Sunday, July 1, 2012

Another Time Out

Saturday we received news that my husband's eldest brother passed away. We called Friday evening as we often do, (which was Saturday morning In India), and he was on the verge of passing even then. All the brothers were there, as well as my husband's sister, and we conveyed news to two brothers here. One of them called India later and called us back with the news that he had passed about an hour after we called. He was 90, and would have been 91 in September. He lived a long and incredibly good life, and still I am sorry he is gone, though also glad for his sake. The heat in India is killing heat at this season. He was suffering from that in recent calls. But even though our visits were infrequent through the years, I'll miss him in future visits. He radiated kindness and wisdom, as does my sister-in-law, his wife. And he always took my spiritual questions seriously and took time to answer them. Both he and his wife have been beacons of goodness for all the family, and after all the traditional rites and ceremonies are performed, his loss will be deeply felt, though he leaves a wonderful spiritual legacy for us all.

11 comments:

Rosi said...

He sounds like a lovely person, Mitty. My sympathy to you and Rajan.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Thanks, Rosi.

SB said...

Sorry to hear about Rajan's brother, Mitty! My condolences to both of you! 90 years is a good long life, indeed!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Thanks. Dana.

Kenda Turner said...

Please accept my condolences, Elizabeth. No matter the age, the passing of a loved one is always a great loss. Take care.

Tee G Ayer said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Elizabeth! My prayers to you and your husband during this time...

Nancy Herman said...

Mitty, Tom and I send our condolences to both you and Rajan. He sounds like he lived an eventful and influential life. We are so glad you were able to visit him earlier this year.

Ravi said...

It is a big loss for all of us.He was a role model.Man of simplicity and knowledge.

Ravi

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Thanks, Kenda and Tee. Kenda, you are right. It was time for him, but still is hard to realize he won't be there next time. Tee, thanks for your prayers.

Nancy, yes, we are so glad we saw him recently.

RavI. Yes, I know how much the whole family looks up to him and Saundara. Simplicity and distilled goodness, both of them.

J.L. Campbell said...

I'm sorry to hear, Elizabeth, but as you pointed out, he's left a good legacy.

Julia Hones said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Elizabeth.