Nava-vraja Mahima - Meet the Editors
Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami
Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami met Srila Prabhupada in San Francisco in 1972. He was initiated in early 1973. After distributing books and managing the Radha-Damodara book distribution party in different parts of America, he left his country of birth in October of 1977 to assit Tamala Krishna Goswami, who was managing Srila Prabhupada's care before His Divine Grace passed away in November, just a month later.
From there Maharaja went to Bombay to help set up the new ISKCON Temple in Juhu. After that, he traveled and lived in various countries, taking up various repsonsibilities in Fiji, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, and the UK. In 1994 he returned to India, where he accepted the duty of overseeing the refurbishment of the newly acquired ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Ashram in Govardhana, where he has lived ever since.
It was at Govardhana in 1998 that Gopiparanadhana Prabhu asked Kesava Bharati Dasa Goswami to be his editor. That same year Sivarama Maharaja asked him to edit his books. Since then Maharaja has edited Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta, Sri Krsna-lila-stava, and Sri Tattva-sandarbha for Gopiparanadhana Prabhu and the BBT; and Na Paraye 'Ham, Krsna-sangati, and Suddha-bhakti-cintamani for Sivarama Maharaja.
Acyuta Dasa is a disciple of His Holiness Niranjana Swami. Before coming to Hungary to assist in editing Nava-vraja-mahima, he was living in Hartford, CT, where he was an active member of the ISKCON temple there. Because of the small size of that temple and the small number of initiated devotees there, Acyuta’s service in Hartford consisted largely of “doing the needful”: cleaning, cooking, preaching, giving class, leading kirtans, worshipping the Deities, and doing anything else that needed to be done.
Although holding a Master’s Degree in English from Trinity College, Acyuta’s prior editing experience consisted of small projects for the BBT and His Holiness Giriräj Swami. In that capacity, Acyuta assisted in editing portions of the new edition of Giriräj Swami’s “Watering the Seed,” but Nava-vraja-mahimä is the first book that Acyuta has edited in its entirety and will likely be the largest project he ever has the privilege to be involved in.
Acyuta prabhu blogs about editing Nava Vraja Mahima at:
Manjari devi dasi - Sanskrit editor
Mañjarī devī dāsī joined Kṛṣṇa consciousness as a medical student in May 1990 and took initiation from His Holiness Śivarāma Swami Mahārāja in September 1990. She served as a full-time BBT translator for 6 years until all of Śrīla Prabhupāda's books had been translated to Hungarian. From 1997 till 2004 she served as a manager in New Vraja Dhāma responsible for tourism, VIP guests, the Deity department and festivals, and helped in developing the farm community. She has also been a part time teacher at the Bhaktivedanta College in Budapest since 2001 teaching Deity Worship, and after getting a BA in Vaisnava Theology and an MA in Religious Studies she joined the College staff full-time in 2010. Presently she is teaching Sanskrit, World Religions, Guru-tattva, Bhagavat-tattva and The Lives of our Ācāryas courses while also being a PhD student in History at the prestigious Eötvös Lóránd University. Her research topic is Bhaktivinoda Thākura and cultural transfer in the 19th century Bengal.
In 2006 she was requested by her spiritual master to learn Sanskrit to be able to assist him in his writing both by doing research and translations for Mahārāja and by editing the Sanskrit parts of his books. Her work on Nava-vraja-mahimā has been research, and presently she is doing a close-reading, and the correction of diacritics. She is also responsible for checking the thousands of references in the endnotes and making the Bibliography of the book.