With deepest sadness, we share the news of Prabha Duneja’s passing on Saturday, June 15. She left this world peacefully at home, surrounded by family.
Mrs. Duneja was born on November 29, 1946, in India. She was the eldest daughter in a family of seven siblings. Following the completion of her college education and her marriage, she emigrated from India to the United States in 1977.
The top graduate in her class from the Sanskrit University of Kurukshetra (Haryana, India), Mrs. Duneja was a well-known Vedic scholar and a devotee of Lord Krishna. She authored numerous books and recorded several series of lectures on religion, philosophy, the Bhagawad Geeta, the secret powers of mantra, the mysteries of mind and body, and the science of yoga and meditation. Her monumental books, The Legacy of Yoga in Bhagawad Geeta and Hinduism: Scriptures and Practices, have made a powerful impact with readers in the western literary world and are required texts in religious studies courses at several universities, including Saint Mary's College and Yuba College. Her books are available online at www.holygeeta.com and recorded on YouTube.
She was known globally as the founder and president of the Geeta Society, an organization dedicated to serving the community through spiritual resources and inspirational teachings. She was also an active member of the Women’s Federation for World Peace, and the United Nations Association, and was chairwoman of the Women’s Interfaith Circle of Service/CC-URI. Mrs. Duneja was a recipient of the Global Citizen award, given by UNA-USA East Bay, for her tireless efforts on behalf of schools and orphanages in India, Ethiopia and Mozambique. She traveled throughout the United States and internationally to serve the community by performing Vedic weddings and rites of passage for countless families.
Mrs. Duneja was a frequent speaker at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, the Parliament of World’s Religions, schools, universities, temples, churches, mosques, yoga retreats, and religious conferences.
She is recognized for the depth of her sincere devotion and selfless service to humanity. Many testify that her inspirational teachings have transformed their lives.
Mrs. Duneja is survived by her husband Amrit, son Anshuman, daughter-in-law Sonya, six siblings and their spouses, and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. We will miss her with all of our hearts, but know that she is at peace and will be with us always.
On Friday, June 28, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a Moksha Deepam service at the Livermore Shiva-Vishnu Temple, followed by Preeti Bhoj from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The Livermore Temple is located at 1232 Arrowhead Avenue, Livermore, Calif.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Livermore Temple.
Callaghan Mortuary is honored to be serving the Duneja family. An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.callaghanmortuary.com.