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Everyone, regardless of age, or years in Krsna Consciousness, needs a mentor. A mentor is someone who can provide a loving ear, a gentle nudge in the right direction, and most importantly, friendship. A mentor is someone who is capable of guiding us according to sastra, but also a person who is practical and understanding.
HH Candramauli Swami now requires every disciple and aspiring disciple to have a mentor. An aspiring disciple cannot receive initiation without the recommendation of a mentor. (For more information on initiation requirements, please see the initiation standards). Here are some important details:
What does the program look like?
Remember - a mentor is not a guru or a therapist!
TIP: When selecting a mentor, it is a good idea to note the country and time zone in which they are located.
Below, you will find some information on available mentors.
Anasuya dasi's (Anjali Singh) introduction to Krishna consciousness began as a child going to Sunday feasts at ISKCON New York City and regular trips to New Vrindavan. She became interested in Krishna consciousness in high school when she started reading Science of Self-Realization and other books by Srila Prabhupada. When she moved to Boston for college, she took a more serious practice of spiritual life and eventually took initiation from HH Candramauli Swami in 2010. Anasuya is an operational compliance manger working 10 years in the pharmaceutical industry. Her husband, Parama Karuna Nitai das is originally from Mumbai, India and has been practicing Krishna Consciousness for 9 years. He took initiation from HH Candramauli Swami in 2018. Parama Karuna Nitai works in the IT industry as a senior consultant/project lead. Based in the Boston area, they are raising their daughter Vrinda in Krishna consciousness and enjoy hobbies such as swimming and hiking.
Arcana Siddhi devi dasi was introduced to Krishna Consciousness in 2005 by her husband Karuna Sindhu das. Regular Sunday feast visits to Boston temple and association of like-minded inquisitive devotee friends gave a head start to her spiritual journey. She had the fortune to meet HH Candramauli Swami Maharaja then and was initiated in 2012. Arcana Siddhi holds a B.S degree in Computer Engineering and taught at engineering colleges in Pune before moving to the USA. She nurtures her 12-year-old twin boys Hari and Dhruv in Krishna Consciousness by reading Srimad Bhagvatam, Bhagvad-gita, and doing daily kirtans with them. She currently resides in Apex, North Carolina with her family. Her services at the local temple include cooking, making deity garlands, and singing kirtans.
Dharma-vatsalah Das met devotees in Zagreb in 1989 for the first time and received first initiation in 1996. In 2006, he was re-initiated by H.H. Candramauli Swami who also gave him second initiation in the same year.
From 1994 to 1998 he was a member of the ISKCON Zagreb temple. During that period he was engaged in congregational preaching in Croatia as well as in and Bosnia and Herzegovina having service in Nama Hatta and Bhakti-vrksa programs. Nowadays, his services are related to Congregational and Prison preaching.
Dharma-vatsalah Das graduated from the Forestry Faculty and Librarianship at the University of Zagreb. For several years he has been working as a Forestry engineer and as a high-school teacher. Now he works as a librarian in an elementary school. H am married and lives with his wife Tatjana in the Varaždin County in Croatia.
Guru Bhakti Devi Dasi currently resides in the UK with her husband and children. She has been an ISKCON devotee sine 1987. Her most relished service is being a Tulasi Pujari for the last five years, and she also enjoys regularly attending various spiritual courses. Her interests include reading, cooking, serving devotees, and teaching. She is also a well-known and highly respected mentor in the Manor’s mentorship program. She speaks fluent English and Guajarati. Professionally, she works as an Analytical Chemist and a teacher.
Karuna Sindhu das’s introduction to Krishna Consciousness began when he visited the ISKCON Boston temple in 2001. He was inspired by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, especially Nectar of Devotion and Sri Isopanishad. He continued to attend several temple programs which increased his inspiration to follow the spiritual path. During that time he got to meet H.H. Candramauli Maharaj and was inspired to take his shelter. He and his wife Arcana Siddhi devi dasi eventually got initiated in 2012. Karuna Sindhu das was involved in doing several services in the ISKCON Boston temple like cooking & book distribution. Karuna Sindhu das & family moved to North Carolina in 2016. Currently living in Apex, North Carolina, U.S.A. Karuna Sindhu das works as Business Analyst/Tech Lead in a financial firm. He holds an MBA degree from Clark University, Massachusetts. He enjoys cooking, table tennis, and yoga.
