Satsvarupa dasa Goswami


Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

Infobox ReligiousBio
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honorific-prefix = His Holiness
honorific-suffix = Gurupada
Predecessor = A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
name = Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī


Satsvarupa dasa Goswami(left), 2005
religion = Gaudiya Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism
initiation = Diksa–1966, Sannyasa–1972
Title = Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
sanskrit = _sa. सत्स्वरूप दास गोस्वामी
location = USA
Period = 1972 - current
post = BTG Editor in Chief 1975-1991
GBC Secretary 1970-1987 GBC Emeritus 1999-2008 ISKCON Initiating guru from July 1977
Retired from 2005. [cite book |author=Rochford, E. Burke |title=Hare Krishna transformed |publisher=New York University Press |location=New York |year=2007 |pages=p. 224 |isbn=0-8147-7579-9| quote = Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami still is an ISKCON guru, but as of 2005, he was not initiating new disciples]
date of birth = 1939
place of birth = New York
website = [http://www.sdgonline.org SDG Online]

Satsvarupa dasa Goswami (IAST "IAST|satsvarūpa dāsa gosvāmī" Devanagari: _sa. सत्स्वरूप दास गोस्वामी) [Library of Congress refers to two variants of "Personal Name" spelling: "Goswāmī, Satsvarūpa Dās," 1939- and "Goswāmī, Satsvarūpa Dāsa," 1939-] , is a senior disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), better known in the west as the Hare Krishna movement. Serving as a writer, poet, [The American Humanities Index Humanities - 1991, Whitston Pub. Co, ISBN 0878754172, p. 1148] and artist [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-79932114.html?refid=gg_x_02 Report on painting exibition. Georgetown. "Washington Times", Nov 10, 2001.] "check out whimsical, colorful paintings and sculpture by writer Satsvarupa dasa Goswami from 11 am to 6 pm today at the gallery"] , Satsvarupa dasa Goswami is the author of Prabhupada's authorized biography, [George D. Chryssides, Margaret Z. Wilkins. "A Reader in New Religious Movements", 2006, ISBN 0826461689 p. 208] cite book
author = Gosvāmī, Satsvarūpa Dāsa
title = Srīla Prabhupāda-līlāmrta: a biography of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
publisher = Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
location = Los Angeles
year = 2002
origyear = 1983
isbn = 0-89213-357-0
accessdate = 2008-04-20
] "Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta". [cite web
url=http://www.krishna.com/en/node/1564
title=Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita
publisher=www.krishna.com
accessdate=2008-06-17
] Cite web|url=http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-8239/A-C-Bhaktivedanta|title=Britannica on A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada|accessdate=2008-04-19|publisher=britannica.com|work=References to authorised biography by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami|format=html|language=engl] After Prabhupada's death, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami was one of eleven disciples selected to become an initiating guru in ISKCON.Harvnb|Shinn|ICJ-1994|loc=2.1] [ [http://digitalnewspapers.libraries.psu.edu/Default/Skins/BasicArch/Client.asp?Skin=BasicArch&&AppName=2&enter=true&BaseHref=DCG/1981/08/05&EntityId=Ar00300 Hare Krishna leader visits local followers] Daily Collegian, Penn State University, August 5, 1981] Satsvarupa dasa Goswami (Sanskrit name /ˈsaʈsʋɑˌɽʉ:pa̤ dɒ:s ɡɔˈsʋæ:miː/) is one of the first few westerners ordained by Prabhupada in September 1966. [N. Suman Bhat, N. Suman. "Torch: Bearers of the Krishna Cult". 2005, Sura Books.ISBN 8174785426 p. 81 "Steve became Satsvarupa, Bruce became Brahmananda..."] [S. Rosen "Holy Cow: The Hare Krishna Contribution to Vegetarianism and Animal Rights". 2004, Lantern Books. ISBN 1590560663 p. 116 "one of Prabhupada's earliest and most dedicated disciples"] He has been since established as a most prolific Vaishnava writer and poet. While traveling, lecturing on Krishna consciousness, and instructing disciples worldwide,Cite web|url=http://audio.iskcondesiretree.info/index.php?q=f&f=%2F02_-_ISKCON+Swamis%2FHis+Holiness+Satsvarup+Das+Goswami|title=Questions and Answers with disciples and friends and lectures|accessdate=2008-03-01|publisher=iskcondesiretree.com|work=Audio archive. MP3|language=engl] he has published over 150 books including poems, memoirs, essays, novels, and studies based on the Vaishnava scriptures. In the recent years, he has created hundreds of paintings, drawings, and sculptures that attempt to capture and express his absorption in the culture of Krishna consciousness.Cite web|url=http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1P2-478981.html?refid=gg_x_02|title=Washington Post|accessdate=2008-03-01|publisher=highbeam.com|year=2001|work=Nov 9, 2001 Paintings and sculpture by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami.|language=engl]

