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Bhakti Vaibhava Swami

Bhakti Vaibhava Swami finished his studies and joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1970.The following year he was initiated by Srila Prabhupada. He has been an initiating spiritualmaster in ISKCON since 1987, and was awarded sannyasa initiation in 1991.When he joined, there was only a fledgling group of devotees in Germany and togetherthey recruited eighty members within four years. He began the Berlin chapter of ISKCONduring the 1970s, and this became a doorway to share Krishna consciousness in thecommunist countries. He spent time in the Soviet Union, Middle and Far East sharing Krishna consciousness with risk to his personal safety and often times in trying circumstances. He established a thriving ISKCON center in Mongolia and has been awarded an honorary degree by the local university.

His responsibilities in the GBC include his role as zonal secretary for Mongolia, Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Macedonia, Poland, and Slovakia.He serves as co-zonal secretary for Eastern and Western Siberia, Latvia, Belarus, Kaliningrad CIS, Ukraine, Far East CIS and Romania. He served on the GBC executive committee from 2006-2008, first as the GBC chairman and then as a committee member. Bhakti Vaibhava Swami is very interested to secure the future of the GBC in the next generation and has worked to support the strategic planning effort towards this goal.

His interest in filmmaking and spreading the culture of Gaudiya Vaishnavism has resulted in two documentaries, "Mother Ganga" and "Lost Village." Earlier in his spiritual career, he produced films on Indian culture for German audiences that helped to promote Food For Life (ISKCON's sacred food distribution initiative).

Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami

Jego Świętobliwość Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami pochodzi z amerykańsko-żydowskiej rodziny. Przed przyjęciem schronienia w Śrila Prabhupadzie, przez pewien czas przebywał w Izraelu. Jest wielce prawą osobą. Przebył długą drogę by odnaleźć duchową strukturę, w któej mógłby szczęśliwie spędzić swoje życie. Obecnie w Mayapur przygotowuje kursy z religii i filozofii. Jest dyrektorem Śri Rupanuga Paramarthika Vidyapitha, ISKCON Mayapur. Szkoli chłopców z gurukuli, by stali się doskonałymi vaisnavami. W szczególności przygotowuje ich do przeprowadzania wedyjskich ofiar. Naucza w różnych rejonach świata, a za swoją bazę obrał Mayapur.

Bhakti Vijnana Goswami

Bhakti Vijnana Goswami was born in Tashkent, former Soviet Union. He took to spiritual life in 1980, during a difficult time during the communist era in the former Soviet Union, when the National Security forces were harassing any type of spiritual practitioner. Despite these obstacles, Bhakti Vijnana Goswami - a scientist, a Moscow State University graduate and postgraduate student at Institute of Molecular Biology ? decided to experiment with the Hare Krishna mantra. To his great happiness, it moved him profoundly. He is a disciple of Radhanath Swami and resides primarily in Moscow, Russia, working tirelessly towards the building of a monumental temple there. He travels widely throughout Russia sharing Krishna Consciousness.

Since 1997 Bhakti Vijnana Goswami has acted as a member of ISKCON?s Governing Body Commission and since 2005 has served as one of the initiating gurus of ISKCON. His zonal responsibilities include Georgia (CIS) and Israel. He serves as co-zonal secretary for Eastern and Western Siberia, Northwest CIS, Ural Region, Moscow, Southern, Central Region, CIS, Golden Ring, Armenia, Far East and also co-GBC for North and South Korea.

On July 1, 2010 the Council for Public Awards of the Russian Federation awarded Bhakti Vijnana Goswami a medal "for professional and business reputation" third degree, "for his contribution in strengthening Russian-Indian friendly relations, and for his contribution to the popularization of the spiritual-cultural literary heritage of India."

Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Jego Świętobliwość Bhakti Vikasa Swami pojawił się w tym świecie w 1957 roku w Anglii. Przyłączył się do Międzynarodowego Towarzystwa Świadomości Kryszny w Londynie w roku 1975, by po dwunastu miesiącach otrzymać od Założyciela-Acaryii ISKCON-u - Jego Boskiej Miłości A.C. Bhaktivedanty Swamiego Prabhupada inicjację oraz imię Ilapati dasa.

W latach 1977 - 1979, Jego Świętobliwość stacjonował w Indiach, podróżując głównie po Zachodnim Bengalu nauczając Świadomości Kryszny oraz rozprowadzając książki Srila Prabhupada. Kolejnych dziesięć lat spędził w Bangladeszu pomagając w pionierskim nauczaniu ISKCON-u w Birmie, Tajlandii oraz Malezji. W roku 1989 przyznano mu porządek sannyasy, gdzie otrzymał imię Bhakti Vikasa Swami. Wówczas raz jeszcze za swoją bazę uczynił Indie.

