Jaya Devi (PhD Sanskrit) is the author of From Taj to Vraj, a Feminine Spiritual Odyssey and the founder of the website http://www.yourfemininespirituality.org
Born in Belgium, she grew up with her family until the age of twenty-three when she left on a world-wide bicycle tour to search for a deeper experience of love. She traveled to many countries but her quest remained unfulfilled until she found her spiritual home in India. In 2006 she became a disciple of Sri SatyanarayanaDasaBabaji, the founder-director of the Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies, Vrindavan.
She then joined the ashram at the Jiva Institute where she has been the Secretary for the past ten years. She manages the ashram and library along with coordinating their seminars and cultural activities. During this time, she co-authored two booklets with her guru namely, The Yoga of Eating and Spiritual Health, which are published by Jiva Institute. She has also published two books, the Bhagavad Gita and Hitopadesha, translated from Sanskrit into her native Dutch language with Professor Winand Callewaert, D.lit.
Her desire is to encourage and inspire those on a spiritual journey for which she is writing books, maintaining the website http://www.yourfemininespirituality.org and giving retreats at the Jiva Institute in Vrindavan and worldwide.
Manjaridasi (LLB, Auckland, New Zealand) is the author of Gauradesh, a Devotional Guide to Navadvip Dham and Death Divine that illustrates the lives and deaths of women spiritual seekers. She is the editor of From Taj to Vraj and several other books and is a member of the editing board of Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies. She is also the editor and contributor of the website www.yourfemininespirituality.org
Manjari gave up her career as a lawyer and left her home country, New Zealand, in 1985 to fulfill her inner calling for the divine. After visiting India several times and experiencing the devotional and cultural heritage there, she decided to stay in India permanently and has since become an Indian citizen.
She is a disciple of Sri Sri Ananta das BabajiMaharaj and lives in Radhakunda, Govardhan, twenty kilometers from Vrindavan. Her desire is to help others through sharing knowledge of the divine and to give support and shelter to women spiritual seekers for which she has constructed a small traditional ashram in Radhakunda.
Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji
Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji, born in 1954, was drawn to the spiritual traditions of his home country India since his childhood. After receiving a postgraduate degree in 1978 from the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and working in the USA for four years, he returned to India.
He studied the formal systems of Indian philosophy known as Sad-darsana for more than twenty-five years under the direct guidance of his guru Sri Haridas Sastri Maharaja, and also studied Nyaya with Swami Syama Sarana Maharaja. In 1991 he accepted the traditional Vaisnava order of renounced life, babaji-vesa. In 1998 he established the Jiva Institute of Vaishnava Studies in the holy place of Vrindavana where he teaches Sanskrit and various Indian scriptures. His main focus has been the translation of the works of Jiva Gosvami, particularly the Sat-sandarbhas, a series of six treaties on Srimad Bhagavatam. He also has four shastric degrees, a law degree and a PhD in Sanskrit from Agra University.
For the last ten years he has been teaching at different institutions and universities in Europe and the United States including: Université Terre de Ciel, France, Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and the Mississippi State University. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of Hindu University of America, Florida and a member of the Editorial Board for Bilingual Sanskrit Series of Global Scholarly Publications, U.S.A.
Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji has started the ongoing Bhakti Tirtha Course, which everyone can attend during the yearly winter sessions running from October to March.
Satyanarayana Dasa Babaji has been honored for his extraordinary contributions in spreading Vedic culture both in India and internationally. In 1994 he was honored by Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, the President of India, for his translation of JivaGosvami’s TattvaSandarbha. In 2012, he was awarded the Sahitya Sammana trophy and certificate of honor by the present President of India, Honorable Pranab Mukherjee. In 2015, the IIT Delhi Alumni Association honored him for his outstanding contribution to social welfare.