The Bhaktivedanta Institute

Bhaktivedanta Institute Logo

The Bhaktivedanta Institute (BI) is the scientific research branch of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.   Founded in 1976 by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, it advances the study of the nature and origin of life, utilizing Vedic insights into consciousness, the self, and the origin of the universe.  Founder Swami Prabhupada is pictured in the logo, with the BI motto in Sanskrit language:
"Athato brahma jijnasa"  "One should inquire into the Supreme."

Recently the BI has established the world's first graduate degree program (M.S./Ph.D) in consciousness studies at Bombay in collaboration with the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, one of India's top technical schools.  Subjects include Life Sciences, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics and Philosophy of Science.

There are many research centers of the Bhaktivedanta Institute throughout the world.  Michael Cremo is a member of the Los Angeles center.    Follow these links for more information about other BI research centers:

BI Mumbai/Berkeley:
BI Alachua (Florida):
BI Kolkata: