Urmila Devi Dasi was born Edith Manischewitz to Judy and Bernard Manischewitz in Manhattan. Her father was president and later, CEO, of the Manischewitz food company, founded by his grandfather. In 1973 she joined the Hare Krishna Movement. She received first initiation in 1973 and second initiation in 1975. Her father, Bernard Manischewitz, became a life member of ISKCON in 1975.
Urmila Devi Dasi has her Bachelors of Science from Excelsior College of the University of the State of New York. She has a Masters of School Administration and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For 10 years she was a member of ISKCON’s international board of education, and for 7 years was vice-chairman of the North American board. Urmila DD has developed and taught numerous courses for elementary, high school, college, and adult learners in a wide variety of subjects using interactive and experiential learning in addition to lecture. She’s the author of a book on management and teaching and is working on spiritual curriculum. Urmila DD teaches some courses, such as ISKCON History, at Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesh, Belgium. She has been on US television, including NBC, explaining various aspects of the Hare Krishna Movement and it’s philosophy. Urmila DD is also a member of the Sastric Advisory Council to the Governing Body Commission.
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.29.5 Text
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 4.29.6 Text

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