Hridayananda Dasa Goswami

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Hṛdayānanda Dāsa Goswāmī Śrīla Ācāryadeva
In Devanagari (हृदयानन्द दास गोस्वामी श्रील अाचार्यदेव)
Religion Vaiṣṇava, Hinduism
School Gauḍīya
Lineage A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmī
Other names Dr. Howard J. Resnick
Nationality U.S. Citizen
Born Howard Reznick
(1948-11-05) November 5, 1948 (age 66)[1][2]
Los Angeles, California
Senior posting
Title Dikṣa Guru, GBC emeritus
Predecessor HDG A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmī Śrīla Prabhupāda
Religious career
Works A Meta Da Vida (Portuguese); Bhagavad-Gītā, Tal Como Es (Spanish); Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, Cantos 10 (partial) - 12; Placer Infinito Verdad Absoluta (Spanish); Illuminación por el Camino Natural Illuminación por el Camino Natural (Spanish); Soluçoes (Portuguese; 3 volumes); Os Valores Da Liberdade (Portuguese)
Ordination Sannyāsa
Initiation Diksa–1970, Sannyasa–1972
Post ISKCON Guru, Sannyasi, Member of the Governing Body Commission (1974-2010)
Website Official Website
Academia Website

Hridayananda Dasa Goswami (born November 5, 1948) is a senior religious leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (popularly known as the Hare Krishnas or ISKCON) and one of the most prominent disciples of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Hridayananda Goswami is an initiating guru within ISKCON and has served as a member of the Governing Body Commission.[3][4][5] He has a Ph.D. in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University,[5] and is the author of numerous studies on Vaishnava philosophy.[5] He's been described as one of the best preachers in ISKCON.[6]

Hridayananda Dasa Goswami was born as Howard J. Resnick.[5] He joined ISKCON in 1969 as a student at University of California at Berkeley[7][8] and was initiated in Los Angeles, California, on February 8, 1970 as a disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. In 1972, he accepted the renounced order of life (sannyasa),[5] and in 1974 he was named a member of the Governing Body Commission[5] of ISKCON with responsibility for overseeing the Hare Krishna Movement in Florida and Latin America. Under his leadership, ISKCON in Brazil and other Latin American countries experienced a period of growth and expansion.[9] Many new ISKCON temples were opened in the capitals and other major cities.[9]

After the death of Prabhupada in November 1977, Hridayananda Dasa Goswami, as well as ten other prominent disciples, became initiating gurus within ISKCON. It is notable that he completed his guru, Śrīla Prabhupāda’s translation work and commentary on the Bhagavata Purana,[10] an important classic of Vedic literature. He has published a number of other books and essays. More recently, he has turned to authoring a modern spiritual novel and the adaptation of the famous Indian epic, the Mahabharata, into a historical novel.[5]


  1. ^ Srimad-Bhagavatam. Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. 1986. p. 275. ISBN 0-89213-141-1. 
  2. ^ Bibliografia brasileira, Volume 1, Issues 3-4. Biblioteca Nacional (Brazil). 1983. p. 50. 
  3. ^ Rourke, Mary (July 1, 1996). "A Little Background on Hare Krishna Movement". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, Calif.). p. 2. 
  4. ^ Brooks, Charles R. (1989). The Hare Krishnas in India. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. p. 186. ISBN 81-208-0939-4. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Bryant, Edwin; Maria Ekstrand (2004). The Hare Krishna movement: the postcharismatic fate of a religious transplant. Columbia University Press. pp. xii. ISBN 0-231-12256-X. 
  6. ^ Galovic, Jelena (2002). Los grupos místico-espirituales de la actualidad (in Spanish). Plaza y Valdes. p. 180. ISBN 970-722-104-6. 
  7. ^ Rourke, Mary (July 1, 1996). "Older and Wiser; Forget the shaved heads and the robes. Today's Hare Krishnas focus on civility and restructuring". Los Angeles, Calif: Los Angeles Times. p. 1. 
  8. ^ Harvey, Robin (August 24, 1996). "Hare Krishnas quietly come of age `We made mistakes in the past, we offended people and we're sorry'". Toronto Star. p. H.12. 
  9. ^ a b Guerriero, Silas (2001). "O Movimento Hare Krishna no Brasil: uma interpretação da cultura védica na sociedade ocidental". Revista de Estudos da Religião - REVER (in Portuguese) (São Paulo): 44–56. ISSN 1677-1222. 
  10. ^ Dwyer, Graham; Richard J. Cole (2007). The Hare Krishna movement: forty years of chant and change. I.B.Tauris. p. 177. ISBN 1-84511-407-8. 

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