Memorial Tribute to Chhaya Ji

 In Loving Memory of Mrs. Chhaya Khatav

It is sad, untimely passing away of Chhaya ji on 20th May 2020. She was founding member of Spirit of India and relentlessly working for last 18 years to spread message of Yoga to community for their health and well-being.

Apart from yoga for every program and events Spirit of India undertook, she used to participate wholeheartedly, whether it is 108 Surya Namaskar or Swami’s weeklong Lecture series or seminars. She touched life of thousands of Yoga students for motivating and encouraging in friendly manner. She is the soul of Spirit of India and will always continue to live on with the good work she had started.

Many of yoga students and her acquaintances expressed their feeling by Text, WhatsApp and email. We would like to present them to the wider audience here to cherish her memories and to tribute to her service to Spirit of India.

Tribute Messages :

  • I’m on leave up in Ballina at present, And I’m sending heartfelt warm , kindly thoughts and love to you all as you commemorate the life of dear & beautiful Chhaya. ??I’m going to light a candle and sit with you all there in thought , word & deed at that time. .. ?? — Vivianna?Wetten – 24/05/22
  • Our heartfelt condolences saar?, shocking news to hear this morning. Our heart goes out for you saar, would Pray to the almighty to give you strength to face the situation. I would come along with Vijaya Murthy and visit you at home. With Prayers – Srivastava –  23/05/22
  • Woke up this morning to get the shocking news that Chhayaji has attained the Lotus feet of God. I have known both of you for many years and have enjoyed her company and friendly nature always helping us learn yoga. I always saw her in practice sessions and will dearly miss her. I have no words to express my heartfelt sorrow and my heart goes to you and your family for losing the most vital person in your life. I pray for your strength at this time.
  • I would want to attend her funeral tomorrow to pay my respects to Chhayaji, but unfortunately, I am down with covid and am isolating at home. I would like to meet you personally (with my friend Srivatsava Katakam) at your home after I come out of isolation. We will message/call you before we visit you at home. – Vijaya Murthy 23/05/22
  • I am very saddened to hear of Chhaya Ma’am’s passing. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. Chhaya ma’am was very helpful, and her devotion in spreading Yoga was very admirable.She will be missed immensely by all the members of Spirit of India immensely.
  • Very saddened to hear about the passing away of Chhaya ji. My family joins me to express our deepest condolences to you and your family for the irreplaceable loss of your wife, and mother to your children and one of the main pillars of Spirit of India in Chhaya ji. Late Chhayaji’s sacrifices for the promotion of Yoga and Indian culture are acknowledged with profound gratitude and her support to the society in Sydney will be sadly missed. We take solace in the fact that death is a promotion, evolution, and renewal of life. Her soul is in a better place moving toward the ultimate Moksha. May Paramatma gives you and the entire Khatav family strength to manage the loss. May Chhayaji’s souls achieve Nitya Shanti. With Prem and Aum — Angajan and family — 22/05/22
  • Just came to know about Chaya Ji. My Deepest condolences and we all pray for peace. I Am always inspired by the purpose and dedication she had and was so kind and considerate.  My she be in eternal peace and may the lord give you and the family to bear this immense loss. I believe there is a viewing today. I will come and pay her my respect. ॐ द्यौः शान्तिरन्तरिक्षं शान्तिः  Hari OM –Anil Dadwal 22/05/22
  • I spoke to mum yesterday and she informed me of your loss. I am so, so, so sorry. I know how deeply you loved and cared for aunty. I am sending you all positive wishes from Powai ashram and Lord Shiva’s temple. I am sure he will give you immense strength during this time. Thinking of you lots. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Lots of Love — Neha Broota – 25/05/22
  • Can a human be, Totally selfless , Not striving for any recognition, Always smiling in the face of calamity, A pillar of strength for the partner and the Organisation, A source of knowledge and emotional support for anyone needing, Soft spoken but determined? Not anymore, Not after 20th May 2022 at least for most of us. Yes, Chhayaji has touched so many lives in her lifetime, infusing positive vibes and hopes, that she certainly leaves a void that cannot be filled. This isn’t just my thoughts and words. I am confident that most of us, who have known her, will relate to these feelings for her.
  • 2 minutes is too short a time to describe this wonder woman. Sureshji, we cannot say enough to take away the pain and untimely loss you and the family feel today. But I hope, that listening how we all loved her and will miss her physically by your side, may ease the pain to some extent.
