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Vraja Bihari Das (Legal name – Venugopal Acharya) is a full-time monk, author, and spiritual teacher at Shri Shri Radha Gopinath Mandir, ISKCON Chowpatty, for the last two decades.

He has a Majors degree in Economics and a Masters in Monetary Policy and International Finance.

He shares his daily reflections, meditations, and discourses on his website With over 1000+ articles on his website and hundreds of talks on his YouTube channel, he continues to help and guide the masses across borders through his social media.

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, He counsels young men in the monastery and trains a satellite community of 100+ families at Borivali in Northern Mumbai.

He is well known for his deep study of Vedic & Contemporary History and presenting it in a very relevant way in the form of Life-Enhancing seminars for the Corporates & Students physically and online. Teaching Bhakti-Yoga (a form of Yoga that includes investing emotions and prayers) is one of his favorite subjects.

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 travelled and spoken in the USA, Australia, UK, Germany, Russia, and other parts of Europe and the Middle East. He shares candid thoughts on mental hygiene, spiritual discipline, and finding deep emotional fulfillment in his talks. His lucid and cheerful talks connect to the audience from all walks of life; his main strength is harmonizing 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.”