Chakra Announcements

Bhaktin Sylvia Evans

by Jagadambika d.d.

Posted January 15, 2005

Bhaktin Sylvia Evans was born in England in 1932, and all of her life she had a great desire to know about God. After her two children were grown, Sylvia moved to London to further pursue her religious quest. She attended lectures on a variety of faiths, and was instantly attracted to the Hare Krsna's, when she learned that the Krsna's were strict vegetarians. Sylvia visited the Soho Street temple in London to meet the devotees. She loved them, the Krsna conscious philosophy and stayed. For many years in the early 1980's, Sylvia was the receptionist at the Soho Street temple. Then in the mid 1980's she decided to take a six weeks vacation to Los Angeles to visit friends at New Dvaraka. Once she arrived in LA, she decided to stay. Her services in New Dvaraka included being the hostess at the nightly guest program, and tending to Lord Jagannatha, Baladeva and Lady Subhadra's clothes and turbans in the Pujari room. She also did all of their Lordships laundry daily. Sylvia was married to Maha Vira Dasa, her estranged husband. They never divorced.

About three years ago, Sylvia became seriously ill with a disease of the bone marrow. She told only her closest friends about her ailment and rarely complained about the need for frequent blood transfusions and other complications from the disease. Her condition took a turn for the worse, and her devotee friends maintained a vigil at her bedside. She departed this world on August 7th, 2004 listening to Srila Prabhupada and the devotees chanting; wrapped in Harinama chaddar, Tulasi garlands, and water from sacred Kundas. Sylvia's daughter Jane and granddaughter Clare will accompany her ashes to India. Her ashes are in the care of Mother Isanah Dasi (one of her best friends). Sylvia was a good friend and we will all miss her funny sense of humor.