Voyages — 09 June 2016

…left her body on 3rd June 2016.

Ma Shunya (meaning ‘Emptiness’) died in the home in the presence of a friend and her sister, just as she wanted.

Shunya and Rupa

Rupa, who had first met her on the Ranch where they worked together in Dadu, the farming department, writes:

Our friendship started when I moved to Maui in 1986. I remember once over margaritas, her recounting her life story up to that time and I wondered how anyone could have had so many adventures in such a short time. She had such a bucket list and recently ticked off two items: African safari and jumping out of a plane which brought her such joy.

Over the years our friendship deepened into great sharing. She was my greatest teacher in the art of sensitivity. She loved to play… wish you could have shared one particular afternoon we had with giant bubbles… pure delight!

We both loved one book in particular which we referred to again and again and which I bestow on her… dearest Shunya, beloved one, may you journey with an “Untethered Soul.”

So much love from your dear, dear friend “Rupadupa” and, as you would always say, “Cheerio, pip pip.”


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She personified the “Be you, the world will adjust “…. Shunya Petunia, Fly High and Roar even Higher…. The entire Universe welcomes you. I will miss you on this plane, my beloved friend. Thanks for letting me hold you… !

Shunya, or “Shoony” as her friends called her, was a light in my life. We were room-mates on the Ranch and then later she gave me a job working with her on Maui. We laughed so hard together. She was witty and kind and always right on with advice she gave me. I love you Shoony. Fly high. I’ll see you one of these days on the other side. ???✌?
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