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Umesh Rajamani

Umesh Rajamani

Friday, May 22nd, 1959 Monday, April 1st, 2019

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Obituary

Obituary for Umesh Kumar Rajamani

Umesh Rajamani, beloved husband, brother, son, teacher, mentor and friend to many, passed away in Burbank, CA on April 1, 2019. He was 59. While we are saddened by his departure from the planet, we are grateful and full of love for being associated with an extraordinary person – kind, gentle, intelligent, humorous, multi-talented, and above all peaceful and contented. He was a deeply spiritual person from a very young age, an ardent devotee of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, and in the latter years of his life, using the pen name Om Raja Mani, authored 3 spiritual books (with a 4th completed manuscript) on great Spiritual Masters who raised people to higher levels of consciousness.

In addition to being spiritual, he was well read on various subjects, enjoyed fine food and sports, was a student and practitioner of naturopathy, and was an unusually gifted and talented musician. He played many different instruments – acoustic and electric guitar, keyboard, harmonium, flute, sitar, santoor, sarod, harmonica and the rudra veena – all self-taught. In his professional career he was a math and physics teacher, management professor at IIM Bangalore, and a sales and marketing professional. He has a couple of Engineering as well as a couple of Management degrees, 2 from India and 2 from the US. Umesh is survived by his dear wife Bharti, who was his constant companion, fellow spiritualist and friend during their 19 year marriage. Umesh is also survived by his 2 brothers Vijay and Ranjit, 2 brothers-in-law Ramesh and Satish, his parents-in-law, many cousins, and a host of other family and friends from his student and professional days.

In lieu of flowers, Umesh’s family requests considering a contribution to a charity of your choice or the following non-profit causes Umesh cared about:

1. Sathya Sai Society of America - http://www.sathyasaisocietyofamerica.org/contact.html

2. ALS Association - http://www.alsa.org/donate/

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    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 6:00pm
    Angeleno Mortuary
    5948 Van Nuys Blvd.
    VAN NUYS, CA
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    Friday, April 5th, 2019
    2:00pm - 6:00pm

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M.V. Venkatesh, Guindy 82 and IIMC 20th batch and Narendra Kumar sent flowers to the family of Umesh Kumar Rajamani.
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M.V. Venkatesh, Guindy 82 and IIMC 20th batch and Narendra Kumar sent flowers to the family of Umesh Kumar Rajamani.
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Joseph P. Joseph

Joe Joseph

I knew Umesh since when we were first in high school, then college, and later, as a roommate for a short while, in New Jersey, many years later. The one constant through all those years was his gentle smile, and his mellow and laid back personality. Everything was taken in its stride, from the trivial to the profound, whether it was the sudden discovery that the booze was over in a city where alcohol was banned, or whether he had to move to back to India.

He was the calming presence among a group of rather volatile and varied personalities. He definitely marched to the tune of his own drummer: Umesh, or Youmesh, as we called him back in Chennai, shine on you crazy diamond!

Joe Joseph
Comment | Posted at 10:58am via Condolence
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Ranjit Rajamani

(This is my formal tribute to Umesh that was given at his Memorial Service)

Good afternoon to you all and thank you for coming today to celebrate Umesh’s life. My dear brother, Umesh Rajamani, has left his physical body, but we take comfort that his soul is at the Lotus feet of Lord Sathya Sai Baba. Umesh did have a heart of gold and the impact that he had on people was equally golden. And that is ultimately what he would want us to remember him for. He would also want us to remember him for his deep spirituality and intense love for Baba, two aspects that grew in prominence in the later years of Umesh’s life....and again this will carry Umesh and his soul forward to be joined with Baba.

Umesh had a remarkable impact on me as a person. I am the youngest of three brothers (my other brother Vijay is here) and Umesh is the oldest. Umesh took me on as his ‘little baby’ project, something that he has made no bones about to his very loving and dear wife Bharti. This included combing my hair, fanning me when I was sleeping (and sweating in the heat of Chennai where ceiling fans did not get the job done!) and covering my books with brown paper and writing my name neatly on the labels before the start of every school year. Umesh taught me an incredible amount and I owe a lot of what I am today to the lessons and teachings of Umesh. The thought did cross my mind at a young age that he could be a good teacher. He taught me the importance of reading books, he was my first and best math teacher (yes he set difficult math problems to test my understanding and my mother had to sometimes intervene when I was in tears)....., he taught me the finer points of writing, the need to have good general knowledge and without my knowing it to push me out of my comfort zone. Yes Umesh did think of that even though most of us can agree that he liked being in his own comfort zone. But as most of us also know, his zone (his comfort zone) was very wide and expansive.

