Chakra Announcements

Vrnda Devi Rests Up After Cancer Surgery

by Jagannnatha das

Posted May 3, 2006

Devotee author Vrnda Devi is recovering at her home in Tampa, Florida from mid-April cancer surgery. For over 35 years she has been a dedicated advocate for animal welfare, including the protection of cows and the advancement of ethical vegetarianism. She is also the author of several books, including Compassionate Cuisine.

Vrnda prabhu met Srila Prabhupada in London in 1971. She has closely associated with ISKCON for most of her life and is an inspiration to others for her quiet simplicity, honesty and true compassion.

Those of us who have had the good fortune of her instructional association recall a long-ago late afternoon in her family's Lockport, New York ashram, where a dog belonging to her family was dying of an unknown illness.Vrnda gently brought the gasping pet, an old English sheepdog, into the house. As the dog lay dying,trying to draw breath, Vrnda Devi surprised us all by lying down on the floor beside the poor creature. She held it lovingly until it finally passed away. Such is the beautiful, undiscriminating compassion of this great soul so inspired by the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.

We are happy to report that Vrnda prabhu is doing very well. Her doctor (a regular visitor to the Alachua temple and also a caring devotee) has said that she is certain that all of the cancer was successfully removed. Our thoughts and prayers are with Vrnda and her family, which includes filmmaker Ananda Manjari and India Juliana -- both alumnae of Urmila prabhu's Padma Academy in North Carolina.