“Let us do things cooperatively. If there is success everyone is glorified, and if there is failure no one is blamed.” A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Sri-Kama devi dasi
Sri-Kama first saw Srila Prabupada in Geneva in 1974, joining the temple in Edinburgh – Scotland, then moving to the Bhaktivedanta Manor in the UK. After being engaged in service there as part of a theatre troupe and other mostly creative activities, she studied dramatherapy and counseling which she has been practicing now for twenty years. Having experienced many devotees getting ill and with some leaving their bodies in less than ideal situations, she knows that the VCC project is vitally important in serving the devotees; giving them the care and facility that Srila Prabhupada would want at the most vulnerable and crucial time of their lives.
Bhagavati devi dasi
Bhagavati devi dasi joined ISKCON here in Radhadesh in 1980, but spent 21 years living outside, taking care of her three children. During that time she also trained as a nurse, although, due to unforeseen circumstances, she unfortunately never managed to finish the training.
She came back to Radhadesh in 2009 and have done several services since then – managing our guesthouse, taking care of our cows and our garden – but her main interest is in devotee care. In 2016 I spent three months with a devotee friend of hers during the final stages of cancer, she had a first-hand experience of the importance of this special type of care. This was not the first time for her, but it did leave the biggest impression. Since then another member of our community, Mallaari Krsna prabhu and she have followed seminars on palliative care and care for the elderly, given by a devotee couple – Hari-dhama and Gavesi prabhus.
With the growing number of elderly people in our communities as well as among our congregation, having a space where people can spend the final months of their life in the company of devotees is becoming extremely needed. In Radhadesh a kind devotee couple has offered her the use of their studio apartment for the next five years. During this time we all hope to be able to work on better and larger facilities.
Priya Sakhi devi dasi
Priya Sakhi dd became a Krsna devotee at 14 years of age in 1977, moving into an Ashram in 1978. She served in Spain, Greece, Italy and India. For the last 10 years she lived in Vrindavan, India and served with The Vrndavana Holistic Care Project. While there she took care of devotees living their bodies (passing) and helped the birthing process for five little Vaishnavas.
She took care of the elderly and sick devotees while doing counseling for many, including Vrajavasis (born in Vrindavan). Priya Sakhi is an AT counselor, has a Nurse Helper diploma and went to nursing school, but due to her move to India she is not registered. She is also a Back flower therapist reiki master.
Krsna-Kumari devi dasi
Patagonia, Arizona – USA
After seven years of college without feeling she had found her calling, Krsna-Kumari devi dasi met devotees in Gainesville, Florida in 1971 while on vacation. She dropped her studies that day and accepted the eternal service of the Lord as her life and soul.
Krnsa-Kumari served in many ISKCON projects and became a hospice care giver; service that became invaluable to her in taking care of her husband who departed in the year 2000. Since then, she’s been helping care for devotees coming to Vrindavan Dham to leave their body in the Holy Dham – to go back Home.
She now resides in the forest of Patagonia, Arizona and travels around the world speaking about the need to develop close and meaningful personal relationships in Bhakti.
Tucson, Arizona – USA
Brian studied audio engineering at Columbia College, Chicago before graduating Magna Cume Lauda from Kaplan University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration. He was a founding partner in Lethal Poetry, a Chicago based music and arts production company. He then moved to Tucson, Arizona in the summer of 2013 and co-founded Flux, a mobile application based logistics company that transports people, packages and food along with providing hospitality to guests of local resorts.
Devaki devi dasi
Devaki first met devotees in 1972 and joined in Atlanta in February 1975. A few days later Srila Prabhupada visited and after that, she never left Krishna Consciousness.
She fells very fortunate to have been engaged in Book distribution, Deity service, cooking and management over the years and she is very serious about serving in Caring for the devotees who have dedicated their lives to His Divine Grace Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in Lord Caitanya’s glorious Sankirtan movement.
Devaki will do all she can and she is looking forward to create a great VCC facility in Alachua. She wants to care for devotees there, including self sufficiency as a functional goal.
Ranga Puri das
Bolivia, South America
Reynaldo Cuadros Anaya (Ranga Puri Das) is Director of International Studies at Dharma College, Vedic Academy of the UK, as well as President of the Biosfera-dharma Foundation. He was previously Ambassador, Chair of the Permanent Council and Permanent Representative of Boliva to the Organization of the American States (OAS).
Los Angeles – USA
Miriam McPherson is a Holistic Practitioner. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and is a Registered Nurse.
