Our guest Candramauli Swami visited with Ganga Das in the Radio Mayapur studios for an hour-long podcast covering many topics. From his origins in Krishna Consciousness, though his worldwide ISKCON Prison Ministry, Candramauli Swami talked about the future of gurus and of ISKCON.
Born in New Jersey, USA, in 1947, HH Candramauli Swami came in contact with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in Denver, Colorado at 24. In 1973 he began practicing Krishna Consciousness in New York City. After that, he shortly thereafter began serving at the New Vrindavan farm community in West Virginia. That same year he received initiation from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
In 1986 HH Candramauli Swami accepted the sannyasa order and began preaching in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio. In the early 1980’s he became involved with the ISKCON Prison Ministry in the USA, and began visiting prisoners and holding programs in jails. Along with regularly writing letters to inmates and sending them Srila Prabhupada’s books.
ISKCON Prison Ministry
HH Candramauli Swami is now the leader of the ISKCON Prison Ministry. He has worked tirelessly to document the spiritual progression of the world-wide inmate community. His dedication to the welfare, growth and sustainable rehabilitation of these prisoners has culminated in the book “Holy Jail”. A touching compilation of the activities of the ISKCON Prison Ministry (IPM). In over thirty years of operation, the lives of hundreds of inmates have changed due to the practice of Krishna consciousness and the support received by devotees.
In 1995 he began serving as the resident sannyasi in Chicago. He was based until 2013 when he relocated to Karlovac, Croatia. At present HH Candramauli Swami offers spiritual guidance around Europe, USA and India.
And of course, HH Candramauli Swami is a disciple of ISKCON Founder Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and an initiating spiritual master within the ISKCON movement. Read more about the interview with Panduputra Das.