Hridaya Caitanya Dasa – Benelux
Prahladananda Swami – Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia
Janesvara Dasa – Denmark, Norway and Sweden
Tattvavada Dasa – Finland
Trisama Dasa – Poland
Vedavyasa Dasa – Spain
Hridaya Caitanya Dasa was born on March 10, 1950, in Buggenhout, Belgium. When he was thirty, he left his teaching job and traveled to Amsterdam. There he visited the Hare Krishna temple and bought the Bhagavad-gita. Later that year he came to Radhadhesh, a community of devotees in the Belgian Ardennes, for the temple opening. After joining ISKCON he initially washed pots and cleaned, but he soon became involved in construction work and eventually became the temple commander. In 1986 he became the temple president and has served the Radhadesh community in that role till the present day. Hridaya Caitanya is the GBC and since 2002 has acted as a co-GBC for France . More recently he became the current Euro-GBC for Benelux .
Krishna Premarupa Dasa was born on February 3rd, 1977 in Zurich, Switzerland. After traveling in Asia he came in contact with Buddhism and developed a desire to become a monk. But it was Srila Prabhupada`s Bhagavad Gita which brought him later to Gaudiya Vaishnavism and made him join ISKCON Zurich in 2001. After living for one year in Orissa, India, where he received initiation from H.H. Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Swami, he came back to Switzerland and, trained as a professional chef, soon served as the headcook. After second initiation in 2004 he started to serve as Pujari and as Bhakta leader. Beside giving cooking classes, organizing pilgrimages to India and Japa Retreats, he is until today, involved in various Interfaith programms. In 2007 he became the Temple President of ISKCON Zurich and in October 2011 he was appointed as the RGB-Secretary for Switzerland-Liechtenstein.
Prahladananda Swami was born in 1949, in Brooklyn, New York. In January 1968, while studying at the University of Buffalo, he joined ISKCON and the next year was initiated by A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, receiving the name Prahladananda Dasa. Since he joined ISKCON he regularly distributed the books of Srila Prabhupada, his spiritual master in streets and airports around the world. In 1970 he became the temple President of ISKCON Houston, Texas and later that year ISKCON Dallas, Texas. From 1971-1975 he was the temple president of ISKCON Austin, Texas. In 1975 he joined the Radha-Damodara preaching bus tour, organized by Tamala Krishna Goswami and Vishnujana Swami. In 1980 he was a writer for BTG. In 1982 he took sannyasa and in 1986 he became one of the initiating gurus in ISKCON. In 1989 he became a member the Vaisnava Institute for Higher Education, in Vrndavana. In 1990 he was appointed to head the Governing Body Commission’s committee of Health and Welfare. In 1991, the GBC also made him the head of Sannyasa Ministry. From 1997-2001 he was the Chairman of the European GBC. Currently, he is also the chairman of the GBC Guru Services Committee and GBC Appointment Committee. On the Strategic Planning Committees he is the Chairman of the Parallel Lines of Authority Committee. In 2009 he became a certified teacher of BKS Iyengar yoga. He also teaches ayurvedic and yoga seminars around the world and has studied Tai Chi Chaun since 1994. He now serves as the Euro GBC for Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Serbia.
Janesvara Dasa was born in April 1954 in Stockholm. After secondary school, he was supposed to study medicine, but in the spirit of the times he sought an alternative way of life, traveling in Europe and Asia to examine various cultural, political, and spiritual life-styles. He came into contact with the Krishna movement in Stockholm in early 1978 and was initiated later that year. In his first years as a devotee he dedicated himself to distributing books in Sweden and Denmark and later served for one year as president of Sweden’s main ISKCON temple, at Korsnaes. He also did fund raising in Sweden and Norway. From 1988 until 2002, he was Headmaster of the small Scandinavian gurukula at Almvik, which was at first in the category of home schooling. In 2002, he attained certification as an accredited teacher in the Swedish school system, where an application is now pending for re-establishing the gurukula as a government-recognized day school. Since 2000 he has been chairperson of the Scandinavian Regional Council. In January, 2010 he was appointed Euro RGB Divisional Secretary for Norway, Denmark and Sweden. He has lived at the Almvik village project since the 1980s with his wife and daughter.
Tattvavada Dasa was born on June 1961 in Lappeenranta, Finland. He did his academical studies in the field of management and leadership at the National Defence College. He graduated in 1985, did post graduate -90 and had a government post (captain) until the early 90′s. Tattvavada das had many trustee or similar services at the academical & officers union. As a hobby he wrote articles as freelancer to different magazines. He became a member of ISKCON in 1988 and joined the Helsinki temple in 1991. Soon he became intiated by H.H. Suhotra Maharaja. Tattvavada das was a sankirtan leader during the years of 1991-1999. Beginning from 1993 he started to give lectures in high schools, colleges and universities. Nowadays he lectures in over hundred institutes regularly. He has also been part of the India Experience preaching program all around Finland since it begun in 1993. Tattvavada das became the Temple President of ISKCON Helsinki in 1999 and continued that service untill 2010. He started the service of Regional secretary for Finland in 2001. He has been also in FNC (Finnish National Council) since 1992, being in the chair since 1999. Last year in Autumn Tattvavada das became Euro GBC for Finland. He also leads the Bhaktivedanta College, Finland, which begun it’s teachings in 2009.
Trisama Dasa was born in 1958. He studied physics at the University of Wroclaw and completed his postgraduate studies in math and computer science. He met devotees in 1985 after reading one of Srila Prabhupada’s books. In 1991 he was initiated by Harikesha Prabhu and later took shelter of Jayapataka Swami. Since 1989 he has taught at a state school in Walbrzych, where he lives with his family. He started a Nama Hatta centre in Walbrzych and since the late nineties has often traveled to other Nama Hatta centers in Poland. He is now the Nama Hatta director for Poland. Since the early nineties, he has taken part in the activities of the ISKCON Comminications department in Poland. He was an organiser of Indradyumna Swami’s annual summer festival tour. He coordinates the activities of the Vaisnava Academy in Poland. He is an active preacher and performs samskaras for devotees all over Poland. He represents ISKCON in the media and at conferences and interreligious meetings. He has been a member of the Polish National Council since the late ninties. Recently, he became the National Council secretary and the Euro-GBC representative for Poland.
Vedavyasa Dasa, born in Germany, in 1951, met devotees in Hamburg in the summer of 1971, while doing mandatory military service. After reading “Sri Isopanisad” and receiving guidance from Srila Prabhupada’s disciples there, he became a vegetarian, shaved his head, and lived (as far as circumstances allowed) a devotional life while still in the army. To help him focus, devotees asked him to translate the Second Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam into German. Shortly after his discharge, he traveled to Paris in June of 1972 to meet Srila Prabhupada and receive initiation. For the next eight years, he translated books and managed the German BBT.
After marrying a Spanish devotee and arriving in Spain, in 1981, he oversaw printing for the Spanish BBT and assisted in the administration of the Spanish temples. In 1985, he established the European office of the Spanish BBT (previously, he worked through the Spanish BBT office in Los Angeles). During the next ten years, the “Srimad-Bhagavatam” and several other books were published, and the “Sri Caitanya-caritamrita” was translated and prepared for publication.
For the occasion of Srila Prabhupada’s centennial celebration, Vedavyasa wrote and published a book called “Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples in Germany,” which narrates the history from 1969 to 1977 and features the memories of Prabhupada’s disciples. Vedavyasa is the president of both the Malaga temple and the New Vrajamandala farm community, and the Euro RGB Commissioner for ISKCON’s activities in Spain. He is also serving as an initiating guru in ISKCON.