By Madhava Smullen 

What leads one to become a Hare Krishna youth leader, initiated brahmana, real estate and food company manager, GBC trainee, and yes, a magician, all before the age of thirty-five? 

For Dattatreya Yogesvara Das, it began with family. His mother Shaktimata Dasi, who joined ISKCON in 1973, worked for the BBT in the early days; his father Bhutabhavana Das, a Prabhupada disciple, was one of the pioneers who first brought Krishna consciousness to Africa.

What’s more, as the eldest of four – his brothers are Devananda, Dhanvantari and Dhananjaya – Dattatreya felt the responsibility to set a good example for his younger siblings. “That kept me out of trouble!” he laughs. 

Spending his early childhood in Detroit, where his father is from, Dattatreya went to public school until second grade. When he first moved to the ISKCON New Raman Reti community in Alachua, Florida – where he’s lived ever since – in 1993 at the age of eight, he recalls that he thought devotees were weird. 

Read more: https://iskconnews.org/devotee-profile-youth-leader-and-magician-dattatreya-yogesvara-das,7389/

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