Bhakti Ananda Goswami
HH Bhakti Ananda Goswami is a sannyasi and siksha guru in the line of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. A feature article on his research into ancient historical and theological connections between Krishna centric Vaishnavism in India and the Mediterranean Proto-Catholic Vaishnava complex has just been published in the NEWS INDIA-TIMES. Below is a little information from Swamiji about the genesis of this ground-breaking article, and how to get it.
Retired as the Head of Interfaith Research and Communications for the World Vaishnava Association Vrindavan India, an Executive Committee Member of the World Hindu Organization Kathmandu Nepal, and an Officer of the Universal Sanatana Dharma Foundation New Delhi India, Bhakti Ananda also keeps vows as a Pure Land Buddhist and Sattvic Theistic Shaivite and Shakta. Keeping these permanent vows of religious devotion for decades, he has earned the worldwide respect of many people as a 'Goswami' or Ascetic / Sadhaka / Tzaddik.
As a practicing Catholic his spirituality is Franciscan, and he is the Founder and Director of the Saint Francis of Assisi Ecumenical Retreat. David is also an intersex person, and is a Board Member of the Organization Intersex International, the World's foremost human rights advocacy group for intersex people (intersex people are those born with bodies that are not either typically female or male).
As an interdisciplinary researchist, David is an expert on the ancient historical and theological connections between the devotional 'Hindu' and Buddhist Bhakti Traditions of the East and those of the Proto-Catholic Afro-Heleno-Semitic Heliopolitan Tradition of the Mediterranean Region. His interdisciplinary Marylhurst College Bachelor's Degree research and Norwich University Goddard Graduate School Master's Degree research in History of Religion, Comparative Religion and Theology has been part of his over 40 year comparison of the so-called 'cult images' or sacred art and related incarnational theology of these ancient Bhakti devotional Traditions.