  • I always remember her as a very caring and enthusiastic person; who always lent helping hand to one and all. She has given me so many fond memories. May you all have courage to bear her loss. With gratitude and prayers — Dr Madhavi (Toronto) – 25/05/22
  • It is very painful news. Prayer to Lord Mahakal Gurudev Gayatri Ma deep from heart for the peace for departed soul. In this moments of deep sadness our prayers for family members to bear pain — Viral Patel (Haridwar) 24/05/22
  • Oh No. so sorry to hear. Please accept my heartfelt condolences. Words won’t describe the feeling and respect we have for her. Pure soul may Rest in Peace.— Sangita Rodrigue 21/05/22
  • Very sorry to hear sad news Uncle ji for loss of such a wonderful wife. May her soul RIP OM Shanthi – Srinivas Mamidayal — 23/5/22
  • Just came to know about sad demise of Chhaya ji, My deepest condolences to you and family. Chhaya ji made deep impact on every one, she met and will b cherished by all. With Lots of love –Swami Paramananda 23/05/22
  • I am sorry to find out the passing away of Chhaya ji. May she be rest in peace. It is big blow. Hari OM — Pravin Rahate –23/05/22
  • Very sorry to hear the sad news. I am with you in your bereavement. Please accept my heartfelt condolences –Kishore Kotnis (Mumbai) — 21/05/22
  • My heartfelt condolences on the sad loss. May God give you all the strength you need to bear this heavy loss. My deepest respect for Chhaya ji — Jayashree Kumar — 20/05/22
  • Very sorry to know sad and sudden demise Smt. Chhayaji. She was your great support for our yoga activity. Please accept our healtfelt condolences and convey it to bereaved family members. Will call you. Please take care. May her soul rest in peace. ?? ? Hari om – Surve — 20/5/22
  • With deep sorrow we learnt about the sad demise of Dear Chhaya. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We all have lost a great and kind soul.
  • Just came to know that your spouse passed away peacefully in the hospital. It’s a shocking and extremely sad news. Our heartfelt condolences with you and your family. May the departed soul attain moksha. Om Shanti.?? — Satish Dalvi — 21/5/22
  • Suresh shocked to hear news of sad demise of your wife today. Let God give you strength to face this situation. Om Shanti ?? — Dilip Randive (Pune) — 21/05/22
  • Nainam chhindanti shastrani nainam dahati pavakah na chainam kledayantyapo na shoshayati marutah 2.23 Weapons cannot shred the soul, nor can fire burn it. Water cannot wet it, nor can the wind dry it. achchhedyo ’yam adahyo ’yam akledyo ’shoshya eva cha nityah sarva-gatah sthanur achalo ’yam sanatanah 2.23. The soul is unbreakable and incombustible; it can neither be dampened nor dried. It is unbreakable, in all places, unalterable, immutable, and eternal. Pray to God that you are blessed with the strength to bear the loss of Chaya ji and realise this eternal Truth. — Raj Yenkamoole Melbourne — 21/5/22
  • Very sorry to know about the sad demise of Mrs Chhaya. May the departed soul get Om Shanti. My heartfelt condolences to you. May God give you and your family, strength to bear this loss. — Shashikant Inamdar — 21/05/22
  • In these wee hours, we share your grief. Nothing can compensate your loss. However, life goes on and I am sure that with composed mind, you will carry on with sweet memories. With heavy hearts, we offer condolences to the bereaved family — Ambegaonkar — Pune — 21/05/22
  • Suresh ji, We feel very sad that your wife passed away. Was she sick or it happen suddenly. My heartfelt condolences to you and your family.?? — Anand Jaiswal– 21/05/22
  • We are very sorry, shocked and saddened?? by the news about Chaya? Our heartfelt condolences to you and the family, and prayers to go through this sad time. May her soul rest in peace??? Please take care and please let us know if we can help in any way. Milind Barve mentioned to me about this sad news. I shall try to attend her last rites and pay my respect. Please take care. Om Shanti Shanti ?  –Jai Prakash Angale — 21/5/22
  • Dear Suresh, Priya and Abhi, I am saddened to know about your loss. Please accept my deepest condolences. Chaaya will always remain in my heart and in my memory for the soft and kind lady that she was. When she took care of Vamshika as a little girl, I was as peaceful as leaving my child with my own mother. Her calm approach towards life will remain in my mind for ever. May her gentle soul Rest In Peace and God give strength to you all to cope with her loss. ? With Warm Regards, Arati Bakshi (Bangolore) — 22/05/22
  • Suresh ji and family , I am deeply sorry to hear about the passing of your loved *Chayatai*. My deepest sympathy goes out to you at this difficult time. May happy memories of her bring you comfort at this sad time. I still remember her sweet voice in yoga classe and will be forever in our heart.? Om Shanti ?Darshana Deepak Parmar, past yoga student — 22/5/22
  • Namaste Suresh Ji, My name is Mangai Jaganathan. I am one of your yoga students. My heartfelt condolences for the sudden demise of our beloved Chhaya Ji. May God bless her soul to rest in peace. May her beautiful and loving memories give you and your family a great strength to go through this sad time. May our prayers ease the pain of your loss. I am deeply saddened by Chhaya Ji’s loss. She showed a mother’s love to us. Chhaya Ji will always be in our hearts. Thank you for sharing. Please be strong we are all here for you. Namaste Ji. ?  — 22/5/22
  • We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear the news of Aunty Chhaya Ji attaining divine lotus feet of the Lord. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Loving and caring Chhaya ji was a pillar of strength to Indian community in Sydney and her loss is irreplaceable. May her soul Rest In Peace?????? We pray God to give you and your family strength and protection in this challenging situation. Om Shanthi ???
