Shri Brajnath Goswami
Shri Brajnath Goswami, the lone son of Shri Kalicharan Goswami and Smt. Rati Goswami, was born in West Bengal Calcutta, in 1963. Born into an affluent family, he was educated at a prestigious school and lived the life of an ordinary youth. At the age of 21, he visited Vrindavan after completing his undergraduate studies in Philosophy at Calcutta University. Captivated by the potency and enchantment of Vraj and its saintly inhabitants, he embarked on an inspirational journey, leaving his home and family wealth in Calcutta and moving to Vrindavan.
During subsequent years, he studied Sanskrit and stayed with saintly persons. In their association he was inspired to delve deeper into spiritual life. He studied the Vedic scriptures (including the Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam and Sri Caitanya Caritamrta) and gained profound inspiration from the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his associates.
Witnessing the plight of Vrindavan's elderly women, widows, single mothers and young children at the hands of neglect, poverty, abuse and illness, he was motivated to help alleviate their suffering and guide them in their spiritual lives.
It took almost 10 years to turn his vision into reality. In 1995, as a result of years of hard work and dedication, on the auspicious day of 'Akshaya Tritiya', Shri Brajnath Goswami established an ashram, naming it Shri Krishna- Shrayam (translates literally to shelter of Shri Krishna). In addition to running the ashram, he conducts sermons and discourses around India and the UK on Gaudiya Vaishnav philosophy, in particular the topics encompassed within the Srimad Bhagavatam.