Teachers

Mahatma Dasa

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Mahatma Dasa is the founder of Touchstone Training, a company that facilitates workshops, retreats and online courses on spiritual self development and co-director of Bhakti Life. He personally facilitates courses on forgiveness, meditation, prayer, vows, kirtan (chanting) and bhakti (devotional yoga). He is also well known for his music, having produced six soothing mantra meditation CDs.
Mahatma has the gift of showing you how to look at one thing in amazingly different ways. He helps you open up, be yourself, and find deeper meaning in life. The practical insights he brings to his workshops are based on 40 years of his own spiritual practice, study and teaching.
Mahatma is not just a speaker or lecturer. He doesn't tell you what to believe. He is a facilitator that connects you with your own buried treasures.
The insights and benefits you receive at his workshops will continue to help you improve your life long after his seminars are over.

Dhruva Maharaja dasa

Dhruva Maharaja dasa

After being initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1975, Dhruva Maharaja dasa has spent the last 40 years traveling between India and the USA spending about half his time in each country, enabling him to blend ancient Vedic culture and wisdom with our modern technological world. For example, he is a pioneer in developing online eCourses to study ancient Sanskrit texts translated into English by Srila Prabhupada.

Dhruva's travels to holy pilgrimage sites in India have also led him to author two books: Vrndavana Dhama Ki Jaya! A Pictorial Guide to the Land of Krishna, and Jaya Jagannatha! The Culture and Worship of Lord Jagannatha East and West.

Samapriya devi dasi

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Samapriya devi dasi is an initiated disciple of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Under his direction she has dedicated her life to cultivating Krishna consciousness and distributing it to others since 1971. Her life’s work is to encourage people to read, study and follow the sublime instructions of Lord Sri Krishna expertly presented by Srila Prabhupada in his books. After distributing Srila Prabhupada’s transcendental books around the world for many years, she now teaches these literatures through eCourses on the internet along with her husband Dhruva Maharaja dasa. Begun in 2009, this spiritual educational program continues to grow. Both she and her husband have lived in the Holy places of India (Holy Dhamas), especially Jagannatha Puri for many years, going deep into the practice of japa (chanting the Holy Names of the Lord). They have also record stories and teachings from Vedic literature, glorifying the activities of Lord Krishna, which are available as audio books (sadhusanga.com). Samapriya was instructed by Srila Prabhupada in 1975, to worship Lord Chaitanya in her home, and continues this practice to present day. She is also known as a poet, using this art to glorify Krishna.

Balabhadra Bhattacarya Dasa

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Balabhadra Bhattacarya Dasa is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness). He joined the Hare Krishna Movement in 1973 in Atlanta and has since traveled extensively in India and other parts of the world practicing and teaching the ancient Vedic philosophy. Prior to joining the Hare Krishna Movement he was a successful entertainer in the Atlanta music scene during the late 60's and early 70's.
Balabhadra Bhattacarya Dasa conducts regular training courses in Bhagavad Gita  and kirtan at the Self Discovery Center in Atlanta.
He served as president of the Atlanta Hare Krishna Temple for more than nineteen years and he is currently a member of the Atlanta temple board of directors.He is also the chairmen of the Dekalb Interfaith Coalition for Prevention, a federal founded initiative, to coordinate the efforts of various religious organization in the Atlanta area, for the purpose of preventing the use of addictive substances, especially among the youth.

Laksmi Nrsimha Dasa

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Laksmi Nrsimha das, born Larry Pugliese in Newark, NJ is a 37 year practitioner of bhakti yoga under the mentorship of renowned teacher A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Credited in Wikipedia with influencing the hardcore scene with his soulful chanting and illuminating realizations about bhakti yoga, Laksmi Nrsimha das has led a quiet, behind the scenes life practicing and teaching spirituality under the radar of general public recognition.
After being diagnosed in 1995 with Hepatitis C, Laksmi recently underwent chemo therapy for the disease in the fall of 2008. During this most trying time, after nearly four decades of chanting, Laksmi decided to record this moving meditation on the sacred mantras of the Vedas. His first recorded meditation serves both as counter therapy to the severe side effects of his chemo therapy treatment and an honest outpouring of his heart to the dark Lord, Sri Krishna.
All in all, this recording serves as a practical demonstration of the soothing effects chanting has on the body, mind and soul even during trying times. In addition, the listener is given a glimpse into the profound mood one feels during meditation on the holy, universal hymns of ancient India.

Pancharatna Dasa

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Pancharatna Dasa has served ISKCON since 1970 and is currently the Executive Director of Friends of the BBT. He has provided strategic planning, fund-raising and project management for many ISKCON projects including the Sri Mayapur Project, India where he spent over 20 years.

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