  • Very saddened to hear about the passing away of Chhaya ji. My family joins me to express our deepest condolences to you and your family for the irreplaceable loss of your wife, and mother to your children and one of the main pillars of Spirit of India in Chhaya ji. Late Chhayaji’s sacrifices for the promotion of Yoga and Indian culture are acknowledged with profound gratitude and her support to the society in Sydney will be sadly missed. We take solace in the fact that death is a promotion, evolution, and renewal of life. Her soul is in a better place moving toward the ultimate Moksha. May Paramatma gives you and the entire Khatav family strength to manage the loss. May Chhayaji’s souls achieve Nitya Shanti. With Prem and Aum M.K. Angajan and family. (Durban South Africa) — 22/05/22
  • I know that she was a great support for you. .. Medha and Shekhar(USA) — 21/5/22
  • My deep condolences and will pray for her sole is RIP — Aditya Srihar — 27/05/22
  • Gordana told me very sad news about your wife. Please accept our sincere condolences and deepest symphathies for your loss — John & Sharon Watt — 26/05/22
  • Our deepest condolences —- Madhavi Nanawati — 20/05/22
  • I am grieved to know the sad demise of your wife Smt Chhaya ji, who was pious soul, and society will always miss the selfless service she gave to the family and the world. I wish the almighty God to give enough strength to the family to bear this irreparable loss and peace to the departed soul. OM Shanti — Raj Kumar 21/05/22
  • Dear Suresh ji – Today, through the pathetic emotions of the gathering that paid homage to the departed soul of respected soul of Chhaya ji , one could feel the extent of grief in the heart of everyone present over there.
  • I can understand the quantum of grief separation to you is manyfold. As it is you only who has been affected the most. At this moment of irreparable loss to the family one has no alternative except to bear with it and accept it as a will of the supreme almighty
  • We all stand with you and the family at this junction of journey of life, and wish the departed soul lives with peace in the heavenly abode and bless the family members. Heartfelt condolences Suresh ji. OM Shanti — RajKumar Sharma — 24/05/22 .
  • We share your grief. Praying for comfort, strength and healing in this Time of grief & Prayers for departed soul. OM Shanti —- Sangita Bangia
  • Was extremely shocked to learn about Chhaya’s departure .. don’t know if it was sudden or she was ailing but yes the Spirit of India owes a lot to her
  • As your ardhangini, she played very diligently and devoted herself to society. She has merged with divine consciousness and we pray that all of you find peace with that — Sunity Rao Melbourne —  23/05/22
  • Our deepest condolences for your biggest loss – Aunty will always remain live in our hearts. May you and family get strength to bear this loss OM Shanti — Jaya Sharma — 21/05/22
  • Heard the sad news. Very upsetting . Wanted to come over to meet you and family, however we were in Canberra. We are praying for the departed soul and even for the family for lord to give strength to bear with this great loss. We will come over later. Hari OM. — Sunil & Bhakti — 23/05/2022
  • Shocking to hear about Chhaya, May god give you all the strength during this trouble time. Our heartfelt condolences. –Sudhir and Sharmila — 23/05/22
  • Please accept my family’s deepest condolences on passing of your wife. If we can assist in any way please feel free to contact us. With kindest regards –Paul & Maria — 23/05/22
  • My deepest sympathies on the passing away of your wife, she fought bravely for long time, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Unfortunately I can’t attend the funeral, I would have liked to, but I have to go to Brisbane today for audit, take care Suresh — Ujen Singh — 23/05/22
  • Hello Suresh kaka! I am so sorry to hear the heartbreaking news of kaku not being with us anymore! I can’t imagine how you feel at this time, please accept my condolences and Dias. I will definitely drop by at a later time to see you, please know that I am always here Regards — Sayali — 23/05/22
  • Just now got the sad news about the passing away of Chhaya ji She was a tremendous person, a kind and gentle soul. At the yoga lessons, she was always encouraging and motivating me to keep trying and go for more.
  • Her passing away will be big loss for all of us. Our sincere heartfelt condolences to you and the family. We join you in your prayers for peace to the departed soul and may god give you the strength to cope with this loss OM Shanti – Nalin Kaul — 22/05/22
  • Hari OM Very sorry to hear the sad news of Chhaya Tai passing away. She was great inspiration to all of us and will always have special place in our lives. May her soul rest in peace —Radhika Mogarkar — 22/05/22
  • Our sincere condolences and may are athma attain sadgati. Please send me the address and time for the funeral, I will try my best to attend it — Jay If you need any help, please kindly text me. You have helped many like me and inspired us. Even late Chhaya was also inspired us. Thanks — Jay and Savita — 22/05/22
  • OMG What?? Cannot digest this message, very deeply saddened by this message. Will call you later on. We pray for her soul to Rest in Peace and for you all to bear the loss. OM Shanti – Sanjiv Shastri — 21/05/22
  • Oh Suresh, I am so sorry & very deeply saddened to here that about Beautiful Chhaya. I always remember her for her sweet inclusive. Warm heart that affirmative reassuring and very friendly pat on the back, she so often landed on you..
