HG Urmila devi dasi

Visit of Mother Urmila devi dasi

From 30th of June to 10th of July, 2018

Hare Krishna dear Friends!

We have the great honor this year to host mother Urmila here in Goloka Dhama. She will be our guest from June 30th up to July 10th. In this period she will be giving classes as follows:

1.      1st July, 14:00-15:00: Sunday feast lecture, topic on supporting each others;

2.      2nd to 4th July, 8:00-9:30 and 17:00-18:30: Manah Siksa lectures for devotees;

3.      5th to 6th July, 17:00-18:30: Essence seeker seminar;

4.      8th to 9th July, 08:00-9:30: Srimad-Bhagavatam lectures.

About Mother Urmila devi dasi, „Quoted from Wikipedia“:

“ Urmila Devi Dasi (also known as Dr. Edith E. Best) (born in 1955 in New York City) is an American educator. Her father was president, and later CEO, of the Manischewitz food company, founded by his grandfather.[1] She joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1973 in Chicago[2] and became a disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON.

She and Pratyatosa, (Howard Best), married in 1973. They have two sons and one daughter; eight grandsons and six granddaughters. In 1996 Urmila and Pratyatosa entered the renounced ashrama of vanaprastha (retired life).

Her primary work in ISKCON has been in the area of education.[2] In 1982 in Detroit, she and her husband started ISKCON’s first day school, where she served as principal for eight years.[2][3] She and her husband also founded a K-12 school in North Carolina in 1990, where she was principal for ten years.[2] She taught children in nursery school, elementary (primary) and high school (secondary) for a total of 27 years. Urmila has compiled a guidebook for education in ISKCON and has been engaged in „writing and coordinating the development of a Krishna conscious academic curriculum for primary and secondary students“.[2] For eight years she was the education columnist for Back to Godhead magazine, where she is an associate editor.[2] In 2008, Urmila wrote a paper based on Īśopaniṣad about the philosophy of education to be followed at Krishna Avanti Primary School in Harrow, England, the first state-funded Hindu school in Great Britain.[4] Urmila has also been involved in the debates on women’s place in ISKCON.[3]

Urmila Devi Dasi has a Master’s of School Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[5] Urmila teaches some courses, such as ISKCON History, Sociology of Religion, and Educational Research, at Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh, Belgium.[5] According to Bhaktivedanta College website, she has been on US television, including NBC, explaining various aspects of the Hare Krishna movement and its philosophy.[5] Urmila is also a member of the Sastric Advisory Council to the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON.[5] She travels widely throughout the world teaching about spiritual life and education.“