Od tego czasu podróżuje po całym subkontynencie, dając wykładu w Hindi, po Angielsku i Bengalsku. Jego Świętobliwość podróżuje również do innych części świata nauczając Świadomość Kryszny. Nieustannie pisze książki oraz artykuły do czasopism. Jego prace zostały przetłumaczone na ponad piętnaście języków.

Bhakti Vinoda Swami

His Holiness Bhaktivinoda Swami has been a leading figure in the Bhakti Yoga Outreach of South India. He is currently serving as the Chairman of the International Outreach effort for the GBC Strategic Planning Team and is also the Zonal Secretary for the Kerala and West Tamil Nadu divisions. His missionary spirit not only empowers him to expertly maneuver through these positions, but also to spend valuable time with modern youth, congregation members, high-ranking corporates, and global leaders who seek his guidance in building their spiritual foundations and bringing effective positive change to the world. To better fulfill this mission, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami awarded him the title of Sannyasa since when he has been called Bhaktivinoda Swami. His preaching and projects are varied, targeted to enmesh unique groups of people. He has been an effective coach, mentor, project manager, congregational leader, noted speaker, and professional facilitator, just to name a few. Among his most prominent projects, the Kovai Chandra Project, stands foremost in scale, grandeur, and impact to society at large.

Bhakti Visrambha Madhava Swami

His Holiness Bhakti Visrambha Madhava Swami took his first Initiation from Srila Prabhupada on 9th July, 1974 in San Francisco, by the recommendation of Srila Tamala Krishna Goswami and Vishnjana Swami. Very soon he was blessed with second initiation on 10th July, 1975 in Chicago during Rathayatra period. He was a pujari in St. Louis temple since 1978 to 1982. He took Sannyasa on 4th August, 2001 in Moscow Russia from His Holiness Niranjana Swami and remains under his guidance. He travels around the world serving ISKCON 8 months a year. He spends full Caturmasya period in Krsna Balarama temple and Goshala underneith Tulasirani's protective shade.

Bhurijana Prabhu

H.G.Bhurijana Prabhu first met Srila Prabhupada at 26 Second Ave, and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1968. After preaching in Japan for about a year, in 1970 he opened ISKCON's first Hong Kong center. Throughout the early 1970s Srila Prabhupada would many times meet with Bhurijana during Srila Prabhupada's tours of the Far East: Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. In his last meeting in 1976, Bhurijana Prabhu was requested by Srila Prabhupada to help develop the educational system. Since then he has taught both academic and ashrama courses in Gita-Nagari and Vrindavana and has conducted several teacher training courses in Vrindavana. In 1987, in Vrindavana, he began the Vaisnava Institute for Higher Education, where he has taught courses in teaching, writing, and the main books of Srila Prabhupada -- Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, The Nectar of Devotion, The Nectar of Instruction, and Sri Isopanisad.

Candramauli Swami

Born in New Jersey, USA, in 1947, HH Candramauli Swami came in contact with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in Denver, Colorado, at the age of 24. In 1973 he began practicing Krishna Consciousness in New York City and shortly thereafter began serving at the New Vrindavan farm comunity in West Virginia. That same year he received initiation from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

In 1986 HH Candramauli Swami accepted the sannyasa order and began preaching in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. In the early 1980's he became involved with the ISKCON Prison Ministry in the USA and began visiting prisoners and holding programs in jails, along with regularly writing letters to inmates and sending them Srila Prabhupada's books.

In 1995 he began serving as the resident sannyasi in Chicago where he was based until 2013 when he relocated to Karlovac, Croatia. At present HH Candramauli Swami offers spiritual guidance around Europe, USA and India.

HH Candramauli Swami is a disciple of ISKCON Founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and an initiating spiritual master within the ISKCON movement.

Damodar Vijaya Prabhu

Devamrita Swami

His Holiness Devamrita Swami entered this life on October 16, 1950 in New York City, as the firstborn in a family dominated by a very devout and education-motivated Christian mother. Later in life his mother confided to him that during the time of his conception, she was praying to God that He send her a "servant of the Lord." Observing her infant crawling to bookshelves, trying to grab books, she waited until he reached four years and then personally taught him to read, while ensuring that he immersed himself in church programs for children. At that time, he began to memorize Bible verses, and loved the Bible, hymns, and church life. Attending a Lutheran primary school for the first three years of his primary education, he relished learning in a religious atmosphere. At eight years old, the Lutheran Church offered him a university scholarship if he would promise to be a minister in the future.

