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   Bhakti Gauravani Goswami, born in Germany in 1951, met devotees in Hamburg in the summer of 1971, while doing mandatory military service. After reading Srila Prabhupada’s translation of Sri Isopanisad and receiving guidance from Prabhupada’s disciples at ISKCON’s Hamburg temple, he became a vegetarian, shaved his head, and lived (as far as circumstances allowed) a devotional life while still in the army. To help him focus, devotees asked him to translate the Second Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam into German. Shortly after his discharge, he traveled to Paris in June 1972 to meet Srila Prabhupada, who accepted him as his disciple and gave him the spiritual name Vedavyas das.

   For the next eight years, Vedavyas translated his spiritual master’s work into German and managed the German BBT. After moving to Spain in 1981, he oversaw the printing for the Spanish BBT and assisted in the administration of the Spanish temples.

In 1982, he met his future wife, Rasamrita devi dasi, with whom he would raise four children.

In 1985, he established the European office of the Spanish BBT and organized the translation and production of Prabhupada’s books in Spain. During the next ten years, the Srimad-Bhagavatam and several other works were published in Spanish, and the Sri Caitanya-caritamrita was translated and prepared for publication.

   For the occasion of Srila Prabhupada’s Centennial Celebration, in 1996, Vedavyas wrote and published a book called Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples in Germany, which narrates the history of ISKCON Germany from 1969 to 1977 and features the memories of most of Prabhupada’s disciples involved in ISKCON Germany. A new revised and enlarged edition with over 260 photographs was published for Srila Prabhupada's 125th appearance day on August 31 2021.

   In 2006, Vedavyas wrote and published a small book in Spanish about the destiny that awaits different people after death, entitled ¿A dónde vamos?. A new edition and an English translation entitiled Where Are We Going? have being published by the Spanish BBT on the occasion of Prabhupada's 125th Anniversary in 2021.

   In 2007, Vedavyas and his wife entered into the retired order of life, vanaprastha. Seven years later, after 32 years of marriage, Vedavyas das entered into the renounced order of life. On the auspicious day of Gaura Purnima in 2014 he received sannyasa initiation and his new name Bhakti Gauravani Goswami from His Holiness Prahladananda Swami in Sridham Mayapur.

At present, Bhakti Gauravani Goswami is re-translating Srila Prabhupada's books into German while also continuing with his own writing and recording projects.