Post Author: Bhushan Nityananda dasa Date: 2007-12-28 06:32:38
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Dandavats at lotus feet of Shrila Gurudeva dandavats at lotus feet of all devotees
My grandmother, Mukta Kotnis, left her material body on the auspicious day of dissapearnce of HDG Shri Shrimad BhaktiSiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada Gosvami. She regularly worshipped a dieties of Lord Bala Krishna and Lord Sheshayi Vishnu. At the age of 90 she took interest in reading devotional scriptures like Shrila Prabhupada books, Shri Chaitanya Bhagvata, Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Nityananda Charitamrita ,Shrimad Bhagvatam,Bhagvad Gita etc. Although she hadnt been educated in english language, and she had studied english very long time back, she read all these scriptures in english with only one eye working. Even at that age she was very active and she prpared feast for festival, when Gurudeva had come to our house. She used to most enthusiastically serve Shri Shri Gaura Nitai dities by making ghee lamps for them and sometimes used to offer bhoga. As she was reading these books, she took to the chanting of Nityananda Gauranga Mantrarajas and the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, without fail she would chant rounds in morning and evening. And one really great thing was that she always used to say "Hare Rama" most of the times, time to time she always chanted Hare Rama. She used to preach to when any guest used to come, she would enthusiastically show them Gaura Nitai dities and the guests used to come to know about Them, I really recall those moments. I humble beg all devotees to please bless her and pray for her. I was much attatched to her, and at one time when I was in school I was complete athiest and she used to tell me, please bow before God,and I being a rascal was too busy engaged in materialistic activities, so she used to pray to to Lord to give me good sense.
aspiring to be humble servant of your lotus feet bhushan nityananda das
Post Author: Nava Gauranga dasa Date: 2007-12-28 12:05:04
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krsna! AGTSG!
Bhushan, thank you for this very special writing. I have no doubt that your Grandma is a great soul with deep devotion. Such devoted people as her are very very rare in this world!. I am sure my friend, your treasured memories of her will stay with you for eternity and guide you back home to be with her.
It is good to see this writing you have presented here. It is straight from the heart, and very touching to read. i can see you through these words. Meeting great souls (such as your Grandma) can be huge turning points in our lives, as you have expressed here.
To attain one drop of her devotion is beyond what I could imagine. India holds a divine treasure (devotion such as hers), it is very encouraging to read this post. It is the duty of all Indian born people to share this great treasure and wisdom. Please write your flyers you are planning in simple words as you see fit. Thank you.
Post Author: Hadai Nityananda dasa Date: 2007-12-28 12:21:41
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krishna!
Dandavats at the lotus feet of Shrila Gurudeva and devotees.
What a wonderful celebration Bhushan. Liberation was already your grandmother's name but she has attained so much more. Devotees of the Lord are not interested in liberation, they are interested in their attachment to the Lord in whatever circumstances that may be. How wonderful that she chanted the most holy and merciful names of the Lord. I am sure a golden Chariot arrived at the door of her soul at the moment of her departure to bring her at the lotus Feet of our Lordships. On her journey she must have seen thousands of ghee lamps illuminating her path to the spiritual world. Devotees of the Lord liberate generations of their families and already during her life she has given you that most precious example of being a devotee. Mukta Kotnis Ki Jay! All glories to the devotees of Lord Gauranga Krishna!
Nityananda Gauranga Here Krishna!
Post Author: Bhakta Igor Date: 2007-12-28 18:57:47
Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna Al glories to all devotees of Supreme Lord! Dear Bhushan, you are very happy to had such soul for your grandmother. It was very deep feeling to read your words that came from your hearth. By reading your words I remembered Druhva Maharaja and how his mother said to him that he should look for Lord in the forest. Your grandma thought you to bow before God, to chant and to make life valuable. You are very fortunate to have such family, vaisnava family. It is great example for us how we should chant in old age and depend on Lord's sweet will. It was so deep to read your words. Lord Krsna said to Arjuna - kaunteya pratijanahi na me bhakta pranasyati. - My devotee never perishes! Then what to say about your grandma - she chanted Nityananda Gauranga and Hare Krsna! Srimati Mukta Kotnis Ki Jay! Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna Nityananda Gauranga Hare Krsna
Post Author: Gouranga dasa Date: 2007-12-29 11:16:00
This is wonderful, there are so many amazing humble souls quietly going back to Godhead, I feel we need some kind of a transcendental accounts book of every single devotee with a brief account of the services they performed. Let us pray to Mother Mukta kotnis, we are blessed now to have a friend in Goloka who can put in a good word for us with the lord! It is always good to have friends in high places.
Thanks for sharing this wonderful account.
Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-12-29 13:05:27
Nityaananda! Gauraanga! Hare Krishna! She was certainly a special soul. Due to the devotion of Bhushana Nityaananda dasa, she received an opportunity to read and chant Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna at her ripe old age of 90. This goes to show that even one devotee in a family can deliver many others from the cycle of birth and death. It also gives us great hope that it is never late in our lives to starting chanting the Holy Names. I have already prayed for the highest destination for her soul. Rest is dependant on the desire of Lord Gauranga Krishna.
When a (big or small) devotee leaves this world, Shrila Sarasvati Prabhupada desired that there should be at least a small article (if not more) remembering his or her devotional qualities and service rendered for the Lord.