The Author, Dr. Urmila Edith Best was born and raised in New York City as the daughter of the CEO of the Manischewitz food business. She travels worldwide, teaching techniques of bhakti-yoga and mantra meditation which she has practiced since 1973. She has authored Vaikuntha Children, a guidebook for devotional education, The Great Mantra for Mystic Meditation, dozens of articles, and Dr. Best Learn to Read, an 83-book complete literacy program with technology enabling the story books to speak in 25 languages at the touch of a special “pen”. She has also produced Sri Manah-siksa: Splendid Instructions to the Mind. She earned her Master of School Administration and Doctor of Education degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has been a professor of Sociology and Education at Bhaktivedanta College in Belgium. Urmila and her husband entered an ascetic order (vanaprastha) in 1996. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing at her home in Govardhana, India, or visiting her two sons and daughter, their lovely spouses, eight grandsons, six granddaughters, grandson-in-law, and great-grandson.