  • My deepest condolences to you Suresh and our yoga family at the loss of this lovely Special Lady — Warm Regards –Vivianna Wetten — 22/05/22
  • Suresh ji , I am shocked beyond words, very saddened by the news. Chhaya tai is very close to my heart! Unfortunately I started to come to see you but froze and could not drive. Past memories flooding back to me. Rhea was’t home so could not make it to viewing. We will come and visit your place. Please let me know if I can be of any help! My thoughts and prayers are with you all Regards — Darshana Shah — 22/05/22
  • Dear Suresh ji Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the very sad news of the of the passing of Chhaya ji
  • We pray that you and your children will find strength in these difficult times. May you always cherish the sweet memories you all created with her during her short life.
  • Chhaya ji will be missed by her entire yoga family and friends alike, her caring motherly nature to me will never be forgotten. With deepest sympathies — Shivasni & family — 22/05/22
  • Sorry for the news, please accept our condolences. Pray for her soul to RIP and give you & family strength to cope with loss. Hari OM — Narinder Jalpota — 21/05/22
  • Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Chaya madam. Her energy, kindness & dedication will always be remembered. Both of you have given so much to all of us. My gratitude cannot be expressed in the words. Pray her soul Rest In Peace & you find the strength to pull through this difficult time. — Kanaks Ramaswamy 21/05/22
  • Really sorry to hear about your loss uncle. This has come to me as an shock. Please accept my deepest condolences. — Vishal Hkanna
  • So sorry .. Chhaya ji was truly incredible person — Pratima Barve — 21/05/22
  • We are very sorry to hear about the loss of Chhayaji from Devika. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. We will see you at the viewing. Hari OM — Nalini, Boris and children — 21/5/22
  • My sincere condolence on your loss. Mt thought and prayers are with you and your family in this hard time. Let me know if I can be of any assistance regards – Gordana Ostojic — 21/5/22
  • Our deepest condolences for sudden demise of Mrs Chaya madam ji. May her soul rest in peace –Varadraj & Laxmi — 21/5/22
  • Very sorry to hear the sad news. It is very shocking. May God give you courage to bear this irreparable loss. Please accept our sincere condolences to you all. OM Shanti — Vijay Patankar (Bangalore) — 21/5/22
  • Very sad news! Let God give you & your entire family enough strength to bear this blow. Let Chhaya Bhabhi’s soul rest in peace — Dilip & Priyamvada (Pune) — 21/05/22
  • OMG !!! I am so sorry about Chhayakaki. What happened? This is very shocking news to me. I wish I could have got chance to meet her. My deepest condolences to you and family. I will call you later today.OM Shanti, May her soul Rest in Peace —Shailesh Khatav (San Francisco) — 20/05/22
  • I am very sorry to hear that ..My condolences .. Binu 20/05/22
  • Suresh ji , So sorry to hear about Chhaya ji . She was such an affectionate, motherly and lively personality. She always had a greatsense of details and great organizational skill for all events organized by Spirit of India. I always remember her sharing home made chivada with me , when you used to drop home after yoga session. I could never refuse her gesture even when I was not hungry. I really pray for her soul to find eternal peace. We flew back Sydney late last night and missed her final viewing.—- Sandeep Gupta — 22/05/22
  • Let her soul rest in Peace. Let God give you strength to bear the huge losses. All of us from Vasant pariwar remember Chhaya very much. She was part n parcel of our Lives — Dr Vasant Khatav — 01/06/22
  • Sorry to hear about sad demise of Chhayamami Its really very sad, Actually I want to talk to you . Can you call me — Sandhya Telang Pandit – 25/05/22
  • Saddened to learn from your email regarding passing away of Chhaya ji . Our sincere condolences to you and all family members,. May God give peace to departed souland strength to family to bear such huge loss — Shail & Nidhi — 30/05/22
  • Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family members for great loss. Praying for her soul RIP in heaven. I am so grateful for the yoga classes at Pennant Hills and online. — Chandra — 28/05/22
  • Tribute to Chhayaji by Shivashni S Deo, Forever in our hearts
  • It is with deepest sorrow I write this eulogy on the untimely passing of Chhaya ji, a patient, caring, motherly figure who remains in my heart as the epitome of selflessness, humility and love.
  • I met Chhaya ji in my first yoga session with spirit of India in 2007. Her passion, dedication and commitment towards betterment of the mental, spiritual and physical health and wellbeing of each of her students through yoga very quickly became obvious. Be it a child, teenager, or a senior, Chhaya ji always took time to ensure each student received the support they needed to excel. She quickly recognised each person’s capabilities, helping build on their strength through trying a little more each time, ultimately reaching the goals they each set.
  • It was Chhaya ji’s passion and commitment which inspired me to join Spirit of India as a volunteer. Chhaya ji possessed an unwavering faith and ability to see goodness in everyone she crossed path with, taking the time to listen and share in the joy and sorrow of her yoga family. She was the pillar of strength to me and many others. Never at the forefront, Chhaya ji became the key to many of our successes.
