Members of Our Team
Tapana Misra Das
Tapana Misra dasa started associating with ISKCON devotees in 1997 while studying at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Over the following twenty years had the good fortune to serve and experience Krishna consciousness in different environments – university program, temple resident, congregation member, yatra leader and resident at a holy dham. He now lives with his wife Indira-sakhi devi dasi and their two daughter Krishangi and Gaurangi at Sridham Mayapur. Tapana Misra dasa had a very successful career in the secular world, managing investments for large financial institutions and representing the government on the Board of directors of billion dollar plus enterprises. In 2014 at the age of thirty six, he gladly gave up his career in favor of serving ISKCON and adopted simpler living and higher thinking being inspired by his diksha guru H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Maharaj, H.D.G. Srila Prabhupada and Srimad Bhagavatam. His voluntary services for ISKCON are – Director, Global Duty Officers, ISKCON; Minister, Ministry of Education, ISKCON; Voting Member, GBC, ISKCON; Committee Member – GBC Organization Development, GBC Nominations, Mayapur Master Plan Coordination, Mayapur Strategic Planning. Currently his annual teaching commitments include the Bhakti Vaibhava, Bhakti Shastri, GBC College, ISKCON Leadership and Management programs as co-facilitator. He was instrumental in establishing the preaching in a very challenging country in the Middle East which he continues to serve and supervise. Tapana Misra dasa has a B.Tech from IIT Delhi and MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University and few other professional qualifications. Within ISKCON, Tapana Misra dasa has a received GBC College for Leadership Zonal Supervisor (Gold Medal), GBC Guru Services Committee – Spiritual Leadership diploma and few other educational qualifications. He has traveled widely across the world to over 50 countries and shares Srila Prabhupada’s message wherever the opportunity presents itself.
Abhay Charan Das
Abhay Charan Das is a second generation ISKCON devotee and Ex-Gurukuli. He spent his childhood in the Dallas Gurukul, and his early adolescence in the Mayapur Bhaktivedanta Ashram near the Goshala. This was a defining experience for him, as he returned to Mayapur in 2020 after graduating with a Bachelors in Finance from Houston Baptist University in 2019. He has been serving full time with the Ministry of Education since then.
Kripa Siddha Swarup Das
Kripa Siddha Swarup Das was born in 2001 in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the age of 10 he moved to Sridham Mayapur, enrolling into the Bhaktivedanta Academy, where he would continue to study for the next decade. He was integral to the creation of Gurukula’s YouTube Channel, and graduated in a vedic ceremony in May of 2021. He has been serving full-time in the Ministry of Education since November of 2021.
Krishna Premarupa Das
Books are the Basis Coordinator
Krishna Premarupa Dasa, born in 1977 in Zurich, Switzerland, came in contact with Krishna Consciousness at the age of twenty-two and joined ISKCON Zurich in 2001. After living for one year in Odhisa, India, he received initiation from H.H. Bhakti Svarupa Damodara Swami in Imphal, Manipur, in 2002.
From 2007 to 2021, he has served as the Temple President for ISKCON Zurich and presently serves as the Zonal Supervisor for ISKCON Switzerland. Despite his managerial responsibilities, he always prioritized studying and teaching Srila Prabhupada’s books. He is a Bhakti Sastri and Bhakti Vaibhava Teacher and conducts various other courses.
In October 2019, he was appointed as a GDO in the area of Education. At the ISKCON Ministry for Education, he serves in the project ‘Books are the Basis’ with the mission to inspire devotees worldwide to read Srila Prabhupada’s books more often.
Russel Sara is a professional broadcast television camera operator, a professional broadcast television news editor, and manager of the ISKCON Melbourne YouTube channel. He also serves as video editor for Chaitanya Charan Prabhu, the ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection, and ISKCON Hermeneutics. He has been diligently serving the ISKCON Ministry of Education since the summer of 2020.
Syam Gopal Das
Content Translator – Russian
Born in 1979 in Siberia, Syam Gopal Das started repeating the Maha-mantra in 1998 after listening to lectures on audio cassettes. In 2000, he acquired Srila Prabhupada’s books, and began reading them and joined ISKCON in 2003. From 2005 to 2018, he helped in the development of preaching in the Krasnoyarsk Territory and the Altai Republic (Russia, Siberia). Since 2019, he has been living with his family in Mayapur, serving in the team of the ISKCON Ministry of Education and the pujaris of the Pancha-Tattva Altar. He teaches “Bhakti-sastri” and “Bhakti-Vaibhava” and other courses in ISKCON. He also translates content into Russian and edits videos, books on devotional service and Vaishnava education.
Service in Ministry of Education: translation of materials into Russian. Video editing and dubbing. Distribution of announcements and videos for Russian-speaking devotees. Development of training programs on Srila Prabhupada’s little books within the framework of the “Books are the basis” program.