Richard Whitehurst (Sridhara Das) is an initiated disciple of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He began his practice of mahamantra yoga in 1970 while a student of psychology at the University of Florida. For 10 years he lived as a wandering monk and travelled extensively throughout the Indian subcontinent. He has lectured about the tradition of bhakti yoga and mahamantra yoga.
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