Ravindra Svarupa Dasa - ISKCON guru and leader, president of Philadelphia temple
Ravindra Svarupa Dasa (William H. Deadwyler, III) joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1971, in Philadelphia, Penn., where he has served for most of his devotional career. He is an initiated disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna movement. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in religion from Temple University in 1980. He has been a member of ISKCON's ecclesiastical board, known as the Governing Body Commission, since 1987. He is an initiating guru for ISKCON and is the Philadelphia temple president.
Dubbed "ISKCON's principal theological scholar" (Prof. Kim Knott), Ravindra Svarupa Dasa particularly focuses on educational development within ISKCON, academic preaching, and spiritual counseling. His writings have been published in numerous academic and ISKCON publications. He is married and has three children and two grandchildren.