In Loving Memory of Smt. Manorama Agerwala
Srimati Manorama Agerwala [1925-2013], wife of the late AVM K.M. Agerwala, and loving and beloved child of Amma Sri Karunamayi, passed away on May 2, 2013 in Cortlandt Manor, NY where she had lived for the past nineteen years. Since her early childhood, Manoramaji was a sincere seeker, searching for answers to spiritual questions first from her own father, then the Bhagavad Gita, Sanatana Dharma's most holy and revered text, and later through deep meditation and study of many scriptures. A talented artist, she expressed her deep connection to the Self through many paintings depicting Sri Krishna, Sri Devi and Buddha.
Manoramaji always believed that the path of devotion as elucidated in the Bhagavad Gita was the easiest path to follow to achieve Sat-Chit-Ananda and eventually moksha, liberation. And a more devoted child of Amma would be hard to find. She was a disciplined meditator, arranging satsangs weekly where she chanted mantras and stotras taught by Amma and sang many devotional bhajans. But what was most admirable about her was how she dedicated the last 19 years of her life to sincere seva for Amma, editing almost all the books available today in Amma's Store even after she became legally blind over nine years ago. She believed in putting 100 percent effort into anything and everything she did, so she methodically set up a system of tape recorders, CD players and microphones and gathered together a small, enthusiastic group of Amma’s children to translate, transcribe, type and format the books. She even "proofread" each book, having someone read each sentence out aloud so she could check every word and comma!
Manoramaji had a difficult last few years physically, but she never let that stop her from focusing on positive seva. In fact, she used seva to take her mind off her physical problems. She was editing until the last day that she was at home even though she was experiencing tremendous difficulty breathing.
Helping our beloved Amma with her charity work was also something Manoramaji deeply believed in. Even though she was a senior citizen on a limited income, every year she put aside money throughout the year so that she could sponsor the New York Homa. Since she was unable to sit and perform the homa herself, she always picked two of Amma's dedicated New York volunteers to do the homa for her. Even this year, although she will not be there physically, she has already picked out two volunteers and kept aside the money to donate on New York Homa day.
At the end, Manoramaji was calling her beloved Amma when she was relieved from the confines of her body. She was a great soul. May her soul be forever free. We will miss her.
na jaayate mriyate vaa kadaachin naayam bhuthva bhavithaa na bhooyah |
ajo nithyah saasvato'yam puraano na hanyate' hanyamaane' sareere ||
"Never is he (Soul) born, nor does he die at any time, he has never been brought into being, nor shall come hereafter; unborn, eternal, permanent and ancient (primeval). When the body is slain, he is not slain."
vaasaamsi jeernaani yathaa vihaaya navaani gr.hnaathi naro' paraani |
thathaa sareeraani vihaaya jeernany-anyaani samyaathi navaani de'hi ||
"As a man casts off worn-out garments and puts on new ones, so the embodied soul casts off the worn-out body and enters other new ones."
jaathasya hi dhruvo mr.thyur dhr.uvam janma mr.thasya cha |
thasmaad aparihaarye'rthe' na thvam sochithum-arhasi ||
"For death is certain to one who is born; to one who is dead, birth is certain; therefore, thou shalt not grieve for what is unavoidable."
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu
May All Beings Be Happy