At the outset, we wish to introduce ourselves as Arun Veeramoney
and Vinitha Arun, parents of our only child, Natasha. We would
like to inform the readers that the seed of the philosophy of
Krishna consciousness was sown in us after the birth of Natasha
in Mumbai, India, in 1988.
Both of us are professionally qualified and were working as senior
executives in the corporate and banking sector respectively, in
Mumbai. Vinitha was transferred on promotion to New Delhi in 1990,
and it was there that she got in touch with the International
Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1991. In the year
1994, in Mumbai, we took initiation from His Holines Gopala Krishna
Gosvami so that we could become stronger to pursue the path of
Krishna Consciousness. Our initiated names are Ananda Mohan Das
and Vrndavanesvari Devi Dasi. Natasha obtained her spiritual name
'Nandarani' from H.H. Gopala Krishna Gosvami in 1998.
In 1999, having worked for two decades, both of us resigned from
our respective jobs. I had decided to work on my own and Vrndavanesvari
wanted to be a housewife. In this way we realized that we could
devote more time to pursue the real asset and goal of life, Krishna
consciousness, in a systematic way. Admittedly, Krishna does take
care of those who surrender to Him.
In accordance with Krishna's will, we spent the next two years
with Nandarani, visiting most of the holy places in India until
we lost her in a strange way in the month of September 2001. Both
of us have now relinquished all our material pursuits and have
fully dedicated ourselves at the lotus feet of our spiritual master
to assist him in fulfilling his mission of preaching the philosophy
of Krishna consciousness around the world.