I write on behalf of myself, the Board of Directors and Members of the Humanitarian Mission of New Jersey Arya Samaj Mandir, Inc, and its Guyana Chapter, and the Arya Samaj Movement of Toronto and the United States. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Pandit Reepu Daman Persaud’s family, the members of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, the PPP/Civic Government and people of Guyana on the passing of Pandit Reepu D Persaud, a legend in the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, a religious and political icon of our nation. He had a remarkable passion for religion, culture and politics to which he demonstrated a lifelong commitment. His demise was received with great sadness by our organization and the entire Guyanese community.
There isn’t much we can say or do to ease the pain of separation. However, his entire family, friends and acquaintances during this very difficult time can take comfort in knowing that our prayers and thoughts are with them. We recognize that there is much pain involved in letting go of someone so dear and so loved, but we encourage them to surrender their pain at the feet of God Almighty, knowing that God will remove the pain of separation.
Pandit Jee was one of those extraordinary people who will never be forgotten in a lifetime. He will be remembered as a man whose life was devoted to the service of others and whose vision was marked by his determination to reignite the torch of Hinduism, culture and spirituality in the entire nation. He will be celebrated and much remembered for his simplicity and the kindness and compassion that he has shown to so many. His life was like a sunbeam that lit up the world around him, his family and friends. Now that he is not here with us, we can bask in the rainbow of loving memories that will live forever in our hearts.
As the people of Guyana mourn the passing of Pandit Jee, I pray that the opportunity will be taken on all sides to carry on his great vision and to work with renewed momentum towards peace, stability and prosperity for all Guyanese.
Pt Suresh Sugrim
Mission of NJ Arya Samaj