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Bhanu Swami was born in Canada and holds a BA in Oriental Fine Arts History from the University of British Colombia. He joined the Hare Krishna movement in India in 1970. Initiated in 1971 by Srila Prabhupada, he took sannyasa vows in 1984. Bhanu Swami was personally instructed in the art of Deity worship by Srila Prabhupada, and within ISKCON he has become an authority on the topic. He has been a GBC member since 2003 and his zonal assignments cover South India, and co-GBC for Japan. Having spent the last few decades in residence in Chennai, he has a clear understanding of the region. A scholar in Sanskrit and Bengali, Bhanu Swami has translated fifteen significant works of the Gaudiya Vaishnava canon, with six more titles in progress. Many of these works are commentaries from primary members of the Gaudiya sampradaya on the Bhagavad-gita, Sri-Isopanishad, and Srimad Bhagavatam.


Importance of Siksa and Diksa

The seminar will cover:

  • Some quotations to show that both are equally important
  • Well known quotations from scripture glorifying guru, who turns out to be siksa guru
  • Difference between siksa and diksa gurus: why the distinction?
  • Reasons why diksa became prominent in Vaisnava sampradayas
  • Reasons why siksa became prominent in Gaudiya sampradaya
  • Reasons why Srila Bhaktisiddhanta emphasized siksa parampara
  • Reasons why diksa stays prominent in ISKCON
  • Attempt to balance siksa and diksa in ISKCON
  • The role of Srila Prabhupada as siksa guru in ISKCON
  • Importance of respecting all gurus and giving prominent respect to the Founder

Single booth/stall price:$11