Shri Gauranga Das Prabhu Ji, a renowned spiritual leader and devotee based in Mumbai Govardhan Ecovillage, unveiled two significant initiatives aimed at promoting spiritual and educational enrichment: SMILE – School for Mindful Leadership and Ethics and the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre. Both SMILE and the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre are part of Gauranga Das Prabhu Ji’s multifaceted ongoing efforts to create a more compassionate and spiritually enlightened society. These initiatives provide platforms for individuals to engage in selfless service, spiritual growth, and the study of ancient wisdom.
Based on the teachings of Ramayana Mahabharata Bhagavat Gita Upanishads Puranas and Vedic literature and rooted in spirituality, values, and ethics, the leadership institution is dedicated to leadership education and development. It focus on anchoring leadership practices to meet global sustainability needs, including Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) considerations. This school caters to a diverse range of constituents, from corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and next-generation family business leaders to investment bankers, private equity managers, school and college principals, temple administrators, and even leaders of non-profit organizations and government institutions. By instilling a strong foundation of values, ethics, and a spiritual ethos, Govardhan SMILE equips its students with leadership capabilities and a deeply immersive ambiance for holistic personal and professional growth.
Speaking about SMILE, Gauranga Das Prabhu Ji emphasized, “Our vision is to establish a world-class leadership institute rooted in spiritual values, character, and commitment, fostering excellence, innovation, and social responsibility. Our mission is to empower leaders through proactive learning, character development, and a spirit of innovation, enhancing their overall well-being. At SMILE, we create purpose-driven leaders ready to make a meaningful impact.”
The Bhaktivedanta Research Centre (BRC), a nonprofit organization established in 2009, is dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of India’s ancient manuscripts and books. Operating on six pivotal pillars — collection, preservation, exhibition, research, publication, and teaching — the BRC strives to make the Indian Knowledge System relevant and accessible to contemporary society.
“Through the Bhaktivedanta Research Centre, we intend to encourage scholarly exploration and understanding of the teachings of Bhakta Vedantha Swami Prabhupada. We hope to serve as a resource for both scholars and spiritual seekers who wish to delve into the timeless wisdom of the Bhakti tradition,” Gauranga Das Prabhu Ji explained.