Later, because the family, financially overextended, could no longer afford the fees at church schools, he enrolled in public primary and intermediate schools. His mother, observing that the best New York public schools had high Jewish enrollment, deftly maneuvered through school districts, constantly hunting the best public schools and teachers for her children. During these years, her eldest son developed an interest in Judaism and began to wonder about the existence of other spiritual paths.

The mother, a connoisseur of all Protestant faiths, began to attend Presbyterian churches, and there the future swami, at the age of thirteen, delivered his first Sunday sermon. Noting her son's boredom and lack of challenge at school, his mother pushed for his acquiring a full scholarship plus living expenses to private boarding schools in New Hampshire, where he attended Exeter Academy during the summer and Holderness School for Boys during the regular school year. An abnormality amidst boys from the super rich and famous families of America, he would never forget his experience that wealth and class do not bring happiness.

At fifteen, dazzled by his sophisticated material studies, the spiritual inclinations accompanying him since infancy curdled into agnosticism. A year later, however, the historic recording "A Love Supreme," by John Coltrane, turned him around. Stirred by the jazz legend's devotional expression and by his public declaration, on the album cover, that love of God is the ultimate goal of life, the future Devamrita Swami made up his mind to find it pure love of the Supreme. Coltrane's explorations of the music and philosophy of India?especially his chanting verses from the Bhagavad-gita perplexed and fascinated the mind of the young student, now bound for university.

In 1968, he received a scholarship to Yale University. Upon his informing his academic advisors that he was searching for the highest knowledge and wanted to study whatever he wanted, irrespective of academic rules for concentration, his overseers gladly agreed, admitting that they, while students, would have loved to have done the same. Plunging into world history, Western philosophy, anthropology, political science, economics, and the history of science, by his fourth year at Yale he gave up no thinkers had impressed him. He had failed to find any conclusive knowledge or any effective socio-political strategies for thoroughly improving humanity. During those years, seeking relief from the university, he would travel by bus to New York City and wander in the East Village and Second Avenue areas, expecting to discover something there that would save his life.

As graduation neared in 1972, he asserted to his dean of studies that he saw no future for himself in materialistic society. Brushing him off, the dean looked him straight in the eyes and pronounced: "You are a Yale man; you will influence the world."

One month after graduation, he bought on the street a small book by Srila Prabhupada. Life was never the same. Stunned by the contents, he immediately went to a metaphysical bookshop to obtain more literature by Prabhupada. Addicted to Prabhupada's writings, yet skeptical of the budding Krishna consciousness organization's ability to solve the world's problems, he would order books by mail just to avoid personal contact with devotees. Three or more hours daily, for six months straight, he repeatedly read all the available titles by Srila Prabhupada, and then, finally, in December 1972, he decided to visit the New York ISKCON temple, newly located in Brooklyn. Devotees informed him that the Krishna consciousness presence in the West had first begun on Second Avenue during the years he walked that area, as a student desperately searching for hope.

Praying to the temple Deities, Sri Sri Radha Govinda, that They cut the knot of his material entanglements, he became a full-time staff member of the temple in March, 1973. Initiated by Srila Prabhupada in January 1974, Devamrita das spent several years traveling throughout the USA distributing the literature that so transformed his life, and then went to the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in Los Angeles to assist in Srila Prabhupada's book production, as a copy editor and later as chief manager. A few months after Srila Prabhupada's departure from this world in 1977, he embarked upon his international missionary life and in 1982 officially accepted the renounced order of life, as Devamrita Swami.

For over three decades he has traveled extensively on every continent of the world, sometimes enduring the most difficult and trying situations in ISKCON history. Especially harrowing were eight often solitary years spent infiltrating the iron curtain, the former communist bloc of Eastern Europe, for developing underground bhakti cells and clandestine book distribution. His personal motto during those severe years: "I may live or die, but Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-bhagavatam are eternal."

A member of ISKCON's Governing Body, he has been chosen by his peers to serve as international vicechairman and then chairman. His extensive current regional responsibilities include "down-under" Australia and New Zealand where he spends five months of the year, as well as northwestern Russia, South Africa, Hawaii, and the Gita-nagari farm project in Pennsylvania. Beyond those areas of spiritual responsibility, he travels far and wide, especially in North America, Europe, and India.

An author published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, he has, to date, written Searching for Vedic India and Perfect Escape. Among his myriad services to Krishna and Srila Prabhupada, he focuses upon arranging nontraditional settings for Western audiences to approach bhakti; challenging young Indian students and professionals to penetrate the veil of religious belief/religious myth; and advocating spiritually-based economics, sustainability, and environmentalism.