Mahesh Dhokia 

30/10/1955 – 5/5/2020

Mahesh Dhokia was an unassuming devotee with a big heart. Whether it was the pilgrims he met at the temple, the customers who came to his shop, or the family and friends who attended his unique spiritual gatherings at home, everyone was conquered by his care, compassion and kindness. He exuded positivity and goodness, spreading spiritual hope and inspiration wherever he went.

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Mahesh Dhokia was an unassuming devotee with a big heart. Whether it was the pilgrims he met at the temple, the customers who came to his shop, or the family and friends who attended his unique spiritual gatherings at home, everyone was conquered by his care, compassion and kindness. He exuded positivity and goodness, spreading spiritual hope and inspiration wherever he went.

Mahesh was well-known for his health shop in Stretham, though in actuality it was more like a temple, sanctuary and spiritual haven. Individuals came there not as customers, but as spiritual seekers who were looking for some break from the chaos of life. Mahesh would have all the time in the world to listen to them, support them, and offer some much needed words of encouragement. From his shop he taught hundreds of people yoga and pranayama, introduced seekers to mantra meditation, and distributed thousands of books written by Srila Prabhupada. He wasn’t your average shop keeper, but more like a full-time spiritual welfare worker! “This gives joy to my heart” he once said, “to help people find Krishna.”

Closer to home, Mahesh was a wonderful father and husband. He provided for the needs of his family, created a spiritual atmosphere in the home, and supported them in everything they did. When Mahesh’s late wife, Jayshree Dhokia, was diagnosed with terminal illness, he was a pillar of strength and guided her through that stage with grace. He demonstrated how even the most challenging situations in life can be overcome through the development of spiritual consciousness. Mahesh was never one to be defeated, disappointed or frustrated – blessed with spiritual resilience.

In his personal spirituality, Mahesh was disciplined, dedicated and devoted. Everything he did was an offering to his beloved Deities, Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, who he lovingly served every single day. He would wake Them, dress Them, cook for Them, worship Them, and introduced everyone he met to Them! Every day he chanted on his prayer beads for two hours, read ancient scriptures like Srimad-Bhagavatam, and listened to the lectures of Srila Prabhupada. Through his spiritual practice, Mahesh had developed a vision of eternity. Through the inevitable rollercoaster of life, he remained fixed on his goal, convinced that this chapter was an opportunity to open the doors to the spiritual world. Most certainly he was a rare success story, and we were blessed have the company of such a special soul.

“One who is beyond duality and doubt, whose mind is engaged within, who is always busy working for the welfare of all sentient beings, and who is free from all sins, achieves liberation in the Supreme.” (Bhagavad-gita 5.25)

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