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伊莎母亲

  

两周前夏玛茹帕达斯,柴坦亚古茹达斯和我向波斯顿以南驱车80英里去拜访我的神姐妹,在马萨诸塞南部的伊莎母亲。我已经在我的讲课中多次提到伊莎母亲。她是一个令人惊奇的奉献者,在我对她的所知中,她一直在谈论有关奎师那和圣帕布帕德(至少35年)。我非常渴望再次见到伊莎,尤其自2006年,她在89岁时遭遇严重的中风后我一直没有见过她。那场中风带走了几乎她所有的记忆。

 

在继续这个博客之前,请点击这里阅读我于2008年供奉给圣帕布帕德的维亚萨普佳主页。阅读我的主页后,你将会有很好的背景,更好的帮助你理解接下来的一切。

 

伊莎母亲中风后不久,我和几个其他知道伊莎母亲的奉献者,做了几次努力让她居住在能被奉献者照顾的地方。不幸的是,我们遇到了很多障碍。其中是伊莎唯一活着的家庭成员,她侄子的强烈反对,他不允许伊莎离开那里。代表伊莎经过几个星期的探索和询问后,我们都不得不接受伊莎留在原来的地方。

 

不久之后我们得知伊莎母亲从康复医院出来,被送到了附近的老年公寓。我安排奉献者时不时的拜访她,并且无论何时我拜访波斯顿时总是询问有关她的事情。一段时间之后,她被放置在她现在所居住的州立疗养院。

 

当我们到疗养院时,我们签名进入,然后去能找到伊莎母亲的地方。我对她的外表很吃惊,但很快想起来她已经95岁了。时间有办法改变躯体的容貌,但是据我即将看到的,它不能拿走灵魂渴望奎师那的精髓。

 

我在我们会面的刚开始时,试图和伊莎母亲建立一些连接,但是失望的发现她极其疲劳,有一部分她不回应我想要与她对话的尝试。大约15分钟之后,我回到护理站告诉他们,我和伊莎母亲的关系,并问他们他们是否可以告诉我,他们所知的有关她母亲治疗状态的所有情况。我没有指望他们会告诉我有关她的知觉状态,知道他们也许不会理解伊莎母亲对奎师那奉爱的特征。我仍然解释说,比起上次2006年我看她时,她看起来更加迟钝。

 

我被告知早晨对伊莎来说不是个好时间,如果我们想要她更多的回应,下午是让她说话,聆听她唱“奎师那唱诵”的更好时间。当我听到“奎师那唱诵”时我立即微笑了,松了一口气,得知她仍热是我一直知道的同一个伊莎母亲。我无法想象伊莎母亲不唱诵哈瑞奎师那。我返回来访者的房间,再次试图和她建立交流。

 

这次我伸出双手,开始和伊莎谈论有关圣帕布帕德和奎师那,然后试图引导她回应玛哈曼陀罗。她紧紧抓住我的手,非常专注地直视我的眼睛,并开始热情地,和我一道两句一次地唱诵哈瑞奎师那曼陀。这持续了几分钟,但是看起来她太疲累和我们待这么长时间。虽然我试图让她说一些其他和奎师那相关的事情,但是看起来她能毫不费力说出的唯一话语便是哈瑞奎师那玛哈曼陀罗。我期望地更多,然而发现如果那是她能记住的全部,那么还有什么其他是她真正需要的?

 

和她在一起将近45分钟后,我们决定或许最好是让她休息,并且希望在另一个时候,我们在一天中晚些时候能拜访她时有更好的会面。

 

我们正要离开疗养院,有一辆为残疾人准备的汽车正停在大门外。一个接一个,疗养院里的人坐在轮椅上被抬上汽车。一个在那里工作、协助他们所有人的护士,用眼角看着我。她注意到我穿着袍子,于是接近我问我来看谁。我告诉她我来看伊迪古茹阿维,那是疗养院所知的伊莎母亲的名字。

 

女士突然大笑起来,并欢呼道:“我知道!当我看到您的袍子时我知道您一定是来看伊迪的!我爱那位女士!每个人都爱那位女士!我非常高兴看到有人来看她。您应该在周五下午2点来看她,我们都在那时聚在一起唱赞歌。她极其热情地领导每个人唱奎师那歌曲。”

 

但那还没有结束。另一位坐在轮椅里的年长女士正在附近聆听。她向我伸出手臂,介绍她自己是凯伊。她带着最愉悦的笑容,和充满魅力与敬意的目光,也开始荣耀伊莎母亲。“我也爱她”,她说。“她是一条真正火线,尤其是当她为我们所有人唱诵美丽的奎师那歌曲时。”她继续表达她对伊莎感激,再一次确定每个知道她的人除了喜欢她之外没有其他。他们描述她是整座建筑物中最自我控制的人。接着她问:“您能告诉我伊迪有多少岁吗?”我告诉她她95岁。那位女士又笑了,说她总是在猜测她有多少岁。接着她请我们所有人再去拜访。

