Prahladananda Swami

Prahladananda Swami, after a spiritual awakening, joined ISKCON in 1968. He was then a student at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his first and second initiation from Srila Prabhupada at the beginning of in 1969. Upon moving into the Buffalo temple, in January 1969, he was given the services of the treasurer and head pujari and thus worshiped the Deities Lord Jagannath, Lord Baladeva, and Srimati Subhadra devi. That same year, inspired by Srila Prabhupada’s instructions, and the financial needs of the temple, he organized daily harinam and book distribution in Buffalo. The sankirtan party would go out every day from 9 am – 5 pm even during the winters in Buffalo, when the temperature would drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

Following Srila Prabhupada’s instruction, Prahladananda Swami helped to open temples in Coconut Grove, Florida and Houston Texas. He also became the temple president of the temples in Dallas and Austin, Texas. In 1975 he joined the Radha Damodar traveling bus party and distributed books in airports and parking lots through the United States. In spite of whatever other services he also took time to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books regularly for 30 years, a service that he sometimes continues to do.

Beginning in 1987 until 1997, he taught at the Vaisnava Institute for Higher Education (VIHE) in Vrndavan India. At the VIHE, he taught such subjects as Krsna book and Ayurveda. He continues to teach such seminars around the world. In 1992, he became the Minister for Sannyasa Services and in 1994 the Minister for Health and Welfare. He has served as the chairman of several GBC committees.

Presently, he travels and preaches in Europe, especially in Eastern Europe. He regularly visits the Ukraine, Russia, and India. Once a year travels around the world to Peru, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong.