B.G. Sharma, Illustrator: B.G. Sharma is a recipient of the prestigious National Art Award bestowed by the president of India. He is internationally recognized for his mastery of the traditional styles of Kangra, Kishangarh, and Mughal, as well as for pioneering his own painting style. Sharma has been commissioned to create portraits of heads of state, such as Prime Minister Indira Ghandi and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He is the recipient of the Independent Publisher’s Award for Prince of Dharma (Mandala, 2003) and a two-time finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award (2002 and 2003). He lives in Udaipur, Rajasthan, India.
Swami B. V. Tripurari, Author: Writer, teacher, and Hindu monastic, Swami B.V. Tripurari has become one of today's most respected spiritual writers. A columnist for Beliefnet.com, he also served as Vice President of the World Vaishnava Association and was nominated for the prestigious Louisville Grawemeyer book award. He lives at his monastery, Audarya, in northern California.