ON MARCH 15, His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami Maharaja and Srimati Vrndavanesvari Devi Dasi passed from this world as the result of a car accident near Mayapur, West Bengal. Vrndavanesvari's husband, Kalasamvara Dasa, survived the crash with relatively minor injuries. Aghavit Dasa, a disciple of Tamal Krishna Goswami, suffered life-threatening injuries but is now recovering.
Tamal Krishna Goswami was an ISKCON governing body commissioner and initiating spiritual master. Accepted as a disciple by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1968, he quickly emerged as a leader in ISKCON, establishing temples around the world. As one of Srila Prabhupada's most trusted disciples, he often served as Srila Prabhupada's personal secretary. He wrote many books on Krsna consciousness, including two classical Vedic dramas. A feature article on Tamal Krishna Goswami will appear in the next issue of Back to Godhead.
Vrndavanesvari Devi Dasi was a beloved member of ISKCON's New Varshan community near Auckland, New Zealand, where her husband serves as the community president. A disciple of His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, she also took instruction from His Holiness Tamal Krishna Goswami. A sincere, generous, enthusiastic devotee, she was a highly successful fundraiser who loved to cook for the devotees and chant Hare Krsna with deep absorption. Besides her husband, she leaves behind her thirteen-year-old son, Raghunatha.