir Krishna das Goswami
She was a second generation devotee born in 1971 the day after San Francisco Ratha Yatra. When Srila Prabhupada was informed that Locana Dasa and Krishna Vilasini Dasi had a baby the day after attending Ratha Yatra he said, “That is natural child birth and you should name her Ratha Dasi.” Later on she accepted initiation by Ramesvara prabhu and was named Rasapriya Dasi.
Ramesvara das: Dear Prabhus,
I have just learned that Srimati Rasapriya Devi, daughter of Sriman Locan Prabhu, left her body this morning while listening to Srila Prabhupada and the Holy Names.
When Sri Jayananda Prabhu left his body listening to Srila Prahbupada and the Holy Name, I was present and wrote to Srila Prabhupada, describing his disappearance. His Divine Grace sent me back the following in a letter: “Dear Ramesvara, …Jayananda’s death is glorious. It is very good that he stated, “What is the use of such a useless body,” better to give it up. He has left his body very wonderfully, and he has been transferred to Vaikuntha… Everyone should follow the example of Jayananda. I am very proud that I had such a nice disciple…”
Srimati Rasapriya Devi took these instructions to heart and following Srila Prabhupada’s order, she “followed the example of Jayananda”. There is no doubt that she has been transferred back to Home, back to Godhead, where right now she is seeing Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Krsna face to face! I feel very humbled and honored to have known such a pure soul.
Her eternal servant,