Early years

Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, then named Steven, was born the eldest of two children to a Roman Catholic parents in New York, Staten Island. He was educated initially in public high school nearby and then enrolled in Brooklyn College, where, as he recalls, he underwent an intellectual revolution putting in question his Catholic values.cite book
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title = With Śrīla Prabhupāda in the early days: a memoir
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location = Port Royal, Pa
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In January 1962 he joined the Navy, where he served for two years on board U.S.S. Saratoga, a super-carrier. Author writes in his introduction to "With Śrīla Prabhupāda in the Early Days, 1966-1969": "A few months after the death of President Kennedy, I was honorably discharged, and without visiting my parents on Staten Island, I went directly to the Lower East Side. By then, the Lower East Side was, in my mind and in the minds of my friends, the most mystical place in the world." "I certainly didn’t think some guru was suddenly going to appear and save me. I was too cynical. Yet I was regularly reading versions of the Bhagavad-gita and the Upanishads. Ironically, one week before the gift shop at 26 Second Avenue changed into Srila Prabhupada’s temple, I was standing in that very doorway with a Bhagavad-gita in my back pocket, waiting to meet a friend. Somehow we had chosen 26 Second Avenue as a meeting place. At that time, I had no idea what was about to happen."

In July 1966 he met and accepted spiritual instruction from A.C. Bhaktivedanta who registered ISKCON a month later. On September 23, 1966 he was ordained and shortly became one of the leading figures of the expanding Gaudiya Vaishnava movement. [ Letter by A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 11 November, 1967 to Brahmananda, "I do not want crowd of Kirtananandas but I want a single soul like Brahmananda, Mukunda, Rayarama, and Satsvarupa. The same example is always applicable that one moon is sufficient for the night as not thousands of stars...Without being empowered by Krishna, nobody can preach Krishna Consciousness. It is not academic qualification or financial strength which helps in these matters, but it is sincerity of purpose which helps us always. Therefore, I wish that you will remain in charge of New York, let Satsvarupa be in charge of Boston, Let Mukunda be in charge of San Francisco... [http://krishnascience.com/Vaisnava%20Library/Biographies/Letters%20from%20Srila%20Prabhupada/1967/67-11A.htm Letters quote] ]

After Prabhupada's death he was one of eleven disciples selected to become an initiating guru in ISKCON. Prof. Larry Shinn in his overview of the contemporary state of the Prabhupada's movement confirms this while relating his first meeting with Satsvarupa dasa Goswami:

Literary contribution

One of Satsvarupa's key services is as a prolific writer. Some commentators have called his disciplic lineage, Chaitanya Vaisnava Sampradaya, the "Sampradaya of the Book". [V.S.R. Ramananda, S. Prabodhananda, K. Kaviraj, Gaudiya Vaisnavism: The Doctrine of Caitanya -"Sri Krsna Caitanya: A Historical Study on Gauḍiya Vaiṣṇavism," 1984 - Associated Pub. Co.] The writing is done following a line of teachers. This quality of the tradition is also confirmed by Srivatsa Goswami who also underlines that genuine intellectuals are often suppressed, but should follow the path of the Six GoswamisHarvnb|Rosen|1992|256] : "Many other Vaisnava teachers, after them, wrote many hundreds of other treatises as well. It is not the work of fanatic sentimentalists". Satsvarupa dasa Goswami's writingCite web|url=http://www.vedabase.com/index.php?main=features&content=contents|title=represents 30 digitally available volumes of transcripts of Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami books forming large portion of ISKCON [http://www.radhadesh.com/index.php?id=57 Bhaktivedanta Archives] |accessdate=2008-03-01|publisher="Bhaktivedanta Vedabase"|year=2003|author=vedabase.com|work=Nov 9, 2001 Paintings and sculpture by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami.|language=engl] represents a unique contemporary variety from commentaries on scriptures to a free flowing poetry and prose. [Goswami,"One Hundred Prabhupada Poems". 1995] His writings were translated in over forty languages by Bhaktivedanta Book Trust and Gita Nagari Press. He was also requested by Bhaktivedanta Book Trust to complete a number of workscite book
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title = Narada-bhakti-sutra: The Secrets of Transcendental Love
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] [ [http://naradabhaktisutra.com/introduction/en1 Introduction by publishers.] ] , started by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. [ [http://www.catalog.bbt.info/d_show_author.php?id=11&target_language=1 BBT Official "Authors Biography".] ]

