Yadunandana Swami is a sannyasi in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) with more than 40 years of experience in the study, practice, and teaching of Krishna consciousness. His primary focus of service during these years has been adult education both in his home country, Spain, and in different ISKCON educational institutes around the world, systematic preaching, and leading spiritual communities. He is presently serving as president of New Vrajamandala, Spain, as the Director of the Instituto de Estudios Bhaktivedanta, also in Spain, as a Trustee of the Bhaktivedanta College, in Radhadesh (Belgium), and as a member of the ISKCON Board of Examinations. He also holds a MA in the Study of Religion from the University of Wales, Trinity St. David, U.K. and has lectured in many universities and international conferences in more than thirty countries around the world. He is an initiated disciple of Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami and a sannyasa disciple of His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami, who are both disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acharya of ISKCON.
East Meets West: Following in the Footsteps of Srila Prabhupada in Spreading Krishna Consciousness Around the World
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada gave the instruction that all his followers, especially those born in India, perform high welfare activities by spreading Krishna consciousness all over the world. Srila Prabhupada successfully exemplified this principle by demonstrating how to combine the forces of the West and India to build ISKCON around the world. In this seminar we will explore this essential instruction and example of Srila Prabhupada. We will consider how to globally apply this principle from 2020 into the future, giving particular attention to develop a unified ISKCON around the world. We will reflect and discuss how ISKCON India and ISKCON in Western countries can develop active cooperation and work together to revive the expansion of Krishna consciousness around the world. Moreover, we will consider the challenges we would have to deal with, and our approach to respond to these challenges, if we decide to pursue this path.