Comments From Government
Today the Bhagavad-gita
is printed in millions of copies in scores of languages and distributed
in all nooks and corners of the world. The credit for this great,
sacred service goes chiefly to ISKCON.
For this one
accomplishment alone, Indians should be eternally grateful to the
devoted spiritual army of Swami Prabhupada's followers.
Swami Prabhupada went to the United States in 1965. The respect
and popularity his movement gained in a very short span of twelve
years must be regarded as one of the greatest spiritual events of
Prime Minister of India
It's a noble
task and it is a great task that he [Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada]
has accomplished. I have never had the opportunity of seeing him
or hearing him. But as is said about any writer or author, if you
want to know a writer, you see his works. So when I see the works
that he has created the world over in the form of this Krishna Consciousness
Movement I can realize the greatness of that great soul.
Member of Indian Parliament
I have great
respect for you and your associates [of the International Society
for Krishna Consciousness] who serve the Lord according to your
faith and perform many good deeds in these hectic days.
From the Academic Community
was delighted to learn of Danavir Goswami's plans to establish a
Vedic seminary in the United States. The tradition he represents,
Gaudiya Vaishnavism, offers enlightening perspectives on many of
the theological, moral and social issues of the day. All thoughtful
persons benefit from the presence of this perspective in the cultural
and religious kaleidoscope which is America, and I for one welcome
Danavir Goswami's efforts.
Chair, Professor; South Asian Religions,
Buddhism, Indian Judaism, History of Religions
Florida International University
In 1975 when
I first began doing research on ISKCON in Los Angeles I participated
in the Bhakta program on three separate occasions. The Bhakta program
leader at the time was the author of Fortunate Souls. Danavir Goswami
was then, and remains, one of the most enthusiastic devotees I have
ever encountered. His sincere desire to serve Krishna, Srila Prabhupada,
and the many people who have come to the movement over the years
becomes evident in reading this text on the Bhakta program.
The necessity for devotee training to be a life-long commitment
often overlooked and gives importance to the need for the movement
to have an effective Vedic College.
Burke Rochford, Jr.
Author of Hare Krishna in America
Professor of Sociology
Middlebury College, Vermont
I have known
Danavir Goswami (Dr. Dane Holtzman) for more than 15 years, and
have served closely with him on many projects for most of those
years. Also during this time I have worked on an international level
with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and other
Vaisnava organizations in several capacities. Danavir Maharaja is
a world leader, and probably the top authority, on educating new
students in the practical and academic principles of Krsna consciousness.
He has successfully worked in this field for close to three decades
and has written the definitive book, entitled Fortunate Souls, on
this subject. In academia I have initiated undertakings and published
in numerous areas connected with Vedic studies. I believe this is
an extremely important field, and Danavir Maharaja is uniquely qualified
to direct a Vedic college seminary. I am convinced that this endeavor
will greatly add to the cultural and spiritual revitalization of
the United States.
me if I can be of assistance or if you would like further information.
B. Wolf Ph.D.
As the Krishna
consciousness movement matures, it finds itself involved in elaborating
its institutional framework. One key area is developing institutions
for the education and training for those who will move into positions
of spiritual leadership. In most religious communities this task
has been fulfilled by seminaries. The Rupanuga Vedic College represents
an historic first for the Krishna consciousness movement in the
United Statesits first seminary dedicated to the formal education
and training of students preparing for a life of ministering to
others in the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. I
can think of no better person to lead the development of the Rupanuga
Vedic College than Danavir Goswami, who has devoted thirty years
to the training of young people entering the Krishna consciousness
Author of Hidden History of the Human Race
Vedic College (RVC) is primarily a divinity school. A few years
ago, I did extensive research on the program at RVC and other divinity
programs at places such as Harvard, Yale, and the Graduate Theological
Union. I found that their program [RVC's] essentially was the same
as the others with the exception of the language requirement. I
am certain that if a student went through the RVC program, he or
she would be a very knowledgeable person regarding the Krishna Conscious
liturgy and scriptures. Thus the person would be highly qualified
as a priest in ISKCON. In fact, I would venture to say that RVC
has a 100% placement rate among its graduates."
G. Wall, Ph.D.
Professor of Vaisnava Literature and Theology
Institute for Vaisnava Studies
Graduate Theological Union
have known Danavir Goswami (Dr. Dane Holtzman) for many years. His
Rupanuga Vedic College is the culmination of his many years of providing
seminary instruction. Danavir Goswami has the special ability to
impart the sublime Vaishnava tradition in a relevant, meaningful
and comprehensible manner. His students are generally broadminded
and imbibe an appreciation of not only the Vedic tradition but of
all bona fide traditions. This is the trademark of a successful
religious educator. As the director of the Institute for Vaishnava
Studies I look forward to referring many students to the RVC.
