Ameyatma & Ragalekha's Family:
This is an old picture from 1997.
Ameyatma is me, my wife, Ragalekha, and our 3 children and there ages
as of Sept 2001 :
Radhika Chandra (far left) 6 Lala Krishna
Gopal (center) 7 and Kalindi = 9 (far
Our family meeting with Indradyumna Swami. He is really great with
kids. He gave them all nicknames; Radhika he called The Golden Deer
because of her gold colored (hazel) eyes. Lal Krsna he called
Kirtan-Wala (Kirtan is the singing or Krsna's names and wala means like a
family/occupation. If a family ran a sweet shop, they would be known
as the sweet shop-walas), he named his this because of his enthusiasm for kirtan,
playing kartals, whompers, etc. And Kalindi he named the Princes, or
Little Princes, or Maharani (which is also my nick name for her) (taken in
the spring of 2001).
Me: Ameyatma das
I was born when I was just a real small baby (can't really remember much about it) in
Jefferson, Iowa in the US
Found Prabhupad's books in the library in 1970 and immediately on seeing the Krishna Book I
accepted Srila Prabhupad in my heart as my spiritual master. Joined the temple in LA in on
July 10th, 1973 and was initiated on Dec 10th, 1973. Started working with Baradraj on the
Doll Project (FATE) in Sept of 74 and remained with the project until it dissolved in
1985. Since then I have been mostly self-employed at various work, generally
around computers, programming, artwork, etc. In 1993 we moved to Alachua FL (New Raman Reti). We still
live here. Currently I am running a Commodity Trade Advisory to earn a living,
and also looking into several other businesses.
of 2001: We are now looking to move again, this time to start out own
preaching center, and possible Varnashram-Dharma community. I will
write about it on my web site as I get the time)
[Srila Prabhupad gave me the name of the servant (das) of Ameyatma. Meya means to
measure, Ameya means that which cannot be measured. Atma means the soul or living force.
That soul which cannot be measured is GOD, Krishna. I am His very measurable servant
Ameyatma das. ]
I still consider the Sri Sri Gaur Nitai Deities at
the New Dwaraka LA Temple as my Deities
My wife: Ragalekha Devi dasi
She is of India-Indian descent. She was also
born when she was very young as well, in Durban, South Africa.
Her family is Vaishnav, so she was born a devotee. They understood Vishnu/Krsna to be
Supreme, but the family also worshipped Ganesh, Sarasvati, Sita-Ram and her mother
worshipped the Sun-God. As a teenager she told her mother
that she wanted only to offer prayers to one, not so many, she wanted to know who was
that one God. So, she limited her prayers to just Narayan (Vishnu - Krsna). Then,
in 1975-6 ISKCON devotees started having programs near their home in Pheonix (suburb of
Durban) and she attended then started visiting the new temple. In 1979 she agreed to stay
over night for the weekend at the ashram and decided never to leave.
For years she had cut out a picture of Srila Prabhupad from a BTG magazine and placed
it on the home altar and worshipped him as her guru. She was shocked when she joined to
have found that he had already left this world (and she would have to take initiation from
someone else - anyway that is another story).
In 1981 she came to America and we were married (arranged marriage).
Ragalekha is an expert cook. (My extended stomach will attest to that). She is also
very strict in keeping the principles of chastity.
I will have to complete this latter, the
following was mostly written back in 97 (except for first paragraph
below), and will have to be updated - later : )
- Kalindi Devi dasi
Kalindi is the first and oldest. We have been home schooling
all the children. Kalindi is good at art, reads well for her age, is
learning to cook.
I was married for 11 years before she came along. We wanted children since the day we
were married, but Krishna had other plans. We prayed, we performed fire yajnas, we chanted
so many extra rounds, we wanted these children. We prayed intensly each time we engaged in
sex asking Krishna to please send us nice devotee children. He took a while, but Krishna
sent us 3 very wonderful and devotional children. We really wanted these children. I guess
we still want them, sort of..., I think. Actually, they are running around the house right
now making so much noise I can't think straight. Let me think about this for a minute...
Nah, I guess they are all right, sort of, I think I still want them. [Hey, quiet down out
there. Stop giggling so much. ]
Lala Krishna Gopal das
- Lala Krishna Gopala das
31/2 years +
This guy is absolutely the worst son I've ever had, make no mistake about that.
He is also definately my favorite son, there is no mistake about that.
He is also my only son - in case that makes more sense. His favorite activity is to
make Kalindi screan. He keeps telling me he wants to be exactly like me. (Poor kid - he
just doesn't know).
He even wants a stomach (large for my size), just like mine, he doesn't want hair on
the top of his head, just like me. But, these things make you take devotional life all
that more seriously, because if you want your children to be nice devotees, they will, if
you are, because kids really want to be just like their parents, and that is what they
eventually will become. So, if you want first-class devotee children, well, I guess you
know what sort of example you have to set.
Lalji likes to play his kartals and dancing and jumping in kirtan. He gets right into
the middle of it. He likes wearing dhoti (just like mine).
Radhika Chandra Devi dasi
I should have put a close up of her face, everyone really likes her hazel colored eyes.
She is the 'Baby' of he family. My wife got us all in the habit of calling her 'Baby',
so as far as Radhika is concerned that is her name. She likes to smile. She gets very
concerned if Lala starts crying. She is very kind and very devoted. She is always folding
her hands and offereing obeisances.
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