Mother Vraja Vadhu has left her body

3,471 Views / EMail This Post / Print This Post / Home » Mother Vraja Vadhu has left her body

Yudhisthira Dasa: Mother Vrajavadhu has left her body.

The wonderful devotee, Mother Vrajavadhu, who performed so much service, including faithfully sweeping the temple grounds in San Diego for decades until her body would no longer allow it, left this morning, a split-second after Carol Kanchanbala Blumert, whispered “Prabhupada” in her ear. Kanchanbala said, “Vrajavadhu, I just want you to know that you did so much service and Krsna loves you. Krsna is here with you and Prabhupada…” Right when she said “Prabhupada,” Vrajavadhu opened her mouth, breathed out, and she (the soul) left the body.

Mother Ladali Cabezas, who lovingly and selflessly cared for Vrajavadhu for so many years, was there during the departure, along with Kanchanbala devi dasi, Parasakti devi dasi and Michael Madhusudan Blumert. Srila Prabhupada was chanting from the iPod player. Vrajavadhu was sprinkled with Ganga water and Nrismha oil moments before her departure. Gaura Nitai deities and large photos of Srila Prabhupada and Sri Sri Radha Giridhari watched over her from throughout her room. Many devotees visited her over the past few days, chanting and reading to her.

Vrajavadhu was Srila Prabhupada’s oldest living disciple. She never forgot Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna even after dementia had set in. She would chant many rounds everyday, beyond her designated 16, because she often would forget to move her counter beads or forget that she had already chanted, so she just kept on chanting all day.

Recently, Vrajavadhu would ask Ladali and others if they heard the beautiful kirtan, but nobody else could hear it. Vrajavadhu was hearing kirtan in her head and she would often explain, in amazement, that it was sooooo beautiful and she said that it was a different tune than what we usually chant.

She often complained, for the past 5 years, because she had to stay in her body when it was so broken down and she could no longer do her favorite services of sweeping around the temple and feeding the seagulls the left over, old prasadam. She would say, “I just want to leave and go back to Krishna!”

The hospice staff were profoundly moved by Vrajavadhu, by the attitude and demeanor of all the devotees who visited and the by the kirtans. One of the staff vowed to become a vegetarian. What a glorious event. Mother Vrajavadhu was changing lives, simply by her presence, up to the very end of her time in that body.

Ladali explained that the hospice chaplain visited and said that Vrajavadhu was the first famous person they ever had at the hospice. He concluded that she was famous because she had so many visitors. Ladali explained that Vrajavadhu was famous because of her humble service to God and told him how she, without fail, swept the temple grounds everyday for decades and her humility made her famous. The chaplain teared up and quoted a Bible verse about humble service to God. Srila Prabhupada mercy is without boundaries.

Vrajavadhu has been an inspiring fixture in the San Diego Hare Krishna Temple community since the ’70’s and, although we know she is with Krishna as we speak or, at the very least, born into a family of extremely pure loving Vaisnavas for one final glorious life of service to Srila Prabhupada, she will be deeply missed. We will have a memorial for Vrajavadhu at 2:30 PM, before the Sunday Feast on July 28th.

By Madhusudan das and Kanchanbala dasi

Dear Devotees,

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

Srila Prabhupada‚Äôs oldest living devotee, Vraja Vadhu devi dasi aged 99, is now in hospice and will be leaving us soon. We would like the world wide community of devotees to pray for her safe journey to the Lotus Feet of Sri Sri Radha Giridhari. She has always been an extremely sincere and faithful daughter of Srila Prabhupada‚ÄĒalways endeavoring to please him, following his teachings, and always doing service. She has continually spent most of her tiny income to support Krishna‚Äôs cows and not leaving much for herself. One of her uninterrupted services was sweeping around the temple grounds. She always made it a point to distribute the left over remnants of prasadam from the temple to the birds and animals in the forests and canyons of San Diego. She has been in San Diego many years and is a well loved member of the community. At this time groups of devotees have been with her either doing kirtan, reading, or chanting japa. We will all miss her dear association but we are happy for her as we‚Äôre sure she will be taken care of by Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. Her future is very bright.

