Bhakti Tirtha Swami (February 25, 1950 – June 27, 2005) (previously known as John Favors and Toshombe Abdul) also known as Swami Krishnapada.] As an African American seeker who rose from the improverished condition of an Cleveland getto to become a global spiritual leader, Bhakti Tirtha Swami met with prominent world figures such as Mohammed Ali, Nelson Mandela and Zambia's president Kenneth Kaunda. He wrote 17 books on religious topics and led community development projects in the United States and other countries.[ He was the founder and director of the Institute for Applied Spiritual Technology in Washington, DC "a nonprofit, nondenominational organization whose membership represents a variety of spiritual paths and professional backgrounds"He traveled the world constantly and served as a spiritual consultant. He also served as chairman of the Third World Coalition. On February 7, 2006 the Council of the District of Colombia recognized "
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