Swami was born in New York City and attended New York University.
He moved to Santa Monica, California in 1954 and worked in motion
pictures for three years. Then, after an epiphany, he embarked on
a journey to find the true purpose of life. On discovering it, he
returned to New York in 1957 to study and then later teach the science
of ashtanga yoga. In 1963 he directed a yoga center, gradually building
it up from a few regular students to about 400. He also lectured
regularly, wrote articles on yoga in national magazines, occasionally
demonstrated yoga exercises on TV, and counseled students privately.
Although he taught some spiritual knowledge, his chief interest
was in showing people how to achieve a healthy body and a serene
In 1976, wanting to deepen his realization
of the Divine, he moved to West Los Angeles to study at the ISKCON
temple various aspects of Bhakti yoga (the yoga of love and devotion
to God) under the famous spiritual master A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupada. From this highly advanced teacher, Amala-bhakta Swami
was initiated into techniques that enabled him to attain and maintain
inner peace, joy, and strength continuously, even under the most
trying conditions. He also became an expert in explaining some of
India's ancient classics, such as the Bhagavad Gita and
Mahabharata, with a view to helping people acquire virtue,
wisdom, self-knowledge and God-realization.
Amala-bhakta Swami still resides near the
same temple in Los Angeles, teaching, counseling, and lecturing
regularly, but he also travels extensively to other states and countries,
performing similar services. He has also written the four published
books displayed on this website, and has produced, directed, and
narrated hundreds of hours of audio books, both dramatic and non-dramatic,
mostly written by his spiritual master, for Krishna Productions.
Amala-bhakta Swami's books are about India's divine incarnations
and saints, and are designed to assist truth-seekers in viewing
ideal devotees of God to model their lives around.
On Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Los Angeles ISKCON temple
he was duly initiated into the holy order of Sannyasa by H. H. Radhanath
Swami and renamed Amala-bhakta Swami in a traditional ancient Vedic
fire ceremony. See video below:
Although Amala-bhakta Swami is over eighty
years old, he is highly energetic and rarely ill. He attributes
this not only to genetic factors, but also to a lifestyle which
consists of yoga postures and physical exercises, mostly raw foods,
regular spiritual disciplines, dancing fervently before the temple
Deities, and of course--the grace of his guru and God. His greatest
pleasure is to help persons develop their faith in, service to,
and love for God, which alone, he believes, can bring one lasting
peace, continuous joy, and boundless happiness.