About The Author
Swami Maharaj & Vana Maharaj
Year Initiated: 1967
Occupation/Service:Gemologist & Designer
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About the Author:
Richard S. Brown was born in 1947 as the only son of
Col. Richard S. Brown, Sr.
(USAF retired) and Elizabeth "Bette" Mae Brown. He enjoyed
his first taste of fame as the lead singer of the innovative rock group
Misunderstood," which rose to stardom in London during the late Sixties.
Later he became a disciple of the great Indian Guru Swami
Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada and subsequently moved to India to study religion
at the holy pilgrimage town of Vrindaban under the expert guidence of
Swami Bhakti Hridaya
Vana Maharaj. For seven years he lived the strictly ascetic life of a
traditional monk and devoted himself entirely to religious practice and public
service. During this time he helped build three schools, lectured extensively
on religion throughout India, became proficient in Sanskrit and was befriended
by the President, Chief Justice, and other prominent Indian dignitaries.
Eventually he became involved in a ruby mine located in Southern India. This
experience sparked his interest in gems and inspired him to undertake an
in-depth study of the ancient Sanskrit classics dealing with gemology. Combining
technical knowledge of gems with the planetary aspects revealed in the ancient
texts, Richard Brown began to develop his own unique system of designing
auspicious Astral Gemstone
Talismans. In 1979, after 12 years in Asia, he returned to America to
complete his formal training at the Gemological Institute of America (G.I.A.).
Thereafter he returned to Asia, where he has firmly established himself as
an international authority on gemstones and a renowned designer of Astral
Gemstone Talisman jewelry.
Richard Brown is also the author of several books on astral gemstones and
their powers, including the Handbook of Planetary
Astrological Gemstones and Talismans, and also an escoteric book on
Vaisnava-mysticism, Vraja Rasa Bindu. He has lectured extensively throughout
the world on topics of "Planetary Gemology" at conventions and seminars sponsored
by gemological as well as by metaphysical and occult associations.
A book based on his life,
True Adventure Story, was written in 1988 by the Asia-based
American writer Daniel P. Reid. Richard Brown is a resident of Bangkok, Kingdom
of Thailand, where he lives with his
Thai wife, Kanitha, and their son,
Richard has written about his time spent with his Gurudeva Srila Prabhupada
in a memoir called Srila
Ignorant Skepticism Vs Time-honored Wisdom
Book: Ancient Astrological Gemstones &
Astral Gemstone Talismans
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