Karnamrita Dasa

Karnamrita Dasa (Christopher John Cox) was born in Los Angeles in 1950. His often painful, confusing, and ultimately unsatisfying childhood proved a catalyst to search out alternatives to the materialistic status quo and to continue the unfinished spiritual journey of his previous life. Although his family wasn't spiritually inclined, his childhood turned out to be favorable for a spiritual quest amid the youth movement of the late 1960s. After a year of college, a deep existential crisis inspired a full-time search for the meaning of life. He became a vegetarian and spent much time in Muir Woods, a redwood forest in Marin County, California, studying the cycles of nature and books from various spiritual traditions.

He concluded that, to immerse himself in spirituality, he needed to be a monk in some tradition. Upon coming in contact with the books and disciples of Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, he began visiting a Krishna temple (ISKCON) in Berkeley, California. The Krishna consciousness tradition spoke deeply to his soul. It felt like home, and he became a brahmachari (celibate student), receiving diksha (spiritual initiation) in 1970. To mark this "second birth," he was given the Sanksrit name Karnamrita Dasa, which translates as "a servant of the immortal sound," that sound being narrations of Lord Krishna's activities. For his first three years he primarily studied and distributed his guru's books. Gradually he became involved in temple services as a head cook and priest, which he continued for the next eleven years at various centers in America, Asia, and Australia. The service, realizations, and feelings he derived from worshiping Krishna in his deity forms in the temple provided a deep foundation for his continued spiritual progress, enabling him to function in many cultural and social arenas.

Trained in many energy-healing and alternative health modalities such as Reiki, hypnotherapy, Emotional Release Therapy, and healing prayer, he incorporates healing into his life, work, and service. He often works with his wife, Archana Siddhi Devi Dasi (a licensed clinical social worker, LCSW), in couples' therapy and in conducting spiritually themed workshops. They teach and write extensively and have several books nearing completion, including When Bad is Good, and Give to Live.

They serve with the North American Grihastha Vision Team, which offers resources, education, and training for potential couples and for married devotees.

* Karnamrita's extended bio is found at http://www.krishna.com/user/karnamritadas
* You can read his blogs on Krishna.com: http://www.krishna.com/blogs/karnamritadas
* Or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/karnamrita.das
* Or contact him via email: the.book.give.to.live@gmail.com
* The Grihastha Vision Team website can be found at http://www.vaisnavafamilyresources.org/