Yamuna Devi Dasi, an early disciple of Srila Prabhupada’s, passed away in December, having lived an exemplary life of devotional service. In this issue her longtime friend and godsister Vishakha Devi Dasi gives us a glimpse into Yamuna Devi’s extraordinary accomplishments and Vaishnava qualities.
Yamuna Devi was a pioneer in the early days of Srila Prabhupada’s International Society for Krishna Consciousness, traveling to London with her husband and two other couples to open ISKCON’s first temple outside North America. Prabhupada wanted his disciples to open temples all over the world, including building a majestic one in Mayapur, West Bengal, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. After many years of planning and fundraising, The Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is now rising on the bank of the Ganges. Ahijit Toley’s report in this issue gives us a look at the progress so far.
Srila Prabhupada wanted temples because they’re places where people can come together to worship the form of God on the altar. But many people reject the idea that God, by definition unlimited, has a form. In his article “How Can the Unlimited Have a Form?” Chaitanya Charana Dasa helps us penetrate the seeming paradox of unlimited form.
Hare Krishna.—Nagaraja Dasa, Editor