Biographies

Probably most widely read and translated of all his books is Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta. [ [http://www.lilamrita.page.tl Audio book online] "Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta" - Bhagavat-Asraya abridged audio rendition of "Prabhupada, your ever well-wisher".] It’s a biography of the founder of the Hare Krishna movement in the West, depicting him through different stages of his life. [Phyllis G. Jestice,"Holy People of the World: A Cross-cultural Encyclopedia" 2004ABC-CLIO p.122, ISBN1576073556] Written with a help of a large research team for over six years Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta is based on material given by interviewers and researchers and is based on a system of ascertaining whether a Prabhupada story is authentic. By researching tape recordings of Srila Prabhupada author provided accurate quotes of his statements wherever possible. [ G. Harrison, "I had a copy of the Hare Krishna album with Prabhupada singing 'Hare Krishna' with the devotees," George Harrison told Satsvarupa Das Gosvami during the Lilamrita interview of George Harrison quoted from "Dark Horse: The Life and Art of George Harrison", Geoffrey Giuliano, 1997 - Page 199] , Author would always look for several reliable witnesses, in addition to the one who is recalling a particular event. This is done by the interviewer bringing up the same incident in numerous interviews. In fact, the phenomenon of interviewing a devotee of Srila Prabhupada was itself a remarkable testimony in gauging the authenticity of remembrances of Srila Prabhupada.Harvnb|Goswami|1983|loc=preface]

Quotation|In striking contrast to doldrums Edvard Dimock reported in 1966 the volumes remind us that religious tradition can harbor a deceptive vitality and have a remarkable capacity for renewal and regeneration. .."Srila Prabhupada lilamrita" clearly follows "Caitanya Caritamrita" and concentrated on the "nectar of his life" (i.e. "caritamrta"). This is completely valid in the case of a saint who has conveyed his spiritual and theological message directly to his life.|Srivatsa Goswami|Journal of Asian Studies|1983cite journal
author = Goswami, Srivatsa.
year = 1983
title = Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta.
journal = Journal of Asian Studies
volume = 42
issue = 4
pages = 986–988
url = http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0021-9118(198308)42%3A4%3C986%3ASP%3E2.0.CO%3B2-F
accessdate = 2008-04-20
doi = 10.2307/2054828
]

Other biographical works are almost equally popular among Prabhupadas followers, they include among others 'He Lives Forever', 'Life with the Perfect Master' and five volumes of 'Prabhupada Nectar'.

Quotation|What springs from page after page is the willing devotion of young men and women to a man whom they admire for his deep faith and humility, not his autocratic or forceful demands.|Larry Shinn|about "Lilarmita" [L.Shinn,"Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta", Introduction, Vol.1, 1981]

criptural writings

Books included in this category include titles published by Bhaktivedanta Book Trust such as Narada Bhakti Sutra [ [http://www.krishnamedia.org/e-books/Narada_Bhakti_Sutra.pdf Narada-Bhakti-Sutra] : The Secrets of Transcendental Love, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Author), Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami (Author) ISBN 0892132736] and Mukunda Mala Strotra, [ [http://www.krishnamedia.org/e-books/Mukunda_Mala_Stotra.pdf Mukunda Mala Stotra] : The Prayers of King Kulasekhara, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Author), Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami (Author) ISBN 0892132752] both unfinished works of his preceptor, as well as the multi volume "A Poor Man Reads the Bhagavatam" – elaboration on the Bhaktivedanta Purports of Bhagavata Purana.

