Yamuna devi dasi, beloved daughter of Srila Prabhupada, departed Dec. 20th on morning of Saphala Ekadasi

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By Malati Devi Dasi

Hare Krishna Respected Vaishnavas: With immense sorrow and deep regret, I beg to report the departure of Her Grace Yamuna devi dasi, premier disciple of Srila Prabhupada, known for her deeply spiritual qualities and connection with His Divine Grace, for her glorious offering of the Govindam prayers that we hear and chant daily, for her love of pure kirtan, for her ecstatic award winning cook books which were infused with spiritual anecdotes, for greatly inspiring and encouraging the younger generation of ISKCON devotees in their KC, on this morning of Saphala Ekadasi, in her Melborne Beach Florida ashram-kutir which she shared with her dearest friend and companion in devotional service, Dinatarine. I cannot even begin to describe this profound loss. Since poor health has been giving her so much pain and suffering there can be little doubt that Krishna gently called her back to His loving shelter. Nonetheless, please offer your loving prayers on her behalf.

I am immensely grateful that I was able to spend the auspicious occasion of Srila Bhaktisiddanta Sarasvati’s Thakur’s Disappearance in her association last Wednesday.

in Srila Prabhupada’s service, malati dd

Hari-sauri dasa: Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,

Please accept my humble obeisances _/\ò_. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I just heard from Abhiram prabhu that Srimate Yamuna devi dasi, Srila Prabhupada’s beloved daughter, has passed away from apparent heart attack in Melbourne Florida USA. He heard this directly from Dina Tarini dasi about two hours ago. (time of writing this is 7.45PM India time).

Briefly it seems she was experiencing some angina attack late last night USA east coast time (Dec. 19). The two of them had kirtan together and Yamuna went to bed around midnight.

Dina Tarini woke early in the morning and discovered Yamuna sitting in a chair with her hand in her bead bag but she had already left.

May Srila Prabhupada and her beloved Sri Sri Bana Bihari take her back to Their eternal abode. We have suffered a great great loss.

Your humble servant, Hari-sauri dasa

Malati Devi Dasi: Actually, they shared a wonderful kirtan with “Khar” & Radha then retired. Between 9 & 10 pm, Yamuna complained of chest pains and pressure to the head. Dina asked what she wanted to do and Yamuna preferred to sit and chant. She took one over-the-counter head ache relief. At 12:30 am, Dina checked and she was sleeping with her oxygen machine. At 6:30, she checked again but this time, she had removed the machine, was lying on the bed, looking peaceful with her hand in her bead bag.

I spent last Wed with them. I had a sense that we might not meet again in this life time…. although we spoke about me coming back and spending some time together…
yrs, malati dd

Giriraj Swami: As we lament the departure of our dear godsister and Srila Prabhupada’s beloved daughter Yamuna-devi—and rejoice in her reunion with him—I quote from a letter she wrote me some years ago: “I remember when Dina and I visited you in your house in Vrindavan. We asked you one question, and you took three hours to answer it: ‘How has your relationship with Srila Prabhupada changed since his departure?’ The departure of loved ones helps us to change, to go deeper. Surely this will happen . . .”

Mother Yamuna at Saranagati

Memories of Srila Prabhupada by Yamuna Devi Dasi


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I was very sad to hear of the departure of my dear Godsister Yamuna.She taught me so much. She was such a wonderful vaishnavi. I find it hard to express my sense of loss. She is surely with Srila Prabhupada now.
Your servant Sailendriya dd

Comment posted by sailendriya on December 20th, 2011
2 Unregistered

Thank you so much Yamuna devi for the wonderful ccokbooks that you have compiled. Your beautiful bhajans.
You are always so Krishna Conscious, in a very meticulous way.
your servant, Trishakti dasi

Comment posted by trishakti dasi on December 20th, 2011
3 Madhavananda Das (Orissa)

Dear Mother Yamuna, thank you so much for everything you have given us. Even though I only had your sanga a few times, your association penetrated my hard heart. Thank you for all of your encouragement. You are a great example for all of us.

Comment posted by Madhavananda Das (Orissa) on December 21st, 2011
4 Unregistered

thank you very much yamuna devi dasi for your devotion to srila prabhupada .
thank you for giving delicious receipies .you are very dear to Prabhupada.
your servant gaura bhakta das

Comment posted by mehenni on December 21st, 2011
5 pustakrishna

I was a new brahmachary. I had travelled to Dacca, E. Pakistan with Gargamuni Swami, and when the Bangladesh war broke out after some time we got out and finally landed in Bombay. Srila Prabhupad had brought the first wave of western devotees with him and had a large pandal festival there. I met Srila Prabhupad for the first time there, and I met Jamuna devi dasi as well. Amidst the chaos and hustle and bustle of the activities, there was Jamuna dd, caring peacefully for the Dieties in the highrise apartment temple. She would sing soulfully what few bhajans we knew at that time in early 1971. She was a sober and deep devotee. She was an example of tranquility amongst the others. It gave me a sense of hope as a new devotee. Later, I always associated her with my friend Gurudas, a sweet kind and gentle soul. By the influence of time, they went separate ways with their separate but shared destinies…shared because they both loved Srila Prabhupad very much. It will be difficult to find such personable devotees nowadays who are free from fault-finding, and who see the good in others exclusively. Such bhaktas have a place in Srila Prabhupad’s heart and so are always with Krishna, just as Srila Prabhupad is always with Krishna. Param gati, the Supreme Destination, assured. Pusta Krishna das

Comment posted by pustakrishna on December 21st, 2011
6 Unregistered

Dear Mother Yamuna. Hare Krishna. I suddenly realise that I shall never be able to have your darshan. It’s like a big chunk of the history of ISKCON that has gone out of our vision. Remembering Krishna also means to remember His devotees. We shall strive to remember you each time we hear the Govindam prayers. your servant Harideva das

Comment posted by das das anudas on December 21st, 2011
7 Kesava Krsna dasa

Here is a measure of the greatness of Mother Yamuna Mataji, added to all the wonderful things she had already done for Srila Prabhupada and Iskcon, and this measure is incalculable. What is it…?

It is the fact that her voice, as sung on the Govindam prayers, is heard, not just by thousands of vaisnavas around the world daily during deity greetings, but also by Their Lordships. Her singing is facilitating the greeting of Their Lordships with so many worshipers. This is incalculable indeed – what great fortune.

Ys Kesava Krsna Dasa.

Comment posted by Kesava Krsna dasa on December 21st, 2011
8 Shyamasundara Dasa

I am writing this while listening to the “Radha Krsna” album.

I had the opportunity to interview Yamuna Mataji in 1995 regarding Srila Prabhupada’s horoscope, she gave some interesting and touching anecdotes. I transcribed them in the report I did on “Srila Prabhupada’s Transcendental Horoscope.”

Last March I had the opportunity in helping her choose a place to relocate to.

One thing I especially appreciated about her was that in her cook books she never hid that she was a devotee, that she was a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, she used her devotee name etc. And, because of this she was quite successful. Her main cookbook which I have had since it was first published was/is a masterpiece, I had to fight off several attempts from people who wanted my autographed copy and my wife says that it is by far the best cookbook that she has in her collection.

In our correspondence we had back in March I could understand her deep attachment for Srila Prabhupada which was her great blessing. That she left her body while chanting japa, how more auspicious can it get! She has rendered much selfless service to Srila Prabhupada and her deep attachment to Srila Prabhupada, Lord Krsna’s personal representative will take her back to Govinda..adi purusam tam aham bhajami.

Comment posted by Shyamasundara Dasa on December 22nd, 2011

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