We beg to remain your servants,
Madhusudan das and Kanchanbala dasi

Please click the "Like" button below if you haven't done so already!
3,471 Views / EMail This Post / Print This Post / Home » Mother Vraja Vadhu has left her body

Comments • [comment feed]

1 Madhusudan das ACBSP

Thank you Dandavat Administrator for posting these announcements so quickly, and putting the pieces together when there was no photos submitted. The cooperation is enlivening as we are all one family–Prabhupada’s family; Krishna’s family!

Thank you for your service.

Comment posted by Madhusudan das ACBSP on July 19th, 2013

Comments are closed. Please check back later.

Home » Mother Vraja Vadhu has left her body
  • Post Details

Author: Administrator Administrator's website Administrator's email
Post Date: Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Categories: In Memoriam
Trackback: Trackback
  • Last update: Sun September 21

  • Who is online

    • 41 currently online
    • 170 maximum concurrent
    • 12160176 total visitors

    Registered users online

Giri-nayaka das - syamasundara -
  • Registered users: 6394

  • Navigation

  • BC VTE Bhakti Sastri Online
  • Bhaktimarga Swami's blog
  • Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
  • Bhaktivedanta College
  • Bhaktivedanta Institute (Alachua)
  • Bhaktivedanta Manor
  • Bhaktivedanta VedaBase Network
  • Bhaktivedanta Vedabase Online
  • Cooking with Kurma
  • Darshan of SS Radha-Londonisvara
  • Dharmapatnis
  • Diary of a Traveling Preacher
  • Euro GBC
  • Forbidden Archeology
  • Gaudiya Vaisnava texts
  • Indradyumna Swami Media
  • ISKCON Bangalore Official
  • ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry
  • ISKCON Health & Welfare Ministry
  • ISKCON Ministry of Educational Development
  • ISKCON's Congregational Development Ministry
  • Iskcon-desire-tree
  • Jayadvaita Swami's personal site
  • Krishna Dharma's website
  • Krishna Lila Entertainment
  • Mayapur Academy
  • Mayapur Days
  • Mayapur International School
  • Ministry of Educational Development
  • Our Spiritual Journey
  • Parisisvara
  • Radio Krsna Central
  • Saligrama Sila site
  • Sridham Mayapura
  • The Bhaktivedanta Archives
  • The ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry
  • The Official GBC site
  • The official website of Radhanatha Swami
  • Trivikrama Swami
  • Vaisnava Calendar
  • Vaisnava Calendar Reminder
  • Vaisnava care website
  • Vanipedia
  • Vedic Astrologer
  • Vedic knowledge online
  • Vedic view on controversial issues
  • Website in Bengali language
  • Yadunandana Swami's personal site
  • Alachua Temple Live Podcast
  • Comments by author
  • Donate through searching
  • Founder Acarya
  • Incoming Links
  • Iskcon News TV Channel
  • Iskcon Radio stations
  • Iskcon Universe Feed
  • Jaya Srila Prabhupada!
  • Krishna conscious "youtube"
  • Krishna Conscious Media
  • Most commented articles
  • Most read articles
  • New Dwaraka Archived Lectures
  • Polls
  • Stats
  • Temple webcams
  • Thanks!
  • The last seven day's most read articles
  • New Gokula Farm Celebrates Local Community Work
  • TOVP Kartika Announcement
  • Ludhiana Rath Yatra On Nov.16,2014
  • Cow Protection Service Available At New Vrajamandala (Spain)
  • ‚ÄėFaith and Personality‚Äô - a Holistic, Value Lecture for High School Students
  • Vaishnava Encyclopedia
  • Baladeva Vidyabhusana Project Update and Visvanatha Cakravarti‚Äôs ‚ÄúGaura-gana-svarupa-tattva-candrika‚ÄĚ
  • The teaching of Saint Francis are alive and well in the heart of a killing culture
  • Devotee v/s device- whose association do you seek?
  • Flourishing cow slaughter houses in India needs immediate closure

    "Artwork and photos courtesy of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International, Inc. Used with permission"