'With Life Again'
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead is certainly not known to everyone, but He is very powerful and influential. Therefore, although the serpent of eternal time, which is fearful in force, endlessly chases everyone, ready to swallow him, if one who fears this serpent seeks shelter of the Lord, the Lord gives him protection, for even death runs away in fear of the Lord. I therefore surrender unto Him, the great and powerful supreme authority who is the actual shelter of everyone."
—Gajendra, Srimad-Bhagavatam, 8.2.33
4000 YEARS of MEDICINE
2000 B.C.: Here, eat this root.
1000 A.D.: That root is heathen! Here, say this prayer.
1865 A.D.: That prayer is superstition! Here, drink this potion.
1935 A.D.: That potion is snake oil! Here, swallow this pill.
1975 A.D.: That pill is ineffective! Here take this antibiotic.
2000 A.D.: That antibiotic is poison! Here, eat this root.
2012 A.D.: Here, eat this root and chant the Holy Name!
—The Concise History of 4000 Years of Medicine
Due to destiny's circumstances, I could not be present with my mother during the last years of her most intense and final battles. In March of 2004 I received the news of her critical condition, and since our previous conversations had not indicated that there was anything serious, the news were somewhat of a surprise for me.
She was now in Maceió with family members, something she did not desire, but in the end she succumbed to the situation and the appeals, and was in Maceió to attempt recovery.
When I arrived in Maceió in March of 2004, she could barely walk and the doctors had given her no more than three weeks to live. The diagnosis could not be worse. Everyone said that she was terminally ill. During the following weeks that I was with her she made great improvement. For me personally, it was very sad that I was not able to continue to be with her for a longer period of time after that, and so I had to return to Florida.
For someone who supposedly had only three weeks to live and was diagnosed as severely terminally ill, what happened next is considered by many as a 'miracle'. From March 2004 she started improving rapidly, so quickly, and then living an almost normal daily life, with a quite healthy outlook, going to the bathe in the ocean, getting the sunshine, taking care, and leaving doctors and everyone else astonished by such 'miracle'. She indeed was on the path of healing.
"Everyone who visited her were surprised by what they saw. Instead of a terminal patient, there was a woman full of life! She was a true spiritual warrior to the last days of her life!" —Witness
For over a year and a half time passes in this way, when the disease apparently came back and the situation then deteriorated rapidly in late 2005. Adi-lila devi dasi, Adélia Tamires Loyola Cajú, departs from this mortal world on the 12th of November 2005, 11:25 AM, in Maceió, Alagoas, Brazil.
"Her passing from this world was calm. She was surrounded by devotees who she had preached to recently. A gentle bhajan was performed by them without interruption. A gentle smile was present on her face. “A spiritual atmosphere took charge of the environment.” Her family members would say, admired." —Witness
One of her final wishes was to be cremated, and this was done the next day, on November 13, 2005, in the crematorium Jardim da Saudade, in Salvador, Bahia. Family and friends were present for the final prayers. All events ocurred so fast, while I stood economically incapacitated overseas and not able to be present in her final moments and rituals. It has always been some relief to know that she did not suffer a condition for prolonged periods of time and that she died at home instead of a hospital.
"As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A self-realized soul is not bewildered by such a change."
—Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2.13
After sometime a Brazilian friend who was visiting Florida brought to me the urn containing the ashes of her final remnants, and with the help of a devotee in Miami, we together performed the sraddha ceremony for a peaceful and prosperous passing. As part of sacred rituals of ancient India, her desire was, like many devotees, to have her ashes placed and offered to the holy river Ganges.
After almost two years with keeping the urn and then realizing that I would not have the opportunity very soon to go to India and do it myself, by divine providence, in late 2007 I managed to hand over the urn containing the ashes of Adi-lila to a trusted friend who was just then on her way to India, so she could try to make the final ceremony to the extent possible, or at least simply throw the ashes in the Ganges.
By the grace of the Lord and again by sheer providence, everything went very well and I soon got an email from India with the news, which could have not been better:
An Honest Life
Today is a sad day and also a day of celebration. For those who recognize that this body is temporary and that the soul is eternal, today is also a day for reflection. The spirit soul goes from one body to another through repeated births and deaths, and the results of a pious life only takes such a person to better situations and better places.
Adi-lila, Adélia, was certainly a pious and a great devotee of the Lord. For all of us who remain here, we must realize that what matters in the end is what high-consciosness and aware people like her leave behind, especially in the example of good personal spiritual achievement. There were many happy moments, as well as profound messages taught. Adelia Cajú, Adi-lila devi dasi, my mother, lived her life with such intense honesty that it can be rare to find. She always tried to do what is right, without self-interest, only with the good intention in the pure heart that she had. Regardless of who it is, everyone who knew her always had special admiration and respect for her, particularly due to her character and courage.
Adi-lila always sought the true meaning of life, and perhaps she is now finally in a place where the answers are even more clear. Her honesty, humility, desire to help humankind, her intellectual capacity, strength, and dedication of body and soul to the spiritual and moral values she believed and lived by, in itself means that her life was one of the most valuable and well lived among thousands of human beings.
I thank everyone here for remembering her in their prayers. I offer my respectful obeisances to Adi-lila devi dasi, a Vaishnavi, devotee of the Lord. May her compassion survive among us and that her final wishes be favored in eternity. I, her son, thank and honor her inner strength and love for me — although now far from her physical presence, but always close to the heart.
"Jay Sri Ram!"
A beloved son,
(Louvalie Loyola Caju)
19 Junho 2012
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