Age: 43 Years
|Amogh Lila Prabhu
• Lifestyle Coach
• Motivational Speaker
|Date of Birth
|2 July 1980 (Wednesday)
|Age (as of 2023)
|Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Delhi College of Engineering (now Delhi Technological University)
|B.Tech in Computer Science (2004) Amogh Lila Das - LinkedIn
|Vaishnavism (Gaudiya Vaishnavism)
|Controversial Remarks Led to Month-long Ban: In July 2023, Das found himself in the midst of controversy following his derogatory comments about Swami Vivekananda and his spiritual mentor, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, during one of his discourses. These remarks led to a month-long ban on Das from the ISKCON organization. Reportedly, Amogh Lila Das criticised Vivekananda for consuming fish, suggesting that a truly virtuous person would abstain from causing harm to animals. Das said,
Koi bhi divya purush kisi janwar ko maar ke khayega? (Would a divine person kill an animal and eat it?) Will he eat fish? Fish too feel pain. And if Vivekananda ate fish, then the question is if a divine person can eat fish. A divine human being has kindness in his heart...can he say brinjal is better than Tulasi because brinjal satiates our hunger. Or, can he say playing football is more important than studying Gita? This is not right. But I must say I have the utmost respect for Swami Vivekananda. Had he been here, I would have prostrated in front of him. But we should not believe blindly in everything he says,
In response to Das' contentious comments, ISKCON authorities ordered Das to spend a month of atonement in the Govardhan hills. While addressing the issue, in an interview, ISKCON authorities said,
Taking note of this serious mistake committed by him, ISKCON has decided to ban him for 1 month. We have communicated our decision to him. Amogh Lila Das has begged for forgiveness for his comments, and he is realizing what a great disservice he has done. He has taken a vow to go on ‘prayaschit’ (atonement) for 1 month in the hills of Govardhan and will completely seclude himself from the public life with immediate effect."
|Relationships & More
|He is a celibate.
|Names not known
Note: His father is a retired government officer.
|He has a sister who works in a multinational corporation.
Some Lesser Known Facts About Amogh Lila Das
- Amogh Lila Das is an Indian monk, motivational speaker, lifestyle coach, and engineer who is recognized for his compelling, enlightening talks, frequently enhanced with a touch of humour. Das serves as the vice president at the ISKCON Temple in Dwarka, Delhi.
- He was born into a Punjabi family.
- Das spent his early childhood in Northeast India because of his father’s job, which required frequent relocations.
- In an interview, Amogh Lila Das delved into his childhood memories and talked about things that ignited his spiritual journey. He mentioned his simultaneous feelings of happiness from his achievements and guilt, stemming from the belief that he was unduly benefiting from divine blessings without giving anything back. This emotional paradox propelled him to delve into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with the divine.
- Das was profoundly moved by a verse from the Bhagavad Gita, which he came across in his 7th-grade NCERT Sanskrit textbook. This verse, which delved into the intricacies of the human mind, resonated powerfully with him. In an interview, he talked about this and recalled asking his teacher how a book could echo his inner thoughts with such pinpoint accuracy. His teacher, in response, revealed that this verse was merely one among 700 others in the Bhagavad Gita. This information astonished Das and spurred him to further explore the Bhagavad Gita, with the hope that the remaining verses would shed more light on his introspective journey. Josh Talks – YouTube
- The spiritual thirst within Das compelled him to leave his home while he was in the 12th grade. In an interview, he talked about this and mentioned that after leaving his home, he went to the Laxmi Narayan Temple, also known as Birla Mandir, in Delhi. There, he met a group of Marwaris who invited him to Jaipur, but he chose to go to Hyderabad, Telangana, dodging train ticket inspections due to financial constraints. Following this, Das considered a visit to Haridwar and Rishikesh in Uttarakhand. In Haridwar, he crossed paths with Ankur Vaidya, a spiritual aspirant, who had left his job to become a monk, and a group of international Krishna followers whose deep philosophical discourse inspired him to contemplate a monastic life. Propelled by this desire, Das visited the ISKCON Temple in East of Kailash, Delhi, to join as a monk. The monks, initially, asked him to prove his dedication by regularly attending the temple; however, Das’ determination was unwavering; he either wanted to join immediately or was prepared to live on the temple’s doorstep. Recognizing his earnestness, they allowed him to reside in the temple.
- In 2000, at his parents’ behest, Das returned home after spending a few months at the ISKCON Temple. He began preparing for his engineering entrance exams, and he graduated from Delhi College of Engineering in 2004. Amogh Lila Das later joined a software company and had a chance to travel to the United States, where he met more spiritual devotees. The spiritual interaction with the devotees solidified his aspiration to embrace the monastic life.
- Das later left his job and joined the ISKCON Temple in East of Kailash as a monk in 2010, during the Janmashtami festival. After fifteen days, he wore saffron clothes on the occasion of Radhastami. After three years of dedicated service, he was transferred to the ISKCON Temple in Dwarka, Delhi, where he eventually became vice president.
- He has also contributed his expertise as a co-faculty member at the esteemed Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA).
- Amogh Lila Das has graced many events with his motivational speeches.