Giriraj Swami was born Glenn Phillip Teton, the only son of a respected Chicago lawyer who was later appointed judge. While studying at Brandeis University in Boston, he met His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and accepted formal initiation from him.

Giriraj Swami is currently focusing on one of the main personal instructions he received from Srila Prabhupada—to write. He is the author of Watering the Seed and Many Moons and the editor of Life’s Final Exam: Death and Dying from the Vedic Perspective and is working on several publications.

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Srila Prabhupada speaks about the nature of devotional service while introducing HH Giriraj Swami (Giriraj Das, in 1970’s) during the Juhu temple construction.

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Glories of His Holiness

Glories of His Holiness

Don't we all have that one special exchange with our beloved Guru Maharaj, that we just can't stop talking about? Or the moment when we realize that dealing with our Spiritual Master, is not just dealing with the ordinary... If you would like to tell us "Your Story",...

My Favorite Excerpt

My Favorite Excerpt

Do you have a favorite excerpt from one of the books by Guru Maharaj? Has any specific section touched your heart or affected your consciousness deeply? If so, please share those valuable gems that you treasure so dearly. Along with the excerpt, one may also post a...

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SB 2.1.11 – The First Step in God Realization

SB 2.1.11 – The First Step in God Realization

June 16, 2020 Questions & Answers DEVOTEE (1): My question is about the aspect of klesaghni. One of the immediate effects of pure devotional service is it reduces distress—that is klesaghni. Is it okay to share this with others while preaching about the benefits...

SB 2.1.11 – The First Step in God Realization

Srila Prabhupada Katha

June 12, 2020 Questions & Answers DEVOTEE (1): You began by saying, with the story, that we should not take parampara for granted. I can feel that you also follow and understand the value of it and never took it for granted because you personally have gone through...

SB 2.1.11 – The First Step in God Realization

SB 7.5.12 – Prahlada Maharaja, the Saintly Son of Hiranyakasipu

May 24, 2020 Questions & Answers DEVOTEE (1): Is there any difference in the quality of the living entities? A living entity might be doing more service than another or the same work for the Lord. So is there any quality difference among the living entities?...

SB 2.1.11 – The First Step in God Realization

SB 1.8.25 – Prayers by Queen Kunti

May 23, 2020 Questions & Answers DEVOTEE (1): Mercy and grace are everywhere in a devotee’s life—grace and mercy of the spiritual master, Krishna, the devotees and the holy name. So, could you enlighten us a little more about the nature of this grace and mercy,...