info on Danavir Goswami can be found here: www.rvc.edu/danavir
Goswami (Dr. Dane Holtzman) was born in Los Angeles in 1949. He
studied sociology and economics at the University of California,
Los Angeles (UCLA). While there he excelled in athletics and was
selected the Most Valuable Player of 1970 (indoor volleyball) by
the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and won the
international 2-man beach volleyball tournament at Santa Cruz.
June 11, 1970, he met His Divine Grace A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and received initiation from
him in February of 1971. Later that year, he was appointed temple
president of the Portland, Oregon branch of ISKCON. Then he became
the national sales manager for ISKCON's Spiritual Sky Scented Products
Company, until he was asked to institute the world's first Bhakta
Program in October of 1974 at the Los Angeles temple. Under the
direction of Srila Prabhupada, Danavir Goswami proceeded to inaugurate
Bhakta Programs elsewhere in America, Europe, Africa, India, etc.
Presently this comprehensive educational system for new devotees
is standard throughout ISKCON.
In 1980, Danavir
Goswami inaugurated Friends of Lord Krishna (FOLK), a lay congregational
network in the UK, likely the Society's first. Thereafter he became
director of ISKCON Scotland, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, Holland and
Belgium. In 1987 he was elected to ISKCON's thirty-man world Governing
Body Commission and authorized as an initiating spiritual master.
1989 he returned to America to co-direct KrishnaFest, a national
traveling Vedic cultural festival which included music, lectures
and multimedia theater. In the 1990's he commissioned the establishment
of a permanent center in Osafia, Israel to teach Israeli Druze about
Krishna consciousness. He has earned the Bhakti-sastri and Bhakti-vaibhava
degrees from ISKCON and his Masters and Doctoral degrees in Vaisnava
Philosophy and Vaisnava Administration in 1996 from the Florida
Vedic College. Danavir Goswami has taught courses in five major
universities, lectured at over 100 colleges and many diverse religious
institutions, and appeared on numerous TV and radio talk shows.
He is the author
of Fortunate Souls, His Divine Grace, Change of Heart,Vedic Cosmology,
RVC Prospectus, Bright Side---The Ultimate System of Self Improvement,
Brain Gain ---Wisdom of Celibacy and Chastity, Garga-samhita Canto
1 Part 1 "Krsna's Planet, "Garga-samhita Canto 1 Part
2 "Krsna Comes to Earth," Garga-samhita Canto 1 Part 3
"Krsna, the Butter Thief,"Garga-samhita Canto 2 Part 1
"Krsna Enters Vrndavana," Garga-samhita Canto 2 Part 2
"Krsna's Vraja Sports,"
He is co-author/editor
of Vedic Paradigm, Diksa Diksa, Poison Antidote, Uttama Sloka, Pocket
Temple Song Book, Commentaries-on 5th Canto Bhagavatam Cosmology,
The Surya-siddhanta and Siddhanta-siromani, Bhu-golaTattva- Science
of the Round Earth, Puranic Cosmology and twelve volumes of Vaisnava
Society Journal. He is also the subject of the book, "If Attacked
I'll Chant Hare Krishna."
serves as inaugural president of Rupanuga Vedic College (RVC)in
Kansas City, Missouri.