Charles Theodore Bates Sr.

Minneapolis, Minnesota


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Pandit Yogiraj Achala, Babaji Age 69 Rockford, IL November 24, 1942 ~ Minneapolis, MN. June 18, 2012. Due to complications after a head injury. Preceded in death by Charles T. Bates and Swami Rama of the Himalayas; Survived by Mother Lottie Campbell; Wife Vonda Vaden Bates; Children Nicole, T ed,...

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1970 photo. Very beautiful. Holden Village.

Now, the soul that created you as Charles, as Yogiraj Achala, guides this Vv in every moment. Thank you dear love for pointing out the way. The experiencing is exquisite.
Forever grateful, Your VvLove

Warp and Weft

Charles saved my life. I have thought of him often over the past 40 years. I just looked for him tonight for the first time. He just appeared and said look for me. I am very sorry to have missed him here. Thank you so much Charles. I hope to see you again.

one time with You, the Light inside came clear. Remembering with love,
Sandra johnson

Yogiraj, you are an ever present guide in my life still. We miss you more than words can express, but feel your love and presence every moment. Peace & Love, Mom (Donna)

with HH Swami Rama of the Himalayas


There is no greater purpose in life than to be of service. Yogiraj is a perfect example of what it means "to serve". To you my friend I bow in humble appreciation for all you are. With love always,
Lance Parker Eaves

Monday night Paul & I celebrated NYE with friends in Branson, staying at the Timeshare that our family celebrated at on Dec 31, 2011. My heart and mind were filled with all of the wonderful memories from that night a year ago. Our family are so Blessed that Yogiraj was and always will be a part of Us. My incredible "larger than life" son-in-law is missed everyday, but will always be with me.

Peace & Love,

Dear Vv,
I am so sorry to learn of your loss and Yogiraj's passing. I remember meeting him several times, beginning in 1971-3 while he was at the Mpls College of Art and Design, later at Holden Village, later in the Reflective Leadership Center programs, and later again as Yogiraj. In all settings he was charismatic and larger than life. His wisdom was deep and broad. I can only imagine how profound his loss is for you and all of your and his family members. Blessings to you all as...