Śrīlaa Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura
Appearing in 1638, Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura (Hari Vallabha Dasa) came in the disciplic succession from Sri Narottama Dasa Thakura. Visvanatha took diksa from Sri Radha Ramana Cakravarti. Although married, Visvanatha was
Śrīla Narottama Dasa Ṭhākura
Appearing as the son of a king, Shri Narottama Dasa Thakura (Shri Thakura Mahasaya) showed all the bodily symptoms of a mahapurusha (an exalted divine person). He had long arms, a deep navel, golden-complexioh, beautiful eyes shaped like the lotus petals. In school, he was a sruti dhara (able to memorize whatever he hears)
Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura
Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura appeared in this world in 1836 and is considered to be the pioneer of the modern Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava movement. The Thākura was a respected district magistrate and despite his busy schedule, he wrote volumes of books, articles and commentaries on
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda appeared in this world in Jagannātha Purī in 1874. He was the son of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. Learning Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy from his esteemed father, he took initiation from the renowned ascetic,
Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda appeared in Kolkata in 1896, and after a successful education and engagment in business, he met his guru, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in 1922. He formally took initiation from Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in 1933 and later accepted sannyāsa in 1959.
HH SATSVARUPA DAS GOSWAMI
HH Satsvarupa Das Goswami is a senior disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), better known in the west as the Hare Krishna movement.
HH Tamal Krishna Goswami
Tamal Krishna Goswami began his association with the Krishna Consciousness movementin 1968 where he was soon accepted as a disciple by A C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. From 1975 until 1979, Tamal Krishna Goswamiheaded the “Radha-Damodara Party”,
HH GOPAL KRISHNA GOSWAMI MAHARAJ
After visiting the ISKCON temple in Montreal, Canada in September of 1967, Gopal Krishna Goswami yearned to meet a Vaishnava guru and got the opportunity to meet Srila Prabhupada there in 1968. Gopal Krishna Goswami, originally from Delhi, India had a religious background and had great respect for sadhus or saints.
BHAKTI TIRTHA SWAMI
Bhakti-tirtha Swami (1950–2005), one of my dearest friends and mentors, was a person of singular determination, a courageous and bold preacher of Krishna consciousness. He had a passion for Srila Prabhupada’s mission that took him around the world, particularly to Eastern Europe, behind the Iron Curtain, where he surpassed all others in distributing his spiritual master’s books, often risking his own life, and to Africa, where kings and queens acknowledged him as a chief and recognized him as a spiritual leader. He was esteemed in Prabhupada’s own institution as well. In ISKCON he was a respected sannyasi, a monk in the renounced order of life, and a guru, with disciples of his own. He was the world’s first Afro-American Vaishnava spiritual master, and he published many books, too, explaining how to apply Krishna consciousness in the modern world. His books use the language of conflict resolution and depth psychology, as well as that of the New Age. They foster spiritual advancement through principle-centered leadership techniques and inner realizations. In addition, he had a tremendous ability to touch people on a deep level, to change lives, as thousands of godbrothers, friends, and disciples can attest to.
SANKARSHAN DAS ADHIKARI
His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari, is a a practitioner and teacher of the science of Bhakti Yoga for over 40 years. He is an initiated disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), from whom he has learned the topmost system of spiritual enlightenment, known as Krishna Consciousness or Bhakti Yoga.
By this process one can quickly and easily discern one’s true spiritual eternal nature and come to understand the nature of God. Most significantly, one learns how to reciprocate in dealings of loving service with the Supreme Godhead. As one approaches this supreme stage of consciousness, one experiences higher and higher states of happiness culminating in unbounded bliss.
HER GRACE URMILA DEVI DASI
Her Grace Urmila Devi Dasi was born in 1955 in New York City. She joined ISKCON in 1973 in Chicago. She received first initiation in 1973 and second initiation in 1975 from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Dr. Edith Best (Urmila devi dasi) has a Doctorate in Education and a Masters in School Administration, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has three decades of experience as a primary school teacher and has taught hundreds of children to read English. She has written a book on teaching children and managing schools, Vaikuntha Children. For ten years she wrote a regular education column in Back to Godhead magazine, the international magazine of ISKCON. In 1973 Edith became the disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, receiving the name Urmila devi dasi
HER GRACE SUKHAVAHA DASI
Sukhavaha dasi was born and raised a Protestant minister’s daughter, counseling and assisting others was a household given. Inspired by her father, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Welfare from Pennsylvania State University. At age 21, in 1975 she accepted initiation from His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who gave her the name Sukhavaha devi dasi. With her counseling skills coupled with spiritual knowledge, she was ordained an Interfaith Minister in January of 1992.
Sukhavaha dasi has been involved in number of social welfare projects across the globe including the Barsana Eye Camp and spiritual care department of Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai. She regularly leads discussions to various devotee communities on compassionate communication, emotional healing and building vibrant spiritual organizations.
HG DR SAHADEV DASA
Dr. Sahadeva dasa (Sanjay Shah), born in December 1966, is a monk in vaisnava tradition. Coming from a prominent family of Rajasthan, India, he graduated in commerce from St.Xaviers College, Kolkata and then went on to complete his CA (Chartered Accountancy) and ICWA (Cost and works Accountancy) with national ranks.
Recently he received his doctorate. For close to last two decades, he is leading a monk’s life and he has made serving God and humanity as his life’s mission. His areas of work include research in Vedic and contemporary thought, Corporate and educational training, social work and conselling, travelling in India and aborad, writing books and of course, practicing spiritual life and spreading awareness about the same. He is based in Secunderabad.
HIS GRACE SARVASAKSHI DASA
His Grace Sarvasakshi Dasa is a nationally renowned author, monk and preacher. He is a disciple of H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja. His initial contact with ISKCON was a fruit of his having read Bhagavad Gita – As It Is in 1998, which resulted in his joining ISKCON Delhi as a full time monk in 1999. Soon he received his first and second initiation from H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja in 2000 and 2001 respectively.
For many years, he led the New Bhakta Training program along with the Sankirtana Department of Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandira (ISKCON Delhi), before settling in ISKCON Faridabad in 2010, where he continues to write and publish Krishna conscious literatures. He has compiled and published over 40 books in different languages like English, Hindi, Marathi, etc. Many of them have become prominent bestselling titles like Vaishnava Padavali, Tulasi Mahimamrta, Sri Harinama Cintamani, Sri Jagannatha Puri, Bhagavata Mahimamrta, Inspiring Prayers from Bhagavata Purana, Haridasavarya Sri Govardhana, Sripad Madhvacarya, etc. among many others.
In addition to writing, he is also famous for leading groups of devotees to various holy places across India, telling them engrossing stories related to those places. He guides people from all walks of life, inspiring to live their lives according to the teachings of the previous acaryas.