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, and also being a member of the core committee of congregation development at ISKCON Chowpatty, he trains the congregation, brahmacharis (monks) 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 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 third and most recent self-help book ‘Cricket in a Monastery’ is written as fiction. In this story, he shares valuable life lessons from a game of cricket.
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 travelled 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.”