His Holiness Vedavyasapriya Swami Maharaja, born on 1st August 1944 in the town of Kadod, Gujarat, India. His early life was spent in Gujarat, then his family moved to East Africa in the mid 50s, and afterwards he migrated to USA in September 1971. Vedavyasapriya Maharaja, himself, recollects that he was always more interested in spiritual matters and welfare of the people than in any business matters. As a young adult he made a daily practice of reading Bhagavad-gita slokas, and also studied the sanskrit language during his High-school years.
Vedavyasapriya Swami worked as a research biochemist first in East Africa and then later when he migrated to USA. Within a week of arrival in the USA, he met the devotees, disciples of His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). From 1976, Vedavyasapriya Swami became more involved with the local temple in New York and managed to hear the conversation of Srila Prabhupada.
Vedavyasapriya Swami continued to have the association of Srila Prabhupada’s disciples who instilled in him their enthusiasm for His Divine Grace’s Krishna Conscious philosophy. He took shelter of Srila Prabhupada, and was received initiation beads and spiritual name. While in USA Vedavyasapriya Swami held various administrative positions like personal secretary to the GBC, president of Queens, New York and Director of Bharatiya Community Services in New Vrindaban, West Virginia. His preaching mission and service to the Indian community’s many life members grew and blossomed. Since 1991 Vedavyasapriya Swami Maharaja has been based in Vrindavan, India. He has held various administrative positions while continuing to preach and spread the mission of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Chaitanya in India and worldwide and support the Indian communities in many countries around the world.
Since 1998 Vedavyasapriya Swami has been serving Srila Prabhupada and his movement as a Spiritual Authority in the form of an Initiating Spiritual Master (Diksha Guru), and has been preaching far and wide throughout the world the message of Sri Guru and Sri Krishna. He is currently free from management duties, making a full commitment to giving spiritual guidance, preaching and teaching around the world.