Ishan Chaitanya das
I had been suffering chronic pain for years when I came across the VCC via Facebook. Soon I made contact with them and found out they were the real deal when it came to making a difference. Some generous devotees donated some money (for which I’ll be forever grateful – you know who you are) and the VCC sent me some homeopathic medicine which improved my condition and made my life easier.
I wish to express my gratitude to the staff of the VCC for their great care and help in my attempts to fix my health. Even though sometimes we may not see it, without a healthy body even our spiritual life suffers. We are going to need this body till the end of this life, and improve in many areas, so it’s a great mercy from Krishna and a privilege to have someone who cares and helps despite not being a family member or a close friend.
The VCC members are more than just medical workers or managers – they are dedicated devotees of the Lord and people with the knowledge, understanding and will to help. If that is not quality, I don’t know what is. I heartily recommend everyone to donate to their cause and thus see to it that there are sufficient funds for all ailing or otherwise incapacitated devotees. Krishna certainly loves it when we help each other:
dehinām iha dehiṣu
prāṇair arthair dhiyā vācā
“It is the duty of every living being to perform welfare activities for the benefit of others with his life, wealth, intelligence and words.” This is the mission of life. One’s own body and the bodies of his friends and relatives, as well as one’s own riches and everything else one has, should be engaged for the benefit of others. (Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.22.35)
To better serving and helping each other and our supreme benefactor,
Ishan Chaitanya das
As Ishana prabhu is not fully recovered, please visit his ’cause’ page here for further information. Thank you.
Heather is a Carer herself, and a great one we’ve heard.
On April/2017, she writes:
“I had read about VCC before I saw the article in the NY Times. They help a lot of people and reach out to those really in need. The Vedic Care Charitable Trust also didn’t hesitate to help me when I was struggling with no vision and elected myself for surgery. Their caring and support brought me hope.
It is important for Vaisnavas to be cared for by other Vaisnavas on a community level. The people in charge of the VCC organization have something really good going and it will undoubtedly grow. I see hard work and good service paying off and only hope someday I can be an proactive member or part of it as well. Swami Prabhupada would be proud because VCC has compassion and show they care.
Your Humble Servant,
Bhakti Vasudeva Swami
The VCC helped fundraising for Bhakti Vasudeva Swami’s treatment and it was a great success. We gathered for him $2.400.00 in the few months his page was up on our site. The funds were sent to him in full.
On December 16th, 2016 his YouCaring campaign was suspended being that he was then fully covered and had began treatment, this note was shared:
“We wish to inform you that after so much struggle and by Krishna’s special mercy, Bhakti Vasudeva Swami has been able to start treatment. So, we’ll discontinue this fundraiser for now. And we pray that the treatment ends well. We thank all of you for your support.
Concerned Friends of B.V. Swami”
In memory of Hadidjah Lamas
Renowned healer & musician – 1932-2016
By Vasanta Dasa – her husband
Hadidjah moved to LA from New York in the mid-1940’s when she was just a teenager. After UCLA she went to work with Hughes Aircraft in their aeronautical engineering dept.
I met Hadidjah in 1978shortly after I moved to California. At the time she had her healing practice set up in her home off Sunset Blvd. She was one of the senior students of Ida Rolf, who developed the style of deep-tissue massage & structural integration known today as “Rolfing”.
In time she became fairly well known. Her clients included Ava Gardener, Angelina Jolie, and John DeLorean. At some point she discovered a unique gift .. and that was to be able to assess a patient’s situation simply by touch. Basically she could touch you, figure out what the problem was, and fix it. No incision. No pain. No muss. No fuss. Usually within an hour session. Her patients would occasionally comment that they felt an electrical sensation from her fingers. Clients traveled from all over the country to see her.
Aside from her practice, Hadidjah was an accomplished musician in piano, recorder, and viola. Her preferred instrument was piano. She kept a Steinway Grand in her study on Bentley Ave. and played it regularly. She was also alert to health matters, ate only organic meals, and read extensively. She adored Nikola Tesla.
When we first met I was living in Palms with the New Age Caucus, an environmental action group formed by Madhudvisa, Dharmadyaksa, Damodara, Bahulasva and myself. As a demonstration project, I engineered and built a solar-assisted electric motorcycle. The solar cells we used were provided by Hadidjah’s [then] husband. This is how we first saw each other.
