Born Peter Letai, to an upper-class Jewish family in Budapest in 1949, his family emigrated to Canada during the failed Hungarian revolution. Despite attaining an Engineering degree with colourful prospects of a successful career, providence changed when he came in touch with the five thousand year old text, Bhagavad-Gita As it is, an ancient manual enlisting practical answers to the universal questions of life. In 1973, Sivarama Swami found and accepted his guru A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Committing himself to the basic practises of the Bhagavad-Gita, Sivarama Swami renounced his former material ambitions with a dedicated venture for conscious living. It was in 1979 that Sivarama Swami officiated his decision of becoming a renunciate and accepted the name Sivarama Swami, now a travelling monk with no personal motivation other than to aid his guru’s mission to see the world a better place.
Sivarama Swami has had a colourful life taking him through all continents of the world with particular responsibilities for managing projects in the U.K., Hungary, Turkey & Romania. Today Sivarama Swami travels regularly between the East and West, inspiring thousands in their spiritual practices and sharing the teachings of Bhakti-yoga. Most of his time is spent in Hungary where he resides within the spiritual haven, Krishna Valley. https://sivaramaswami.com/