Tripurari Swami

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Bhaktivedanta Tripurari
Tripurari Swami in 2016.
Thomas Beaudry

(1949-03-12) 12 March 1949 (age 74)
LineageGaudiya-Saraswata Sampradaya
SectGaudiya Vaishnavism
Other namesTripurari Swami
Religious career
Based inCalifornia
PredecessorA. C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar
InitiationDiksa–1972, Sannyasa–1975
PostGuru, Sannyasi

Bhaktivedanta Tripurari (IAST: Bhakti-vedānta Tripurāri), also known as Swami BV Tripurari and formerly as Tripurari Swami, is an American author, poet, and guru, described as "a prominent master in the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage", and "one of the leading practitioners of Bhakti-yoga in the West".[1]


Tripurari Swami was born Thomas Beaudry in 1949 in Teaneck, New Jersey. He devoted his youth to the pursuit of transcendental knowledge and mystic experience. His lifetime of spiritual practice and teaching has brought him notice in spiritual circles around the world and earned the appreciation of scholars and practitioners alike. He has been described as helping "scholars... apprehend more clearly the dynamic nature of the Krsna consciousness movement."[2]

Tripurari Swami met his initiating guru, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in the spring of 1972,[3] and joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.[4] Tripurari relates that he felt as though he had met a long-lost friend, as Prabhupada blessed him with his all-knowing glance. Over the years that followed, Prabhupada showered Tripurari with affection and repeatedly expressed his appreciation for Tripurari's selfless service and ability to inspire others. In 1974 Prabhupada instructed Tripurari in a widely circulated letter,[5] "So you organize freely. You are the incarnation of book distribution. Take the leadership and do the needful." Accordingly, Tripurari Swami has set an example of one who is independently thoughtful and capable of making an insightful literary contribution to the world.[citation needed]

Before accepting sannyasa in 1975, Tripurari Swami was known as Tripurari dasa.[6][verification needed][unreliable source?]

Shortly before Prabhupada's death, he suggested that, should the need arise, his students could receive further instruction from his elder "godbrother" (a disciple of the same guru), Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar.[7] Tripurari Swami was present when Prabhupada gave this instruction,[8] however, it was not until several years later, in the midst of the confusion that followed Prabhupada's departure,[9] that it would affect the course of Tripurari Swami's spiritual pursuit.

Tripurari Swami expresses his experience of hearing from and serving Swami Sridhara thus: "With the setting of the sun of the manifest pastimes of our beloved preceptor, Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the world became dark. Then suddenly in the shadows of the night the reflected light of the moonlike discourse of Srila B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami flooded the path with new light and dynamic insight that illumined the inner landscape, leading me to the soul of Srila Prabhupada and Gaudiya Vaisnavism."[citation needed] The association and instructions of Swami B. R. Sridhara profoundly affected Tripurari Swami, and under his guidance, Tripurari Swami (now known as Swami Bhaktivedanta Tripurari) began initiating his own students in 1985.

Gaudiya Vaishnavite Society[edit]

After the death of ISKCON founder Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Tripurari Swami become the leader of a reform groups opposed other ISKCON teachers' accepting veneration as gurus (zonal acharyas) in the same manner as Prabhupada. At the same time, he had received initiation from Prabhupada's "godbrother" (a disciple of the same guru), Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar. The reform groups formed in 1985 the "Gaudiya Vaishnavite Society" (GVS),[4][7] and later, Tripurari established also a religious order and monastery, the "Sri Caitanya Sangha". In 1988, the GVS began to print periodical The Clarian Call. The new organisation remains original principles of the ISKCON, however, its members trace their guru lineage from Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar.[7]


In 1998, Yoga Journal gave Tripurari Swami's Aesthetic Vedanta a one-paragraph review[10] In 2002, Bhagavad Gita: Its Feeling and Philosophy, was reviewed in Yoga Journal,[11] and then by Arvind Sharma in 2005 for the Journal of Vaishnava Studies.[12][verification needed]


  • Rasa – Love Relationships in Transcendence, Mandala, 1995. ISBN 1-886069-10-7
  • Ancient Wisdom for Modern Ignorance, Mandala, 1995. ISBN 1-886069-11-5
  • Jiva Goswami's Tattva-Sandarbha: Sacred India's Philosophy of Ecstasy, Mandala, 1996. ISBN 1-886069-12-3
  • Aesthetic Vedanta: The Sacred Path of Passionate Love, Mandala, 1998. ISBN 1-886069-14-X
  • Bhagavad-gita: Its Feeling and Philosophy, Mandala, 2001. ISBN 1-886069-53-0
  • "Bhagavad-gita: Seeing Nonviolence in the Violent Play of God." In Steven J. Rosen, ed., Holy War: Violence and the Bhagavad-gita, Deepak Heritage Books, 2002. ISBN 0-937194-44-1
  • Form of Beauty, with B. G. Sharma. Mandala, 2005 (2nd edition). ISBN 1-932771-36-0
  • Gopala-tapani Upanisad. Audarya, 2004. ISBN 1-932771-12-3
  • Siksastakam of Sri Caitanya. Mandala, 2006. ISBN 1-932771-84-0
  • Joy of Self, Sri Caitanya Shangha. 2016. ISBN 978-0-9849318-0-4
  • Sacred Preface, Darshan Press, 2016. ISBN 9780997377309


  1. ^ Rosen, Steven (2002), Holy war: violence and the Bhagavad Gita, Deepak Heritage Books, ISBN 9780937194447
  2. ^ Babhru Dasa 1999
  3. ^ "Prabhupada Disciple database". Retrieved January 20, 2010. (primary source)
  4. ^ a b Lewis, James R. (1998). The encyclopedia of cults, sects, and new religions. Prometheus Books. p. 245. ISBN 1573922226.
  5. ^ Prabhupada (November 12, 1974), Letter to Tripurari - Bombay
  6. ^ Dasa, Riddha (2002). Mission in service of His Divine Grace. Visnu Garuda Books. ISBN 1-901593-01-0. Accessed from the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase, published by the Bhaktivedanta Archives "In March 1975, Pusta Krsna Swami traveled to India for the Mayapura festival. (...) Before I could go I had to gain the approval of my authority, Tripurari dasa, the leader of our BBT travelling party. (...) One week later, however, while in Vrndavana, after having received sannyasa initiation from Srila Prabhupada, the now Swami Tripurari finally conceded that it would be a great service opportunity for me to travel to South Africa as a BBT sankirtana representative..."
  7. ^ a b c Jones, Constance A.; Ryan, James D. (2007). "Gaudiya Vaishnavite Society". Encyclopedia of Hinduism. Encyclopedia of World Religions. J. Gordon Melton, Series Editor. New York: Facts On File. pp. 165–166. ISBN 978-0-8160-5458-9. Archived from the original on December 20, 2016.
  8. ^ Bryant, Edwin F.; Ekstrand, Maria (2004). The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant. New York: Columbia University Press. p. 187. ISBN 978-0-231-50843-8.
  9. ^ Visnu, Swami. "The guardian of devotion: disappearance and rejection of the spiritual master in ISKCON after 1977".
  10. ^ Yoga Journal. Active Interest Media, Inc. August 1998. p. 113.
  11. ^ Yoga Journal. Active Interest Media. July–August 2002. p. 149.
  12. ^ "". Archived from the original on March 22, 2011. Retrieved September 30, 2021.

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