|In Devanagari मुकुन्द गोस्वामी|
Other names Michael Grant
|Name Mukunda Goswami|
|Religion Gaudiya Vaishnavism, Hinduism|
Initiation Diksa–1966, Sannyasa–1982
Post ISKCON Guru, Sannyasi, Member of the Governing Body Commission (1984–1999)
Books Miracle on Second Avenue: Hare Krishna Arrives in the West : New York, San Francisco, and London, 19661969
Mukunda goswami memories of srila prabhupada
Mukunda Goswami (Sanskrit: मुकुन्द गोस्वामी; born April 10, 1942) is a spiritual leader (guru) within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (popularly known as ISKCON or the Hare Krishnas).
- Mukunda goswami memories of srila prabhupada
- Miracle on second avenue mukunda goswami
- Early life
- England George Harrison and Apple Records
- ISKCON Public Affairs
- Personal Life and Achievements
Miracle on second avenue mukunda goswami
Mukunda Goswami was born as Michael Grant in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Reed College he became a professional jazz musician and moved to New York to pursue his music career. In 1965 Michael met the Hare Krishna founder A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The next year he was in the first group of initiated disciples, receiving the Sanskrit name Mukunda Dasa.
Mukunda was a pioneer in the early days of the Hare Krishna movement. In 1966 in New York City he helped Bhaktivedanta Swami rent a storefront for the first Hare Krishna temple. In 1967 he founded the first Hare Krishna temple in San Francisco and organized a major music event, the Mantra-Rock Dance.
England, George Harrison, and Apple Records
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada sent Mukunda and wife, Janaki, and two other devotee couples to London in 1968, where they established ISKCON in England.
The devotees met Beatle George Harrison. As well as assisting them in opening the Radha Krishna Temple there, Harrison produced an album of their devotional music, titled The Radha Krsna Temple. The album was released on Apple Records in 1971. Mukunda (credited as Makunda Das Adhikary) wrote the musical arrangements for the songs. The Temple's 1969 hit single, "Hare Krishna Mantra", climbed the pop charts, including the UK Singles Chart. The devotees toured Europe and also appeared on England's Top of the Pops TV show. The song made the devotees famous and proved to be a significant event in establishing ISKCON in Europe. George Harrison considered Mukunda and the others who first came to England to be his lifelong friends.
ISKCON Public Affairs
Mukunda established the ISKCON Communications Office in Los Angeles in 1977. Publications included the ISKCON World Review (starting in 1981) and a series of paperback books: Search for Liberation, Chant and Be Happy, Coming Back, and A Higher Taste vegetarian cookbook. Other publications included Who Are They? magazine, Omni magazine, and the ISKCON Communications Journal (ICJ). Mukunda Goswami is still an ICJ Advisory Board Member.
Personal Life and Achievements
Mukunda's wife left him and ISKCON in England, and Mukunda never remarried. In 1982 he accepted Sannyasa (the renounced order of life) from Jayapataka Swami. From 1984 to 1999, Mukunda Goswami served on the Governing Body Commission as the ISKCON Minister of Communication. Whenever the ISKCON organization was mired in legal troubles Mukunda worked at damage control, but has since left the position in hands of his assistants. The public relations effort has been based in Washington, DC, since the late 1990s. Mukunda lived in San Diego until the late 1990s, then moved to New Zealand, then to the ISKCON New Govardhana community, near Murwillumbah, NSW, Australia. Mukunda's brother, Tom Grant, is a jazz musician in Portland, Oregon.