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.