Umesh was a trail blazer from a young age in many ways with his super sharp intellect, amazing mathematical brain, his acing of General Knowledge quizzes and yes his abilities in Sports too. Childhood asthma cut short his sporting aspirations, but yet again he imparted something big to his brothers in the process. Umesh was the person who inducted Vijay and I into Cricket and Table Tennis respectively. It didn’t stop there. He was very engaged in our progress in sports and would show up unannounced during my practice sessions. He would track my progress and make recommendations for the future, including match strategies. Umesh would take Vijay along with him often to play neighborhood cricket against older and better competition. Ah now that was brilliant - a keen sense for the current and keeping tabs on progress with an eye on future growth. Coaching and monitoring results, maybe some mild activism. Traits of a good investor, but does someone smell school and college teacher here? Well it is a unique combination of these traits that made teaching a passion for Umesh and made him want to invest in the growth of his students, something that he did admirably well.

Umesh loves music and a lot of us know about his musical prowess. I tried following in his footsteps here too, but quickly realized that I was vastly outmatched. Seeing his musical talents unfold over the years has been a thing of beauty.....and he has brought smiles and happiness to many through the numerous musical instruments that he played.

I can go on and on about his many acts of kindness and empathy, like always bringing me something to eat and recharge after a Table Tennis match. I can say now with the benefit of hindsight that all of this was the table setter if you may for his deep spirituality and Seva for others, which at its core emanated from a very warm sense of caring. And Sathya Sai Baba’s work gave Umesh a great platform to bring this all of his talents together, including his musical talents in the many Bhajan sessions that he chaired and attended. Not to forget his literary work, Seva and perspectives on Baba's teachings. So thank you Baba for the grace that you have showered and will continue to bestow on Umesh.

Of course, none of Umesh’s exploits would have been possible without the support of the love of his life, Bharti. She has been a great companion, soul mate and a life partner for Umesh. As I heard a pastor once say, Love Never Dies. And I hope you are comforted Bharti in the thought that Umesh loved you a lot and his love for you will never die. And yes he could be a romantic too.......like his constant efforts at finding heart shaped pebbles for you on the beaches of Encinitas. Umesh will not be remembered by the disease that came to afflict him in the last few months because he did not let it define him. Never once did he say “Why Me” and a large part of the credit for that goes to the best caregiver on this planet, Bharti. Her entire family has sacrificed a lot and given a lot of love and for that we are very grateful.....Umesh was too.

Umesh has truly left a mark on his family, his community at large and yes the world. There is no better example of the indelible mark that he has left than the 3 books that he has written on Spirituality and Spiritual gurus.....with one more waiting in the wings to be published. A great way indeed to go out at the top of his game and on his terms. What does this mean? Well, here is a little excerpt from a text that I received from a teacher from Umesh’s High School who is also a good family friend - this might provide some context:
‘In his own way he lived a fulfilled life as he saw it. Spirituality takes many hues, many turns. At the end of the day, each one follows one's own star. One's own mission. Our happiness is linked to that. Nothing else.’
And at a practical level, a note about him in his IIM Calcutta MBA graduation book from the mid-80s sticks out to me. I am going to paraphrase its intent and it went something like this - ‘he came, he saw, he conquered and he did it on his terms without trying to conform and he didn’t sweat too much about it either.’

Very simply put though, I do know that for Umesh going out at the top of his game meant living a contented life and making others happy to the very end.
We will miss you Umesh. But you are headed onward and upward, where you truly belong. May Baba continue to bless you.
Thank you all again for being here today.
Comment | Posted at 11:13am via Condolence
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Uma Raju

The sudden and untimely passing away of my dearest brother Umesh has devastated all those who knew and loved him. He was a gentle soul. Kind, compassionate and deeply spiritual. A seeker of truth, who made his life’s journey a voyage into understanding the very meaning of life and existence.

But on a more human level he was a devoted husband, a family person, a caring brother, a dedicated teacher and a passionate foodie. He brought his mathematical precision to the recipes. At times arguing and exasperating his mother, who in the first place had taught him the basics of South Indian cuisine, why it was important to count the exact number of mustard seeds, for the seasoning of sambhar dal.

He was a person without malice, who had transcended greed and competitive living. It was this that made him vulnerable and endearing. I pray that he has become part of the cosmos he, intuitively felt was his final destination and hope he has merged to that destination in space and time where there are unbound happiness, total realization, and eternal joy. May he rest in peace. And may this knowledge bring Bharti and those he has left behind the capacity to bear their grief.
Uma, Ramesh and Sanchaita
Comment | Posted at 01:33am via Condolence
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Arvind Vijh

Umesh was a dear friend. We had many lovely moments together playing in the IIMC band.
An author, musician and a fine human he will be dearly missed.
My deepest condolences.

Arvind Vijh
19th batch IIMC
Comment | Posted at 09:41am via Condolence
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Mano and Mohini

Dear Ranjit and Jayshree,
We are deeply sorry to hear about the passing away of Umesh.
Please accept our deepest condolences at this time of great loss. Hope the Rajamani and Udvadia family find strength at this time of great loss.
May Umesh’s memory be always with the family.
Mano and Mohini
Comment | Posted at 06:54pm via Condolence
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