Passed away on – 25th January 2019
Smita was a dedicated devotee serving in Radharani’s Bakery & Gift Shop for over 25 years. She was the Team Leader for the Bazaar area at Janmashtami.
kṛpālu, akṛta-droha, satya-sāra sama
nidoṣa, vadānya, mṛdu, śuci, akiñcana
sarvopakāraka, śānta, kṛṣṇaika-śaraṇa
akāma, anīha, sthira, vijita-ṣaḍ-guṇa
mita-bhuk, apramatta, mānada, amānī
gambhīra, karuṇa, maitra, kavi, dakṣa, maunī
“Devotees are always merciful, humble, truthful, equal to all, faultless, magnanimous, mild and clean. They are without material possessions, and they perform welfare work for everyone. They are peaceful, surrendered to Krsna and desireless. They are indifferent to material acquisitions and are fixed in devotional service. They completely control the six bad qualities — lust, anger, greed and so forth. They eat only as much as required, and they are not inebriated. They are respectful, grave, compassionate and without false prestige. They are friendly, poetic, expert and silent.
Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Madhya-lila 2.22.78-80
In my memories of Smita Mataji I felt the need to start with this small verse from the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita as the qualities described encapsulate the sincerity of devotional service Smita showed in her service to the bazaar team at Bhaktivedanta Manor
Smita Mataji always spoke and shared many inspirational quotes from her chosen Guru Maharaja HH Radhanath Swami and in her service always endeavored to please him; I asked her once why she hadn’t looked at taking initiation, she simply smiled and said she wasn’t qualified. Her actions demonstrated that although formal initiation hadn’t been taken in her heart it was.
Smita Mataji was a friend and ever well wisher to all those who helped out, for each and every festival and most prominent was her service during Janmashtami when the bazaar was operational; Smita Mataji made sure each individual was happy and fully fulfilled in there service making sure we all got to take darshan of Sri Sri Radha Gokulananda as she always said this was by far the most important thing for us to do our service. Smita Mataji also made sure we all had breaks to see the various dramas and kirtan, not forgetting that we had plenty of prasadam and on hot days water.
However Smita Mataji took her care for the devotees much further remembering each and every individual’s appearance day with a cheery message. And concern when you were suffering either physically or spiritually and would always find some useful information and practical ways to overcome.
Smita Mataji was an inspirational personality who put service and her love of the devotees foremost in her life, It’s such devotees I personally take to heart and will miss and touched the hearts of all who had her association and remained always humble and always happy in her service