Lila Shakti Dasi came to England in 1968 from Kenya. She was married to HG Vrajnath Das, with whom she shares three children and three grandchildren.
For 28 years she worked as a mental health specialist and retired in 2015. Shortly after retirement she contracted and overcame cancer.
HG Vrajnath Das left this world in 2017 in Vrindavan during Kartik Parikrama…
Lila Shakti Dasi has served at Bhaktivedanta Manor since 1979 including the fight to save the temple campaign for 10 years. She has been serving as a Pujari at the Manor since 1989 and as a Mentor since 2009.
Madhavananda Das discovered the path of Bhakti through physical labor, when he helped move the Zagreb temple twice at the end of the 1990s. In 2000 he started to seriously walk that path and received initiation in 2006 from HH Candramauli Swami at the Vaisnava Summer Camp in Croatia. After completing a Master’s degree in Criminology, he worked for 18 years in Foreign Affairs – Diplomacy. In 2019, with Krsna's mercy, he again made a career change and now runs his own company in construction/renovations. From the start he was involved in organizational aspects of the Croatian Yatra, managing Sunday Feast programs, Summer Camp Retreats, and different preaching endeavors for spreading Krishna Consciousness in Croatia. He is dedicated to offer his experience and practical advice on spiritual solutions to diverse challenges we are all faced with. He hopes to one day relocate to Radhadesh, Belgium with his wife and two children.
Mahatma Das joined the Hare Krishna movement in 2001. Immediately after joining in his hometown in Croatia he had the good fortune to assist his friends in opening the first preaching center/temple in the town. Soon after they all left their hometown and went for a preaching quest in a bigger city. Throughout the years they opened up a preaching center, small farm project and a restaurant. The main preaching activities were Harinam Tours that was going on for 10 years, public programs and the restaurant. There he took part in many different activities like being a tech man (which is somehow connected with his profession as a computer technician), Harinam Tour driver, karatal player, maintenance guy and so on. He got his first initiation 2010. After marrying his wife Mahima Mayi dd they moved to her hometown where they started their Prasadam Distribution Catering. He had the good fortune of traveling with and serving His Holiness Candramauli Maharaj as His assistant. Currently he is serving at Goloka Dhama community, Germany. His main service is Temple commander and is a part of Temple Management Board.
Mahima Mayi dd received initiation from His Holiness Bhakti Tirtha Maharaj in 2003. In the last year of her studies (Russian language and Indology), she moved in the Zagreb Temple where she was trained as a pujari. Her pujari training continued at Gita Nagari Farm, US. There she also had the good fortune of experiencing valuable gifts of community living and self-sufficiency under the guidance of her senior godfamily members. Returning back to Croatia she had worked in a few different vegetarian, vegan and macrobiotic restaurants which gave her the experience to start Prasadam Distribution Catering along with her husband Mahatma Das. Her cooking service for Candramauli Maharaja started 2006 and since then off and on she was fortunate to assist and learn from Him in that way. Currently she is serving along with her husband at the Goloka Dhama community, Germany. At the moment her main service is to cook for devotees and to share her cooking experiences.
Nilacala Chandra Das lives in the UK with his wife Syama Rani Devi Dasi, and son Kushal. He has been an ISKCON devotee since 2009. His services include book distribution, accounting, and serving at Radha’s Boutique at the famous Soho Street Temple. He enjoys reading and listening to various spiritual seminars. He works in Finance, and also as a support worker at a charity. He is fluent in both English and Gujarati.
Syama Rani Devi Dasi lives in the UK with her husband Nilacala Chandra Das, and their 26 year old son Kushal. She has been a member of ISKCON since 2009. She enjoys cooking, making Deity garlands, helping with local sanga groups, organizing retreats, and dressing the beautiful Krsna Balarama Deities at the Krsna Avanti School. Professionally, she works as an Early Years Practitioner at a Primary School.
Visnu Priya Dasi started to practice Krsna consciousness in 2010 in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2011, she met Guru Maharaja there and became his disciple. During the following four years she had regular seva in the Zagreb temple and was lucky to have a lot of Guru Maharaja’s association, where she could render some service and get many invaluable lessons and much inspiration.