Academic presentation

First book published in 1975 during Prabhupada's lifetime was "Readings in Vedic Literature: the Tradition Speaks for Itself". [ [http://www.iskcon.com/icj/3_1/sdg.html ICJ Vol 3, No 1 - June 1995] The First Indologists. Satsvarupa dasa Goswami] Prabhupada was greatly appreciative of the review of the book by the academic circles. Satsvarupa dasa Goswami was supportive of the foundation of ISKCON Oxford Centre of Vaisnava and Hindu Studies and some of his works were published in ICJ [ [http://www.iskcon.com/icj/1_2/12sdg.html The Inner Life of a Preacher] ICJ Vol 1, No 2 December 1994.] and reviewed by the academia in ICJ academic journal. [ [http://www.iskcon.com/icj/3_1/sdg.html ICJ Authors page] of Satsvarupa dasa Goswami] [ [http://www.iskcon.com/icj/5_1/5_1sdg.html Review] of the "A Poor Man Reading the Bhagavatam", vol.1. by Dr. K. Klostermaier, ICJ 5.1] Despite initial anti-cult controversies, the Hare Krishna movement today is accepted by the academics as "the most genuinely Hindu of all the many Indian movements in the West".Harvnb|Klostermair|2000|loc=Intro]

Personal writings

Number of his books are considered pioneering or even avant-garde in the Vaishnava tradition often employing techniques of free-writing, which are often misunderstood. [cite web
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] Diaries and the letters collection from Prabhupada are spanning from the very beginning of the movement in 1966 in the West and provide a valuable subjective but an accurate detailed account of the ISKCON movement from the very first years to present days. Satsvarupa dasa Goswami honestly and transparently published his diary records of his own difficulties and struggles in his personal spiritual evolution. "Entering the Life of Prayer" deserves a special mention.Harvnb|Goswami|1985|loc=Entering the Life of Prayer]

Art and poetry

Number of poetical works were published in modern American idiom. He was also published in prominent Haiku magazines, the poetry dedicated to Srila Prabhupada glorification received positive reviews. His paintings and sculpture have also been reviewed by the Washington Times. [ [http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-79932114.html Today'S Best Bets] The Washington Times, 10 November 2001]

Other services within ISKCON

Satsvarupa dasa Goswami was a pioneer in the early days of the movement, and is the senior most member of the movement at present. He was appointed as a guru by his perceptor. [http://books.google.com/books?id=yEtf8nIP2PwC&pg=PA284&dq=satsvarupa++guru&lr=&sig=4zSt_UyGAWCslSaKhj3R0BrgOjE Hare Krishna in America - Page 284, 295] E. Burke Rochford, 1985. 324 pages, ISBN 0813511143] Satvarupa was also one of the original members appointed as (GBC) Governing Body Commission created by Prabhupada in 1970 to gradually take on the responsibility of the spiritual management duties in ISKCON. Satsvarupa dasa Goswami was selected a trusty in the will of A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada for the management of ISKCON. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=RwP--c7OV4cC&pg=PA288&dq=satsvarupa++guru&lr=&sig=0cz7nff22OJ1OvnDlRc3zdVpe5Y#PPA287,M1 "Reader in New Religious Movements"] George D. Chryssides, Margaret Wilkins. 2006, Continuum International Publishing Group ISBN 0826461670 ]

Brief history in ISKCON

Early days

Since ISKCON incorporation in July 1966 at 26 Second Avenue Satsvarupa dasa was engaged as Prabhupadas personal typist and ISKCON secretary for the first year. [Passage from India: The Life and Times of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, "Steven Rosen, Satsvarūpa Dāsa Goswāmī", 1992, Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers, Page 99] Later he was managing ISKCON Boston and ISKCON Press, that grew to be later registered as Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. Upon assuming duties of (GBC) Governing Body Commission in 1970, Satsvarupa was asked by Prabhupada to accept order of sannyasa in 1972, along with other GBC members, all of whom were originally married man, Tamal Krishna Goswami and Hridayananda dasa Goswami. At the time Prabhupada awarded him and other followers the title Goswami with the single line instruction: Preach, preach, preach! [cite book |auhtor = Goswami |title =Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol 5| publisher = BBT| date = see: | pages = p.95]

Preaching and traveling

Main preaching activities by means of traveling sankirtana parties were centered in United States. BBT Bhaktivedanta Book Trust Library Party headed by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami in mid 1970s was active in establishing distribution network mainly to the Universities of the United States, with some members of the team such as Bhakti Tirtha Swami [ [http://www.vnn.org/world/WD0507/WD18-8806.html History] of Bhakti Tirtha Swami preaching in Eastern Europe in the Early days.] and Suhotra Dasa traveling as far as Eastern Europe.

