Ekalavya Das Brahmachari was born in New York City, USA in 1965, the same year that ISKCON Founder Acarya, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to New York. His mother’s younger sister would regularly hear Srila Prabhupada’s Kirtans in Tompkins Square Park in 1966.Although living in the capital of Kali Yuga, New York City, Ekalavya expressed his interests in spiritual topics even at a young age. He began chanting Hare Krishna in 1977 at the age of 12. When he was 15 years old, Ekalavya received Bhagavad Gita As It Is from his sister as a birthday present.
Ekalavya was born in an affluent family which encouraged education, culture and the arts. Bouncing on his father’s knee, he began his studies of piano at the age of five. At the age of six, he started guitar lessons. At the age of seven he began trumpet lessons. By the time he entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1982, he had already learned sixteen different instruments and performed in music groups in prestigious venues across the USA. As a college student, he worked part time as a music producer, composer, recording engineer, and as the Director of Electronic Music at the Aaron Copeland Music and Arts Program. In 1984, he was brought to the Boston Hare Krishna temple by a friend and became a regular visitor there while continuing his studies. In 1987, Ekalavya received his degree from Berklee College of Music in Recording Engineering and Production; a unique science combining acoustic engineering, electrical engineering and music. The next three years were a time of spiritual exploration. After graduating from college in 1987, he traveled as a professional musician and spiritual seeker to more than 25 countries. The culmination of these travels was the realization that service to Lord Krishna and the chanting of His holy names is the highest possible activity.
Ekalavya Das joined ISKCON as a brahmachari in 1991 in Ireland, Europe. He traveled to London to Bhaktivedanta Manor (donated by George Harrison of the Beatles) for deeper understanding of Krishna conscious philosophy. Joining the ISKCON Padayatra, a group of devotees walking from Belfast to Moscow, he traveled by foot through Holland, Belgium, France and Spain, distributing Krishna consciousness. In 1992, during a meeting in Spain with his spiritual master, His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaja, he received the instruction to go to India. Today, Ekalavya Das often serves Lokanath Maharaja as his personal secretary. He is currently locked down in Pandharpur, Maharashtra. He has been appointed by the GBC as a member of the newly formed ISKCON Kirtan Ministry. He is the secretary of the ministry. His services include coordinating ISKCON’s Annual International World Holy Name Festival. He is a senior member of the GBC deputies.
He is a candidate for sannyasa, now on the one year list. He is a well known traveling preacher in the world of international ISKCON having visited many countries including USA, Canda, France, England, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Spain, Belgium, Holland, Guyana, Trinidad, Mauritius, South Africa, Botswana, Russia, India, Damodardesh, Shyamdesh, Avataridesh, Mathuradesh, etc, etc.
LOK MEDIA MONDAY VOL. 3 – March 22, 2021
Hare Krishna! Welcome to LOK.MEDIA Monday Vol. 3.
In this issue, we share the latest developments in our sannyasa celebration plans, website, and LOK.STUDIO.
LOK.MEDIA website: We have created a dedicated page to my upcoming sannyasa celebration. All updates, online links, schedule, etc will be there, with the mercy of Lord Krishna. You can visit here: https://lok.studio/sannyasa/
Blog: “You wanted to come here…” To this material world… I have started a new blog series called, “TEACHINGS OF LOKANATH SWAMI”. As I am staying with Gurumaharaja for the past one year, I am fortunate to receive many personal instructions from him. I am utilizing this blog as an opportunity to share those teachings. You can read the blog here: https://lok.studio/you-wanted-to-come-to-the-material-world/
LOK.STUDIO: Phase 2 of the AC installation took place over 3 days time. 8 AC diffusers were placed in the studio, connected to Flex Duct, Sound Reducing Baffle Boxes, and the Fan Control Units (FCU). Baffle Boxes were inspected and corrections made. Now researching the Isolation Required for different thicknesses of glass for the windows. We are planning to purchase glass tomorrow. Situation is a little tense as there is another potential lockdown coming up as Maharashtra has 60% of COVID cases in India. With the mercy of Lord Krishna, the AC wallas will be able to come back next week and finish the AC installation.
I added some photos of a studio tour that Gurumaharaja and I did this week together. https://lok.studio/ac-installation-part-ii/
Welcome to LOK.MEDIA MONDAY! We plan to offer you the latest news from LOK.MEDA every Monday.
LOK.MEDIA: We worked on our website. We added a photo gallery, and added a new blog template. We made several blog entries. We started a new blog category, “LOK.NECTAR” for Krishna conscious topics as inspired by my personal association with H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja. I have been with Maharaja continuously for the past year and I feel that this is a good opportunity to keep an account of some of Maharaja’s nectarian instructions.
We have begun work on a 16 page article for Back to Godhead Magazine on the Glories of Sri Pandharpur Dhama. Today, Dinesh Prabhu, a professional photographer arrived in Pandharpur to begin three days of shooting for the article.
Yesterday, H.H. Lokanath Maharaja requested me to prepare a short video giving a tour of Sri Pandharpur Dhama. Taking help of Bhakta Amit Prabhu and Bhakta Dhaval Prabhu, we got some beautiful footage. We premiered it online during Maharaja’s presentation on Zoom to the congregation of ISKCON Bergen County, New Jersey, USA.
LOK.STUDIO: This week, our team of three carpenters were hard at work. They put in two window frames designed to accommodate double glass windows. The butterfly doors (2 doors in one door frame), are hung in their frames. We constructed a shed to protect our Air Conditioning System.
This coming week we are looking forward to the visit of HG Sri Krishna Bhajan Prabhu from Pune who will help oversee the wiring for the AC system, as well as starting the next and final phase of the AC installation, which we plan to complete by March 14. Carpenters will continue their work by applying veneer to the doors, and completing the third and last window frame.