Bhakti Madhurya Govinda Swami

Bhakti Madhurya Govinda Swami was initiated by His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in October 1968, about two months before HH Jayapataka Swami, awarding him the name “Makhanlal das”. He was one of the original 100 disciples of Srila Prabhupada. He had started one of ISKCON’s first university preaching programs at the University of San Francisco, California, later continuing university preaching at his former university, the University of California, Berkeley. He opened the Berkeley, California temple in 1969. He had been practicing Bhakti Yoga steadily for 52 years till he left his body. He had managed several of the centers in the U.S. He trained and sent in the initiation recommendations for some well know Prabhupada disciples such as Bhima das, president of Juhu temple and director of BBT India, Bhakti Vidya Purna Swami, director of the Mayapur gurukula, and others. For more than five years he served as a legal assistant in the international BB law office. He had taught hundreds of classes on the science of Krishna Consciousness, the ancient Vedic culture, the Bhagavat Purana, Isopanisad, Bhagavad Gita, and other Vedic classics in colleges, universities, and ISKCON centers. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, U.S.A. He had also appeared on a significant number of popular national and international television shows, both in the U.S. and India, such as the popular show “We the people” (MDTV,Delhi). He was awarded the Sannyas order by the GBC in February, 2010. He use to travel and teach throughout India and Asia. His international headquarters was located at the ISKCON Krishna Balaram Mandir in Punjabi Bagh, a suburb of New Delhi. He left this world on 14 Nov 2020 at around 6 am during the month of Kartik.

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