Hanumatpresaka Swami

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Hanumatpresaka Swami
Hanumatpreshaka Swami in Madrid.JPG
Other namesHuber Hutchin Robinson
BornJanuary 12, 1948
ReligionGaudiya Vaishnavism, Hinduism
Other namesHuber Hutchin Robinson
Senior posting
InitiationDiksa–1974, Sannyasa–1984
PostISKCON Guru, Sannyasi

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Hanumatpresaka Swami (IAST: Hanumat-preṣaka Svāmī; Huber Hutchin Robinson,[1] born January 12, 1948, in Guam) is a Gaudiya Vaishnava guru[2] and a spiritual leader for the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).[3][4] He is known as a Vaishnava scholar, continuously traveling, lecturing on classical Indian literature and philosophy.[4][5][6][7][8][excessive citations] He is the founder and General Secretary of NIOS, the North American Institute for Oriental and Classical Studies,[1][6][9][10][excessive citations] and Visiting Professor with IECOO, the Institute for Oriental and Occidental Classical Studies, Ricardo Palma University, Lima, Peru.[5][8] He is also a member of the faculty at Bhaktivedanta College[5][11] where he teaches on the subject of the text Bhaktirasamrita-sindhu.[5] The Hindu Studies scholar, Radhika Ramana Dasa is a disciple of his.[5]

Hanumatpreshaka Swami was born on January 12, 1948 on the island of Guam and grew up in California. After finishing Encina High School in 1966,[12] he entered the University of California, Davis, graduating in 1970 with a first place prize in Psychology and minor studies in Biology and Electrical Engineering.[5] He then began Doctoral studies at Northwestern University in Chicago while also participating in the famous "Second City" improvisational theater troupe. Soon he became convinced that Western knowledge was lacking much that might be augmented by Oriental wisdom. His mentor, Donald T. Campbell, President of the American Psychological Association, agreed so he then headed East obtaining a black belt in Okinawan karate, and then receiving initiation and taking vows as a brahmacari, novice monk, from A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1974.[5][13]

He originally took sannyasa from Hansadutta Swami in 1983, becoming Vraja Hanuman Goswami,[14] and was later reinitiated under his current name in 1984[5] by Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami following Hansadutta's expulsion from ISKCON. He became an initiating guru in 1994.[5]

Since 1990 Hanumatpresaka Swami has also developed a program of global lecturing and travel. This has included work as associate director of the “Bhaktivedanta Institute”[6][15][16][17][excessive citations] which organized two “World Congresses for the Synthesis of Science and Religion”, Bombay, 1985, Kolkatta, 1997.[15] These included participation of Nobel Laureates such as George Wald, Charles Townes, Sir John Eccles, Arch-Bishop Paulos Mar Gregorios (President of World Council of Churches), the Dalai Lama and many others. In March 1999 Hanumatpresaka Swami was the Chief Guest for the University of Calcutta's critical seminar on "National Seminar on Science and Technology in Ancient India". In November 2004 and July 2005 he was principal speaker at the "National Conference on Psychotherapy", Cesar Vallejo University, Tujillo, Peru.[9][18]

With San Marcos University, the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere, NIOS was a co-organizer for the “Bharatiya Sanskriti: A Festival of Classical Indian Culture”.[1][19] The Festival was produced in Lima from 2005-2007.[1] Sponsors and participants included many prominent universities, the Ambassador of India and renowned scholars from four continents.[19]

His name, 'Hanumat Preṣaka' is in Sanskrit and it means 'One who sent Hanuman as a messenger', i.e. Lord Rama".


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Solís 2007, p. 9
  2. List of Sannyasis in ISKCON April 2008 Archived July 21, 2008, at the Wayback Machine ISKCON Sannyasa Ministry, Retrieved on 2008-05-05
  3. Spiritual Leaders
  4. 4.0 4.1 "CULTURA KRISHNA EN LA AGRARIA Con experimentado conferencista en cultura hindú". Archived from the original on April 15, 2009. Retrieved August 18, 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Hanumatpreshaka Swami Bhaktivedanta College
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 El Peruano 2007
  7. Conferencia "La Economía en la India Clásica" Archived January 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. 8.0 8.1 Lecture Series & Art Exhibition Jan. 23 – Feb. 10 by H. H. Hanumat Presaka Swami (Professor Huber Robinson)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Peruprensa 2004
  10. Tax Exempt/NonProfit Organization Information
  11. Forthcoming Courses at Bhaktivedanta College Radhadesh European Governing Body Commission of ISKCON
  12. Encina High School Class of 1966 directory
  13. Srila Prabhupada Disciple Database Archived November 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  14. Das, Hansadutta. "Letter to New Initiates". Inside Nāma-Haṭṭa. Retrieved 11 December 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Singh & Bandyopadhyay 2001, p. xxiii
  16. III Festival cultural de la India Archived May 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  17. "Grupo de danza presentará espectáculo Tawa en Huaca Pucllana". Archived from the original on July 24, 2011. Retrieved August 18, 2009. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  18. Hacia una convivencia con identidad Archived April 6, 2012, at WebCite
  19. 19.0 19.1 Cultura milenaria de la India exponen pinturas que proponen mejorar las perspectivas de vida Archived July 22, 2011, at the Wayback Machine


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