His Divine Grace Krsna Balaram Swami appeared in a family of enlightened Gauda-Brahmana Vaisnavas who scrutinize the Yajurveda, one of the four highly recognized ancient Vedas. He appeared in Sri Vrindaban Dhama, the most holy place in India on July 1, 1956. His birth dynasty dates directly back to Kasyapa Muni (one of the seven mentally conceived sons of the first created being, Lord Brahma).
Swamiji’s father, Sri Hare Krishna Pandeya, a highly respected Spiritual Master of many in the Vrindaban area began tutoring his son at the tender age of four, at their home in Vrindaban. At the age of eight, Swamiji’s father enrolled him in Vrindaban’s renowned Nimbarka Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya College where he lived in the dorm and studied continually for eight years. There he became fluent in understanding Sanskrit perfectly. As a brilliant student, he was then transferred to an English college where he learned to translate the ancient Vedas into English.
Swamiji’s dynasty is famous as Khajiri since the time of his ancestors. One of his ancestors daily blessed the king. One day, due to an overload of managerial duties the day before, the king was absent from the palace where the blessing would take place. Understanding that the king was not going to attend the blessing that day, the Pandit (Swamiji’s ancestor), not wanting to waste the religious paraphernalia and auspicious moments, left the palace. Outside the palace, he came upon an old dried up Khajura tree (date tree) on which he performed the blessing. The next day the king awoke on time and was awaiting the Pandit’s arrival when he saw the Khajura tree fresh and green with vigorous life. He asked his servant, “How this had come about.” The servant replied, “As you did not awake yesterday for the blessing, the Pandit blessed the tree instead, thereby the tree has flourished.” Since that time Swamiji’s dynasty is famous as the Khajiri.
After receiving initiation from his Spiritual Master, Swamiji preached the unchanged, age old science of God around the world. He then wrote many books in Sanskrit and English for a foundation to further spread the science of God. In 1990 he registered the Bhagavat Dharma Samaj, a society dedicated to enlighten the illusioned people of the world.
Recognized as a genuine authority on Vedic knowledge, the title, Mahant (High Priest) was awarded to Swamiji in 1991 by the four Vaisnava Sampradayas (traditional spiritual schools).
Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, a recognized authority on Gaudiya Vaisnavism says that if you want to learn spiritual life perfectly, you should go to Vrindaban and learn from the Vrjavasis, the local residents. Swamiji being both in Vrindaban is a Vrjjavasi and knows the science of God per¬fectly. One of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabu’s favorite disciples, Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura states the following in his Sri Vrindaban Mahimamrtam:
varnasam bhramano guruh brahmana nam guru sanyasi
sanyasinam guruh avinasi avinasinam guruh vrjavasi
“The Brahmana is the Guru of the four social orders (Brahmana, Ksatriya, Vaisya, and Sudra), the Sanyasi is the Guru of the Brahmanas the perfected being is the Guru of the Sanyasis, and the Vrjavasi is the Guru of the perfected beings.”
Swamiji is currently writing Srimad Bhagavatam with Vrjavasi Commentaries which we hope will enlighten the readers on the transcendental path.
—Dr. Deepak Seth M.D.