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Syamapriya devi dasi’s return to Godhead

Friday, 17 April 2009 / Published in In Memoriam / 7,059 views

By Yasodamayi Devi Dasi

April 16, 2009

Syama Priya devi dasi joined the movement in San Diego in the 1970s. Recently she has succumbed to pancreatic cancer and will be returning to the spiritual world very soon. I wanted to post some information in case there are devotees who would like to visit her or pay their respects in some way. She is currently at the Hospice center on 39th Street in Gainesville FL in room 16. 

Many devotees are coming to see her and also chant. Mahatma das was there yesterday. Some devotees are coming that she doesn’t even know.  There is an outpouring of love and care for her.  Hrdayananda Maharaja has visited her several times and came again yesterday (4-15-09).  He was beaming and in a very good mood. Telling her how she had won! This is glorious. She has lived her life perfectly and now she is unwrapping the gift.  

When he first entered, he lifted the mood with his funny nature, saying something like, “Shyama Priya, you are an astronaut.”  And then he went on to say how first you traveled here and now you are traveling to Krishna, etc.  

Balavanta Prabhu came with his wife Balavi. They were so sweet and loving. 

Syamapriya was given a golden bracelet from Srimate Radharani and is now wearing that.  She comes in and out and remembers some conversations, and then forgets them.  She has this thing with tilaka. Whenever someone comes in (if she sees them), she notices if they have tilaka on. If they don’t she makes them put it on. Balavanta had to put it on a couple of times, she kept saying she didn’t see it.  They wanted to give her morphine as she is starting to have a lot more pain.  She said, “no intoxication”.  I think she is getting a little bit now though. Yesterday she said, “today I think I might leave my body”. Nimai asked if she thought she was Bhisma.  She said, “well this is no bed of arrows.”  

Syamapriya’s daughter, Amrta, said goodbye to her when she was taken to the hospice center.  It was too hard for Amrita, who is 13 years old, to watch her mom’s decline. Arrangements have been made for her to will live with her devotee step sister in Arizona.  

Shyama Priya forgot she had said good bye and was asking for her daughter.  Balavanta was there at the time and began to say how he left Srila Prabhupada two weeks before he left his body because it was too painful for him, and how it was likely too painful for her daughter to see someone she loves so much in this condition – and she is a just a kid and wants to remember her as a strong mother.


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    Madhusudana ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Thank you all so much for being there for her. It is so sweet. She is lovingly in our thoughts and prayers.

    We love this family of ours–Srila Prabhupada’s family. We never want to leave it. All glories to the assembled devotees.

    Always begging to remain your humble servants,
    Madhusudan and Kanchanbala

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    Shanatsya ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    I would like to offer my farewell to ‘Syamapriya prabhu, this kind and inspiring soul. I was fortunate to have her association in San Diego temple at the begining fo the ninties. She extended to me a very warm friendship that I did not forget. I was inspired by her holding on to Krsna although her life were not easy and disappointment many.
    May you have a swift journey and very blessed future.
    ys ‘Santasya dd

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    Dhanesvara ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Yasodamayi, thank you for posting this news. It’s sad for us to lose such wonderful devotees who have inspired us so much.

    I had the pleasure of Syamapriya’s association both in Miami and in San Diego. She was always so gentle and had a very sincere devotional mood. And she made great cookies! She was always ready and willing to do whatever she could to support Srila Prabhupada’s Movement and help the devotees. I remember how she told me about the long hours she was putting in to do the Prison Newsletter and writing to so many prisoners, and it would bring tears to my eyes to hear the letters of appreciation they sent to her. I am sure that her sincere preaching efforts will cause Sri Krishna to cast His smiling glance on her when the time comes to leave this world. It was an inspiration and pleasure to have had her association, and I will always remember her with fondness.

    Desiring to always remain a servant of the Vaishnavas,
    Dhanesvara Das

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    karanodakasayi visnu ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    My heart is numb with pain to know another great vaishnava is passing away. I did not know Syamapriya Devi Dasi but it is clear the Lord loves His devotees more than we love them and being the the Supreme controller He can ask for them back at His own sweet desire. I pray that I may eternally remain the humble servant of all the vaishnavas and when the time comes of their passing may it be as smooth as Narada Muni’s flash from lightning to illumination.

    Yours faithfully
    Karanodakasayi Visnu Dasa

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    naraharidev ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Mother Shyamapriya,

    Please accept my respectful obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    I would like to first congratulate you for your glorious life and also your upcoming departure. I am sure Krsna has a very special destination reserved for you. Although we never met in person we had worked very closely for nearly a year together for the ISKCON Prison Ministry. Under your direction, we had sent hundreds of books to many aspiring devotees in the prisons, answered many personal letters and helped reform many people to come to Krishna Consciousness. With your guidance many people transformed themselves and influenced even the chaplains to consider taking full sets of Srila Prabhupada’s books.

    Although the society doesn’t know much about the efforts of the Sankirtan devotees within the Prison Ministry I remember how you supported book distribution to the prison facilities.

    Later on you were not so sound financially, but whenever there was any little surplus, you would spend that money to buy books and send it to the prisoners. You wrote thousands of letters to help many people and helped them gain a taste for Krsna Consciousness.

    We couldn’t connect much after you moved away from Arizona, but I still remember how you would narrate the challenges living in this material world supporting a family, raising kids and also maintaining ideal standards to preach Krishna Consciousness.

    You have lived a glorious life and I hope you have a Glorious departure from this material world. I hope your legacy continues within IPM. I’m sure there will be many who will miss your counsel and association.

    I don’t know if we will be able to meet in person in this lifetime, but I hope to meet you back home soon.

    Wishing you all the very best for the journey ahead.

    Your servant,
    Narahari dev das

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    ramatulasi108 ( User Karma: 0 ) says:

    Dear Mother Syama Priya,

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

    I was very sad to hear that you will be departing from this world very soon. I remember you from when we were living in the Miami temple. You ran the temple store and you were very dedicated to your service. I remember your gentleness and your quiet and sweet nature whenever I spoke to you.

    Your departure from this world will be glorious, as you have served Srila Prabhupada steadfastly. You are very lucky to be making that journey back home, back to Godhead. All vaishnavas strive to make this their ultimate goal, and we can only pray with complete surrender to Sri Krsna that He will make that arrangement for us too, when it it is time for us to leave this illusory world.

    Your humble servant,

    Rama Tulasi dd.

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