In 1974 Satsvarupa dasa Goswami was requested by Prabhupada to join him as traveling GBC servant, replacing pervious servant Srutakirti Dasa. [ [http://www.adi-vani.org/articles.php?articleId=7 History of] Srutakirti Dasa]

Managing BTG

From the early days Back to Godhead [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=zmZj_gbZxpIC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Back+to+Godhead+magazine&lr=&sig=hsuhMbZdBdrMRsC7pfzRaQr-aAE magazine Back to Godhead] - official magazine of ISKCON] was the project that required a lot of both contribution and supervision. [ [http://books.google.com/books?id=plYYAAAAIAAJ&q=Back+to+Godhead+magazine&dq=Back+to+Godhead+magazine&lr= Popular Religious Magazines of the United States - Page 61] by Mark Fackler, Charles H. Lippy, 1995] Satsvarupa dasa Goswami was editor in chief and one of the main contributors to the principle ISKCON magazine till 1991, when assisted editor Jayadvaita Swami took over [ [http://www.jswami.info/jayadvaita_swami Biography of Jayadvaita Swami from his Personal site] ] as editor in chief.

Dealing with early zonal acarya days

In accordance with ISKCON GBC Governing Body Commission resolutions march 1978 Satsvarupa dasa Goswami along with other eleven Governing Body Commissioners assumed duties and services of initiating disciples in assigned zones after the departure of Prabhupada from the planet. (See: "Back to Godhead", Notes from the Editor, #1301/02 1978) Initial preaching areas in the United states and Caribbean's, were expanded with an addition of Ireland in 1982 where he became zonal acharya.cite journal | author=RTE| authorlink=http://www.ireland.com| title=Irish times - Televised debate with Satsvarupa dasa Goswami| journal=Irish Times| year=1983| volume=Fri 08| issue=April| url=http://www.ireland.com/search/archive.html?rm=listresults&filter=dateasc&keywords=Satsvarupa+dasa&daterange=custom&day1=1&mon1=1&year1| pages=26] cite journal | author=RTE| authorlink=http://www.ireland.com| title=ILate Late show - announcement - special guest Satsvarupa dasa Goswami| journal=Irish Times| year=1984| volume=Fri 30| issue=April| url=http://www.ireland.com/search/archive.html?rm=listresults&filter=dateasc&keywords=Satsvarupa+dasa&daterange=custom&day1=1&mon1=1&year1| pages=30] The assumption of equal status to Srila Prabhupada and a title of acharya is still surrounded in controversy. While following the direction of Governing Body Commission, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami was one of the pioneers who attempted to reform this system, by assuming more humble and appropriate role of a guru as per recorded instructions of the founder-acharya. [http://www.iskconconstitution.com/node/96]

Guru reform

Following seven years of controversial zonal acarya system, number of newly appointed GBC members with the support of Satsvarupa dasa Goswami reformed ISKCON guru system, lowering unprecedented level of worship. Satsvarupa dasa Goswami recorded this period in his book Guru Reform Notebook (1987). Throughout the years that followed, up until the end of the century, new ISKCON guru system was formulated based on the initial propositions. [http://www.iskcongbc.info/download/81/ISKCON-GBC-Resolution-2000.html]

Vrindavana Bhajan

Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, along with a number of other GBC members, Tamal Krishna Goswami, Giriraj Swami, Sivarama Swami and others were involved in extensive practice of Vrindavana Bhajan under friendly instruction from Gaudiya Vaisnavas outside of ISKCON. [http://www.vnn.org/world/WD9812/WD09-2643.html] In 1994 Satsvarupa dasa Goswami conferred personal resolution to remain under sole shelter of the founder acarya. When unpublished GBC 1987 resolution allowing instruction outside of ISKCON was revoked, all other GBC members remained in ISKCON preserving movement integrity. In 1999 Governing Body Commission confirmed GBC Emeritus status of his membership of the Governing Body of ISKCON. [http://www.vnn.org/world/WD9903/WD31-3455.html] [http://www.iskcongbc.info/resolutions/gbc/iskcon-gbc-resolution-1999]

