Born in 1955 in London in a Christian family, I have been undergoing
training in the monotheistic Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism since
1979. Although I am sometimes referred to as a Hindu priest, there
is in fact no defined hierarchical priesthood within Hinduism, or,
as I prefer to call it, the Vedic tradition. There is a class known
as the brahmins, whose business is to provide priestly services
to society, such as rites of passage and spiritual instruction,
and I would put myself in this category. If not a fully qualified
brahmin, I am certainly aspiring to become one, in the line of my
eternally liberated teacher Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(see 'My Spiritual Heritage')
I do not see my acceptance of the Vaishnava tradition
as a departure from Christianity, but rather as a natural continuance
of Christ's teachings. For me the instructions of all the great
teachers, such as Prabhupada, Christ, Buddha, Mohammed, and many
others, contain the same essential thread of spirituality, which
culminates in surrender to the Personality of Godhead, who I know
as Lord Krishna, but who may also be known by many other names such
as Jehovah, Allah, Jahweh and Buddha.
I founded the Hare Krishna temple in Manchester, England,
in 1986, which I ran until late 2001, when I decided to focus more
on my own writing and teaching. At the time of writing this I am
working on several books as well as occasional articles and media
My goal is to bring the wisdom of the East to Western
audiences in an easily understandable style that can be accessed
by anyone. For me spiritual life, in whatever tradition or faith
we choose, should be an enjoyable experience that enables us to
transcend the trials and tribulations of present-day materialism,
and eventually realise our loving relationship with God.
I am available to give talks and seminars on the Vedas
and their associated disciplines and teachings such as yoga and
meditation. I can also give Vedic or Hindu perspectives on current
events, either in written or spoken media.
Om tat sat
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Krishna Dharma began his writing career with a retelling of the
ancient saga Ramayana (1998, Torchlight Publishing). Lauded as "a
spellbinding adventure and a work of profound philosophy, offering
answers to life's deepest questions,"
Ramayana is also a beautiful tale of romance and high adventure.
His novelisation of the great spiritual epic Mahabharata
followed in 1999, receiving high praise from literary critics everywhere.
Called "very readable"
by Library Journal. and "a well-wrought
saga that will be appreciated by Western readers ... Highly recommended"
by Midwest Book Review, while The Guardian described it as, "a
marriage of Barbara Taylor Bradford and Arthur Hailey."
Mahabharata introduces the rich cultural, spiritual,
and historic legacy of India. It contains the great spiritual treatise,
Bhagavad-gita, whose profound instructions are read daily by millions
of people around the world.
Krishna Dharma has now condensed his nearly 1000-page Mahabharata
into a convenient 288-page edition, rendering it even more accessible
to busy Western readers.
He has just released a retelling of the Panchatantra, India's famous book of fables, and later this year will have another book published entitled "Beauty Power and Grace: Many Faces of the Goddess."
A prolific writer, he is now working on a novelised version of the Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana) which he hopes to see published some time in 2006.
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