- HH Hanumatpreshaka Swami
- HG Urmila Devi
- HH Bhakti Dhira Damodara Swami
- HH Hridayananda dasa Goswami
- Gaudacandra Prabhu
- Damayanti Devi
- Dhanesvara Prabhu
- Vidagdha Madhava Prabhu
- Ramananda Dasa
- Girigovardhana Prabhu
- Ananda Caitanya Prabhu
Hanumatpreshaka Swami was born on January 12, 1948 on the island of Guam and grew up in California. After finishing Encina High School in 1966, he entered the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1970 with a first place prize in Psychology and minor studies in Biology and Electrical Engineering. He then began Doctoral studies at Northwestern University in Chicago while also participating in the famous "Second City" improvisational theater troupe. Soon he became convinced that Western knowledge was lacking much that might be augmented by Oriental wisdom. His mentor, Donald T. Campbell, President of the American Psychology Association, agreed so he then headed East obtaining a black belt in Okinawan karate, and then receiving initiation and taking vows as a brahmacari, novice monk, from A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1974. He continued in this Indian tradition taking vows as a sannyasin in 1984, and becoming an initiating guru in 1994. Since 1990 Hanumatpresaka Swami has also developed a program of global lecturing and travel. This has included work as associate director of the “Bhaktivedanta Institute” which organized two “World Congresses for the Synthesis of Science and Religion”, Bombay, 1985, Kolkatta, 1997. These included participation of Nobel Laureates such as George Wald, Charles Townes, Sir John Eccles, Arch-Bishop Paulos Mar Gregorios (President of World Council of Churches), the Dalai Lama and many others. In March 1999 Hanumatpresaka Swami was the Chief Guest for the University of Calcutta's critical seminar on "National Seminar on Science and Technology in Ancient India". In November 2004 and July 2005 he was principal speaker at the "National Conference on Psychotherapy", Caesar Vallejo University, Tujillo, Peru. With San Marcos University, the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere, NIOS was a co-organizer for the “Bharatiya Sanskriti: A Festival of Classical Indian Culture”. The Festival was produced in Lima from 2005-2007. Sponsors and participants included many prominent universities, Ambassador of India and renowned scholars from four continents.His name, 'Hanumat Pre?aka' is in Sanskrit and it means 'One who sent Hanuman as a messenger', i.e. Lord Rama". Visit his website here: http://www.jayarama.us/
Urmila Devi Dasi (Dr. Edith Best) has been practicing bhakti yoga since 1973 and travels the world teaching the science of the Bhagavad Gita and the practical application of bhakti to life. She has a PhD in education and has three decades of experience teaching primary and secondary students, which include 19 years of experience as a school administrator and leader. She has published 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”. Urmila and her husband, Pratyatosa, have three grown married children and eleven grandchildren. In 1996, Urmila and Pratyatosa entered the renounced order of life, or vanaprastha, in Sanskrit. You may connect with her through her website here , or subscribe to her on Facebook .
Hridayananda dasa Goswami (Howard J. Resnick, Ph.D.) is one of the most senior and respected spiritual leaders of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). As the first westerner to translate the sacred Bhagavata Pura?a from Sanskrit to English, together with authorized commentaries, as the first senior ISKCON leader to complete a doctorate in Vai??ava studies and to openly promote higher education in ISKCON, as the pioneer of Krishna consciousness in Latin America, as the first senior leader to publicly endorse a campaign to provide greater opportunity for women in ISKCON, and in many other activities, Hridayananda das Goswami has been on the cutting edge of the Hare Krishna movement.
Gaudacandra Prabhu is known for his penetrating classes, rich with insight and creativity. A disciple of H.H. Jayapataka Maharaja, Gaudacandra has been practicing Krishna Consciousness since 1977. He Resides as a full time devotee in New Dvaraka Los Angeles, CA with his wife and two sons. Some of his services are: Manager at the NA BBT, TP Secretary, Pujari… With a sideline of photography, (www.deityphotos.org), graphics, yoga and qi-gong.
Damayanti dasi was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in August of 1971, and received brahminical initiation in October of 1971 in London She has served in several temples including London, Chicago, Honolulu, Houston, Denver, Vancouver, and some temples in India. Damayanti has served as pujari, cook, child care, and school teacher. At present she resides in Cottonwood Arizona and assists preaching work in the Tucson, Phoenix and Sedona Arizona.
- Dhanesvara Prabhu
Dhanesvara Das (Don Rousse), MS, is a social healer, social economist, spiritual teacher, speaker and monk. He is a father of three wonderful people and the grandfather (so far) of two. His interests include applying Vedic Dharma to current cultural and social issues, especially economic activity, and developing practices that encourage and support the gift economy. Dhanesvara was initiated into the Gaudiya-Vaishnava sampradaya spiritual order 40 years ago, which introduced him to his current way of life. He travels throughout the United States, Europe, India, and the former Soviet Union teaching the methods of living a spiritual life, Spiritual Economics, spiritual psychology, etc. Besides writing for his websites and blogs, he is currently working on his next book “Change the Karma!” aimed at helping protesters worldwide understand the root cause of our global problems.
After helping to create an opulent temple room for Sri Sri Radha Gopijanaballava at the Boston Temple in 1974, Vidagdha Madhava Prabhu worked for two years on the First American Theistic Exhibition with Baradraja Prabhu in Los Angeles. After Srila Prabhupad's departure, he spend a cold winter at New Vrndavan and then went to Sri Dhama Mayapura where he was invited to work on Srila Prabhupada’s Puspa Samadhi. Since the mid ‘80s he has been involved in graphic design and photography and has helped publish numerous books and magazines and recently published two Krishna Conscious children’s books in India. You can view his publications HERE.
Ramananda dasa joined the Los Angeles temple in June 1974 at the age of 16; received first initiation from Srila Prabhupada in Chicago, June 1975; and received second initiation in Detroit July 1976. He has served as president of New Navadvipa Dhama, ISKCON Hawaii in years 1996, 2000, 2009. He has also served in ISKCON Seattle and ISKCON Philadelphia. Since 2009 he and his wife Yugala Rasa resides on the Big Island of Hawaii and serves as webmaster for e-sanga.org, esanga.com, iskcon-hawaii.com, iskconhawaii.com and many other websites.
Giri-govardhana Prabhu entered university thinking that his future would be a research laboratory, but by the time he left university, he had his sights set on asrama life and a different sort of research. An interest in philosophy sparked an interest in theology, which led to a fateful encounter with Srimad Bhagavatam. After several intervening years of regular reading, irregular chanting, and the following of a couple of the regulative principles, he mustered the courage to take the plunge and moved into the ISKCON temple in Detroit, where he spent the next fifteen years. During those years (1992-2007), he was initiated by H.G. Ravindra Svarupa dasa, lived for 10 years as a brahmacari, and was involved in a variety of services including: pujari service, tulasi seva, and temple management. He and his wife now reside in the ISKCON Philadelphia temple where they serve primarily as pujaris.
Ananda Caitanya Prabhu joined ISKCON in 1979. From 1984-89, he printed and distributed Srila Prabhupada books underground in Russian language. He served as the temple president in the first temple in former USSR, Kaunas city. He also served as the regional secretary for Volga and west Siberia regions, in Russia. Since 1998, Ananda Caitanya das has since visited Germany, Switzerland , South Africa and in Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia Lithuania..