A pilgrim beggar of Transcendental Love
Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami was born in the German city of Osterkappein in 1953. His parents were professional educators and he therefore received a broad and holistic education principally in the fields of religion, political science, and the arts.
From a young age he was inspired by the altruistic goal of seeking out the wellbeing of his fellow human beings, this in turn lead him to participate in various social movements of the 1970s. Later, his search intensified, directing itself to profound inner questionings and examinations of society. In this way, he began to inquire about the ultimate goal of the human life, which led him to find clear and consistent responses in the ancient traditional wisdom of Bhakti Yoga.
Thus, in 1972 began his monastic way of life, being initiated at the age of eighteen by renowned spiritual master of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Later in 1978, he accepted the vows of a traveling monk by the hands of whom would become his second spiritual master, Srila B.R. Sridhar Goswami Maharaja, with whom he studied for four years in the monastery in Bengal.
For more than forty years he has devoted himself to cover the world over, speaking about Vedic culture and its practical solutions to modern problems. In 1984 he established his own spiritual mission called VRINDA, the Vrindavan Institute for Vaishnava Culture and Studies, with the aim of spreading the cultural heritage of the Vedas around the world. In the same way, he has established more than thirty-five Eco Yoga Villages in South America and Europe, creating true Vedic spiritual oasis where people from different countries can have a profound approach to this sacred philosophy.
To the service of the Holy Dham
Since then he has been related with Bharat (India), especially with Sri Vrindavan, the sacred land where Sri Krishna appeared. There he established three ashrams aimed towards providing selfless service and the support of any initiative directed towards the protection of the Dham. Furthermore, he has been the leader of the Environmental Committee of the World Vaishnava Association for twenty-five years, launching several cleaning and temple restoration programs, as well as organizing social awareness campaigns.
In 2010, along with other important leaders of Vrindavan, the Braj-Vrindavan Heritage Alliance was founded, a coalition of different organizations and individuals desiring to protect the Dham. In the same year, Srila B. A. Paramadvaiti Swami formally established the program “A Helping Hand for Vrindavan” with the goal of consolidating the service offered by the members of VRINDA to Sri Vrindavan Dham over the past forty years.
Srila B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami has been fervently devoted to finding solutions to the various problems that affect Braj-Mandala, practically going from door to door and encouraging spiritual leaders, rulers, artists, professionals, respectable citizens and anyone who can contribute to the noble cause of protecting Sri Braja Dham. Today, all these efforts have come together and given birth to Braj-Vrindavan Act Now!