His Holiness Bhaktivedānta Ramakrishnananda Swami, who writes under pen name Prabhuji, is a writer, Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava monk, and a mystic who lives as a hermit. He was born in Santiago, the capital of the Republic of Chile, on March 21, 1958. Disciple of HDG Bhaktikavi Atulānanda Ācārya Swami and HDG Narahari Dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja.
When he was eight years old, he had a mystical experience that transformed him into a passionate seeker of Truth and inspired him to explore a great diversity of spiritual paths.
His ardent search for Truth took him far from his homeland to various countries in South America, North America, Europe, the Middle East, and India to learn from sages, saints, swamis, bābājīs, yogis, roshis, rabbis, sheikhs, priests, pastors, and teachers of various spiritual paths.
It was in 1976 that he met His Divine Grace Bhaktikavi Atulānanda Ācārya Swami, a disciple of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda. From the first moment he saw him, Prabhuji accepted him in the heart as his eternal spiritual master. Years later, he was officially accepted as disciple and received first initiation and brāhmaṇa initiation. Finally, he initiated him into the sacred renounced order called sanyāsa within the line of disciplic succession Brahma Gauḍīya Saṁpradāya.
In 1996, he met in Vrindavan, India, His Divine Grace Śrīla Narahari Dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, a disciple of His Divine Grace Nityānanda Dāsa Bābājī Mahārāja of Vraja. The eldery bābājī gave him important guidance in the mysteries of bhakti and accepted Prabhuji as his disciple.
Prabhuji is an avid investigator and scholar of different religions, including their theologies, myths, ritualism, values, attitudes, behaviors, doctrines, beliefs, and institutions. He has done in-depth studies on Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Western philosophy. He also delved into the different branches of yoga with Swami Viṣṇu Devānanda and Swami Jyotirmayānanda, both disciples of Swami Śivānanda Sarasvatī from Rishikesh.
Among the many titles that he has been conferred are Yoga Śiromaṇi, Kṛṣṇa Bhakta, and Yogācārya by Swami Viṣṇu Devānanda and his organization the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta; Yoga Ratna by Swami Jyotirmayānanda and his institution the Yoga Research Foundation; Yogi Rājā by Ma Yoga Śakti; Bhakti-śāstrī and Bhaktivedānta by B. A. Paramādvaitī Mahārāja and his mission Vrinda. He received the Yogācārya title from four Indian institutions: Paramanand Institute of Yoga Sciences and Research in Indore, International Yoga Federation, Indian Association of Yoga, and Shri Shankarananda Yogashram in Mysore.
He studied Advaita Vedanta with Avadhūta Śrī Brahmānanda Bābājī Mahārāja, a disciple of Avadhūta Śrī Mastarāma Bābājī Mahārāja of Rishikesh, and with Swami Dayananda Sarasvatī, the founder of Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, and his disciple Swami Viditātmānanda. He studied Vedanta with Swami Svāhānanda of the Ramakrishna Mission, a disciple of Swami Vijñānānanda, who is a direct disciple of Ramākṛṣṇa Paramahaṃsa.
His interest in studying the sacred scriptures of different religions motivated him to study ancient languages. His understanding that every translation is in fact an interpretation made him a fervent student of Hebrew, the original language of the Old Testament, and Sanskrit, the language of Vedic literature. To deepen his knowledge of Hebrew and Judaism, he traveled to Israel where he resided for more than twenty years. In the Middle East, he undertook studies of the Talmud with Rabbi Rafael Rapaport Shlit”a and Hasidism with Rabbi Israel Lifshitz Shlit”a and Rabbi Shalom Dov Lifshitz Shlit”a. His interest in Jewish mysticism led him to delve into the ancient mysteries of the Kabbalah.
He received important guidance (śikṣā) from Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disciples, including Bhagavān Dāsa Prabhu, Jagajivan Dāsa Prabhu, Kīrtanānanda Swami, Tamala Kṛṣṇa Gosvāmī, and Paramādvaitī Mahārāja.
In New York, USA, he founded the Bhaktivedanta Yoga Mission, a non-profit church to preserve and spread his message and teachings.
Between 1995 and 2010, he engaged in preaching through sat-saṅgs, courses, and retreats. During that time, he accepted some monastic disciples who expressly requested to be initiated by him. However, in 2010, he made the irrevocable decision to stop accepting monastic disciples, followers, devotees, or even visitors. In 2011, he decided to undertake the life of a hermit, focused exclusively on his spiritual life.
For the last ten years, Prabhuji has been retired from all public activities and does not offer sat-saṅgs, public lectures, meetings, retreats, seminars, meetings, or courses. Currently, he only gives private talks to his small group of disciples who live with him.
We kindly ask everyone to respect his privacy and not to disturb him in any way. Please do not try to contact him to ask for interviews, gatherings, consultations, blessings, śaktipāta, advice, or initiations.
We share Prabhuji’s vision only through his books, paintings, poems, melodies, websites, and private talks filmed by disciples.