Swami Tripurari (aka, Swami Bhakti Vedanta Tripurari, Swami B.V. Tripurari, Tripurari Swami, Tripurari Maharaja) is an author, a Hindu sanyassi and guru in the Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition, a diksa disciple of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and a siksa disciple of Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja. He founded the Sri Caitanya Sanga monastery in California and the Madhuvan monastery in Costa Rica.
Born on March 12, 1949, in Teaneck, NJ, Tripurari became a student of Srila Prabhupada in the spring of 1972 and began to distribute the books written by his guru. In 1974, Srila Prabhupada stated in a letter to Tripurari, "So you organize freely. You are the incarnation of book distribution. Take the leadership and do the needful." In 1975, Tripurari was initiated into the renounced order of sannyasa by Srila Prabhupada.
Before his death in 1977, Srila Prabhupada stated that his students could consult his godbrother Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja for spiritual advice. After Srila Prabhupada's passing and the gradual disintegration of spiritual leadership in ISKCON, Tripurari went to visit Sridhar Maharaja in 1984. Under the profound guidance of Sridhar Maharaja, Tripurari began accepting his own students in 1985.
Tripurari is the author several books including Rasa: Love Relationships in Transcendence (1995), Aesthetic Vedanta: The Sacred Path of Passionate Love (1998), Ancient Wisdom for Modern Ignorance (1995), Joy of Self, along with translations and commentaries on Bhagavad-gita: Its Feeling and Philosophy (2001), Gopala-tapani Upanisad (2004), Jiva Goswami's Tattva-Sandarbha: Sacred India's Philosophy of Ecstasy (1996) and the Siksastakam of Sri Caitanya (2006).
Tripurari also travels around the world to give lectures on Gaudiya Vaisnava theology which are recorded and distributed through Audarya Audio, writes a monthly email newsletter entitled Sanga and actively contributes to the Harmonist web site.