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H. H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj“I went to your country with a mission & you all good souls were sent by Krishna to me.”-Srila PrabhupadaOne of the good souls sent by Krishna to Srila Prabhupada is His Holiness Tridandi Biksu Jayapataka Swami Maharaja who has been serving Srila Prabhupada as a “selfless worker” over the last 33 years.Birth, Childhood and EducationJayapataka Swami was born John Gordan Erdman on April 9, 1949 (the ekadasi after ramanavami) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA to John Hubert and Lorraine Erdman. He was born into opulent surroundings, his father’s father being the founder of a large paint factory, which was a multi-million dollar concern at the time of his birth. Later HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja was ...
Posted Oct 12, 2009, 11:11 PM by ISKCONBD Dhaka
H. H. Bhakti Caru Swami MaharajHis Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami was born in Bengal in 1945, His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami spent most of his early life in the city of Calcutta. In 1970, he left India to study in Germany. Coming across Vedic literatures while in Germany, he discovered the richness of India’s spiritual heritage. In 1975 he returned to India to wholeheartedly pursue the spiritual path.After thoroughly studying the Vedic scriptures, His Holiness became aware of the need to find a spiritual master who could lead him on a sound spiritual course. After searching for one year without coming across a spiritual master to whom he could fully surrender, he felt despondent and disappointed. When he almost gave up his hope ...
Posted Oct 12, 2009, 11:10 PM by ISKCONBD Dhaka
H. H. Prabha Visnu Swami MaharajPrabhavisnu Swami was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1950. He first met his future spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in 1971 in London. Srila Prabhupada inspired his new disciple to follow in his footsteps and dedicate his life to spreading the sankirtanamovement of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. In the following years,Prabhavisnu Maharaja served as the temple president of the Bhaktivedanta Manor just outside of London. In 1975 he was called to India by Srila Prabhupada to act as temple president in the Bombay, JuhuBeach centre. From 1975-1979 Prabhavisnu Maharaja helped establishKrsna consciousness centres in India and Bangladesh. Dedicating himselffully to preaching Krishna consciousness worldwide, in 1979 PrabhavisnuMaharaja entered the ...
Posted Oct 13, 2009, 12:00 AM by ISKCONBD Dhaka
H. H. Bhakti Vikash Swami MaharajHis Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami appeared in this world in 1957 in England. He joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in London in 1975 and was initiated in that year with the name Ilapati dasa by ISKCON’s founder-acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.From 1977 to 1979 His Holiness was based in India, mostly traveling in West Bengal preaching Krishna consciousness and distributing Srila Prabhupada’s books. He then spent the following ten years helping to pioneer ISKCON’s preaching in Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, and Malaysia.In 1989 he was granted the order of sannyasa, receiving the name Bhakti Vikasa Swami, and again made his base in India.He has since travelled widely ...
Posted Oct 12, 2009, 11:51 PM by ISKCONBD Dhaka