Bhakti Tirtha Swami
Date of Birth: 02/25/1950
Place of Birth: Cleveland
Citizenship: United States
John Edwin Feyvors born on 25 February 1950 in the city of Cleveland, in the poor a large Christian family. Since childhood, parents instilled in him the qualities as self-confidence, piety and generosity of spirit. In childhood, John periodically appeared on American television in Christian preaching programs. Being one of the best students of Cleveland East Technical High School, John was awarded a scholarship from the prestigious school Hauck, where for years he studied philosophy and political science. During his studies in Haukene, he was a member of the football team and the wrestling team.
In 1968, John Favors went to Princeton University, where, taking the name Toshombe Abdul became the leader of the movement of Martin Luther King`s civil liberties and was in the forefront of political activists campus. He also headed the "Association of Black Students" iispolnyal acting president of the student council. In 1972, he graduated from the University, received his bachelor`s degree in psychology and African-American studies.
Visiting lectures at the university and reading books on various topics, "he came to the conclusion that to acquire knowledge that will soon become obsolete, does not make sense." Shortly after graduating from Princeton, he joined ISKCON and February 16, 1973 received spiritual initiation from the founder of ISKCON Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who gave him the spiritual name in Sanskrit "Ghanashyama Das" ( "Krishna`s servant"). In 1970 Ghanashyama Das preached Gaudiya Vaishnavism in Eastern Europe, spreading the Vaishnava spiritual literature and communicating with scientists.
March 13, 1979, during the festival of Gaura Purnima in New Vrindavan, Ghanashyama Dasa was initiated into the way of life in the renounced order of sannyasa otKirtananady Swami, who at the same time gave him a new spiritual name "Bhakti Tirtha Swami." In the same year he became the first Hare Krishna otpravivishimsya preach in Nigeria. After taking sannyasa, Bhakti Tirtha Swami has been actively traveling around the world, teaching, lecturing and writing books.
In 1982, Bhakti Tirtha Swami was elected a member of the Governing Body Commission, and in 1985 he was appointed as an initiating guru in ISKCON, becoming the first spiritual teacher with African roots in Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Bhakti Tirtha Swami met and started a friendship with a number of celebrities such as Muhammad Ali, and specializing in international relations and conflict resolution, he served as a mentor to some senior members of the UN and such government leaders as Nelson Mandela. In 1990, Bhakti Tirtha Swami in zasluguza work carried out in Africa, was crowned supreme leader of the tribe of Warri in Nigeria.
Bhakti Tirtha Swami died of cancer on June 27, 2005 in the Vaishnava community Geeta Nagar in central Pennsylvania. February 7, 2006 Board of the District of Columbia has officially recognized that The performed Bhakti Tirtha Swami social work has had a positive impact on the civil rights and freedom of the human inhabitants of the District of Columbia.
In 2007 he published a biography of Bhakti Tirtha Swami, written Vaishnava writer Stephen Rouzenom and entitled