Mayapur Vrindavan Trust (MVT) was personally established by Srila Prabhupada on 13th September 1972 at Los Angeles (California, USA) as an independent endowment to manage his personal savings ("Guru Dakshina"), largely in support of ISKCON's activities worldwide.
Mayapur Vrindavan Trust (MVT) was personally established by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada ("Srila Prabhupada"), the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Srila Prabhupada demonstrated the importance he placed in the Trust by depositing the majority of his personal Guru-daksina (donations given to him personally by his disciples and well-wishers) into the MVT account. One of his early MVT investments was the first MVT apartment building next to ISKCON of Los Angeles.
In 1965, at the age of 69, Shrila Prabhupada travelled to New York City aboard a cargo ship. The journey was treacherous, and the elderly spiritual teacher suffered 2 heart attacks aboard ship. Arriving in the United States with just $7 in Indian rupees and his translations of sacred Sanskrit texts, he began to spread the teachings of Krishna consciousness. His spiritual message resonated with many young people, some of whom came forward to become serious students of the Krishna tradition. With the help of these students, Shrila Prabhupada rented a small storefront on New York’s Lower East Side to use as a temple. On July 11, 1966, he officially registered his organization in the state of New York, formally founding the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Srila Prabhupada mentions in the original MVT Trust Deed that MVT should serve Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balaram (ISKCON Vrindavan) and Sri Sri Radha Madhava (ISKCON Mayapur). During the earliest years, Srila Prabhupada used the corpus (consisting of his Guru Dakshina) to finance various new ISKCON temples and his other projects in India and globally.
MVT continues till today in this mood - donating to ISKCON and ISKCON-associated projects and growing the corpus through conservative real-estate linked projects.
MVT generates income through properties and invests that income in further devotional projects, as well as maintaining a corpus and donating largely to ISKCON India and other ISKCON entities globally.
MVT will continue to build on Srila Prabhupada's legacy by conservatively managing his Guru Dakshina funds. MVT was established with the concept of future-readiness - and it's in that mood with which the Trustees manage MVT today.
- HH Jayaptaka Swami ACBSP, ISKCON GBC, ISKCON India Bureau Member (Mayapur)
- HH Gopal Krsna Goswami ACBSP, ISKCON GBC, BBT Trustee, ISKCON India Chairman (Delhi)
- HG Sesa Das ACBSP, ISKCON GBC (Florida, USA)
- HG Hari Sauri Das ACBSP (Mayapur)
- HG Advaita Chandra Das (Mayapur)
- HG Devakinandan Das, ISKCON GBC (Singapore)
- HG Trinadapi Das (London)
- HG Ananda Das (Bengaluru)
Onsite teams at each property and a central Trust team take care of MVT's administration globally.