Artist: Bhakta Dasa
The Supreme Symbol in all creation
900mm x 1200mm
Bhakta Dasa: Rev. Albert Lange, also known as Bhakta Dasa, born on July 8, 1953, in Amsterdam, relocated to Australia with his family at age six. Raised in Christianity, he briefly trained to be a priest in New Guinea after high school but embarked on a spiritual quest, accompanied by studies in Fine Art at what's now Monash University. He opened an art studio in Prahran, Victoria, while teaching part-time at his former high school. His art became a canvas for exploring various faith traditions.
In the 1970s, he practiced Transcendental Meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi but continued seeking until he encountered the literature of ISKCON and A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Reluctantly at first, he embraced Vaishnava Hinduism and received formal initiation in 1979, taking the name Bhakta Dasa, alongside his life partner, Srimati Bhakti
For over four decades, they've dedicated themselves to ISKCON, where Bhakta Dasa took on diverse roles, including managing farms and restaurants and directing ISKCON Food for Life Australia.
As their children grew, they focused on community outreach, meditation teaching, counselling, and chaplaincy. Bhakta’s commercial art supported their mission, and they ran two galleries, & Lange Art in Brighton, Victoria.Now, with part-time service, Bhakta Dasa concentrateson spiritually inspired art and serves as a VaisnavaHindu priest, chaplain, and Inter-Faith director forMelbourne Hindu community. He's currently working onan exhibition featuring the Bhagavad Gita, set to tourAustralia and India in 2025.