Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Yamuna devi dasi Passes Away

10:51:00 AM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) , , 8 comments

Toronto's Hare Krishna community was deeply saddened to hear the news that Yamuna devi dasi, a legendary devotee in our international ISKCON family, passed away in Florida this morning.

Yamuna devi dasi was one of the first women to join ISKCON, helping to open the San Francisco centre in 1967 and the London centre later on. One of her first services was to assist Srila Prabhupada in cooking, and she had become one of the foremost experts on Vedic cooking.

Also famous for her singing voice, Yamuna devi dasi's voice can be heard as the lead vocalist in the famous "Govindam" prayers that are played in all 400+ Hare Krishna centres around the world every morning.

We invite devotees to post their comments of gratitude and sympathy.

There will be a memorial service taking place in Alachua, Florida on Tuesday, December 27 at 7pm. There will also be a live broadcast of the event.

In our Hare Krishna (Vedic) culture, it is customary to sing a traditional bengali song (bhajan) for the passing away of devotees of Krishna.  The name of the bhajan is Je Anilo Prema Dhana (seen below).


Madhusudan said...

So far, we feel nothing but sadness at the passing of our dear godsister, Yamuna devi dasi. She was such a powerful force in the development of the Krishna Consciousness movement. We know that since she was always such a devoted servant and daughter of Srila Prabhupada that she is now sheltered at his lotus feet, serving in some exalted capacity. We are so grateful to have had some bits of association in her later days. She is our hero.
Servants of the servants,
Kanchanbala dd and Madhusudan das

Anonymous said...

I send blessings and prayers to Yamuna Devi Dasi and to all of her friends and family and loved ones everywhere, with love,

Anonymous said...

A very sad news!
Mataji was a fotunate soul who had association with Srila Prabhupada. Her various services to Srila Prabhupada including the bhajan 'Govindam adi purusham' can never be forgot.

Keshav said...

Thank you everyone for your heartfelt words! Hare Krsna!


Hare Krsna to All,
I felt sad to hear the shocking news. May her soul rest in peace..

Anonymous said...

All glories to Yamuna Devi Dasi. All glories to her satguru Srila Prabhupad. Yamuna Devi Dasi lives on each morning in every ISKCON temple around the world with her Govindam bhajan. What a great legacy she has surely left behind for us at dawn each morning. May we all render devotional service to the Blessed Lord such as this. HARI BOL!

Keshav said...

Thank you, everyone for your wonderfully sweet words. Hare Krsna!

Bill Bray said...

Thank you Yamuna for all the prasadam at our pujas. Your masala idles with coriander chutney have been one of the constant delights in my life. I think of you every time I prepare a Vedic meal
William Bray.