Venugopal Acharya (Vraja bihari dasa)
Vraja Bihari Das is a full-time monk, counselor, self-help author and teacher at Shri Shri Radha Gopinath Mandir, ISKCON Chowpatty since the last two decades.
He joined the Times Group after completing his MBA in Finance and a Masters in International finance. He has wealth of corporate experience, having undertaken projects for multinational companies such as KPMG and ICICI Bank.
As a member of the education and training body of ISKCON Chowpatty, he trains the congregation, brahmacharis and counsels a satellite community of 150 devotees at Borivali in Mumbai. He shares his reflections, meditations, and discourses through his website “www.yogaformodernage.com“. With over 600+ articles on his website Vraj Bihari Das continues to help and guide the masses across borders.
Furthermore, his insatiable thirst for writing and sharing his vision drove him to author three books. His books are easy to read and aimed at finding answers to the most common questions in our day to day life. His most recent release ‘Are you Connected’ is published by the world’s top-ranked publishing group, Penguin Random House. In this, he shares different tools and skills to help one feel loved and improve relationships with those who matter to us.
His upcoming self-help book ‘Cricket in a Monastery’ is written as fiction. In this story, he shares valuable life lessons from a game of cricket, and the book would be released in February’ 2018.
He guides congregation, monks, and members of the public through outreach programs during his regular visits to the UK. He is a seasoned international speaker, having traveled and spoken in Russia, Bahrain and Australia where he shares his thoughts on mental hygiene, spiritual discipline, and finding deep emotional fulfillment. His lucid and cheerful talks connect to the audience from all walks of life; his main strength being the ability to harmonize wisdom from the Vedic era to enhance our modern lives. He often says, “The principles of life are simple and same everywhere: just apply even a little, and see a big difference.”