Prthu das was born in 1946 in Meppen, Germany. After finishing a catholic boarding school, he studied comparative religion, political science and sociology at the University of Bonn. He joined ISKCON in January of 1972. During his twenty four years of devotional service he fulfilled a variety of functions. Bookdistributor, bhakta-leader, and temple president in Heidelberg, Rettershof, Amsterdam, Zurich and Dublin. He has been the Governing Body Commissioner representative for Ireland for a considerable. Besides being an ISKCON Initiating Spiritual Master since 1986 and running an Ashram in Vrindavan, Prthu das also travels regularly throughout India, Europe and the U.S.A to preach and conduct seminars on the relationship between the Vedic and Christian traditions and household life in Krishna consciousness. the co-author of Food For Life, a vegetarian cookbook which includes topics on the philosophy of vegetarianism. At the moment Prthu das oversees the establishment of a hospital in Vrindavan for devotees in their last days and is working on a book about the teachings of the Jesus of history.