Bhakti Charu Swami
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Bhakti Charu Swami is a Vaishnava swami and a religious leader of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). He is ISKCON Guru and a member of ISKCON Governing Body Commission. Previously he was simultaneously acting as ISKCON's minister of arts and culture. He is an initiated disciple of ISKCON's founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and has translated Prabhupada's literary works in Bengali and also produced a television serial on Prabhupada's life entitled "Abhay Charan". He's also serving on an advisory panel of I-Foundation, a leading Hindu charity organisation in the United Kingdom.

 

Bhakti Charu Swami was born in East Bengal in 1945 and spent most of his early life in urban Calcutta. In 1976 he joined ISKCON. During his first meeting with ISKCON's founder, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he was instructed to translate Prabhupada's books into Bengali. Soon afterwards, Prabhupada awarded him first and second initiations simultaneously, and appointed him as his secretary for Indian affairs. About three months later Prabhupada gave him sannyasa.


In 1987 Bhakti Charu Swami became a member of the Governing Body Commission and an initiating ISKCON Guru. He has gained respect throughout the movement for his scholarship and Vaisnava qualities. In 1996, he embarked on a 104 episode television mega-series on the life of Prabhupada called Abhay Caran in conjunction with the Indian National Television. He is one of the pioneers of the VIHE in Vrindavan, and taught Vaishnava Etiquette in 1987 and 1988, and Brihat Bhagavatamrita in 1989.


In February 2006, Bhakti Charu Swami built a temple with three huge altars for the worship of Gaura Nitai, Radha Madan Mohan and Krishna Balaram. This temple is situated in the holy town of Ujjain. The Ujjain ISKCON temple under the direction of Bhakti Charu Swami feeds 23,000 school children per day. To facilitate this feeding project Bhakti Charu Swami built a 6,000 sq ft (560 m2) industrial kitchen. This feeding project has plans to feed up to 100,000 children by beginning of 2009.

 



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