Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami joined the Krishna consciousness movement in Buffalo, NY in 1971 and received initiation from Srila Prabhupada later that year. He served as cook and pujari in ISKCON centers in Buffalo and Toronto until leaving for Vrindavan in 1977 and from 1979 until 1987 served in ISKCON temples in Greece, Israel, Italy and France. Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami returned to Vrindavan In 1987 and while there established the Food For Life program. He has been an initiating spiritual master since 1992 and received sannyasa initiation in 1993.A defining moment in his Krishna consciousness was a conversation he witnessed between Srila Prabhupada and his godbrother Srila Akinchana Krishna Dasa Babaji Maharaja in October 1977. During that exchange Srila Prabhupada repeatedly quoted Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura:
“tandera carana sevi bhakta-sane vasa
janame janame haya, ei abhilasa”
“This is my desire: that birth after birth I may live with those devotees who serve the lotus feet of the six Goswamis.”
Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami felt that Srila Prabhupada was revealing an integral reason for his spreading of Krishna consciousness: his deep spirit of love and service for Krishna’s devotees.
Bhakti Bhringa Govinda Swami travels to join devotees in the congregational chanting of Krishna’s names. He is known for his lively chanting and his ability to include all to participate. In 2000 he became a GBC member and is currently zonal secretary for Volga Region CIS, Iraj, Lebanon and Syria. He is also co-zonal secretary for Mauritius, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tojikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.