|Urmila Devi Dasi (Dr. Edith Best) joined ISKCON in 1973 in Chicago. She received first initiation in 1973 and second initiation in 1975 from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In 1996, Urmila and her husband, Pratyatosa, entered the renounced order of vanaprastha. They have three grown married children and eleven grandchildren.
She is a member of the Sastric Advisory Council to ISKCON’s Governing Body Commission (GBC) and has been an associate editor of Back to Godhead magazine since 1990. She has taught the entire Bhakti Shastri course over 15 times, and is a professor of Sociology and Education at Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh. She travels worldwide teaching sastra as well as practical courses in education and organization. Urmila has three decades of experience teaching primary and secondary students, which include 19 years of experience as a school administrator and leader. She has a masters degree in school administration and a PhD in educational leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Urmila’s publications include Vaikuntha Children, a guidebook for devotional education (http://www.illuminationeducation.com/freebooks), The Great Mantra for Mystic Meditation (http://www.amazon.com/Great-Mantra-Mystic-Meditation-ebook/dp/B007TVCRO0), dozens of articles, and Dr. Best Learn to Read, an 83 book complete literacy program with technology enabling the story books to speak in 25 languages at the touch of a special “pen” (http://www.illuminationeducation.com/).