Saturday, 25 March 2017

Kavichandra Swami Portrait painting

Kavichandra Swami met the Hare Krishna devotees in 1967 and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1971. He joined the temple in Tucson, Arizona, and since that time he has served in various capacities in the United States and around the world. Some of these services include, from 1973 until 1977, itinerant selling of Srila Prabhupada’s books to libraries, universities, and individuals (including leading a book distribution team called the Radha-Damodara-Sankirtan Party), preaching Krishna consciousness in Fiji, filling in as the general manager for the Radha-Rasabihari temple in Juhu, India, and as temple president in Tokyo, Japan.
In Japan in 1982, Kavichandra Swami took his sannaysa vows (lifelong celibacy and a vow to fully serve his spiritual teacher with mind, body, and words). Five years later, in 1987, Maharaja started to serve as a GBC member for Japan. Gradually, his GBC responsibilities expanded from Japan to culturally diverse places such as Thailand, Indochina, Indonesia, Greece, and West Africa. Kavicandra Swami is also a committee member of the GBC Executive Committee, ISKCON Law Committee, and Revision Committee.