Life History of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami - A Glimpse
HH Srila Jayapataka Swami appeared on the Ekadasi after Rama
navami among opulent surroundings, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, North America.
During his childhood he displayed extraordinary intelligence and great interest in
philosophy and spiritual matters. At eleven, when he was affected by a skin
disease, at a suggestion of his grandfather, he cured himself simply by invoking
the holy name of the Lord.
After graduating from the prestigious St John's Academy, he entered in Brown
University on full scholarships. There, as a fresh enrollee, he was so much
impressed by a guest lecture on the life of lord Buddha that he lost all interest in
his studies and began searching for a spiritual master. Realizing that he would not
get any bona fide spiritual master in the West he decided to go to India. But by
the will of the Lord he met the disciples of His Divine Grace A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami, Srila Prabhupada and joined them on a Rathayatra day in
San Francisco. He then went to Montreal and met with Srila Prabhupada. During
those days he accepted ordinary jobs in order to raise funds for the temple. He
was then initiated as Jayapataka Das Brahmacari by His Divine Grace Srila
Prabhupada. In addition to personally serving Srila Prabhupada he served as
Pujari and later as the temple president of the Montreal temple. Following Srila
Prabhupada's order he helped founding the Toronto, Canada and Chicago, USA
temples of the International Society Of Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
In 1970 Srila Prabhupada sent him to India in order to establish ISKCON centers
in Sri Mayapur and Vrndavana He joined Sri Acyutananda Das and begun doing
pioneering work of ISKCON in India on behalf of Srila Prabhupada. They would
do kirtan, enroll Life Patron Members, deliver lectures, and perform public and
private programs in people's houses.
In the same year, 1970 on the holy Radhastami day he was initiated into the
renounced order of life, Sannyasa by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami who gave him the name Jayapataka Swami. As the president of the
ISKCON Calcutta, he helped to organize two gigantic programs at which over
34000 people gathered to hear Srila Prabhupada.
In 1971, land was obtained in Sri Mayapur for constructing the world
headquarters of ISKCON's international preaching center and Srila Prabhupada
assigned him to develop the project as his life's mission. "I have given you the
kingdom of God, now you develop it", Srila Prabhupada told him. He recognized
the deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhava, the presiding Deities of Sri Mayapur
Chandrodaya Mandir from a dream he had had years ago while preaching in the
Since that time, he has worked tirelessly and preached dynamically in India and
around the globe. He has learned many Indian as well as foreign languages and
has wonderfully accepted the original vedic culture, mainly the culture of
Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Bengal. He organized the ISKCON Food Relief program
in India after the Bangladesh war to feed the refuges and hungry people. This
program has continued for over a decade, feeding an average of around four
million plates of nourishing Krishna prasadam per year to the needy, without any
discrimination, He did a remarkable job during the 1978 and 1995 floods in
Bengal and sometimes he would even risk his life for distributing prasadam to the
affected villagers. All this selfless services caused several prominent Indians and
tens off thousands of villagers to petition the Indian government to grant him
In 1978 after the departure of Srila Prabhupada, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami
began accepting disciples on behalf of the Gaudiya Sampradaya. He is at present
one of the initiating spiritual masters (guru) of ISKCON and a member of the
Governing Body Commission (GBC), as well as divisional trustee for the
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT).
At present His Holiness Jayapataka Swami is continuously travelling around the
world preaching the message of Lord Caitanya. Continuously involved in the
planning and development of the Mayapur World Headquarters Project he is
also the ISKCON Minister of Congregational Preaching, to help spread the
chanting of Hare Krishna to every town and village. He is assisting in publishing
many of Srila Prabhupada's books in different Indian languages. He has
translated several important Vaishnava texts into English including "Vaishnava
Ke!", originally written in Bengali by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura,
and is currently preparing other important works including "Caitanya lila" a book
containing all the pastimes of Lord Caitanya from his different biographers.