Jayatirtha Dasa

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Jayatirtha Dasa (James Edward Immel, also known as Jayatirtha Swami, Vijaya Acharya, Tirthapada, November 13, 1948, Saipan – November 13, 1987, London) was one of the leading disciples of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and a guru within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (commonly known as 'the Hare Krishnas' or ISKCON). He was appointed a life trustee of the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust by his Guru Swami Prabhupada who also placed him in the managerial post of the fledging Spiritual Sky company. Under Jayatirtha's able management the company became a multimillion dollar concern and the Wall Street Journal covered the company's success with a front page article.

Early years

Jayatirtha Dasa was born as James Edward Immel in Saipan, US Trust Territory of the Pacific. He was a business and philosophy major in college. In 1969, James was initiated into the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whereupon he was given the name Jayatirtha Dasa. In the beginning of the 1970s he served as a president of the Los Angeles ISKCON temple and as a president of Spiritual Sky Enterprises, a group of family-style businesses founded by ISKCON. At the time, Spiritual Sky was the largest incense manufacturer in the US, and the only legitimate business of the...
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