D'Angelo was born on May 20, 1950 and was raised a strict
Roman Catholic. He went to Catholic school for 13 years, but
did not even finish one semester of college at St. Johns University
in New York City. Instead, the dormant lusty desires in his
heart manifested and he became a "hippy" in 1968.
Pursuing the path
of "sex, drugs and rock n roll", he tried to become
famous and successful as a singer. But by 1972 the reactions
of four years of intense sinful life began to weigh him down
mightily. Fortunately, he came in contact with first the books,
then the devotees and then Shreela Prabhupada himself. In
July of 1973 Nicholas surrendered to Krishna via ISKCON. Shreela
Prabhupada gave him his spiritual name, Nirantara dasa, in
April of 1974.
Next year, he got
his 2nd birth. From 1973 until 1980 he served the mission
as a brahmacari in the capacity of book distribution, either
directly or as a back-up helper. From 1980 until the present,
he has tried to serve the will of Shreela Prabhupada by preaching
through lectures and music concerts. His preaching began in
Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver), where he met his wife,
Varuni devi dasi, also an initiated disciple of Shreela Prabhupada,
and co-author of one third of his song-repertoire. From there
he returned to the United States (1982), spending time preaching
in San Francisco (teaching at the ISKCON school), then in
1983 until present he made his preaching headquarters in the
Los Angeles area.
Since 1999-2013 he
has made yearly preaching visits to Panama; since 2005 yearly
visits to Santiago; and throughout his life he has preached
in Durban, Bangalore, Philadelphia, Towaco, Seattle, Portland,
Dallas, Oklahoma City, Tucson, Sedona, Phoenix, Toronto, Vancouver,
Guadalajara, Alachua, Thunder Bay, and throughout all of Southern
California, including San Diego, Los Angeles and Laguna Beach.
Primarily his preaching is with the Indian community, but
his music concerts widen his audience to include others.
From 1995 until
2001 he was Vice President of ISKCON Los Angeles (New Dvaraka)
and from 1995 until 2007 he was also the Life Membership Director.
In February 2007 he became an independent preacher for Shreela
Prabhuapda with no set affiliation with any particular temple.
This has allowed him to do more extensive preaching world-wide.
In 2005 he produced a Bhagavad-geeta DVD wherein the entire
text is explained in simple and concise language for anyone
to understand the deep mysteries of its science. In 2014 two
more DVDs were also produced.
In his spare time
(when not going out for preaching) he composes and records
original recordings of Shreela Prabhupada's teachings of what
he calls "Bhaktivedanta-yoga" in western musical
format using guitar, keyboard, and bass. His only desire is
to live to be 108 following in the footsteps of Narada Muni,
traveling all over the world preaching and singing.
In 2005 he was awarded
the prestigious "Global Excellence Award" and in
2011 the "Gadädhara Pandit Award" for congregational
preaching services from ISKCON.