She has been working with energy and has been taught by renowned teachers and mentors for over 20 years. She has a background in Usui Reiki New Usui Master Training, Pranic Healing, Arhatic Yoga, Crystal Healing, Quantum Healing, as well as several other modalities.
Miriam has been working with energy and was taught by renowned teachers and mentors for over 20 years. She has a background in Usui Reiki New Usui Master Training, Pranic Healing, Arhatic Yoga, Crystal Healing, Quantum Healing, as well as several other modalities.
She enjoys teaching others how to heal themselves, so she has worked with individuals, couples, and pets. Miriam offers Reiki training on an individual basis for those who wish to learn this ancient art of healing to bring balance and wellness in their daily lives. Miriam offers workshops on relaxation techniques and how to use energy to communicate. The loving spirit of Divine Mother Bhumi resonates and guides Miriam in everything she does. She feels she has always been directed to share love with everyone she meets.
New Mexico, USA
Ishan das was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1968. After learning to make mridangas in Mayapur (1973-75) Ishan asked Srila Prabhupada if he could remain in India for the rest of his life and make mridangas for our movement. Srila Prabhupada’s reply was, “Go to the West. Use your technology and make a mridanga that our men can’t break.” After a year or so of research and development, with the support of key players like Karandhar and Ranadhir Prabhus, Ishan began production of the Balaram mridanga in L.A.
For the last 15 years Ishan has been living in the Gila Forest in New Mexico, U.S.A. on a 50 acre parcel, by a small stream. Along with his wife, Darvesha, they have been living in the wilderness, gardening, chopping wood, and carrying water.
Now they would very much like to open this opportunity to devotees interested in living a life of sustainable self-sufficiency, in cooperation with the goals of the VCC, reinforced by a shared program of Krishna conscious sadhana.
Dr. Carolle Chapman
(Caitania Priya devi dasi)
ND, MD (Cuba) – Holistic Family Medicine, Energetic Medicine, Holistic Mental Health & Addictions Medicine
Portland, Oregon, USA
Caitanya Priya Devi Dasi was born and raised in Jamaica by her grandparents who lived a simple life. Her grandmother, an entrepreneur and local herbalist, taught her to appreciate and use the gifts of plants to cure ailments and maintain health.
At 19 she moved to the United States to live and study. After graduating from the University of the District of Columbia, in Biology and Biochemistry, in 1979, she received a scholarship to medical school in Cuba where she studied Holistic Family Medicine and General Surgery; she then served two years in the Jamaica public health service.
On her return to the US, dissatisfied with the medical industry, she became a professor of Biomedical Sciences at the City University of New York. Nine years of teaching experience there revealed her true gift: a natural teacher in the care of the body, mind and spirit. In 2002, she returned to medical school to study Energetic Medicine and graduated from Bastyr University of Naturopathic Medicine and Chinese Medicine in 2006 with the degree of Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
From the very beginning, as a child, Caitanya Priya was searching for Truth.
In 1995, while studying for her medical license exams at the Brooklyn Public Library, she met Mother Paravati, a devotee of Srila Prabhupada. During their conversation, Caitanya Priya was given a few titles of Srila Prabupada’s books and the address of the Brooklyn Temple with encouragement to visit and learn more. What ensued was a major turn in her spiritual life.
After visiting the Brooklyn Temple she became absorbed in learning the culture of Bhakti (devotional life). She never looked back; she had found her spiritual home.
In 1996 Caitanya Priya met Bhakti Tirtha Swami, and was initiated in February of 1999, at Gita Nagari Farm, Pennsylvania. This was followed by Brahman initiation in 2004. Bhakti Tirtha Swami engaged her in the care of devotees’ body, mind, emotions and soul. She served at the Gita Nagari farm for many years assisting devotees with health care. Caitanya Priya is also a member of another organization that cares for terminally ill and dying devotees.
Currently, Caitanya Priya lives in Portland, Oregon, practicing Holistic Mental Health. Her specialty: Anxiety and Depression and Holistic Addictions Medicine. The approach is based in: first find then treat the cause of illness. All natural modalities are used, such as Homeopathy, Ayurvedic Medicine, Botanical Medicine, Biotherapeutic Drainage, Qigong, Hydrotherapy etc. The objective is cure, when possible.
Beena Dooraree (Madhumakni devi dasi)
Registered Mental Health Nurse
St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England
Kamalavati devi dasi
New Talavan, Mississippi, USA
Mathura Lila devi dasi
Aditi devi dasi
Nurse and Carer
Atmavidya devi dasi
Govinda Dasi (ACBSP)
Jagadatri devi dasi
Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
Westerville, Ohio, USA