Venugopal Acharya (Vraja bihari dasa)
Venugopal Acharya (also known as – Vraja Bihari Das) is a full-time monk, counselor, self-help author, lifestyle coach and teacher at Shri Shri Radha Gopinath Mandir, ISKCON Chowpatty, since the last two decades.
He has a Majors degree in Economics and a Masters in Monetary Policy and International Finance.
He joined the Times Group after completing his MBA in Finance and has wealth of corporate experience, having undertaken projects for multinational companies such as KPMG Pete Marwick and ICICI Bank. As a member of the education and training body for congregation development at ISKCON Chowpatty, Vraja Bihari Das counsels young men in the monastery and trains a satellite community of 150 families at Borivali in Northern Mumbai.
He shares his daily reflections, meditations, and discourses on his website www.yogaformodernage.com With over 950+ articles on his website and over hundreds of talks on his YouTube channel, Mr. Acharya continues to help and guide the masses across borders through his social media (@vacharya108 – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter).
His recent release ‘Mind your Mind- three principles for happy living’ is a result of his daily study, writing, contemplation and prayers over the last twenty years. In his writings he shares different tools to help one feel loved and improve relationships with oneself and with those who matter to us. One of his works- a fiction- called ‘Cricket in a Monastery’ reveals valuable life lessons from a game of cricket.
He is a seasoned international speaker, having traveled and spoken in the USA, Australia, UK, Germany, Russia, and other parts of Europe and Middle East. In his talks he shares candid 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.”