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First Western Women Disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta


First Western Women Disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
By Kulavira Das   |  Jan 08, 2022

Western Vaishnavas are nothing new in anyway. Here you may see a number of the first feminine disciples of  Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura.

Vishnuprya Dasi on the left and Vinodvani Dasi, whose title was Daisy Cecilia Bowtel, continued in bhajan her entire life.

 

Vinod Vani Devi Dasi and Vishnu-Priya Devi Dasi from London,UK


Miss Daisy Cocilia Bowtwel, a younger girl of a wealthy honourable household, was attracted amongst many others to the philosophy of Gaudiyas and surrendered from coronary heart and soul to the Lotus ft of Srila Prabhupada. She was initiated via Sripad Tirtha Maharaj within the Month of February, 1937. She was graced by the title Vinod Vani Dasi.

There are stacks of her hand written correspondence with Bhakti Pradipa Tirtha going again to Thirties. She had a lot of books too, and the Srimad Bhagavatam she learn in English from the version of JM Sanyal, a 1906 six quantity English Chaitanya Charitamrta and Bhakti Pradipa’s personal translation of the Gita, which he stated he was impressed to proper whereas sitting on the banks of the Thames. She had a pleasant lengthy backyard the place she would chant japa and meditate on Vrindavan, as suggested, and used give Hari nama to some native Bengali immigrants.

Vinod Vani Dasi donated her residential home for the worship of Sri Gaur Radha Govinda Jiu and Sri Basudev Vigraha and concurrently to Gaudiya Mission Society, U.Okay. She breathed her final within the 12 months 1981, preserving again all her cash and properties within the title of Gaudiya Mission. Her coronary heart’s needs have been fulfilled, Sri Vasudev Gaudiya Math was established at her home at 27- Crunhurst Road, London N.W.2. Sri Kamalaksha Das Bramhachari was the Saint who, by the order of the authority of the mission, reached London within the 12 months 1982 and took the cost of the mathematics.

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