  • The untimely passing of Chhaya ji has left a void in the lives of many, a void which cannot be filled. As I spoke with her in the months before her untimely passing, the positivity in her tone, the passion for life, the bravery and unconditional love for her family and dear students radiated through her serene voice.
  • Chhaya ji’s name is strongly entrenched with yoga. Her legacy shall live on from the good work of the loving yogic community she helped create. Chhaya ji undoubtedly remains a perfect example of what should define us as humans – selflessness, humility and togetherness. Her life is a celebration of love and friendship.
  • Gone but never forgotten – Chhaya ji shall forever live in our hearts. — Shivashni. 04/06/2022
  • As per her name, Chhayaji was a unique lady full of compassion for others. As I have known her for past 15 years and I have seen her helping people.
  • To us women, she taught us how to standby your Husband in thin and thick.Sureshji and Chhayaji were the couple that complimented each other.
  • Chhayaji was always smiling which enhanced her beauty from  INSIDE OUT! She  was kind, Hardworking, always smiling, ever Happy person  I have ever  met…. I will keep her in my HEART & MIND for ever. ??? JAY SHREE RAMDamyanti Prem Ghedia — 02/06/2022, By Minu Kalra 02/06/2022 , Namaste?
  • I have been with Spirit of India and Chayaji for more than a decade. I was closely associated with her quite while I attended  yoga classes in the Wentworthville library.  She played an important role both  during yoga classes or the associated social catch-ups as a guide, friend and as a coach. its heart broken that  she is no more with us. She will always be there in my thoughts and prayers?.  But I’m sure she’s also looking down with pride at the wonderful  work Sureshji  & the students have  been doing as they carry forward her yoga legacy.  She will always remain alive in my heart. Good bye chayaji. Rest in peace ?– By Mukul & Neela Desai — 24/05/2022
  • Dear all , On behalf of my wife and I, it is an absolute privilege to say a few words about Our Chhayaji. What I am going to say abo.ut Chhayaji, will not surprise anyone sitting here as all of us who were fortunate enough to have had interaction with her during our Yoga classes, remember Chhayaji fondly.
  • Chhayaji was an older sister to my wife and me, I am sure many of your feel the same. She was a motherly figure to many youngsters. Chhayaji took these positions very seriously.
  • We all know her most beautiful radiant smile. She brightened the room with her presence. I have never seen her in a gloomy mood and that smile never left her face, not even in death.
  • My wife and I first came to know her during a yoga session. She kept an eye on every student in the classroom and firmly and gently corrected us whenever we did something incorrectly.
  • I vividly remember a teenage boy who attended yoga classes with his mother.  He was suffering a lot from severe asthma.  We saw Chhayaji taking a personal interest in this child and at the beginning of each class, she would make him do neti – we know how difficult it is for a child to do neti.  By the end of about 5 sessions, I heard the mother saying that her son had reduced the use of puffers by at least half!.
  • While Surreshji could be strict with his instructions and high expectations of us, Chhayaji knew each and every one of us’ s limitations and accordingly helped us to improve in the yoga classes.  Chhayaji would walk slowly to the front and gently instruct individuals – do what you can and don’t have to stress out. Chhayaji would give extra attention – one on one – to the students who couldn’t keep up with others, and take them out of the room so others won’t be disturbed.  But again, Chhayaji would give subtle and firm instructions for ensuring we are doing the yoga the right way.
  • One example of her commitment. She would travel 3 hours by public transport to an aged care facility to teach yoga to the older people for years.  The dedication was amazing and breathtaking.  She Never ever boasted about the services she provided.
  • Thousands of us are doing better in our health due to the Spirit of India’s selfless services at a throwaway price when you compare how much each yoga session costs outside.  We can give all credit to a team of two – Chhayaji and Suresh ji. There are no words to thank them for their outstanding selfless service to the community over the years.   Many wouldn’t know how much work goes behind the scene for the yoga classes – such as taking fees, booking halls, insurance, providing mats, photocopying notes and providing notes with pictures, neti pots and huge other admin work to comply with tax requirements.  We can go for an hour and feel great but let’s not underestimate the work required to manage these ongoing classes.
  • For various Hindu religious festivities, Chhayaji would cook some sweets for all Yoga students such as laddus with love.  We know her love for Yoga and Yoga students was immense.  We all loved her back.
  • Chhayaji gave her best until the covid hit – absolutely down to earth, intelligent and amazing singer and a great cook.  It ‘s sad for the Khatav family but it is affecting all of us as well.  I know we all have had a special relationship with Chhayaji.   Only consolation is that Chhayaji didn’t suffer too much and was almost living normally until her death.
