Srila Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan Maharaj
His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan Maharaj is one of the Acharyas of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, a preacher and the head of Math’s ashram in Vrindavan, the holy place of Lord Krishna’s Appearance.
Maharaj was born in South Africa and got his educated in England. In his youth he worked as a safari guide, visited many African countries, worked as a sailor.
His spiritual quest led him first to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, and then to Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the founder-acharya of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math.
In the early 80s of the last century Maharaj became an initiated disciple of Srila Sridhar Maharaj (he was given the name " Mahananda Das") and began to lead a monastic life serving in the centers of Sri Caitanya Saraswat Math in India and Malaysia.
His service to the community of devotees was rewarded by Srila Sridhar Maharaj who gave him the title "Bhakti Ranjan," "pleasing the Lord's devotees."
For many years Sripad Mahananda Prabhu Brahmachari Bhakti Ranjan was the secretary of the Indian mission of the Math and personally, with great love and diligence, took care of the thousands of pilgrims who came to the Math from all over the world.
In his last will, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, the successor of Srila Sridhar Maharaj, described Sripad Mahananda Prabhu as follows: “And Sripad Mahananda Bhakti Ranjan Prabhu will be head of all the Westerners devotional affairs and behaviours also sometimes. And he will be respected as a chief secretary of Srila Guru Maharaj and my respectable friend, affectionate bandhu, friend, faithful, sincere. This is the position of Sripad Mahananda Prabhu, not will be crossed over by everyone, especially Westerners”.
In 2013 Sripad Mahananda Prabhu took sannyasa (monkhood) from Srila Bhakti Sudhir Goswami Maharaja and received the name "Bhakti Ranjan Madhusudan."
Currently Srila Madhusudan Maharaj preaches in Russia, in Ukraine and other countries, and works as the head of Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math’s temple (center) in Vrindavan, in Northern India.