Mangala dasi passed away today (Dec. 6) at about 10 in the morning today at Hilo, Hawaii.
She was initiated by Srila Prabhupad in 1971, and met Srila Gurudeva in199?. She was one of the pioneer devotees on the windward side of the Big Island, which has grown to about 150.
On the instructions of Srila Gurudeva she rendered the songs of the Vaisnava Acharyas into English. While the words are in English, the songs can be sung to the same tune(s) as the Bengali and Sanskrit songs.
She published a songbook titled “The Songs of our Holy Masters”, and also completed in English: the Prarthana of Srila Narottama das Thakur; and Saranagati, Kalyana Kalpataru, and Gitavali of Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur.
On the website www.holymasters.com, downloads of the songbook as well as audios are available.
She was the mother of Gaursundara d, Suchandra d, Candrakanta d, Radharani d, Nitai d, and Gadadhara d
Srila Gurudeva ki jai, Srila Prabhupada ki jai, Mangala mata ki jay
by A Wellwisher
Syamarani didi says, “this is a short memorial… I remember when we all attended Srila Gurudeva’s hari-katha festival in Hawaii about 13 years a ago. I had taken a long japa walk on the cold and windy beach and I got an ear infection and I had to fly the next day. My beautiful sister Mangala devi dasi immediately took charge of me that evening, spent a lot of time giving me her natural remedies, great instructions, and I was perfectly fine after that.” I remember when Srila Gurudeva called on Mangala didi to sing one of her translations of a couple of the bhajanas, and when she did so, in her blue grassy tune on her trusty guitar, she had everyone weeping.
I remember how she trained up all her wonderful children in how to sing so melodiously and with so much mood that they became famous all over the world.”