Today my mother would have been 87 years old. She had suffered n struggled like anything due to severe alcoholism and drug addiction. In n out of jails, psyche wards, institutions and found helpless on the streets since I was 5 yrs old until I graduated. She also tolerated n endured her rageaholic alcoholic husband who sexually abused her n me for too many years.
Then I became a Hare Krsna at age 19 and KRSNA changed the karma of my family. When my delusional father got electrocuted at NASA in 1982, I became my mother’s legal guardian as she was determined by the Maryland Courts to be legally insane. I sued NASA for wrongful death n secured enough for her medical bills. Then I moved her to New Dwarka where I was serving as a Gurukula teacher and devotees gave her so much love for 8 years. She had quite a reputation! Eventually, the devotees in New Raman-reti continued that amazing devotee kindness for another 8 yrs. We fed her tons of PRASADAM which she easily became addicted to and she gradually gave up vodka n drugs for cauliflower pakoras, dahl , curd subjees n samosas!
Prabhupada says this can happen due to the Potency of PRASADAM cooked in ghee. When she became an invalid due to 2 strokes, I became her full-time caregiver for 5 years, changing her diapers n serving as her nurse/companion. I begged Krsna n Balarama to let her die in Vrndavana and a month after 9/11, the judge “miraculously” gave us permission to travel to Vrndavana, with her in a wheel chair! I couldn’t have done it without Caitanya Nitai! In just 13 days, during the Sacred month of Kartik in Nov 2001, Bhaktin Therese left her body in my arms in MVT, Vrndavana with Prabhupada chanting HARE KRSNA.
Her emaciated body was carried all over Vrndavana in a brand new saree with gopi dots on her forehead:); then cremated by the side of YAMUNA. This all happened due to the most magnanimous DIVINE GRACE of Srila Prabhupada, our MOST kind LORDs n the compassion of THEIR devotees. The Drs said the multitude of her medical symptoms drastically minimized. This transcendental Process of Krsna consciousness can help a blind, lame, and lost woman be found… and cross over the ocean of ignorance into Goloka Vrndavana. Jai Srila Prabhupada!