Bhaktivedanta Manor is a pivotal power for disseminating Krishna-conscious tradition, and data and constructing non secular relationships locally. The key to its success in these areas has been the standard and exemplary character of devotees which have spearheaded the group’s improvement. One such persona is Sutapa Das, an area lad born in Wembley west London, in 1981.
In a packed Haveli together with a variety of devotees and well-wishers from throughout Europe, on twenty sixth June Sutapa Das accepted the holy renounced order of sannyasa. In the presence of Jayadvaita Swami Swami, Indradyumna Swami, Dayananda Swami and different seniors, Sutapa’s non secular grasp Kadamba Kanana Swami ceremoniously awarded him the title Svayam Bhagavan Keshav Maharaj.
Growing up, Svayam Bhagavan Keshav Maharaj would go to the Manor as a baby along with his dad and mom, however nothing extraordinary appeared obvious at the moment. However, one thing began to stir in him after receiving a duplicate of Bhagavad Gita As It Is. The philosophy inexplicably gripped him and years later after finishing his Degree, he adopted full-time monastic life within the Manor. He donned saffron robes and deepened his spirituality and data.
Over twenty years, he established himself as one of many driving forces behind the flourishing of Krishna consciousness to a complete new era of non secular seekers all through the United Kingdom.
Sannyasa means a lifetime of full renunciation and abnegation from all materials attachments, safety, and household bonds. It’s an order just for these with a really excessive stage of non secular caliber who can transpose their innate love, kindness, and compassion from instant spheres of familiarity and see the world as their household that they need to spiritually information.
Despite his rising profile and stature locally, he has all the time embodied the nice Krishna acutely aware qualities of being equal to everybody, pleasant, peaceable, and humble. He has all the time simply steadfastly carried on along with his companies, absorbed in his writing, educating, and counseling.
And he all the time practiced what he preached. As the pinnacle monk of the ashram, he can be known as for a lot of applications, typically operating late into the night time. But irrespective of what number of late applications he could have had, he would all the time make it for the first-morning service program of every day promptly within the temple room by 4.30 am.
He has additionally authored a collection of ground-breaking books on the scriptures in a contemporary, simply digestible method which has actually helped to deliver the scriptures into individuals’s lives in a sensible method. Examples of such books are ‘In Essence’, ‘Gita 3’, ‘Bhagavat Life’, and so forth.
For those that have frolicked with Sutapa Das through the years will know that taking sannyasa was not such a wild dream in spite of everything. He shared the next assertion over 5 years in the past,
“What evokes me are the distinctive alternatives to dwell within the renounced order. In the morning we interact in deep chanting and exquisite prayers. During the day we work exhausting for Krishna, totally engaged in missionary actions. Through all these actions, there are a continuing plethora of alternatives to go deep and actually end up.”
We pray for the onward journey of our home-grown non secular pioneer, on this new chapter of his life. May he proceed to encourage and rework individuals’s lives around the globe but additionally proceed to grace the Manor group along with his presence.
Sutapa Das assembly Her Majesty the Queen (2012)