Shyamdas was one of the early Western disciples of Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaj-ji). He received bhakti initiation from His Holiness Shri Goswami Prathameeshji, the head of the Vallabha Sampradaya. Shyam Das was the author of numerous books about devotion and the Path of Grace, translating from Braja Bhasha, Hindi, Gujarati and Sanskrit and was also trained in classical Dhrupada music. He used to divide his time between Vrindavan and the U.S., where he taught, sang and continued to write about the path of devotion to Shri Krishna. He left his body in January of 2013. Visit his website for more information.