European Preaching and Bhajan

Extensive traveling in Europe in 1990s included areas of Scandinavia, Eastern, Central Europe and Italy, but mainly centered in preaching in Ireland and UK. [Audio lectures on Bhagavatam on ISKCON multimedia portal. [http://www.iskcondesiretree.com/Audio/ISKCONWorldwide/HisHoliness/SatsvarupDasaGoswami/SrimadBhagavatam/tabid/936/Default.aspx download/listen here.] ] In 1998 due to deteriorating health and with a desire for natural poetic and devotional inspiration, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami retired in the Vaisnava community of Wicklow. [http://www.iskcon.org.uk/wicklow/vforce.html] [http://www.iskcon.org.uk/wicklow/index.html] In following years, his devotional life has included the creation of hundreds of paintings, drawings, and sculptures [http://www.sdgvm.com/ahwsm/index.htm] that capture and express the artist's vision of Krishna consciousness. His latest literary work is centered on his commentary on Bhagavata Purana known as "A Poor Man Reads the Bhagavatam". [http://www.iskcon.com/icj/5_1/5_1sdg.html]

Personal difficulties

Satsvarupa dasa Goswami began suffering from headaches resulted from an anxiety disorder in the early 80s. In 2004 he stopped initiating disciples after an intimated affair was uncovered. With GBC consultation, he retained his Goswami title and continued in the sannyas order. [ [http://www.iskcon.net.au/sannyasaministry/listing List of Sannyasis in ISKCON April 2008] ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry, Retrieved on 2008-05-05] [http://www.sdgonline.org/letter.html] On his website, he requests that the readers accept "this news in a thoughtful, forgiving spirit". [http://www.sdgonline.org/] Despite his personal difficulties, some friends and followers continue to take counsel and instruction from him. [http://www.mayapur.com/main/?q=node/757]

California and Central Mexico

During the period of intensive health and recovery Satsvarupa dasa Goswami, now retired lived with his caretakers team of disciples and friends in a rural communities of North California and Central Mexico. Many disciples traveled to visit him to the communities as well as many ISKCON leaders looking for his advice and reconciliation. He undertook a number of preaching tours, contrary to nursing advice, but to fulfill his sannyasa order instruction given him by Prabhupada at the sannyasi initiation in 1972: Preach, preach, preach! [http://www.sdgonline.org/store.php?cat=6&details=1019]

Preaching in the United States

Following the period of health recovery, at the age of 68, Satsvarupa dasa Goswami took residence in East Coast United States where he despite being now retired is engaging in a number of preaching activities, such as regular lecturing and traveling to the holy dhamas. All of the associated preaching and traveling is complimenting his main service of commenting and answering disciple’s questions on Bhaktivedanta Purports being published as volumes of "A Poor Man Reads the Bhagavatam". [http://www.sdgonline.org/india_7.html]

elect bibliography


*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Readings in Vedit Literature: The Tradition Speaks for Itself| publisher = | year = 1976| pages = 240 pages | isbn = 0912776889

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Vol 1-2| publisher = | date = 1980-82, 2002 | pages = vol.1 1133 pages vol.2 1191 pages | isbn = 0892133570

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Japa Reform Notebook| publisher = | year = 1982 | pages = | isbn = 0911233393

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Journals and Poems vols. 1-3 | publisher = | date = 1982-84| pages = | isbn =

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Prabhupada Lila | publisher = | year = 1983 | isbn = 0911233369

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Remembering Srila Prabhupada. Vol 1-4| publisher = | year = 1983| pages = | isbn = 091123313X

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Life with the Perfect Master| publisher = | month = June | year = 1983| pages = 111 pages | isbn = 0911233172

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Vaisnava Behavior| publisher = | month = January | year = 1983| pages = 242 pages | isbn = 0911233180

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Prabhupada Nectar Vol 1-5| publisher = | date = 1984-1987 (reprint 1991,1997,2003)| pages = | isbn = (1) 0-911233-22-9| isbn = 0-911233-23-7 | isbn = 0-911233-24-5 | isbn = 0-911233-29-6 | isbn = 0-911233-22-9

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Reading Reform| publisher = | year = 1985 | pages = | isbn = 0911233288

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Under the banyan tree | publisher = | month = October | year = 1986| pages = 32 pages | isbn = 0911233350

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Entering the Life of Prayer| | publisher = | year = 1987 | isbn = 0911233970

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Ista-gosthi vols. 1-3| publisher = | date = 1988-1990| pages = | isbn =

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Prabhupada Meditations Vol 1-4| date = 1991-1997 (reprint 2003)| pages = | isbn = vary

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Begging for the Nectar of the Holy Name| publisher = | month = December | year = 1992 | pages = 340 pages | isbn = 0911233989

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Living with the Scriptures| publisher = | month = November | year = 1990 | pages = | isbn = 0911233261

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Memories| publisher = | year = 1997| pages = | isbn = 0911233695

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Shack Notes: Moments While at a Writing Retreat| publisher = | year = 1995 | pages = | isbn = 0911233911

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =A Poor Man Reads the Bhagavatam. Vols| publisher = | date = 1995-2008| pages = | isbn =

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Japa Walks, Japa Talks| publisher = | year = 1995| pages = 106 pages | isbn = 091123358X

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =One Hundred Prabhupada Poems| publisher = | month = April | year = 1995| pages = 173 pages | isbn = 0911233598

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Radio Shows| publisher =| month = June | year = 1995| pages = 314 pages| isbn = 0911233601

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Niti-Sastras: Sayings of Canakya and Hitopadesa As Quoted by Srila Prabhupada | publisher = | month = July | year = 1995| pages = 4 pages| isbn = 978-0911233612
*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Churning the Milk Ocean, | publisher = | month = November | year = 1995| pages = 606 pages | isbn = 0911233636

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =The Daily News: All Things Fail Without Krsna| publisher = | year = 1995| pages = 97 pages | isbn = 0911233555

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =My Relationship With Lord Krishna| publisher = | month = June | year = 1995| pages = 99 pages | isbn = 0911233571

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Dear Sky: Letters from a Sannyasi| publisher = | year = 1996| pages = | isbn = 0911233997

*cite book | first =-| last =| title = From Copper to Touchstone: Favorite Selections from the Caitanya-Caritamrta | publisher = | month = June | year = 1996 | isbn = 0911233660

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Photo Preaching| publisher = | month = June | year = 1996| pages = 101 pages | isbn = 0911233652

*cite book | first =-| last =| title = Gentle power: Collected poems, 1995-1996 | publisher = | year = 1996| pages = 119 pages | isbn = 0911233679

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =The Wild Garden: Writings from 1990-1993| publisher = | year = 1996| pages = 355 pages | isbn = 0911233547

*cite book | first =-| last =| title = The Qualities of Sri Krsna | publisher = | year = 1998 | pages = 152 pages | isbn = 0911233644

*cite book | first =-| last =| title = My Letters from Srila Prabhupada vols 1-3 | publisher = | date = (1986 - February 1997)| pages = | isbn = 0911233849

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Cc Asraya: A Diary While Attempting to Read Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta, | publisher = | month = November | year = 1997| pages = 200 pages| isbn = 0911233342

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Every Day, Just Write vols. 1-19| publisher =| date = 1997-2003| pages = | isbn = vary

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Passing Places, Eternal Truths| publisher = | month = January | year = 1998| pages = | isbn = 0911233318

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =The Waves at Jagannatha Puri and Other Poems | publisher = | month = June | year = 1998| pages = 130 pages | isbn = 978-0911233308

*cite book | first =-| last =| title = From Matter to Spirit: Paintings, Poems, and Improvisations | publisher = | month = November | year = 1999 | isbn = 0911233393

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =From Imperfection, Purity Will Come About | publisher = | month = May | year = 1999| isbn = 0911233520

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Vaisnava Compassion| publisher = | month = June | year = 2001| pages = 170 pages | isbn = 0911233253

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Stowies| publisher = | month = September | year = 2002| pages = 93 pages | isbn = 0911233040

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Write and Die| publisher = | month = October | year = 2006| pages = 325 pages| isbn = 0911233858

*cite book | first =-| last =| title =Visitors| publisher = | month = January | year = 2007| pages = 185 pages| isbn = 0911233504

