HG Mani Gopal Das
Mani Gopal das, being born to religious parents and raised in a traditional Bengali family, came in contact with Krsna consciousness in 1992. His ancestral home is in Barrackpore (North Calcutta). He started to give classes on Bhagavad Gita when he was only eight. He received his first initiation, at the age of 11, in January 1997 and 2nd initiation in 2012 from His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaja. Academically, he holds master's degree in International Relations. He has done Bhakti Sastri, TTC 1 and 2, BSTTC, IDCTTC from Mayapur Institute. He is also qualified in the deity worship training course from Mayapur Academy. He has several years of experiences in youth preaching in different colleges and universities in both Bengali and English language. He taught courses in colleges on the teachings of Bhagavad Gita as well. He is well known amidst his preaching circle for his strong adherence and unwavering allegiance to the teachings of Srila Prabhupada in day-to-day life.
Being an avid reader and speaker of Gauralila, he has been giving lectures and seminars, in home and abroad, on the transcendental pastimes of Lord Caitanya and His dear associates. He is specifically learned in Gaura-lila and the transcendental pastimes places of Lord Caitanya and His associates (gauda-mandala-bhumi). Currently he is serving full time at the office of his spiritual master (JPS office) and teaching in MI on a voluntary part-time basis. He is also a voluntary contributor in the world famous Vanipedia project by translating Srila Prabhupada's teachings into Bengali language.