I heard the news last night just before taking rest that Yamuna has left this world. I dreamt about it and woke up with it. She was one of Srila Prabhupada’s most intimate and early disciples, an example of total dedication to him. One of the pioneers of this movement. Now her grace has left this world. She led Kirtana and Prabhupada was immensely pleased with her Govindam prayer, he ordered that it must be played every day in every temple. She learned how Prabhupada cooked and then more and more became an expert in Vedic cooking and became known through her award winning cook books.
Quickly browsing to the letters that Prabhupada wrote to Gurudasa her husband, “I have great regard for her”, and to Yamuna directly,” I have full faith in you.”
Yamuna was on the team that first went to London, this is from her memories;
“By the enthusiasm that Srila Prabhupada had given us in Montreal we were able to make contact with George Harrison, who was a member of the Beatles at the time. And he was such a pleasant person to be with. He so much appreciated the Hare Krishna mantra that he immediately said, “Lets make a 45 record.” So we cut a record and he was very pleased with it.He did a little background music on it and it was released and Apple organized tours for us. We went to Germany and France and had television coverage.
And in this way the London Times, the Sunday Times, wanted to do a feature on us. And we were able to send the report back to Srila Prabhupada with the headlines,
“Krishna consciousness startles London.”
Sila Prabhupada was her life and soul and I am sure that she is now with him and again a devotee has left this world, who can not be replaced. I pray to her for the inspiration to dedicate my life to Srila Prabhupada.
The servant of the servant of Srila Prabhupada,
Kadamba Kanana Swami