Generous, compassionate, gentle man honoured at funeral

HIS full Sannyasin name means The one that has heard the word of the divine.

French-born Michel Abadie's life was transformed after trekking to India in the 1970s and becoming a devoted follower of Osho and immersing himself in the beliefs and practices of the Sannyasins.

At a peaceful ceremony in Mullumbimby yesterday, Deva Shravarkar - known to his friends and family as 'Shravi' - was remembered as a generous, compassionate and gentle man.

"He was such an ethical human being... He never did anything bad to anyone. His friendships lasted a lifetime," the celebrant said.

Shravi's life was cut tragically short when he was killed in a head-on collision at Lennox Head on Saturday, March 15.

It was at the Pune meditation centre in India where he met his partner of 19 years, Sahajo. Together with her daughters Dana and Damini, they made a family and settled in the Byron Shire.

Throughout the service, people spoke of his love of music, family and gardening.

"He always planted Australian natives and you were never allowed to prune them," Dana said.

A committed environmentalist who "trod lightly on the Earth", it was also revealed that he was a passionate recycler and something of a hoarder, with some 400 yoghurt containers in his "man shed".

Shravi clearly loved his grandchildren, teaching them guitar and spoiling them at every opportunity.

Damini also spoke of his love to dance, doing his "dirty dance shuffle" with Sahajo at parties. She also spoke of his clandestine love of red wine, which she helped to conceal from her mother.

Sahajo was not present at the service, but sent a message saying; "I never doubted our love, but never realised how fleeting it would be."

Others described their morning ritual of always having a cup of tea together in bed, their daily games of backgammon and their Sunday bike rides.

He was also remembered for his 10 years as a taxi and chauffer driver in Byron Bay.


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