Tripurari Swami

Swami Bhaktivedanta Tripurari
Religion Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Hinduism
Other name(s) Swami Tripurari
Personal
Born March 12, 1949
Teaneck, New Jersey, USA
Senior posting
Based in California
Predecessor A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, B. R. Sridhara Dev-Goswami
Religious career
Initiation Diksa–1972, Sannyasa–1975
Post Guru, Sannyasi
Website Sri Caitanya Sanga

Tripurari Swami, also known as Swami B.V. Tripurari and Swami Tripurari, is "an author, poet and guru. As a prominent master in the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage, he is one of the leading practitioners of Bhakti-yoga in the West."[1]

Biography

Tripurari was born in 1949 at Holy Name Hospital 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 met his initiating guru, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in the spring of 1972.[3] 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 of service 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,[4] "So you organize freely. You are the incarnation of book distribution. Take the leadership and do the needful." Accordingly, Swami Tripurari has set an example of one who is independently thoughtful and capable of making an insightful literary contribution to the world.

Before accepting sannyasa in 1975, Tripurari Swami was known as Tripurari dasa.[5]

Shortly before Prabhupada's death, he suggested that, should the need arise, his students could receive further instruction from his Godbrother that they would affect the course of Tripurari's spiritual pursuit.

Tripurari expresses his experience of hearing from and serving 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." The association and instructions of B. R. Sridhara profoundly affected Tripurari, and under his guidance, Tripurari began initiating his own students in 1985.

The name Tripurari in Sanskrit translates to "lord of all three worlds".

Reviews

In 1998, [4]

Bibliography

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

References

External links

  • Sri Caitanya Sanga, also known as Audarya, is a monastery established by Tripurari Swami.
  • Gaudiya Vaishnavism under the editorial supervision of Tripurari Swami.
  • Yoga Journal: Review Of Swami Tripurari's Bhagavad-Gita
  • Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj - a biographical account of B.R. Sridhar-Dev Goswami from the organization he founded, Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
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