  • When we say Chhayaji, I know we call her “OUR Chhayaji” – that says all about her. All family members were present at the time of her death. Selfless service for years with a smile.  We will miss you, dear Chhayaji.Om Shanti, Neela & MukulBy Mangai Jaganathan — 02/06/2022
  • My heartfelt condolences for the sudden demise of our beloved Chhaya Ji. I have known Chhaya Ji for 4 years. Such a beautiful soul. Every time I saw Chhaya Ji, I felt like I was standing next to my mum.
  • Her love and care when preparing sandwiches for us when we did 108 Surya Namaskars was priceless. She looked after us no less than her daughter. She will be dearly missed by every one of us and going to live in our hearts for ever.
  • May God bless her soul and may she rest in peace. May her beautiful and loving memories give us the strength to go through this sad time.
  • Thank you Suresh Ji for giving me this opportunity to say few words about my feelings., Naresh Aggarwal — 31/05/2022
  • For all of us as the Yoga students of Spirit of India, the news of our revered Gurumai, has been very shocking and disappointing and it has made me very sad and low to realise that Chhaya Ji has passed away.
  • I have known Chhaya Ji for over 8 years and all along, I have found her in positive frame of mind offering relentless and unconditional services to promote Yoga, helping new students in improving yoga Asanas, preparing breakfast for the students after our special yoga classes and sessions and above all supporting our Guru Ji over the years in promoting Yoga in Australia.
  • She has been an inspiration for me throughout my journey with Spirit of India as a teacher, a mentor and a great human being with her pleasing personality and down to earth attitude.
  • Chhaya Ji, you were and will always remain the greatest living example of humbleness, compassion and serenity.
  • I pay my tribute to this great soul with whom I got a chance to interact with and will always try to follow the footprints laid down by her. May God give lots of courage and strength to her family members, particularly to our Guru Ji in this situation. Our prayers to Almighty to bless the departed soul to rest in Ultimate Peace.
  • Chhaya Ji, you will be missed always., By Devika Srinivasan — 31/05/2022
  • I have known Chayya ji since 2010 When I saw Chayya ji taking spirit of india practice sessions and some parts of beginners yoga classes I found a disciplined teacher who communicated instructions with precision and clarity. She helped me to learn yoga but also motivated me to teach. I still use phrases that she used for yoga instructions as they are effective and efficient.
  • Her voice modulation communicated kindness and clarity with firmness to ensure people followed her instructions.
  • I cherish this gift from her and strive to emulate it in every yoga session I guide.
  • I don’t miss her as I feel her presence every time I practice yoga or guide others to practice yoga.
  • She is an inspiration to all of us in serving selflessly for the betterment of our community., By Rupa Bansal — 31/05/2022
  • My teacher, mentor and kindness queen: Chhaya Auntiji.
  • I have known Chhaya auntyji for more than 6 years. Yes she was my yoga teacher but I always called her auntyji. From day one she was very kind to me and others in the class. I was amazed how she always remembered if I missed the class and checked on me when I came back to the class. Initially I thought she was strict teacher and didn’t want me to miss the class but as I got to know her more I realised it was her care for me and other students. I feel blessed to have known auntyji and will miss her. It was her faith in me which gave me the courage to take the classes for kids and practice sessions. She would correct me and support me whenever I needed. After each class she would ask how I was going and often asked me to sit for a while before I left the class. She would hug like a mother before I left the class. At the events she would feed us like her own kids and never wanted to get any acknowledgment. I will always be grateful to her for the difference she made in my life. She will always be in my heart., By Amita Gupta — 03/06/2022
  • Hari Om Suresh ji, We are very saddened with loss of Chhaya ji. I was not able to get her last darshan and unable to attend her anthyesthi due to severe flue I was going through then.
  • Chhaya ji was deeply loving and like a mother to all. Whether it was making khichdi for all after the yoga session , or making sandwiches after 108 Surya Namaskar or any other function for Spirit of India – her spirits were unmatched. She was so gentle and caring , always smiling. She was  such a motivator to follow yoga, gently advising and correcting poses. Her presence was always divine everywhere. I have not met a more simple , humble person like Chhaya ji. I knew her  her since last 8 years in association with Spirit of India , she was always inspiring. Whether it was for Angjan ji’s lecture or the yoga graduation ceremony she would work tirelessly. She will live in our hearts forever. Spirit of India Yoga sessions and functions will not be same without her. She will be deeply missed.
  • May she attain moksha. Our prayers are for her, With deep and saddened heart. Amita Gupta, By Suresh & Shailaja Khade — 03/06/2022
  • I was sorry to hear the demise of Mrs Chhaya Khatav whom I used to refer as Vahini .
  • When I got the news, I felt, I should pick up the phone and call Suresh Khatav immediately and deliver a condolence message .But then I felt he might not be in the right headspace to talk.
  • Chhaya Vahini succumbed to her illness gracefully. She approached her battle the same way she did everything else — with grace and determination. I knew her since 1980. After parting from college, I had met Suresh Khatav accidentally at Dadar Railway station.She was accompanying Suresh Khatav.
  • After that I met her on number of occasions. Suresh had a rough start in life but during that tough period, ,she managed everything .
