Mauricio Garrido graduated from the Universidad de los Andes, Colombia with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and in Physics. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Physics from Ohio University. During this time, he interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD. He later went on to Columbia University in the City of New York as a postdoctoral research scientist. In 2006, he began exploring the teachings of Bhakti yoga in Gaudiya Vaishnavism and in 2011, he entered the monastic order at The Bhakti Center, located in New York City, where he later became ordained as a priest and monk. His current research interests are on Vedic astronomy, cosmology, and philosophy. He also leads meditation sessions and teaches classes on Kobayashi Shorin-ryu Karate and Vedic sacred texts.