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Locan Prabhu’s daughter Rasa Priya passed away

Tuesday, 25 December 2012 / Published in Obituary / 3,775 views

Srimati Rasapriya Devi Dasi chanting for Sri Sri Radha Golokananda in Hillsborough, NC.

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.

Your servant,

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,
Ramesvara das

5 Responses to “Locan Prabhu’s daughter Rasa Priya passed away”

  1. Paramananda das says :

    I remember mother Rasa Priya from our ISKCON Padayatra in 1989 when we walked from SF to Tiruana and she was always blissfully engaged in Kirtana rasa that I know she liked so much ,she was a natural devotee born in a devotee family.Srila Prabhupada often stated that demigods line up to take birth in ISKCON, I am sure she has entered Krsnas nitya lilas for futher advancement in KC…I am praying to Giriraja Govardhana to keep her safe at His lotusfeet and engage her in eternal service to Radha Krsna and Lord Caitanya,and Srila Prabhupada

  2. Pavitra dasi says :

    Jai Rasa Priya, you will always stay in my heart. As a gurukula sibling and and godsister to my dear departed daughter Jahnavi dasi whom you shared most of your childhood days with in the ashram, I had the opportunity of knowing you. I remember you as always shy, chaste and very smart. All glories to your service sweet one. your servant, Pavitra devi dasi

  3. Pavamana says :

    My deepest condolences to the friends and family of Rasa Priya dd. She spent many years in San Diego, and I was fortunate to have had her association during her time here.
    Rasa Priya loved doing plays. She directed and produced many of them, and I was able to land a part in a few of them. Particularly, she rewrote HH Tamal Krishna Maharaja’s play, ‘The Drama of Lord Jagannatha”. I played the part of the Brahmin priest. We rehearsed for months . When it was finally ready for the opening, the temple room was overflowing with guests, and when it was over, the response was overwhelming. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the room.
    This production was a result of the profound ecstasy she and her father felt by reading HH Tamal Krishna’s book. She wanted to produce the play, but felt it was too long. The original version lasted about 4 hours, and she condensed it to about an hour and a half. The production was performed three times in San Diego, and I think we did it again in Laguna Beach once. It was a smash success. Not only did she rewrite the play and produce and direct it, but she and her father made Jagannatha Deities specially for the play. I think she was in her teens at the time. She also did another play called “The Kidnapping of Rukmini”, and some other plays I don’t remember now.
    Her intelligence seemed unlimited, and she was always enthusiastic in whatever she did. Just like Banasura had so many arms, Rasa Priya Mataji had so many talents she didn’t know what to do with them! She could have done anything she wanted.
    I cherish those few years I had with this great soul. I hope someday to follow her to eternal life with our Lord Krishna.
    Your servant, Pavamana dasa

  4. Vedanta sutra das says :

    Jai Rasa Priya D.D.
    One of the high lights of my devotional life was chanting on the west coast padayatra,with you ,Locanath Swami and all the wonderful devotees.after that we for performed Harinama around central Mexico for a month,then on to the vraja mandala parikrama.We had a blissfull talk in Alachua about all those times when you visited about ten years will be missed by all .may Krsna and SRILA Prabhupada guide and protect you in your onward spiritual journey.
    Your servant
    Vedanta Sutra DAS

  5. vrndavanalila says :

    I’ve met Rasa Priya in Los Angeles in early 80’s. She walked with us on Padayatra America in 1989 for about 4 months. She was in charge of Padayatra America “Media” services. She would write articles about Padayatra which were published in many newspapers of Southern California. She would speak to media interviewers from different TV channels which sometimes we were able to watch after our daily padayatra. She would also play mrdanga sometimes while on padayatra and lead the kirtans. She would pick flowers and make garlands for our beautiful Padayatra Sri Sri Nitai Gaurasandura Deties. She was always very enthusiastic and I loved her association. Later on that same year in 1989 we went on Vraja Mandala Parikrama. At my marriage in Varshana, my Guru Maharaja, HH Lokanath Swami, had asked Rasa Priya to “decorate” me. She painted gopi dots on my forehead and got me some jewelry from the dham. I feel very fortunate to have had her saintly association. I will miss her. Till we meet again my sweet Rasa Priya….My obeisances to you. May you have a safe journey back Home and may we feel the sweetness of Krsna’s hug to you as you arrive, all the way from here. Love you always.

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