HH Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami

Bhakti Brhat Bhagavata Swami, a former educationist, joined ISKCON in Durban South Africa in 1983 and for the next five years he distributed over 30,000 books, mainly Science of Self Realization and Bhagavad-gita. He placed full sets of Srila Prabhupada’s books in over 50 libraries, colleges and universities in South Africa, and has preached extensively to high school and university students. During that time he also served as Sankirtana Leader and subsequently served as the Temple Vice President in Durban until 1992.

In 1991, Maharaja founded the Bhaktivedanta College of Education and Culture (BCEC) in South Africa. Under his direction, and because of his traveling internationally since 1994, the BCEC has expanded to other countries including Hong Kong, Philippines, India, Kenya, Mauritius, UK, Ireland, Canada, USA, Trinidad and Guyana. The BCEC offers bridging courses like Bhakti-sadacara and Yoga Ladder leading up to Bhakti-sastri and Bhaktivaibhava Degrees. Certification includes Bhakti-sadacara Certificate, Bhakti-gita Diploma and Bhakti-sastri and Bhaktivaibhava Degrees. Extensive courses are also offered for children. From July 1991 to December 2009 over 14,200 students passed through the BCEC.

From 1997 to 2000 Maharaja served as Temple President in Durban. From 2001 to 2004 he accepted the responsibility of Temple Co-President of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Mandir in Vrndavana. From 2004 to 2006 he served as Regional Secretary for Gauteng in South Africa. Maharaja’s current service responsibilities include International Co-Director of BCEC, Member of the Board of Directors of the Mayapur Institute, Member of the GBC Ministry of Educational Development, Member of the GBC Succession Committee and Chairman of ISKCON Leadership Education And Development System (A GBC Succession Committee Initiative). Maharaja currently travels – preaching and teaching Krishna consciousness in ISKCON centers, yoga centers, schools, colleges and universities.