Cohen, BS, MS
Institute for Vaisnava Studies
Graduate Theological Union
From the Vaishnava Devotional Community
three decades of assembling and fine-tuning Srila Prabhupada's educational
training system for new students to Vedic science, Danavir Goswami
(Dr. Dane Holtzman) now broadens the scope to include college-level
scholarship. ISKCON approves this long-needed seminarial development
in the shape of Rupanuga Vedic College and envisages far-reaching
ISKCON Governing Body Commission
I am very pleased
to write a letter of recommendation to whoever may be considering
participating or giving support of any kind to the Rupanuga Vedic
College (RVC) in Kansas City. Since the beginning of Danavir Goswami's
activities in service to ISKCON, he has been singularly focused
in purpose, namely that of training and education. Through the course
of years, he has gained so much experience that he is in a very
qualified position to offer courses in Vedic studies through this
now-authorized RVC program.
From my experience,
all of the students who were trained by Danavir Goswami exemplify
the highest standards of Vedic culture, not only in terms of their
qualities of erudition but in terms of their personal character
as well. As we well know, character development is something that
is sorely lacking in our modern education system. The fact that
he is developing the highest standards of character and scriptural
training, both at the same time, is much to his credit. I certainly
hope that the RVC program continues to flourish and grow through
the passage of time.
ISKCON (N. A.) Governing Body Commission Chair
ISKCON International Governing Body Commission Member
Initiating Spiritual Master within ISKCON
I would like
to offer my heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to His Holiness
Danavir Goswami for his exemplary character and extraordinary services
to Srila Prabhupada over the past three decades. Now he has the
opportunity to further expand his role as a leading ISKCON preacher
in North America, bringing along countless new souls closer to their
journey back home to Godhead. His proposed Vedic College/ Seminary
is a forward step in ISKCON history and I am very excited by the
with Maharaja have always been very positive. During his stay in
New Vrndavana he established the Bhakta Training Program there and
I was able to observe first hand the wonderful transformations that
came over the young men enrolled in his three month course. It is
simply remarkable....all good qualities manifest, just as Srila
Prabhupada said they would for anyone engaged in Krishna Consciousness.
I have no blessings
to offer, not having that capacity, but I genuinely offer my deepest
respect and greatest enthusiasm to Maharaja for his courageous undertaking
with regards to the Vedic College. May Lord Chaitanya join your
kirtana party and lead you back home!
ISKCON Governing Body Commissioner
From the Indian Community
Vaisnava culture and Vedic science is not a sectarian concern, limited
to Indians or Hindus. It is the wealth of the universe and deserves
to be capitalized. There can be no doubt that the best method for
accomplishing this is through the establishment of a Vedic college
of non-compromised standard. The Rupanuga Vedic College then, emerges
as a most noble enterprise springing from the pure-hearted desire
of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
have known Danavir Goswami for over ten years. He is truly dedicated
to organizing this college and is, in my opinion, the right person
for the task. We Indians living in America should sincerely pray
for his success.
Vedic College is most probably the only Vaisnava college seminary
in the United States. I think it is a wonderful idea. This will
encourage students to learn the Krsna conscious philosophy in a
Garg (Tirthapada dasa)
Government of India Labor Commissioner (Ret.)
I am deeply
convinced that the lessons offered through the RVC will enlighten
students with spiritual knowledge. Lord Krishna is the Supreme Divine
Truth which shines everywhere like the sun. These rays help all
human beings perceive reality from illusion, spirit from matter
and the eternal from the transitory.
To me the RVC
is fantastic. It is a great way to introduce our Vedic culture,
religion and spirituality into American society. Besides that, the
location of the college couldn't have been better, right next to
two major universities in Kansas City. The sublime Vedic knowledge
is not meant only for Hindus, indeed it is meant for all mankind
and what better way to impart it than within the best hearts and
minds of the student youth.
As I write this,
my thoughts go down memory lane, when as a young man and Krishna
devotee in Bangalore, I believed that no other place was as perfect
to be a Krishna bhakta. But, as time went by and I migrated to Kansas
City, I felt that I would have to give up my Krishna consciousness
or just do it all alone. Little did I know what Krishna had in store
for mehe introduced me to Danavir Goswami of ISKCON. His melodious
music and his extensive knowledge on Vedic Dharma endeared me to
him and his discourses.
was miles away from India, Danavir was able to make me feel at home
in my new country when he and his team welcomed me with their love
and friendship. I had the privilege of traveling with them cross-country.
He would teach Vedic culture to everyone with equal devotion. His
wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to establish a Vedic College
in Kansas City is inspiring.
Engineer Instrumentation & Electronics (Ret.)