Tamohara das and I came to the GVT a few years into its existence, upon the urging of Anuttama das, who was already a member. Tamohara was the Director of the ISKCON Child Protection Office at the time. We attended one of their annual meetings in New Vrindavana and were so struck by their dedication and devotion to strengthening the grihastha ashrama, that we had no trouble joining the effort.
We already had backgrounds in devotee counseling having facilitated devotee support groups for some years in Chicago. Through our association with GVT, we became trained to present the VTE Grihastha Training Course, as well as other marriage education related seminars.
Tamohara has a doctorate in Educational Psychology, was a former Professor of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, and former Dean of the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He now teaches counseling courses online, and serves by being a GBC of various temples in North America.
I have an undergraduate degree in Marriage and Family Studies and have been doing devotee marriage and individual counseling for 15 years. We are both marriage educators being trained in PREP Marriage Enrichment and Dr. Gottman’s Seven Principles for Making Marriages Work.
We have been married for 45 years, and have three daughters and three grandchildren. We have been disciples of Srila Prabhupada since 1972.
We met and married before we came to the Movement. We were both searching for spiritual answers to life’s questions and felt immediately that we had “journeyed together” in some other life time…some would call it love at first sight. Our decision to join the Hare Krishna Movement was equally shared. We neither had any doubts. When we brought our five-year-old daughter to the Movement, the grihastha ashrama was not as strong as it is now, but we persevered by Krishna’s grace and are thankful to see the progress householders have made over the years.
Mantrini devi dasi