His Holiness Mahavishnu Swami appeared in this world on 10 February 1945, in Birmingham, UK. He entered the Bath Academy of Art at age 19, and graduated with honours in Fine Arts. In 1971 he became a full-time temple renunciate and the same year he was initiated by his spiritual master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada was on a quest to spread ancient Krishna Conscious teachings to the west, as well as to re-establish faith in the ancient Vedas in India. He requested all his disciples to assist in this mission. In 1976 he first visited India and traveled extensively throughout India with the BBT Library party. In 1977 Maharaja became involved in various projects throughout Nepal and India, and under the guidance of HH Prabhavisnu Swami he also traveled widely in the world to raise funds to build temples in Bangladesh and Nepal, including the beautiful Rupa-Sanatana Temple in Jessore, Swamibagh in Dhaka, and the Sri Radha-Govindahari temple in Kathmandu, Nepal. In 1984 he accepted the sannyasa order of life from his senior Godbrother HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja. In 1990 he accepted his first disciple as Srila Prabhupada had wanted his followers to also guide and initiate others in Krishna Consciousness. He took up this task in the spirit of being one of Prabhupada's "monitor" gurus. Presently he is preaching extensively in the much-neglected African continent, as well as in India, Nepal and the UK and parts of Europe.
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