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governing body

Her Grace Malati Mataji Various Srila Prabhupada Katha 2012 11 10 ISKCON Vrindavan

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Malati Dasi (Sanskrit: मालती दासी, Mālatī Dāsī, also Mālatī Devī Dāsī) is a senior spiritual leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).[1][2] Born in Vallejo, California, she was part of the hippie movement[3] before becoming an initiated disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1967.[4] In the same year she and her husband Shyamasundar Das helped Mukunda Das organize the Mantra-Rock Dance, a countercultural musical event held at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco; the dance was a fundraiser for ISKCON's first center on the west coast of the US.[5] In 1968, together with five other Hare Krishna followers, Malati flew to London to establish ISKCON's foothold in the United Kingdom.[6] There, she helped introduce Beatles guitarist George Harrison to Gaudiya Vaishnava's philosophy and practice.[7] In recognition of her pioneering role in ISKCON's UK missionary activities, Malati was invited as a special guest to attend the 30th anniversary of the Bhaktivedanta Manor, ISKCON's headquarters in England donated by Harrison to the organization in 1973.[8] In 1997, Malati helped organize ISKCON Women's Ministry, which paved the way for the provision of "equal facilities, full encouragement, and genuine care and protection for the women members of ISKCON."[1][9] In 1998, despite fierce opposition, Malati became the first female member of the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON.[10]