Opposite: Maharaja with Professor Werner Arber from the University of Basel, Switzerland, Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine. He is an authority on viruses. Maharaja visited him a few times in his laboratory in Switzerland to discuss about life and its Origin. Their dialogue was published in the Journal of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Savijnanam.

to be held in commemoration of Sri Chaitanya’s 500th birth anniversary.

In spite of the financial obstacles that Maharaja faced in establishing the Bhaktivedanta Institute, it is now a well-recognized research and educational institution. Maharaja’s acceptance of his spiritual master’s instructions as his life and soul has caused Srila Prabhupada’s vision of introducing the Bhagavata Paradigm to the world’s scientists, intellectuals and leaders to become a reality.

In the name of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Maharaja has organized three major conferences and a large number of seminars. He has published two important books on the synthesis of science and religion and numerous other literatures, which have all received wide acceptance from the academic community. As director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute he has interacted with thousands of scholars from around the globe, including many Nobel Laureates and leading scientists.

In Northeastern India, Maharaja has started a network of schools in order to promote the goals of the Institute. Over 4000 students attend these schools and receive a scientific education centered on the spiritual values of the Bhagavata tradition.

Maharaja has often expressed his gratitude towards those who have helped him in the development of the Bhaktivedanta Institute. Because of their dedicated help, the Institute has managed to become what it is today. He thanks all of those who have directly or indirectly helped to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s earnest desire of a successful Bhaktivedanta Institute.

Professor Arber and Maharaja

“I think that life could be beyond the assembly of biomolecules.”

Professor Werner Arber,
Nobel Laureate