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Lokanatha Swami

Lokanath Swami (born 1949, Aravade, Maharashtra) is an ISKCON guru from India.[1][2][3] He is a senior disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (the founder of ISKCON).[4][5] Lokanatha Swami oversees ISKCON activities and preaching in Maharashtra and Noida,[6] and serves on the Governing Body Commission of ISKCON as a Minister of Padayatra.[7] Lokanatha Swami is involved with various worldwide ISKCON preaching activities.[8] He travels in India and in the West, giving discources on Bhagavad Gita and other Hindu texts.[4][6]

Lokanatha Swami was born in Aravade, a small village Maharashtra, India.[5] In the year 1971, after meeting A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his western disciples at a preaching program in Mumbai, he "forsook his study of chemistry in favour of studying the Bhagavad Gita" and joined ISKCON.[4] He took sannyasa (renounced order of life) in 1975.[4] In 1976 he inaugurated the Padayatra walking pilgrimage tour of India where, together with a group of Hare Krishna devotees, a cart and religious books, "he treaded his way on foot across India, preaching the knowledge of sanatana dharma".[4] In 1989 he inaugurated the same preaching program in America.[9] Since then, Padayatra has become instrumental in propagation of Krishna consciousness.[10] In 1986 Lokanatha Swami was appointed an initiating guru in ISKCON.[11] In 1996 he was responsible for organizing a celebration of 100th Anniversary of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in India.[12]


In English
  • Lokanāth Swami Festivals: Śrīla Prabhupāda at the Māyāpur-Vr̥ndāvana festivals. — Noida: Padayātrā Press, 2001. — 244 p. — ISBN 81-901132-1-6
  • Lokanāth Swami Kumbha: Festival of Immortality. — Noida: Padayātrā Press, 2001. — 136 p.
  • Lokanāth Swami My Prabhupāda. — Noida: Padayātrā Press, 2007. — 159 p.
In Russian
  • Локанатха Свами Обратно к Богу. — М.: Философская книга, 2003. — 96 с. — ISBN 5-8205-0022-9
  • Локанатха Свами Кумбха-мела. Праздник бессмертия / Пер. с англ.: Анируддха дас. — М.: Философская книга, 2003. — 144 с.
  • Локанатха Свами Фестивали. — М.: Ведабук, 2007. — 350 с. — ISBN 978-5-902399-14-8
  • Локанатха Свами Мой Прабхупада. — М.: Философская книга, 2008. — 240 с.


External links

  • Lokanath Swami Website
  • Lokanath Swami Blog
  • Lokanath Swami Media
  • Bhajans of Lokanatha Swami
  • ISKCON Aravade
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