His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami appeared in this world in 1957 in England.
He joined the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in London in 1975 and was initiated in that year with the name Ilapati dasa by ISKCON's founder-acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
In 1989 he was granted the order of sannyasa, receiving the name Bhakti Vikasa Swami.
His Holiness travels to and preaches Krishna consciousness in all parts of the world, lecturing in English, Hindi, and Bengali.
He continues to write books and magazine articles. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages.