On November 20, 2021, our dearest Barrie gently merged with that pure Self, which he had been meditating on all these years.
He first studied Hatha yoga at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai under Master Yogendra – which led to his meeting Swami Chinmayananda in Toronto, where he found his true calling in Vedanta, signing up for a 2 ½ year course in Mumbai, Sandeepany. During that time he also met and was enormously inspired by Nasargadat Maharaj.
Barrie brought this depth of wisdom of Vedanta to Toronto seekers – with his working knowledge of Sanskrit and ready reference to the scriptures - devoted himself to teaching his students, every Sunday for over 30 years.
He brought a cheery disposition, warm hug and personal interest to each and everyone he knew – it would be hard to imagine anyone in Barrie’s life, not calling him ‘friend’ – and he had many – even captivating the nurses, who enjoyed a special fondness for him and his gentle, ever present humour.
He will surely be missed by friends, the Toronto Chinmaya Mission community and his family in Manchester.
Om shanti shanti shanti
Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Centres