Honoring Her Grace Labangalatika Devi Dasi

By Pancha Tattva Dasa

images-6tumblr_plzv9ophTY1sbj0vuo1_500Last week, at the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai, I had the good fortune to meet Mother Labangalatika, an early disciple of Srila Prabhupada, whose son Dwarkadish also had Srila Prabhupada’s association. There is a famous picture of Dwarkadish being guided by hand in his writing lesson by Srila Prabhupada. Mother Labangalatika was at the hospital to get some (medical) tests. She was frail, but her mind was agile, and she was full of love for Srila Prabhupada and the devotees.

Dvarakadhisa Das: “Thank You Pancha Tattva I didn’t know. I knew she had been quite ill for some time but didn’t know she was in the hospital. I am happy to hear a lovely Indian lady who also protects cows with her husband has been cooking for her and looking after my mom. I am ever indebted to my mom for giving me the shelter of Srila Prabhupada. My friend Jeffrey E. Dunan told me that I am so happy I was involved with the greatest social experiment on earth, otherwise; I would still be scratching me head wondering what is the purpose of my life.

My mother has done so much incredible devotional service. She was one of the all-time top book download-4distributors and money collectors in Los Angeles from 1973 to 1983. She was famous for her mangala aratik sweets that she prepared for Rukmini Dwakadisha. She sneaked into Moscow in 1984 with Russian Bhagavad-gitas and passed them out on the window sills, and luckily was not caught by the KGB (the main security agency for the Soviet Uniion from 1954 until its break-up in 1991).  She did witness people picking up the Bhagavad-gitas. Then she traveled by herself to many countries meeting Russians and selling them Prabhupada’s books. Her last phase has been running a goshala (a shelter for cows) for almost 30 years on her farm in Maharashtra, India. Soon her book will be coming out on Amazon about her personal cow adventures. Thank you Pancha Tattva Dasa for spreading the love of Srila Prabhupada’s few remaining disciples.”

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4 Responses to Honoring Her Grace Labangalatika Devi Dasi

  1. Ranadhir Das (from New V way back when) says:

    Thanks, that was lovely, Dwarkadish. She was an extraordinary devotee.

    Ranadhir Das (from New Vrindavan — way back when.)

  2. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    I, too, remember your Mom from the early days in the Los Angeles temple. She would come into the kitchen after a long day of distributing books and would make her beautiful milk sweets for the Deities. She was always so pleasant, kind, and had a smile on her face. What a gentle soul. You are so blessed to have had her in your life, Dwarkadish Prabhu. Please accept my sincere condolences.

    Your servant,
    Sangita devi dasi
    (Vaishnavas CARE)

  3. Sulakshmana devi dasi says:

    How strange and wonderful to find this article. I believe the implication is that Labangalatika has left this world. For her son Dwarkadish Prabhu, I offer my condolences and my obeisances.

    I was a sankirtan devotee at LAX (Los Angeles Airport) in the 1970’s, primarily with Labangalatika and Bhakta Priya, at the International Terminal. I was also with Jadhurani at peak seasons. I had not been able to remember Labangalatika Devi Dasi’s full name till it suddenly popped into my head just a few minutes ago and I put it in a Google search. She was a fierce warrior for Krishna at the airport. I admired her devotion and only once got into a disagreement with her, for which I clearly recall I got a bit of instant karma!

    I “blooped” many years ago but did take first and second initiation from Srila Prabhupada. Perhaps after many lifetimes I shall have the good fortune to see Labangalatika again.

    Sulakshmana Devi Dasi

  4. Sangita Devi Dasi says:

    Dear Sulakshmana Devi Dasi,
    Hare Krishna. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

    Welcome to Vaishnavas CARE! I feel so fortunate that you found our website and that you posted your memories of our godsister. Thank you! And thank you for being one of the early “warriors” for Srila Prabhupada by distributing his books at LAX!

    Your servant,

    Sangita Devi Dasi
    President, Co-Founder
    Vaishnavas CARE

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