However, I lost track of Hadidjah when I moved to Hawaii and then later to Alachua, Florida. For over twenty years I did not know where she was or if she knew how to find me.
In 2006 when I planned to return to California, I went online and looked for her. We met again in December, 2006, just before the New Year. We then remained together for the next ten years. We traveled to northern California several times and briefly considered moving to Eureka. Her practice was still active, however, so we remained in west Los Angeles.
We had a lot of contact with the Los Angeles Krishna Temple in Culver City (aka: New Dwarka). Hadidjah and I went to Govindas hundreds of times and also attended at least three LA Rathayatra festivals in Venice Beach.
At some point her health began to falter. She had an enlarged heart. No big surprise here since she was at least ninety percent heart and served others without question almost to a fault (in other words: people took advantage of her generosity and kindness).
About three years ago Hadidjah had reached a point where she could not really care for herself. She had also stopped eating regularly. After her weight dropped to a certain point we realized that she needed 24 hour care. We then placed her in a series of nursing homes & extended care facilities until we found one closer to us in Santa Monica that we were pleased with.
So this was the state of affairs in about 2014. I had returned to Culver City and bicycling daily to Santa Monica with prasadam, garlands, and recorded music. I probably cycled over 1,500 miles in the years to follow. By Krishna’s grace I was introduced to Gurudas and Aradhana Devi of the Vedic Care Charitable Trust (VCC). This group went way out of their way to support Hadidjah’s care. I cannot say enough good things about the VCC ..these people are first-class.
Without the support of the devotees and my friends I would not have managed to do very well at all during this time. Every day was an effort: get up, cook lunch, go to Santa Monica, and try to return before rush hour traffic. Do this daily no matter what. However, with the kindness and effort of the VCC, I somehow managed. Both Aradhana & Gurudas personally visited with Hadidjah, just two of a handful of devotees to do so.
We decorated her room with LOTS of spiritual paintings and photos, with the goal that no matter where she looked she would see something transcendental.
On December 5, 2016 late in the evening Hadidjah’s heart stopped and she left this world. My trips to Santa Monica came to an end. 12 days later, on December 17, a Memorial Service was held for her in the temple under the guidance of Rabindranatha prabhu. On January 14, Hadidjah’s ashes were placed in the Yamuna River in Vrindavan by local brahmanas & Kriya Shakti devi.
I am blessed that Hadidjah and I were able to spend a little time together in this life. I never met a more qualified and generous soul. You meet someone like this once every two thousand years. Maybe. We never fought or had an argument once in the whole time we were together. And we talked about everything under the sun.
My life has become much simpler now – particularly living in a 70 ft2 cabin out in the country. The loudest noise is an occasional motorcycle going down a highway a few blocks away. Otherwise I just hear bird calls and crickets. Now I am sorting out the ‘remnants’ of the marriage. Most of all this now sits in a storage unit waiting to be sorted out and either kept or discarded.
The key remnant from Hadidjah, of course, lives in my heart. I sincerely hope she is in a better place now. I did all that I could.
Vasanta dasa, ACBSP
Gurudas visiting in 2016.
We have a few more successful ’causes’ that preferred to stay anonymous. Here are some of them.
Hare Krsna dear Gurudas Prabhu,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
In August you visited and lived in our house. You gave
a lecture on Harinam, and a few lectures in our
temple in …
My little daughter is ill and our business felt apart. I hope you remember us. I thought of you so many times. I remember how you held my hands and prayed for me while I was crying.
I do not know how to express my thankfulness that you treated me in such a personal and human way. Even from last year my memories were that you are so personal, with you I felt like with my family. Many devotees were nice to me when they found out we were in such difficult time, but for me you are totally extraordinary because I felt extraordinary care and endeavor to understand me and feel with me. Such warmth coming from you.
And I wanted to write you this, that your approach is so deeply carved in my heart. Even if I was not able to meet you again, you left such impression on me that I will remember that till the end of my life.
Thank you for showing us what it means to be a Vaishnava.
I am so grateful I got to know you. Wishing you all the best!
… devi dasi