Born of British parents in England in 1957, the author joined ISKCON in London in 1975 and was initiated in that year, with the name Ilāpati dāsa, by the founder-ācārya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.
From 1977 to 1979 Ilāpati dāsa was based in India, but mostly traveled in West Bengal distributing Śrīla Prabhupāda’s books. He then spent the following ten years helping to pioneer ISKCON’s preaching in Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, and Malaysia.
In 1989 he was granted the order of sannyāsa, receiving the name Bhakti Vikāsa Swami, and again made his base in India. He has since traveled widely throughout the subcontinent, lecturing in English, Hindi, and Bengali.
Bhakti Vikāsa Swami also preaches in other parts of the world, and continues to write books and magazine articles. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages.
Books authored by Bhakti Vikāsa Swami
A Beginner’s Guide to Kṛṣṇa Consciousness
A Message to the Youth of India
Brahmacarya in Kṛṣṇa Consciousness
Glimpses of Traditional Indian Life
Jaya Śrīla Prabhupāda!
My Memories of Śrīla Prabhupāda
Vaiṣṇava Śikhā O Sādhana [Bengali]
Books edited or compiled by Bhakti Vikāsa Swami
The Story of Rasikānanda
Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Padyāvalī [Bengali]