Caitanya Rupa devi dasi

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This knowledge is the king of education, the most secret of all secrets. It is the purest knowledge, and because it gives direct perception of the self by realization, it is the perfection of religion. It is everlasting, and it is joyfully performed.

Bhagavad Gita 9.2

Caitanya Rupa devi dasi joined ISKCON in 1986 with her dear husband Pandava das.

The first service they were given by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami was to help with his audio ministry. They were initiated on Vamana Dwadasi in Atlanta in the same year. They helped with this ministry throughout the rest of the 80's and then from 2000 until present.

During this time she has heard and reheard hundreds of classes. Her simple formula is that if Gurudeva says it she tries to do it. From that she has received so much mercy.

During one of her first meetings with His Holiness Jayapataka Swami in 1986, she mentioned to him that she found Krishna Consciousness very practical. His Holiness was very pleased and called out loudly: "Yes it is the most practical!" He proceeded to give her instructions to read the Nectar of Instruction and continue to be very practical. Since then, she has tried to follow her Gurudeva's instructions to live and share a down-to-earth practical understanding of the philosophy. Simple how to's for simple people.

Her favorite saying is that: "Desire is what brought us here. Desire is what will take us home. If you simply want Krishna, then you will simply get Krishna. But if you simply want Maya, then you will simply get Maya."

She and her husband, who is now retired, have moved to Mayapur to help develop this Archives in any way Krishna gives them the intelligence.

Not much more to say - always running after Gurudeva. Simply begging for his mercy and always getting all of his blessings.