Jayapataka Swami

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His Holiness

Jayapataka Swami

Jayapataka Svāmī
TitleTridandi Swami
Gordon John Erdman II

April 9, 1949
LineageBrahma-Madhva-Gauḍīya Sampradāya
SectGauḍīya Vaiṣṇavavāda
Monastic nameJayapataka Svāmī
PhilosophyAchintya Bheda Abheda
Religious career
TeacherA. C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmī
PredecessorA. C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmī
InitiationGauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Dikṣa
Montreal, Canada
by Bhaktivedānta Swāmī
OrdinationGauḍīya Sannyāsa, 1970, Calcutta, by Bhaktivedānta Swāmī
PostISKCON Sannyasin, ISKCON Guru-Ācārya, ISKCON Governing Body Commissioner

Jayapataka Swami (born 9 April 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a Vaishnava swami[1] and a religious leader for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).[2][3][4][5] He is a senior disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.[6] Presently he is one of the initiating spiritual masters, (ISKCON Gurus),[5] a member of the Governing Body Commission (GBC),[4][5] and is a divisional trustee for the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT).[citation needed]


  • His Holiness
  • Srila Acaryapada
  • Paramahamsa
  • Maharaja
  • pure devotee


Early years[edit]

Jayapataka Swami was born as Gordon John Erdman II to Gordon John Erdman and Lorraine Erdman (Golich).[5] He attended Brown University.[5] There, as a fresh enrollee, he was influenced by a guest lecture on the life of Buddha that he lost all interest in his studies and began searching for a spiritual teacher.[5] After some time of searching he concluded he would have to go to India to find his teacher.[citation needed]

Before leaving for India, Gordon came across some Hare Krishna devotees, doing kirtan and distributing 'Back To Godhead' magazine. Shortly after he visited the San Francisco ISKCON center, where he met Jayananda das who introduced him to the Ratha Yatra. His first service in ISKCON was to help build the Ratha Cart. From there he travelled to Montreal, Quebec, Canada where he met Srila Prabhupada. John took first initiation in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and was given the name 'Jayapataka Dasa'.[5] Soon after he was awarded 2nd initiation in New York.[citation needed]

While in Montreal, Jayapataka Swami Maharaj was engaged in the service of printing books and dispatching them to other ISKCON temples around the world. Later, on the instruction of Srila Prabhupada, Jayapataka went to Toronto to open a temple there.[5] When Jayapataka Dasa took over the Toronto center as president he wrote to Srila Prabhupada enquiring about his service and was told by him to go to India.[citation needed]


  1. ^ List of Sannyasis in ISKCON April 2008 Archived 21 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry, Retrieved on 5 May 2008
  2. ^ White 1994, p. 166
  3. ^ Mukherjee 2002, pp. 115–118
  4. ^ a b Police chief flags off Jagannath rath yatra "The Hindu", Saturday, 14 January 2006
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h Eternal odyssey through people’s hearts The Telegraph, Calcutta, 16 February 2004
  6. ^ Muster 2001, p. 30

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