 

我感激了她们两人,告诉她们见到她们是我拜访伊莎母亲蛋糕上的奶油。我正要离开伊莎,对她缺乏回应多少感到有些失望。但是现在变得非常清楚,伊莎母亲仍然是我所知的伊莎母亲——利用每个到她面前的机会向别人介绍唱诵奎师那的名字。甚至在95岁高龄,甚至她因严重的中风失去了所有过去的记忆,她是毫无保留向每个人唱“奎师那颂歌”的热情闪耀之光。

 

在我们会波斯顿的路上,我请求夏玛茹帕达斯于星期五下午拜访伊莎母亲,以便在会面,大家聚在一起唱歌时为她的唱诵摄影。我还问他是否可以采访其他工作者和住客,以便聆听他们对伊莎母亲的感激话语。最后但并不是最不重要的,我要他和疗养院建立清晰地交流线路,以便我们能持续知道伊莎母亲的健康状态是否有主要改变。

 

结果,夏玛茹帕达斯在伊莎母亲住所的不远处安排了一场夜间克瑞坦,就在我们拜访她三天之后。我给了他摄像机,玛丹纳莫汗达斯在我们一起旅行时用它来录制我的讲课,我问他是否可以尽可能多的录制一些影片。

 

不幸的是疗养院有严格的规定,不允许来访者为活动摄影。夏玛茹帕达斯也不能如我们所希望的采访住客。然而,他仍然做了几段他和伊莎母亲交流的电影片段。

 

请观看以下夏玛茹阿达斯编辑,他拜访伊莎母亲并近处观察她时的录像。我吃惊于她的热情,尤其是她自发地唱诵奎师那的名字。当她唱诵时,她看起来就在那里,在奎师那知觉中,铭记除了以圣名展示的奎师那,别无其他。

 

我发现这些影片十分珍贵,我对伊莎母亲的崇敬,以及对圣帕布帕德对我们所有的人的给与的感激因为与她的联谊而无限的增长了。

 

点击这里观看影片

 

一切荣耀归于圣帕布帕德!一切荣耀归于伊莎母亲!

 

哈瑞奎师那

 

尼冉佳纳 斯瓦米

 

About two weeks ago Syamarupa dasa, Caitya Guru dasa and I drove eighty miles south of Boston to visit my godsister, Mother Isa, in southern Massachusetts. I have spoken about Mother Isa many times in my lectures. She is an amazing devotee who would only speak about Krsna and Srila Prabhupada throughout all the time I had known her (at least thirty-five years). I was very eager to see Isa again, especially since I had not seen her since 2006, shortly after the time she had a severe stroke at age 89. The stroke took away almost all of her memory.

 

Before continuing with this blog, please CLICK HERE to read the Vyasa Puja homage I offered to Srila Prabhupada in 2008. After reading my homage, you will have a very good background to better help you understand all that will follow.

 

Shortly after Mother Isa’s stroke, I, along with several other devotees who knew Mother Isa, made several attempts to situate her in a place where she could be cared for by devotees. Unfortunately, we ran into many obstacles. Among them was a strong resistance from Isa’s only living family member, her niece, who would not permit Isa to leave the area. After many weeks of research and inquiries on Isa’s behalf, we all had to accept that Isa would have to remain where she was.

 

Soon thereafter we learned that Mother Isa was released from the rehabilitation hospital and was sent to a nearby assisted-living facility. I arranged for devotees to visit her from time to time and would always inquire about her whenever I visited Boston. Some time later she was put under the care of a state nursing home where she now lives.

 

When we arrived at the nursing home, we signed in and were then directed to a place where we could find Mother Isa. I was taken aback by her appearance, but soon remembered that she is now ninety-five years old. Time has a way changing the body’s appearance, but as I was soon to observe, it can not take away the essence of the soul’s yearning for Krsna.

 

I spent the first part of our meeting trying to establish some connection with Mother Isa, but was disappointed to find that she was extremely tired and for the most part was unresponsive to my attempts for a dialogue with her. After fifteen minutes or so, I went back to the nurses’ station to tell them who I was in relation to Mother Isa and to ask them if they could tell me all they knew about her current medical state. I did not expect them to be able to tell me about her state of consciousness, knowing that they would probably not understand Mother Isa’s symtoms of devotion to Krsna. Still, I explained that she seemed a lot less responsive since the last time I saw her in 2006.

