Chakra Announcements

Sucirani Mataji passes away

by Ananda Tirtha das

Reposted January 16, 2004


[Sucirani surrounded by devotees shortly before her auspicious passing.]

Dear Devotees,

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

This is just a short letter note to inform you that HG Sucirani Dasi, of Perth, Australia, left her body a few hours ago, on the evening of January 5. She had been diagnosed with cancer exactly one year ago, and although it was kept in check for the first six months or so, thereafter her condition deteriorated rapidly.

Her passing away, however, was most auspicious. Following in the footsteps of Srila Prabhupada and so many of our Vaisnava acaryas, she was able to quit her material body in Krishna's own land of Vrindavan, with minimal pain, and in the presence of devotees loudly chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

For days prior to her leaving, letters of encouragement and appreciation had been pouring in from her devotee friends around the world, and she was also blessed with the association of many saintly devotees here in Vrindavan. In particular, Bhurijana Prabhu and Jagattarini Mataji, her siksa-gurus and longstanding friends, spent many hours preparing her for this final test.

Also of particular help to her was the maha-mantra kirtana that Aindra and Madhava Prabhus had been leading in her room every evening for the last five day. We offer our most humble respects and gratitude to all the devotees who gave time to help Sucirani in her final days.

It is clear to all of us who were serving her that Sri Sri Radha Krishna had forcibly taken charge of her last days and orchestrated everything in such a perfect way that she was able to let go of her remaining attachments to this world and leave in such an auspicious manner.

Although nothing could have been better for her, still the loss of her association is a grievous blow to her friends and family. . . .

Please offer your prayers and best wishes to her soul, which is now hopefully on its final upward journey towards the eternal service of her worshipable Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, and may her example inspire us in our own attempts at krsna-bhakti.

All glories to Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON guru-vrinda, and all glories to Her Grace Suci Rani Dasi.

More reports will be forthcoming.

Your servants,

Banke Bihari Das (husband)
Ananda Tirtha Das (son)

(as well as the following devotees who cared full time for Sucirani during her final days: Mother Kaulini, Palika Dasi, Bhaktin Rachel, and Surbhi.)