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Srimati Mulaprakriti's passing in Vrindaban

by Smara Hari das

Posted July 15, 2004

When I was a boy in my parents' care I became exposed to books by authors like Orwell, Steinbeck, and Tolkien, who changed the way I saw the material world. On looking back I can list ten books that were most influential.

Now after three decades of attempting to harvest the mercy of Srila Prabhupada I am grateful to so many wonderful devotees for their tolerance and encouragement in my spiritual progress. Among my Godbrothers and Godsisters I have a top-ten list of devotees to whom I owe particular gratitude, since by their example and qualities they were instrumental in how I have come to perceive the spiritual world. Mulaprakriti devi dasi is one of my all-time favorite devotees.

While I was living in India in the early 70's, news of her amazing book distribution would filter through to Vrindaban. I was in awe of her contribution for a decade before I met her. During that decade she and Gopa toured South India. Later, when I was visiting Sri Rangam, the main pujari informed me that his newly installed Jagannath deities and temple were inspired by Mula preaching to him from Chaitanya Charitamrta.

Once on remarking on her wonderful levels of enthusiasm, she laughed and related a story about Srila Prabhupada. She was living on LA distributing Srila Prabhupada's books and returned to Watseka to sit in Prabhupada's room. He was preaching to a room full of guests and was illustrating a philosophical point by way of an analogy. Mula became excited and animated at His preaching to the point of interrupting Srila Prabhupada and finishing the point that He was making. Srila Prabhupada simply looked at her for a second and continued with His discourse. A few minutes later He was using another analogy and once again Mula burst in and finished Srila Prabhupada's sentence. This time Prabhupada acknowledged her to the guests and said with a smile "Just see how enthusiastic she is."

Whenever I think of Srila Prabhupada I am also reminded of droves of wonderful devotees who served Him so nicely. It is their enthusiasm and seva that keeps me aspiring for Krishna Prem. I am grateful for Mula's association and will miss her presence. She has faced death bravely and has done much to perfect her devotional life. The devotees at Bhaktivedanta Manor in England salute her and will remember her in their prayers and kirtan.