 

I was told that mornings were not a good time for Isa and that if we wanted her to be more responsive, afternoons were always a better time to get her to speak and to hear her sing the “Krsna chant.” I immediately smiled when I heard “the Krsna chant” and was relieved to learn that she still seemed to be the same Mother Isa I always knew. I couldn’t imagine Mother Isa not chanting Hare Krsna. I returned to the visitor’s room and tried once again to establish communication with her.

 

This time I held out my hand, started talking to Isa about Srila Prabhupada and Krsna and then tried to induce her to respond to the mahamantra. She gripped my hand tightly, looked very intently, right into my eyes, and started to enthusiastically chant the Hare Krsna mantra together with me two words at a time. This went on for several minutes but it appeared she was too tired for a long session with us. Though I tried to get her to say something else related to Krsna, it seemed that the only words she could speak without difficulty were the Hare Krsna mahamantra. I had hoped for a lot more, but I figured that if that’s all she can remember, then what else does she really need?

 

After spending approximately forty-five minutes with her, we decided that it was probably best to let her rest and to just hope for a better session during another time when we could visit in the latter part of the day.

 

As we were leaving the nursing home, there was a vehicle for disabled persons just outside the front door. One by one, residents from the home were being carried into the vehicle in their wheelchairs. One of the nurses who worked there and who was assisting all of them saw me out of the corner of her eye. She noticed that I was dressed in robes and approached me to ask who I had come to see. I told her that I was there to see Edith Graves, which is the name Mother Isa is known by in the nursing home.

 

The woman immediately burst into a huge smile and exclaimed, “I knew it! When I saw your robes I knew that you must have come to see Edith! I love that woman! Everyone loves that woman! I’m so happy that someone has come to see her. You should come and see her on Friday afternoons at 2:00 PM when we are all gathered to sing patriotic songs. She leads everyone in singing the Krsna song with such enthusiasm.”

 

But that wasn’t all. Another elderly woman in a wheelchair was listening nearby. She extended her hand to me and introduced herself as Kay. With the most pleasant smile and a look filled with charm and respect she also started glorifying Mother Isa. “I love that woman too”, she said. “She’s a real live wire, especially when she sings that beautiful Krsna song for all of us.” She went on to express her appreciation for Isa and once again confirmed that everyone who knew Isa had nothing but feelings of affection towards her. They described her as the most self-contented person in the whole building. Then she asked, “Can you tell me how old Edith is?” I told her that she was ninety-five years old. The woman smiled again and said that she was always wondering how old she was. She then asked all of us to please come back to visit again.

 

I thanked both of them profusely and told them that meeting them was the icing on the cake of my visit to see Mother Isa. I was leaving Isa, feeling somewhat disappointed by her lack of responsiveness. But it was now becoming crystal clear that Mother Isa was none other than the Mother Isa I always knew— taking advantage of every opportunity which came her way to induce other’s to chant Krsna’s name. Even at the advanced age of ninety-five, and even though she had lost all memory of her past as a result of severe stroke, she was a shining light of enthusiasm for singing the “Krsna song” to everyone without reservation.

 

On our way back to Boston I requested Syamarupa dasa to visit Mother Isa on a Friday afternoon in order to film her chanting during the session when everyone sings songs all together. I also asked him if he could interview other workers and residents in order to hear their words of appreciation for Mother Isa. And last but not least, I asked him to establish a clear line of communication with the nursing home so that we could be kept updated if there were any major changes in Mother Isa’s state of health.

 

As it turned out, Syamarupa dasa was scheduled for an evening kirtan event not far from where Mother Isa resides, just three days after the day when we visited her. I gave him the video camera which Madana-mohana dasa uses for making videos of my lectures when we travel together, and asked him if he could get as much on video as he possibly could.

 

Unfortunately the nursing home has a strict policy which does not allow visitors to take videos of events. Syamarupa dasa was also unable to interview the residents as we had hoped. Still, he was able to take several video clips of his exchanges with Mother Isa.

 

Please watch the following edited version of the clips Syamarupa dasa took during his visit with Mother Isa and closely observe her. I’m amazed by her enthusiasm and especially by her spontaneity for chanting Krsna’s names. She seems to be right there, in Krsna consciousness, when she is chanting, remembering nothing else but Krsna in the form of His holy names.

 

I find these video clips to be precious and my admiration for Mother Isa and my gratitude for what Srila Prabhupada has given to all of us has increased without limit due to my association with her.

 

All glories to Srila Prabhupada! All glories to Mother Isa!

 

CLICK HERE for video

 

Hare Krsna

 

Niranjana Swami

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