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Rama Das Passes Away
BY DEENA BANDHU DASA
USA, Dec 15 (VNN) Rama das - pujari from LA - passes away. Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
On dvadasi night at 10 pm, Ram Das left his body very peacefully here in Vrindavan in the company of his wife Krishna Kumari. Kavichandra M had just been there giving him Reiki and they were laughing and joking, but he was extremely weak. After KM left, he took his milk and pills. Then around 10 pm, he told Krishna Kumari that he was very thirsty, so she made some juice.
After he drank it, she could hear gurgling in his lungs like they were filling with fluid and she knew it was the end. It was just the 2 of them there. She told him to chant, and he was telling her that it is 10 pm, you must be tired please go to bed, it's very late. I'll be alright. He kept repeating this concerned for her. She kept telling him Ram Das chant Krishna, chant Krishna, and she began chanting. Srila Prabhupada's happening tape was playing in the background. That brahmacari, Kala Venu had just one hour before brought a large lamination of Srila Prabhupada's torso and it was on the window sill directly in front of him. With husband and wife alone chanting together, very peacefully he passed on to the arms of Lord Krishna in a matter of minutes, fully conscious and without any trouble.
Yesterday we took him to the Jamuna. Most devotees were out on Marathon, but whatever Godbrothers and a few others were there and we consigned his mortal remains to the flames on the bank of Kalindi. He was a very big boy and Acyuta had to run and bring another load of wood to finish off.
In a day or two we will have a memorial meeting, since her place is very small, I was hoping we could use your living room.
In service to Sri Sri Krishna Balaram,
Deena Bandhu dasa
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