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Giriraja Swami

Giriraja Swami
Religion Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Hinduism
Other name(s) Glenn Phillip Teton
Born September 13, 1947
Chicago, USA
Religious career
Initiation Diksa–1969, Sannyasa–1978
Post ISKCON Guru, Sannyasi, Member of the Governing Body Commission

Giriraj Swami is an initiating guru within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and one of the leading disciples of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder of ISKCON.[1][2]


Giriraj Swami was born Glenn Phillip Teton,[2] the only son of a respected Chicago lawyer who was later appointed judge. In March 1969, while studying at Brandeis University in Boston, he met His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), from whom, he felt, he learned more in one brief exchange than he had learned in his many years of academic education. After graduating from Brandeis cum laude, he accepted formal initiation from Srila Prabhupada and receivied the spiritual name "Giriraj dasa." Giriraj quickly became a leading member of the Boston center, and he was soon given the opportunity to go to India with Srila Prabhupada and helped establish Prabhupada's mission there.

In 1972, Prabhupada appointed Giriraj president of ISKCON Bombay and trustee of the Vrindavan. Through his efforts, Giriraj Swami has become renowned for the austerities he has accepted, his loyalty and dedication to Srila Prabhupada's mission, his ability to raise funds and cultivate important members of society, and his care for devotees around the world.

In the year following Srila Prabhupada's death in 1977, Giriraj was awarded the renounced order of life and appointed president of ISKCON's board of trustees in India. In 1982 he was appointed to ISKCON's Governing Body Commission, and he went on to oversee the Society's activities in Bombay, Mauritius, South Africa, Spain, Portugal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Giriraj Swami has also taught at the and continues to lecture and to give presentations at "japa" retreats and workshops around the world.

Presently based in Carpinteria, California, Giriraj Swami is now focusing on one of the main personal instructions he received from Srila Prabhupada—to write. He is the author of "Watering the Seed" and "Many Moons" and is working on several publications, including books about death and dying in the Vedic tradition, his search for a spiritual master and his early days in the Boston temple, his travels with Srila Prabhupada in India and Srila Prabhupada's monumental efforts in Bombay, and Vaishnava holy days.


  • Watering the Seed, Giriraj Swami, Publisher: Mountain King (2000), ASIN: B000K9PRVS
  • Watering the Seed - With Teachings from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Revised and Expanded), Giriraj Swami, Publisher: Torchlight (2012), ISBN 978-0-9817273-3-2
  • Many Moons: Reflections on Departed Vaisnavas, Giriraj Swami, Publisher: Torchlight (2012), ISBN 978-1-937731-01-4


External links

  • Website of Giriraja Swami
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