  • She had an excellent job in the Times of India group in Mumbai, which she gave up with a smile for migration to Australia and to be with Suresh Khatav
  • I was fortunate that the duo, Suresh and Chhaya Vahini stayed in my house when the two visited India last.
  • I cannot imagine the mental status of Suresh Khatav. As much as he may try to prepare for the routine life, it must be tough. One can never truly know how it feels to lose the life partner. I can’t begin to imagine the depth of the grief he must be experiencing.
  • Dear Khatav, I am here for you whenever you need anything.
  • For people like Chhaya Vahini, God earmarks a special place in the heaven.
  • May Chhaya Vahini rest in peace in such specially chosen place by God almighty.By Dr Sadhana & Dr Himanshu Desai –24/ 05/2022
  • Yes, Chhayaji has touched so many lives in her lifetime, infusing positive vibes and hopes, that she certainly leaves a void that cannot be filled.
  • This isn’t just my thoughts and words. I am confident that most of us, who have known her, will relate to these feelings for her.
  • I first got to know Chhaya ji many years ago, maybe 14-15 years, when you all were staying in the same Unit block in Epping where my sister was also renting, my sister had introduced me to you and Chhaya ji. I remember that my fist impression of her was a warm caring person and as I got to know her better that was certainly the feeling. She used to make so many Diwali goodies and always remembered to give some to my sister Seema, I also used to enjoy those with my sister. Sometimes she would even bring food for my sister, she used to wonder if my sister would be looking after herself as she lived on her own. My parents who would visit us used to look forward to having a chat with her and would feel very relieved that she was there in the same building. Many a times I used to bump into Chhaya ji and Priyanka when they would be going for a walk.
  • On one occasion I met you and her at the Auburn temple at a big festival/ pooja event and she was wearing a saree. You liked her wearing sarees and commented to me about how good she was looking, and she blushed which I thought was very sweet; I remember this distinctly.
  • You and Chhaya ji at the time were thinking of starting yoga classes and when you did my sister Seema straightaway became your student because of the encouragement from Chhaya ji. Soon after I came along for classes in Epping too and after class Chhaya ji and I used to chat a little, she would always ask about everyone’s wellbeing. I also remember her as a good manager for the yoga classes and an encouraging person for the students, she would walk through the room helping the students to do better.
  • Even though I wanted to but did not keep in touch with you both I would often think that I would someday and she in her warm way would greet with her lovely smile. Her demise comes as a shock and is very sad, cannot imagine her gone so soon. May her soul rest in peace, she will make heaven a very calm and friendly place.
  • I don’t have any photos of her or with her, but I remember her face so well. May God give you and your family the strength to cope with this irreplaceable loss, From Kedar Ashok Dighe 05/06/2022
  • A TRIBUTE TO GURU MAA –My memory goes down to around August 2014, when I developed some pain in my back and was first introduced to ‘ Spirit of India’ by my friend  Shri Shridhar Bhagwat, who said that he had been benefitted by the Yoga classes conducted by Guruji and Guru Maa.
  • Guruji and Guru Maa would come every Saturday at Epping and start the classes at 7 AM followed by another class at 10 AM at Wentworthville. It was truly a dedicated and consistent effort by them.
  • Secondly during Diwali, both Guru Maa and Guru ji would distribute sweets. The ‘ladoos’ were so delicious, the taste of which still lingers on my tongue. When Guru Maa gave me a ladoo and I tasted it, spontaneously I said that this is a delicacy which is famous among the GSB community to which she agreed.
  • Last but not the least I would like to mention that she would always appreciate the help that she received from others. She would always thank me for helping clear the area after the  classes. What else can one ask for when even a slightest contribution was much appreciated.
  • Guru Maa will always remain in my memories. May she attain Moksha, Om Shanti, From Venketesh Jambur — 31/5/22
  • It was shocking news for us, we knew her for very short time and within that time we found her gem of a lady. We enjoyed talking to her during weekly yoga session, miss her now.
  • Hari Om, Shoba and Venkatesh
  • I have known Chaya ji approximately for nearly 10 years. when I joined yoga class for the first time in Quakers hill.  She assisted me in the stretches, I never knew my body could stretch so much.  My fond memories about her, to start with a friendly, beautiful, lovely and humble person. Good and friendly teacher ready to assist and offer guidance.
  • I have enjoyed breakfast on most of the 108 suryanamaskars a real “goddess Annapurani”.
  • Love you heaps Chaya ji, your memories fill us with confidence, love and compassion.
  • You will definitely be missed by us, my sincere prayers for you and your family, From Panneer Vasudeo 31/05/2022
  • I am really shocked and saddened by the news and my wife Kanchana and son Siddharth were so shocked with disbelief as well felt so sad about Chhaya ji is no more.
  • Our deepest condolences to you, your family and friends to recover from such a loss. Our prayers for her soul to Rest In Peace at the feet of the Almighty.
