Dr. Nareshchandra L. Mude was born in Yevatmal, Maharashtra, India on March 13th, 1947. He was the Third child of MynaBai and Laxmanrao Mude.
From a very young age, Dr. Mude maintained a love of science, exploration, people, nature and spirituality. His deep bonds with siblings, friends, family and strangers, animals and nature alike, led him on many unique discoveries and adventures. His native intelligence, vision, love of nature, and quirkiness were apparent to those around him. These things led to a lifelong passion for healing others and a career in ayurvedic and alopathic medicine.
Upon the completion of medical school, and marriage to Mangala Mude, he built a reputation as an exemplary doctor. His work was revered by people of all castes, creeds, religions and persuasions. Dr. Mude’s unequivocal discipline, morals and principles led to a decorated career as a Medical officer in India and his work gained notoriety far and wide.
He never turned away a patient or person in need – independent means or money. He was paid in gratitude, fruits, land, just as often as money. In parallel, Dr. Mude’s entrepreneurialism and curiosity led him to work on highly efficacious drug formulations. These formulations gained commercial favor and through this, he built a dream of bringing ayurvedic medicine to America.
In 1977, Dr. Mude emigrated to the United States and in 1978 decided to make beautiful Rochester, NY “The Flower City” his chosen home. In Rochester, NY Dr. Mude and his young wife began life in America. In the pursuit of his dream and while providing for his young family, he was a self employed entrepreneur as well as being employed by the University of Rochester. During his 40’s Dr. Mude ran into unexpected, and difficult, medical challenges. The suffering and challenges of living with pain and its associated difficulties – has resulted in life long advocacy of relief based care.
In addition to his work in natural medicine, Dr. Mude and his wife mentored many young families, and built a tremendous presence within the Rochester, Indian and South Wedge communities. He and his wife, Mangala “Maggie”, have done a tremendous amount of philanthropic work in the areas of domestic violence, animal rights and advocacy, nutrition, education and so on. Dr. Mude also was a lover of the arts, music, theater and literature. He wrote extensively and was moved by all forms of art. He loved film and, especially loved comedy – he believed – firmly “Laughter, good food and joy, to be the best medicine.
Dr. Mude, throughout his life, has been a “lover of humanity and nature” and the Divine. Every day, he would meditate for hours and though this, gained profound spiritual depth. He was a believer in non violence and compassion throughout. Independent of condition, he believed that meditation and joy to be the singular resolve for all suffering. His devotion to the Divine and Humanity and nature grew over time and throughout his life.
On Wednesday the 19th, at 9:20 in the evening, Dr. Mude, passed on quickly and peacefully in his bed after sharing a favorite meal with his wife and upon completing his evening prayers. It was an auspicious, and important holiday. In Hindu Texts, it is said that only great souls pass in the manner in which Dr. Mude left his body. We believe this to be the case – he was a great soul that left behind and extraordinary legacy of compassion, good will, health and kindness.
Dr. Mude is survived by his devoted wife of 43 years, Mangala. He is also survived by his daughters and sons-in-laws (whom he regards as sons), Manjusha Mude-Wong and Sean Wong and Meghana Mude Harrison and Thomas Harrison. Dr. Mude, is close to, and survived by, his siblings and his siblings’ families: Avinash Mude, Kshama Golhar, Jagdish Mude and Prasad Kamat and each of their families.
His Memorial Service was held August 22, 2015 at White Haven Memorial Park, Creation Chapel.
His legacy lives on in the works of his children, friends and families.
1. “Everywhere you are, strive to create light, to illuminate… to illuminate yourself, and the world around you.” – Dr. Nareshchandra L. Mude
2. “Find your dream, sacrifice, believe, work tirelessly and remain strong, do this – and nothing can conquer you.”
3. “Eat banana every day.”
4. “Even if you only have one slice of bread, divide and share with those that you love. Through this, you will gain
5. Hardship is the best way to… prepare for success. Sometimes, it is the only real way to prepare for success.
6. The opinions of others do not matter, you must set an exemplary standard for yourself… above and beyond other peoples’ Opinion.
7. Never ever, ever, ever reject your dream or your faith. Live your deepest truth.
8. Mein aadami houn, aadami se pyar kaartaa houn.
9. We must be prepared to make sacrifices to earn confidence and credibility for our dreams.
10. Be prepared to devote yourself to work that you believe in, and do it. If you cannot be committed do not invest any energy into this.
11. We are first and foremost, children of nature
We would like to thank all those who loved him.
Every soul he met was touched by his joy, wisdom, and light.