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 Bhāgavata Purāna from Sanskrit to English, together with authorized commentaries, as the first senior ISKCON leader to complete a doctorate in Vaishava 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. “Acharyadeva”, as he is known to his students, took birth on November 5, 1948, in Los Angeles, California and lived there until January 1967, when he went to study at the University of California, Berkeley, participating there in the social and political revolution of the time. In early 1969, he attended a lecture given by Srila Prabhupada, founder-acharya of the Krishna Consciousness Movement. Impressed by the deep wisdom and saintliness of his future guru, Acharyadeva frequented the Los Angeles ISKCON temple in the summer of 1969, joined the Berkeley branch of ISKCON in September of that year, and soon took up full-time service. On February 8, 1970, Srila Prabhupada personally initiated him as a disciple in Los Angeles.
Since his earliest days in ISKCON, Acharyadeva distinguished himself by his devotion to his teacher’s mission and his eloquence and erudition in presenting his guru’s teachings. After serving in ISKCON Boston, where he married Ananga-manjari dd, and after leading, with her, ISKCON’s temples in Gainesville, Florida, and Houston, Texas, Acharyadeva accepted the renounced order of life, sannyasa, in 1972, and spent two years living in a van as he traveled throughout North America, lecturing in dozens of universities. During this time, he founded the Library Party and successfully distributed Srila Prabhupada's books to colleges and libraries throughout the U.S.
Web site: http://www.acharyadeva.com and http://iskcon.us/
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