  • Love and kind regards,  Panneer Vasudevan, Kanchana, Siddharth, From: Renu  — 31/05/2022
  • I have known Chhaya ji for about 5 years, It is hard to describe Chhaya ji’s personality and passion to help each one, who may have come in contact with her. She was a kind hearted and loving soul- I have come across. She touched the lives of thousands of Yoga students by motivating and encouraging them in a friendly manner. She will be dearly missed. May her soul rest in peace. May God grant courage to the family to accept this loss, From: Sadhana Raja — 01/06/2022
  • Dear Sureshji, Life has a way of having many twists and turns. Just when you get comfortable, and settle in, up comes another challenge. These challenges are what makes us grow and appreciate what we have and our family and friends around us.
  • I am forever grateful to Chhayaji without whose support I would be lost. The yoga exercises that I do everyday even for a short duration unlike the long duration as in class has helped me tremendously.
  • I know Chhayaji for over 7 years, Chhayaji was a charming personality, always willing to help and took great pains in teaching yoga and also provided guidance regularly in relation to all health problems and resolve issues.
  • My memory of Chhayaji coming to our house during Navratri with Sureshji is still so very fresh in my mind. May her soul merge with the divine, From: Sanjiv, Priti & Rachana Shastri — 02/06/22
  • We knew Chhaya Tai for almost 20 years, when you all first came to Sydney and settled in Meadowbank. We cherish the lunches and dinners and picnics that we had together She was the most loving and giving person that we have met, always ready to help and always had a cheerful smile even in the face of adversity. Chhaya Tai you have been a wonderful Tai (elder sister) to Sanjiv and me and an aunt to Rachana.
  • You will be missed, but your presence in the form of beautiful memories will always be with us. Om Shanti!From: Sangeeta Rodrigues — 03/06/2022
  • Dear Chaya Tai in heaven, You have really taken our breath away. We will miss you every Rechak and Purak. I knew you since 2013. Almost Ten years. You treated me as a Elder sister. So stared calling you Tai. Your dedication, loyalty, motivation, kindness and personal emotional touch of loving behaviour will be missed by everyone. You were a blessed Soul God gifted us. You have given justice to your life by making others understand how to live and how to do a selfless service to community around you. It was you who use to call and ask how we are doing and it was you who use to be strict sometimes for our benefit. There was a loving mother in you and we all felt so blessed to know you. How humble and beautiful person you were. You and Suresh ji dedicated your lives for people’s wellbeing.
  • The message of Yoga  you spread and the seeds you sow in community are growing day by day.  We will miss you every breath we take.
  • With deep respect and heavy heart we said good buy to you dear Chaya Tai. May You Rest In Peace. Anonymous: — 31/05/2022
  • My personal experience with Chhaya ji
  • During one of the Yoga sessions at Quakers Hill High School, Chhaya Ji was as usual present.
  • What was not known to us was that this was a special Yoga session and one would feel really very hungry after that.
  • There was Shankh Prakshalan to be performed.
  • This is where one and only one Chhaya Ji came up with Super large vessel full of Khichdi for all of us. Not only that she had a big bottle full of ghee that would go well with that.
  • It is only Chhaya Ji who could do this.
  • मुझे पूरा विश्वास है की छाया जी जहाँ पे भी हैं वहां प्रसन्न हैं और वहां पे भी वह सेवा के साथ घी के साथ खिचड़ी खिला रही हैं From: Maria Gawlik — 31/05/22
  • I known Chhaya ji for 7 years ‘since I joined Spirit of India yoga classes.
  • She was most caring and patient person providing great advice to overcome my limitation when learning yoga. I’ll never forget her loving approach to myself and everyone around me, gently guiding me through some asana but also some more energetic pull or push when required.
  • Most memorable moments of Chhaya ji for me are 108 surya namaskar events & her fantastic sandwiches she prepared with care and passion for.
  • She always made sure that we eat enough .I’ll miss her dearly. From Neha Broota: 25/05/22
  • I spoke to mum yesterday and she informed me of your loss. I am so, so, so sorry. I know how deeply you loved and cared for aunty.
  • I am sending you all positive wishes from Powai ashram and Lord Shiva’s temple. I am sure he will give you immense strength during this time. Thinking of you lots. Please let me know if there is anything I can do. Lots of LoveOM Shanti. May god give her place close to him. — Sam Arora — 25/05/22
  • My sincere condolences to Sureshji and Spirit of India Parivar. Our prayers for the departed soul to Rest In Peace ? _ Anant Chitale — 26/05/22
  • Many thanks Suresh for the Notice of service.
  • Please accept my sincerest condolences. Om Shanti. With love, — Sachin Nandode – 23/05/22
  • She is the soul of Spirit of India and will always continue to live on with the good work you both have started.—Dr Himanshu and Dr Sadhana Desai –25/05/2022
  • Heart felt condolences May her soul Rest in Peace — Dr Prabha / Dr Vasant and Dr Vinayak Khatav (Mumbai) 21/05/22
  • Sorry to hear about sad demise of Chhaya mami. It is really very sad — Sandhya Telang (Mumbai) 25/05/22
  • I heard the sad news about kaku passing away. My heartfelt condolences.