About the author

visakha dasi

Since her transformative journey to the East in 1971 at the age of 20, Visakha’s life has been forever changed. She has endeavored to articulate her profound experiences through numerous magazine articles and published books, including her latest memoir, “Five Years, Eleven Months and a Lifetime of Unexpected Love.”

My Story

My introduction to the Bhagavad-gita occurred during a memorable trek with my then-boyfriend (now husband), John Griesser, in the Himalayas back in the summer of ’71. At the snow line, 10,000 feet above sea level, we decided to take respite in an abandoned cowshed for a few days. It was there, amidst the towering snowy peaks and pristine air, that John unearthed a blue paperback with a captivating cover featuring a regal, four-armed figure.

During our stay, I spent countless hours engrossed in this English edition of the Bhagavad-gita, surrounded by solitude and natural beauty. Though I struggled to grasp its profound teachings, I found myself deeply intrigued by the notion of embracing life’s dualities with equanimity and recognizing the eternal spiritual essence within all living beings. The Gita sparked within me the belief that through knowledge, I could refine both my character and the quality of my life.

As the years passed and my study of the Bhagavad-gita deepened, I developed a profound reverence for its wisdom, relevance, and comprehensive guidance. Gradually, the Gita began to revolutionize my life, shaping my understanding and transforming my approach to living.

About the author

In addition to her literary pursuits, Visakha collaborates with her husband, John Griesser, in the creation of documentary films. Their most recent project, the award-winning 90-minute documentary titled “Hare Krishna!, the Mantra, the Movement, and the Swami who started it all,” received critical acclaim and has been widely screened across various continents.

Visakha and John are blessed with two daughters and maintain residences in both Florida and the U.K., primarily residing in the latter.