Purnamasi Devi Dasi
Passed away on – 22nd November 2002
Purnamasi devi dasi, formerly known as Parvatiben Patel, was a beloved mother, grandmother, spiritual guide and mentor to the devoted “Patel family” of Bhaktivedanta Manor..
Purnamasi devi dasi, formerly known as Parvatiben Patel, was a beloved mother, grandmother, spiritual guide and mentor to the notoriously infamous “Patel family” of Bhaktivedanta Manor. But to us, she was known as baa.
Baa was a strong lady who, inevitably, raised 8 strong children that went on to build an army of a family. And despite the various speedbumps she encountered in her life, it wasn’t until the late 1980s where her life had truly begun – the time in her life where Krishna Consciousness made a tumultuous, yet grand, entrance.
In 1996, she proudly joined Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual family, and took initiation from H.H. Bhakti Charu Swami. From that day on, she never looked back. In fact, she was so convinced and faithful towards Mahaprabhu’s mission, that she made it her life’s mission to ensure that Krishna Consciousness started at home with a solid foundation. Her life ambition was to ensure that every single member of the family took to the holy name. Because she knew, in order to serve Sri Guru and Gauranga, this spiritual practice starts at home.
Bhakti Vinod Thakur explains: in today’s age, enemies will speak sweet words to your face and then speak ill of you behind your back. But a true friend, will do the opposite. And the latter is the epitome of Purnamasi’s example. She would always chastise the family to their face, but when they weren’t around, she would sing their glories as loudly as she could. It was her intention to always to ensure we strive for perfection in our service to Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda… all because she was a dear friend and well-wisher.
Aside from the loving chastisement we all received in the form of encouragement, she ensured that her example was of a pristine standard. Her work ethic was arguably second to none. And her service attitude and devotion never went unnoticed.
Whether it was cooking for devotees, being on the altar or working in the gift shop, she would just keep going. Her determination was so inspiring and relentless, that after her 4th stroke, devotees were forced to make her step down from her services. Her paralysis was so serious, that she had to chant her rounds on her left hand. Devotees were genuinely worried and when she was asked to step down, all she could do was cry. All she ever wanted to do, was serve.
As a result of the example she set, the family was able to follow an incredibly high standard. Each and every family member would agree, that without her, we would not be where we are today.
In Novemeber 2002, Purnamasi left her body in the holy dham of Vrindavan within the last 2 days of Karthik. This auspicious departure was a testament to her love for Radha and Krishna and I’m sure she’d agree – she wouldn’t have had her departure any other way.
Despite her physical presence, she has left us a legacy that continues to be present in our daily activities. Dear Baa – on behalf of the Patel family, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your love, support and encouragement. We are truly indebted to you, life after life. And wherever you are, please continue to shower us with your blessings so that we can follow in your footsteps, back to Goloka Vrindavan.