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Dhanurdhara Swami was initiated into the Gau__y_ Vai__ava lineage by _r_la A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhup_da in 1974. In 1982, he accepted the sanny_sa __rama or renounced order of life. Dhanurdhara Swami is the author of three books Ñ Waves of Devotion: A Comprehensive Study of The Nectar of Devotion, Greetings from Vrindavana, a selected collection of his thoughts and realizations from 2000Ð2004, and Japa Meditations: Contemplations on Entering the Holy Name, a collection of selected personal realizations on japa meditation by Mah_r_ja and others. Dhanurdhara Swami spends half of the year in India where he focuses on bhajana, studying, writing and taking people on pilgrimage of holy places. The other half of the year Mah_r_ja is in the West where he spends his time traveling and speaking about bhakti-yoga.