BHAKTI GAURAVANI goswami
Bhakti Gauravani Goswami, born in Germany in 1951, met devotees in Hamburg in the summer of 1971. While still doing mandatory military serviece, he began to translate the Second Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam into German. Shortly after his discharge, he traveled to Paris in June of 1972 to meet Srila Prabhupada who accepted him as his disciple and gave him the spiritual name Vedavyas das.
For the next eight years, Vedavyas das translated his spiritual master’s work into German and managed the German BBT.
After moving to Spain in 1981, he oversaw the printing for the Spanish BBT and assisted in the administration of the Spanish temples.
In 1985, he established the European office of the Spanish BBT.
For the occasion of Srila Prabhupada’s centennial celebration, Vedavyas wrote and published a book called Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples in Germany, which narrates the history of ISKCON Germany from 1969 to 1977 and features the memories of most of Prabhupada’s disciples involved in ISKCON Germany. A new revised and enlarged edition with over 200 photographs is being prepared to be printed for Srila Prabhupada’s 125th appearance day.
In 2006, Vedavyas wrote and published a small book in Spanish about the destiny of different people after death, entitled ¿A dónde vamos?
In 2007, he and his wife entered into the vanaprastha-asrama. Seven years later, on Gaura Purnima 2014, Vedavyas received sannyasa initiation and his new name Bhakti Gauravani Goswami.
In 2020 he compiled and published a 700 page extended songbook called Sacrerd Song Symphony featuring 108 Vaisnava songs and prayers, complete with translations, commentaries and full scores. Audio recordings of all songs can be downloaded for free from www.sacredsongsymphony.com.
At present, Bhakti Gauravani Goswami is retranslating Srila Prabhupada’s books into German, incorporating a matured understanding of his spiritual master’s teachings into the new edition. He also continues his own writing and recording projects and preaches in Europe, South America and India.