Ekalavya Das Brahmachari was born in New York City, USA in 1965, the same year that ISKCON Founder Acarya, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to New York. His mother’s younger sister would regularly hear Srila Prabhupada’s Kirtans in Tompkins Square Park in 1966.Although living in the capital of Kali Yuga, New York City, Ekalavya expressed his interests in spiritual topics even at a young age. He began chanting Hare Krishna in 1977 at the age of 12. When he was 15 years old, Ekalavya received Bhagavad Gita As It Is from his sister as a birthday present.
Ekalavya was born in an affluent family which encouraged education, culture and the arts. Bouncing on his father’s knee, he began his studies of piano at the age of five. At the age of six, he started guitar lessons. At the age of seven he began trumpet lessons. By the time he entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1982, he had already learned sixteen different instruments and performed in music groups in prestigious venues across the USA. As a college student, he worked part time as a music producer, composer, recording engineer, and as the Director of Electronic Music at the Aaron Copeland Music and Arts Program. In 1984, he was brought to the Boston Hare Krishna temple by a friend and became a regular visitor there while continuing his studies. In 1987, Ekalavya received his degree from Berklee College of Music in Recording Engineering and Production; a unique science combining acoustic engineering, electrical engineering and music. The next three years were a time of spiritual exploration. After graduating from college in 1987, he traveled as a professional musician and spiritual seeker to more than 25 countries. The culmination of these travels was the realization that service to Lord Krishna and the chanting of His holy names is the highest possible activity.
Ekalavya Das joined ISKCON as a brahmachari in 1991 in Ireland, Europe. He traveled to London to Bhaktivedanta Manor (donated by George Harrison of the Beatles) for deeper understanding of Krishna conscious philosophy. Joining the ISKCON Padayatra, a group of devotees walking from Belfast to Moscow, he traveled by foot through Holland, Belgium, France and Spain, distributing Krishna consciousness. In 1992, during a meeting in Spain with his spiritual master, His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaja, he received the instruction to go to India. Today, Ekalavya Das often serves Lokanath Maharaja as his personal secretary. He is currently locked down in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. He has been appointed by the GBC as a member of the newly formed ISKCON Kirtan Ministry. He is the secretary of the ministry. His services include coordinating ISKCON’s Annual International World Holy Name Festival. He is a senior member of the GBC deputies.
He is a candidate for sannyasa, now on the one year list. He is a well known traveling preacher in the world of international ISKCON having visited many countries including USA, Canda, France, England, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Russia, India, Damodardesh, Shyamdesh, Avataridesh, Mathuradesh, etc, etc.
In this issue, we share the latest developments in our sannyasa celebration plans, website, and LOK.STUDIO.
LOK.MEDIA website: We have created a dedicated page to my upcoming sannyasa celebration. All updates, online links, schedule, etc will be there, with the mercy of Lord Krishna. You can visit here: https://lok.media/sannyasa/
Blog: “You wanted to come here…” To this material world… I have started a new blog series called, “TEACHINGS OF LOKANATH SWAMI”. As I am staying with Gurumaharaja for the past one year, I am fortunate to receive many personal instructions from him. I am utilizing this blog as an opportunity to share those teachings. You can read the blog here: https://lok.media/you-wanted-to-come-to-the-material-world/
LOK.STUDIO: Phase 2 of the AC installation took place over 3 days time. 8 AC diffusers were placed in the studio, connected to Flex Duct, Sound Reducing Baffle Boxes, and the Fan Control Units (FCU). Baffle Boxes were inspected and corrections made. Now researching the Isolation Required for different thicknesses of glass for the windows. We are planning to purchase glass tomorrow. Situation is a little tense as there is another potential lockdown coming up as Maharashtra has 60% of COVID cases in India. With the mercy of Lord Krishna, the AC wallas will be able to come back next week and finish the AC installation.
Sunday March 21: I was on the terrace chanting japa with Gurumaharaja. We were walking back and forth together. Gurumaharaja sat down in a chair and asked me “What is the news?”
I asked, “On what front?” I am busy in so many areas. Gurumaharaja asked, “What about Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead?”
I went on to describe different services, LOK.STUDIO construction, etc. I also changed the mood a little and spoke about some frustrations I was having with the workers, and some difficulties. It probably sounded like I was complaining.
“You are the one who wanted to come here!” Gurumaharaja said in a chastising way. It gave me the realization that coming to the material world is no bed of roses. I should not be expecting everything to be easy as pie.
Through this exchange, I have some realizations. I need to be more remoseful that I have come to this material world. I need to be repentant. I need to seek to overcome my envy of Lord Krishna and his devotees. In the words of Sanatana Goswami, “Who am I and why am I suffering?” are the important questions I need to continously be asking myself.
Someday if I have the courage, I may ask Gurumaharaja, “Why did you come to the material world?” I would not be suprised, if I was very suprised by his answer.
This week we built 14 custom ceiling tiles from wood. We have begun installing Air Conditioner Diffusers. Total of 8 diffusers in the two rooms are being installed. We hope to start testing the AC system by Wednesday.
Photo taken on occasion of Sri Sri Panchatattva Installation in Sri Mayapur Dham
Fri, Mar 12
Hare Krishna Dear Devotees,
Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupad
I am really pleased and delighted to inform you that on Wednesday, at the GBC meeting, Ekalavya Prabhu was given full and final approval to receive sannyasa. He has been a sannyasa candidate for the past couple of years and now has “zero waiting years” and can receive sannyasa diksa at any time this year.
The position of a sannyasi under the auspices of Srila Prabhupada, is to renounce worldly activities, and to travel extensively and preach. By accepting sannyasa, Ekalavya Prabhu promises to dedicate his body, mind and words totally to the service of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In many ways, he has been doing that already. Ekalavya Prabhu has spent countless moons travelling to many countries across the globe, spreading the holy names of the Lord.
On behalf of myself and the Lok family, it gives me immense pleasure to convey our heartfelt congratulations to Ekalavya Prabhu on his sannyasa approval by the GBC. We will be deciding on the date of his sannyasa and will keep you informed.
Now that he is a sannyasi, I will encourage all of you to invite Ekalavya Prabhu into your homes, centres and temples to preach the holy names of the Lord.
It is my sincere prayer that Ekalavya Prabhu forever continues the legacy of spreading the holy names of the Lord.
I hope this finds you all in good health and in high Krishna conscious spirits.