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Teachers and Staff

The Vedic University has very successful and effective faculty members. They volunteer their time at the Vedic University. Please find their short bios below.

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada
Swami Prabhupada (1 September 1896 – 14 November 1977) was a Gaudiya Vaishnava spiritual teacher (guru) and the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness[1] (ISKCON), commonly known as the "Hare Krishna Movement". His mission was to propagate Gaudiya Vaishnavism, a school of Vaishnavite Hinduism that had been taught to him by his guru, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, throughout the world.As a traveling Vaishnava monk, he became an influential communicator of Gaudiya Vaishnava theology to India and specifically to the West through his leadership of ISKCON, founded in 1966. He has been described as a charismatic leader, in the sense used by sociologist Max Weber, as he was successful in acquiring followers in the United States, Europe, India and elsewhere.CNN cites him on their Top-10 list of "wildly successful people".
His teachings and books are the foundation and vision for the Vedic University and its teachers and students.

HG Hari Vilas Prabhu
Hari Vilasa Prabhu is the Director of the Vedic Cultural Center and the Director and Founder of the Vedic University. He was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1968 in New York. He has been a member of the GBC since 1988.He serves as zonal secretary for: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia, Afghanistan, Iran, Alaska, Arizona (Phoenix Area), California (Northern), Oregon and Washington State. He is co-zonal secretary for Armenia, British Columbia, Pakistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

HG Radha Krishna Prabhu
Radha Krishna dasa is a disciple of HH Tamal Krishna Goswami and he became involved with ISKCON since 1984. Radha Krishna Dasa graduated with a double major in Bachelor of Business and Information Processing from Western Australian Institute of Technology (now Curtin University) in 1983. During his college days he was involved with helping the lecturer teach and tutor first year students. He was involved in planning and conducting lessons as well as testing the students. Prior to going to college Radha Krishna dasa also was teaching in a primary school for one year where he was also involved with planning and teaching. And before that when he was drafted into the army in Singapore, he was posted to teach and lecture high school students about the military discipline.
From 1999, he helped ISKCON Houston in leading the Bhaktivedanta School of Vedic Studies. He received Bhakti Sastri degree with high honors in January 2003. He has also completed the Pada Padma Study (Study of first and second Canto Srimad Bhagavatam) under the auspices of H.H. Hanumatpresaka Swami in 2007 receiving a University accredited diploma from San Marcos University. He has helped numerous students over the years to come to the stage of taking Bhakti Sastri examinations.Radha Krishna Dasa travels yearly to the Australian subcontinent and to the Orient to teach and preach. In Houston he was the Director of Education for the last twelve years. He now works in the capacity of an advisor to the Education department. Apart from this he also serves in the capacity of a counselor, cook, pujari and is an advisor to the Management Board. He is also one of the members of Houston Board of Directors.
He teaches the Bhakti Shastri and the Bhakti Vaibhava courses at the Vedic University and also directly guides the various faculty members in their teaching and outreach efforts.

Amritananda Das
Amritananda Das is a software engineer at Virginia Mason. He teaches the Bhagavad Gita Diploma course at the Vedic University. Apart from that he has conducted various seminars like " Intricacies of the mind", "Epistemology of Time", "Vedic Cosmology" and the "Art of Surrender" series. He also helps coordinate the Bhakti Vaibhava course, the Bhakti Shastri Course and the Bhagavad Gita Diploma. He also manages the collection and distribution of course materials for the Vedic University.

Arun Lakshmanan
Arun Lakshmanan works for Microsoft. He has been a student and teacher at the Vedic University for several years. He teaches Bhagavad Gita to early teens. He is also the coordinator for the Discover Yourself course and manages the schedule, publicity and registrations for it. He has also been tirelessly working on fine tuning the vision and other aspects of the Vedic University.

Braja Krpa Das
Braja Krpa Das is a software engineer at Microsoft. He conducts vedic mathematics sessions as well teaches introductory course on Bhagavad gita popularly known as "Discover Yourself". He is also a course coordinator for the Bhakti Shastri Course and the Bhagavad Gita Diploma Course.

Damodara Prasad Das
Damodara Prasad Das (Durga Gudipati) works as a Technical Program Manager at a large online retail company in Seattle. He lives in Sammamish with his wife and two teenage boys. He has been a student of Bhagavad Gita As it is and Srimad Bhagavatam.He believes that they are the foundations of one's daily life and the wisdom contained in them is beneficial for all and for all times.He is a teacher of "The Bhagavad Gita Diploma" course and the "Discover Yourself Course" at the Vedic University.

Hari Ballabha Das
Hari Ballabha Das works for the mobile division at Microsoft. He is very inspired by the Vedic teachings and how that can be applied for continued success in life. He loves teachings and has been teaching the Discover Yourself and Bhagavad Gita Diploma courses.

Madhava Chandra Das
He is a teacher of the "Discover Your Self" course. In addition to that he also conducts various seminars on life-style management. He also teaches systematic verse by verse study of Bhagavad-Gita regularly.
He has been a CTO at Globalscholar.com. Before that he worked as a Research Software Engineer at Microsoft Research. He currently lives in Redmond with his wife and two children.

Manoj Joshi
Manoj Joshi works for Microsoft. He is a student in the "Bhagavad Gita Diploma" course. He is focused on the publicity and messaging of the Vedic University along with other team members.
He is currently working on the right branding for the Vedic University.

Mohini Sundari Devi Dasi
She is a teacher for value education at Vedic Cultural Center and teaches Vedic values for young children.She conducts workshops for women like "Nectar of the Holy Name"

Nisha Prem
Nisha lives in Sammamish with her husband and son. She has a great talent in graphic design. She has been designing various publicity materials for the Vedic University.

Radhika Gopinath Das
Radhika Gopinath das (Ramesh Yerramsetti) has a master's degree in Management Science and Computer Science. He is an active student of the scriptures and is currently studying Bhakti Vaibhav courses at the Vedic University.He teaches the Discover Yourself and Bhagavad Gita Diploam courses. He offers a diverse field of services at the Vedic University and The Vedic Cultural Center.

Radhika Nama Devi Dasi
She finished her bachelor degree in computer from Osmania University. She conducts workshops for women like "Nectar of the Holy Name"

Srinivas Gopal Das
He finished his masters in computer from NIT Surathkal, Karnataka. He is a software architect at MCG Health. He teaches the "Discover Yourself " course at the Vedic University

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