May 21, 2011

David, Ben Yosef, Har-Zion, who writes under the pen name Prabhuji, is a writer, painter, and avadhūta mystic. In 2011, he chose to retire from society and lead the life of a hermit. He spends his days in solitude, praying, studying, writing, painting, and meditating in silence and contemplation. Prabhuji continues to supervise the philanthropic activity of community service and help to people in need.

Prabhuji, H.H. Avadhūta Bhaktivedānta Yogācārya Ramakrishnananda Bābājī Mahārāja, acknowledges the contribution of four holy masters to his spiritual evolution: H.D.G. Bhaktikavi Atulānanda Ācārya Swami Mahārāja, disciple of H.D.G. A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda, H.D.G. Avadhūta Śrī Brahmānanda Bābājī Mahārāja, disciple of H.D.G. Avadhūta Śrī Mastarāma Bābājī Mahārāja, his father, Hacham Yosef Har-Zion ZT”L, and Rabbi Shalom Dov Lifshitz ZT”L, disciple of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Although many consider him to be an enlightened being, Prabhuji does not accept the role of a religious authority that people have tried to grant him for years.

Prabhuji does not claim to be a preacher, guide, teacher, instructor, educator, enlightener, pedagogue, evangelist, rabbi, posek halacha, healer, therapist, satsangist, leader, channeler (medium), savior, or guru. He does not proselytize or try to convince anyone of anything. It is not his intention to attract followers, adepts, or admirers of any kind.

For fifteen years (1995–2010), Prabhuji accepted a few monastic disciples who expressly requested to be initiated. In 2010, he took the irrevocable decision to stop accepting monastic disciples, followers, devotees, or even visitors. 

Prabhuji is retired from public activities and does not offer sat-saṅgs, public lectures, meetings, retreats, seminars, gatherings, study groups or courses. Currently, he only offers private talks to the small group of serious disciples who have decided t to stay with their spiritual master.

We kindly ask everyone to respect his privacy and not to disturb him in any way. Please do not try to contact him to ask for interviews, blessings, śaktipāta, or initiations. 

We share Prabhuji’s vision only through books, paintings, poems, melodies, websites, forums, and private talks filmed by disciples.