Notes

References

*Citation
first = dasa Goswami
last = Satsvarupa
author-link = SDG
title = Prabhupāda nectar : anecdotes from the life of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
volume = 1
place = Philadelphia
publisher = Gita-nagari Press
year = 1983
isbn = 0-911233-22-9

*citation
last = Shinn
first = Larry
author-link = Larry Shinn
title = The Maturation of the Hare Krishnas in America
year = 1994
month = January
volume = 2
issue = 1
journal = ISKCON Communications Journal
url = http://www.iskcon.com/icj/2_1/shinn.html

*Citation
first = dasa Goswami | last = Satsvarupa
author-link = SDG
title = One Hundred Prabhupada Poems| publisher = | date = April 1995
isbn = 0911233598

*Citation
first = dasa Goswami | last = Satsvarupa
author-link = SDG
title = Srila Prabhupada Nectar, Vol 2
place = Philadelphia
publisher = GN Press, Inc
year = 1984
isbn = 0-911233-23-7

*Citation
first = Steven J. | last = Rosen
author-link = Steven Rosen
title = Vaisnavism: Contemporary Scholars Discuss the Gaudiya Tradition
place = New York
publisher = Folk Books
year = 1992
isbn = 0-9619763-6-5

*Citation
first = dasa Goswami | last = Satsvarupa
author-link = SDG
title = Entering the Life of Prayer
place = PA
publisher = GN Press, Inc
year = 1987
isbn = 0-911233-97-0

*Citation
first = Klaus | last = Klostermaier
author-link = Oxford University
title = A Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism
place = Oxford
publisher = Oneworld Publications
year = 1998
isbn = 1-85168-175-2

*Citation
first = Arvind | last = Sharma
author-link = Oxford University
title = Hinduism for Our Times
place = New Delhi
publisher = Oxford University Press
year = 1996
isbn = 0-195-63749-6

*Citation
first = Klaus K.| last = Klostermaier
author-link = Oxford University
title = Hinduism: A Short History
place = Oxford
publisher = Oneworld Publications
year = 2000
isbn = 1-85168-213-9

External links

*cite web
url=http://www.sdgonline.org/
title=Satsvarupa dasa Goswami personal site
publisher=www.sdgonline.org

*cite web
url=http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia.html
title=Tachycardia
publisher=www.sdgonline.org
accessdate=2008-08-07
last=Goswami
first=Satsvarupa dasa
Parts: [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia.html#part_one 1] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_2.html 2] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_3.html 3] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_4.html 4] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_5.html 5] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_6.html 6] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_7.html 7] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_8.html 8] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_9.html 9] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_10.html 10] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_11.html 11] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_12.html 12] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_13.html 13] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_14.html 14] , [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_15.html 15] , and [http://www.sdgonline.org/tachycardia_16.html 16]
*cite web
url=http://www.sdgonline.org/india.html
title=India Journal 2008
publisher=www.sdgonline.org
last=Goswami
first=Satsvarupa dasa

*cite web
url=http://www.iskcon.com/icj/3_1/sdg.html
title=ICJ - The First Indologists
publisher=www.iskcon.com
accessdate=2008-08-08
last=Goswami
first=Satsvarupa dasa

*cite web
url=http://catalog.bbt.info/d_show_author.php?id=11&target_language=1
title= Main books by Satsvarupa dasa Goswami published by The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
publisher=catalog.bbt.info
accessdate=2008-09-16

*cite web
url=http://www.monasticdialog.com/a.php?id=754
title=Monastic Interreligious Dialogue - Book Review: Entering the Life of Prayer - Bulletin 48, October 1993
publisher=www.monasticdialog.com
accessdate=2008-08-08
author=Fr. James Conner

ee also

*Gaudiya Vaishnavism
*Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
*List of Hindu gurus and saints

;Notable Disciples
*Pragosh Das GBC
*Shaunaka Rishi Das Director Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
* [http://www.eurogbc.com/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=48&Itemid=68 Hridaya Caitanya Das] GBC
* [http://pipl.com/directory/people/Yadunandana/Das Yadunandana Das] Principal Bhaktivedanta College

Persondata
NAME= Satsvarupa dasa Goswami
ALTERNATIVE NAMES= Satsvarupa das Goswami, SDG
SHORT DESCRIPTION= American poet and writer, guru in ISKCON
DATE OF BIRTH= 09 December, 1939
PLACE OF BIRTH= New York, USA


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