HG Vidvān Gaurāṅga Das
After reading the majority of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s writings and associating with his followers in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, Vidvān Gaurāṅga dāsa became convinced in 1987 that Śrīla Prabhupāda authentically and powerfully represents the factual message of the Vedic śāstras. In 1989, he joined ISKCON as a temple resident and within a year, moved to Śrī Māyāpur where he received spiritual initiation from HH Jayapatāka Swāmī Mahāraja and began his formal studies in Sanskrit, Bengali and the writings of the predecessor ācāryas. From 1999, he taught the Bhagavad-gītā thrice at the Māyāpur Institute for Higher Education and Training. In 2005, with the approval and encouragement of his spiritual master, he joined HG Gopīparāṇadhana Prabhu’s Śrīmad-Bhāgavata Vidyāpīṭham to coordinate and teach Bhagavad-gītā and Sanskrit at the Bhāgavata praveśa study program in Māyāpur. He taught at Māyāpur Online Education, now a part of the Māyāpur Institute’s Online Study Department, and serves ISKCON Śrī Māyāpur in other ways.