Swami B.B. Vishnu

In 1970 His Holiness B. B. Vishnu Maharaja graduated from Clarkson College of Technology with a Master of Science degree in Physics. In 1975 Maharaja came in connection with his spiritual master, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Los Angeles and fully surrendered to his lotus feet.

After joining the Los Angeles temple Sripad Vishnu Maharaja took special interest in the philosophy of Krishna consciousness and carefully studied the books of Srila Prabhupada such as Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. After a few months Sripad Vishnu Maharaja received harinama initiation from Srila Prabhupada at which time he became known as Bhavananda Raya dasa Brahmacari. Shortly thereafter he was recommended for brahman initiation and received the sacred thread.

Always desiring to please Srila Prabhupada as a fully surrendered soul Sripad Vishnu Maharaja engaged in performing sankirtana[book distribution] and soon became a recognized preacher by the community of devotees.

Over the years Sripad Vishnu Maharaja has led out innumerable traveling parties of brahmacharis to Los Vegas and many other cities in the region where he conducted book distribution and held sankirtana festivals to recruit new men and enlighten the public.

After the disappearance of Srila Prabhupada in November of 1977 Sripad Vishnu Maharaja continued his preaching and book distribution programs in the western United States. In 1981 Sripad Vishnu Maharaja began several enthusiastic preaching programs in Chicago at local universities and continued to show himself as a stalwart devotee of Sri Chaitanya...

Articles

A Thousand-Percent Difference

Dec 9 2010 - Krishna Talk 117
Sripada Narasingha Maharaja once mentioned that everything that Srila Sridhara Deva Gosvami Maharaja spoke was like a sutra. There was so much essential substance in each word. » more

Devotional Principles

Dec 12 2009 - Krishna Talk 101
After wandering in this material world for many lifetimes, by the mercy of guru and Krsna, the seed of devotion is awakened within our heart. The process starts with a little faith (adau sraddha) and this faith leads us to seek answers (pariprasna) and the association of devotees (sadhu-sanga),... » more

In Search of Truth

Sep 26 2009 - Krishna Talk 90
Scientists have made great strides with their speculations, postulations, hypothesis and analysis of the creation or the universe we live in. Yet we see that the latest theories always seem to have some imperfections and exceptions. » more

Pleasing The Spiritual Master

Sep 29 2007 - Krishna Talk 71
So many instructions are there from Srila Prabhupada and amongst those, the paramount instruction is to preach vigorously. To become a pure devotee and to preach vigorously. » more

Prabhupada's Rooms at Radha Damodar Temple

Feb 19 2007 - Krishna Talk 69
Recently an announcement was posted on "Dandavats.com" wherein the representative of ISKCON's Sri Sri Krishna Balaram temple in Vrindavana [Shyamakrishna Das] informed all the devotees around the world that "Srila Prabhupada's Bhajan-kutir is now re-opened." » more

Scientific Verification of Vedic Knowledge

Verification of Science
Jan 1 2005 - Article
A vast number of statements and materials presented in the ancient Vedic literatures can be shown to agree with modern scientific findings and they also reveal a highly developed scientific content in these literatures. » more

The Standard for Higher Lila

May 3 2001 - Krishna Talk 18
In the recent controversies amongst some of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas, those who present isolated and unusual examples of preaching as the rule, rather than as the exception to the proper Gaudiya conception, have simply increased the level of confusion. In particular the subject of the necessity of... » more

Guru Parampara and Ritvik

Mar 17 2000 - Article
Many devotees are disqualified from understanding finer siddhantic truths by virtue of their impurities, material desires, subtle and gross deviations from the strict line of Sri Rupanuga-varga, and particularly because of their offenses to other Vaisnavas. » more

The Guardian of Devotion

Date Unknown - Article
Our readers are invited to allow for our standpoint as first-generation members of the disciplic succession of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Where we differ from other disciples of Bhaktivedanta Swami that have chosen to remain in iskcon, and of particular relevance to this article is in... » more

Sadhana Bhakti

Date Unknown - Article
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed Srila Sanatana Gosvami that a most essential element of Sadhana Bhakti is guru-padasraya — one must take shelter at the feet of a qualified guru. Without this shelter one's devotional activities will not lead to pure devotional service. » more

Books

Holy Faces of India

Whenever one visits a temple in India, it is common to see the foreheads of devotees and priests adorned with markings that are commonly known as tilaka. When the British first arrived in the subcontinent they unwittingly assumed these signs to be 'caste marks' or signs that indicated the wearers'... » more

Science of the Sacred

"Science of the Sacred" is a must read for those interested in knowing about India's unique and interesting achievements in the scientific field. This publication provides a foundation for expanding our awareness of the reality around us, beyond modern scientific theories, to those grounded in the... » more

Kumbha Mela - The Worlds Largest Act of Faith

Once every twelve years, Jupiter enters Aries, and the sun simultaneously enters Capricorn. According to the Vedas, this astral conjunction provides a prime opportunity for spiritual enlightenment. To celebrate this event, millions gather on the banks of the Ganges, creating the world's largest act... » more

Our Affectionate Guardians

Documents the intimate relationship of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Sridhara Maharaja from their early days together, sharing quarters during the difficult days in the Gaudiya Matha and after Srila Prabhupadas' successful world preaching campaign. Visnu Maharaja gives a historical perspective which... » more