Radhi succumbs to sudden illness
Posted September 6, 2003
MURWILLUMBAH, Australia -- Radhi Linklater, a young Australian devotee, passed away July 15 after a 12-hour bout with meningococcal disease contracted while staying with friends in Brisbane during school holidays. Known among devotees by her spiritual name Radharani dasi, she was 17.
She was fond of Deity worship from an early age, and had roles in several Vaisnava dramas. She had been a student at Wollumbin High School and dreamed of an acting career.
Three local newspapers -- the Northern Star, the Gold Coast Bulletin and the Daily News -- headlined articles such as "God's darlingā taken" and "Radhi's death stuns Tweed," alluding to the sudden and dramatic development of her meningitis: "Radhi was rushed to Royal Brisbane Hospital at 3 p.m. Monday after developing symptoms of meningococcal disease.
"Her parents . . . from just outside Chillingham, were told at 8 p.m. Monday and arrived at the hospital at 11 p.m. Radhi died at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday. The disease has stunned Radhi's friends and relatives at how rapidly it stole her life."
Many devotees attended her memorial service, as well as school friends, teachers and other relatives. After paying tribute to Radharani prabhu, a devotee used the occasion to speak of the eternal nature of the spirit soul, the temporary nature of the body and the sanatana dharma of devotional service. One devotee related the story of Sukadeva Goswami leaving home at the tender age of 16, with his family members and friends crying, and suggested the Srimad Bhagavatam, spoken by Sukadeva Goswami, as a means to remove suffering.
Radharani dasi is survived by her Vaisnava parents Jaya Krsna das and Hari Mohini dasi (James and Helen Linklater), and two younger sisters, Lalita and Tulasi. Condolences and appreciations may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Radharani was an initiated disciple of Srila Narayan Maharaj, who will perform her funeral rites in Vrindavana, India. The ceremony, known as antyeshti-kriya, includes recitation of the Bhagavad-gita and the scattering of her cremated remains in the Yamuna River.
Here is a poem written by Radhi:
Spin the hands of time
Back to that place,
where all the clocks stopped
when I felt your embrace.
and gold glittered high,
My heart fluttered,
my head in the sky.
A perfect kind of love,
A heart just as a dove,
That will only come home,
When peace does roam
Through fields where only clover grow,
Thus be the love of my life I know.
Take me to that heavenly space,
Where on that divine day
I first felt your embrace.
Love me always . . . . Radhi