Who is Jayapataka Swami?
American born Gordon John, aka Jayapataka Swami, Founding Chairman of Food For Life, a food relief charity which has fed over 6 billion needy people over 50 years has marked the 50th year anniversary of complete dedication to society at large on Wednesday 26th August 2020.

American boy, born in Wisconsin, Jayapataka Swami speaks 12 languages fluently, including Bengali, Hindi, Spanish and other native Indian dialects.

Guinness Book record holder
Guinness Book of record holder for most travelled man on the planet in his service to humanity. There is hardly a place in the world he has not travelled.

Pioneer of prison reformation meditation programs conducted all over the world.

Millions of followers
Jayapataka Swami has millions of followers around the world, including members of the Royal families of Thailand, Bahrain and Nepal.

In 1978, when floods ravaged West Bengal, Jayapataka Swami risked his life several times, braving flood waters in inadequate boats, to deliver emergency flood relief supplies to villagers stranded on tree-tops and roof-tops. This and countless other selfless services for the masses of India caused tens of thousands of villagers to petition the Central Government to grant Jayapataka Swami Indian citizenship. This was granted by the Indian Government Home Ministry in 1978.

Jayapataka Swami has built a city on the banks of the Ganges with a population of over 10,000 people.

Online yoga and meditation programs
Despite suffering a debilitating stroke in 2009 and a dual liver and kidney transplant in 2018, His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj is continuing to pioneer online yoga and meditation programs through social media and VR. Despite ongoing health issues, Jayapataka Swami is conducting 6 to 8 online programs a day, reaching audiences all over the world.

A saintly soul, who has fully dedicated himself to the service of humanity.

Founding Director of Temple of Vedic Planetarium Exhibitions
Founding Director of Temple of Vedic Planetarium Exhibitions, working in partnership with Alfred Ford, (Grandson and heir apparent of Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company), building world’s first Planetarium presentation of the cosmos.

JPS Care – Launch of Jayapataka Swami Care
on Nityananda Trayodasi 2021

Prominent Projects


ISKCON Mayapur is the spiritual world headquarters of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and up to 10,000 pilgrims visit each day. Six guest houses accommodate up to three thousand pilgrims a night. Two large dining halls, more than a thousand guests can receive Krishna prasadam at one time.

To learn about ISKCON Mayapur more, visit the website: http://mayapur.com

Temple of the Vedic Planetarium

The fulfilment of the desire of visionaries, from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu down to Srila Prabhupada, saints and incarnations, the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium is a unique and ambitious project to make the vast culture and philosophy of the timeless Vedic tradition accessible to everyone.

Visit the website: http://tovp.org for more information

ISKCON Congregation

ISKCON Congregational Ministry offers consultancy, education and networking to assist the ISKCON to develop and expand its communities. This site has books and articles that describe how to build dynamic Krishna Conscious communities.

Visit the website: http://www.iskconcongregation.com for more information

Maha Varaha Prabhu’s Diary

Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaj From the Dairy of Maha Varaha Prabhu, long standing Personal Secretary of Guru Maharaja: Revisiting Jayapataka Swami in ICU Screams. Tears. Despair. Anxiety. Stress. Tension. Depression. These are some feelings that patients and loved...

Maha Varaha Prabhu’s Diary

12th October 2017 ISKCON Ujjain. I arrived last night around 10 o'clock at night from Coimbatore. I saw that Guru Maharaja was about to sleep. I didn't want to disturb him. So I didn’t go in; If I had, he might have asked me for a report on my visit to Coimbatore. I...

Jayapataka Swami in Udupi – 3 November 2016

After the midterm GBC Meetings in Juhu, Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaja made a special visit to Shiroor Mutt, Udupi. We reached here on the 28th Oct evening. Located in the midst of a lush forest, this place is surely a perfect place to recover from the meeting mela....

Jayapataka Swami Official update – 1 Oct 2016

(Official update from Mahavaraha Das) Guru Maharaj was discharged on the 27th of September from BhaktiVedanata Hospital. On the same day he travelled to Dubai . He stayed a night in Dubai where he delivered a short speech and gave darshan to about 150 devotees. Next...

Message from Maha Varaha Prabhu – 24 June 2016

24 June 2016, Friday (13.50 IST) Guru Maharaja was supposed to be admitted today morning at ILBS, Delhi for a follow up and check-ups but there was no bed available in VIP or even deluxe section. Meanwhile Guru Maharaja also had received an invitation from ISKCON...

Message from Maha Varaha Prabhu – 15 May 2016

15 May 2016 Dear Devotees, Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada! & Guru Maharaj! Since October 2014, Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaj was having various health complications. As a result of not travelling to the USA he also lost his...

Message from Jayapataka Swami – Vaisakh Month

Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. Krishna says that of all months, Kartik is the best, but some of the Puranas say that better than Kartik is Magha and better than Magha is Vaisakh. In any case, Vaisakh is a special month to do some services...

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami

Jayapataka Swami is a senior disciple of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He was born John Gordan Erdman on April 9, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA to John Hubert and Lorraine Erdman. He was born into opulent surroundings, his grand-father being the founder of...

Taking devotees to the holy place

Srila Prabhupada wanted Mayapur to be a center where devotees from all over the world could conglomerate and be strengthened spiritually to continue their preaching. In March 1974, the first Gour Pournima festival was held. Four hundred devotees from America, England,...

Serving in Mayapur

There were 5 other devotees with HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja in Mayapur. As funds were short, HH Jayapataka Swami Maharaja began engaging in agriculture. He studied several books, learnt different methods and got the best crop. Local farmers were surprised and wanted...
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JPS Office

The official website for JPS Office. Here you can download various initiation forms, philosophical test papers, questionnaires and checklists
JPS Archives

JPS Archives

The Official Database of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami. You will find links to audio recordings of the classes as well as transcriptions.
JPS Archives Youtube

JPS Archives Youtube

The official YouTube channel of JPS Archives. Here you can watch most popular video uploads as well as playlists.

Websites and Social Media Pages of His Holiness Jayapataka Swami


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