Srila Prabhupada Biography | A True Devotee

If someone told you the story, you wouldn’t believe it. Here he is. He’s 70 years old, he has no money, he has no contacts, he has none of the things that make for success.

He’s starting an effort and it turns into an international movement. I’m sure after reading the full post you will become a devotee of Srila Prabhupada.

What he did in ten years no one can’t even imagine. For centuries, people have taken many paths in search of lasting happiness. Most have come to the same conclusion: the most powerful force is love, a life of benevolence, reaching out to the divine and all others.

He wants to teach bhakti-yoga, the process of self-realization through love and devotion all over the world. His name is A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977). Can he succeed? Can an old man alone in a foreign land make a difference? –

It’s my pleasure to introduce a legend Srila Prabhupada. It would be not my fault to say that he was specially sent by Krishna to make million lives better. His knowledge and love changed the lives of millions.

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Srila Prabhupada General Information

Full Name Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Nickname Abhay Charan De, Nandulal
Mother’s Name Srimati Rajani De
Father’s Name Sriman Gour Mohan De
Brother Name Krishna Charan
Sisters Name Rajesvari, Shrimati Bhavatarini Devi (1899-1980)
Date of Birth 1 September 1896
Birthplace Tollygunge Suburb, Kolkata
Date of Death 14 November 197
Place of Death Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India
Religion Hinduism
School A School at Harrison Road, Kolkat
College Scottish Church College, Kolkata
Prabhupada Wife Name Radharani Dev
Prabhupada Sons Name Vrindavan Chandra De, Prayag Raj, Mathura Mohan De
Daughter Sulakshman

Introduction to Srila Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

ISKCON is popularly known as the “Hare Krishna” movement due to its members’ widespread practice of chanting the Hare Krishna mantra in public.

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Srila Prabhupada intended ISKCON to facilitate bhakti-yoga practitioners’ association and education, and his followers continue to spread that mission.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) is widely regarded as the foremost Vedic scholar, translator, and teacher of the modern era.

He is especially respected as the world’s most prominent contemporary authority on bhakti-yoga, devotional service to the Supreme Person, Krishna, as taught by India’s ancient Vedic writings. He is also the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Srila Prabhupada, as he’s known to his followers, translated and commented on over eighty volumes of the Vedas’ most crucial sacred bhakti texts, including the

Bhagavad-gita—A concise handbook for understanding the purpose and goal of human life—and the multi-volume

Srimad-Bhagavatam—An epic biography of Krishna, Krishna’s avatars, and His many devotees throughout the universe’s history.

Srila Prabhupada was instructed by his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, to preach Krishna consciousness to the English-speaking peoples.

Toward this end, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami published the first Back to Godhead magazine in 1944.

He also began to write translations and commentaries on Bhagavad-gītā, Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, Caitanya-caritāmṛta, and other Vedic literature.

In 1965, after publishing three volumes of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, he approached the Scindia Steam Navigation Company owner, Sumati Morarji, for a complimentary passage to the United States. After considering his request for some time, she finally agreed and issued him the ticket.

In Calcutta’s port on August 13, 1965, carrying only a small suitcase, an umbrella, and a bag of dry cereal, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, as he was known at the time, climbed up the steep gangway onto a cargo ship named the Jaladuta.

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Srila Prabhupada Childhood

Srila Prabhupada

Kolkata 1896, India’s capital, the crown jewel of the British Empire, and it is here that a boy Prabhupada Bhaktivedanta Swami is born.

Srila Prabhupada was named Abhay Charan at birth, which means ‘one who is fearless having taken shelter at the feet of God.’

A pure devotee of Krishna from birth, Prabhupada is raised in a world-to-do mercantile family.

From infancy, he goes with his father to the Radha Krishna temple. At the age of four, the child spontaneously begins worshipping similar deities in his home.

When the boy Charana is at Ratha Yatra- A traditional festival in honor of Lord Krishna.

It further inspires his natural devotion. With his father’s help every year, he holds his small celebration drowning the neighborhood children into the festivities.

At age eight, Prabhupada enters the nearby Mati Lal Seal School.

After graduation, he attends Scottish Churches Colledge, one of the most respected in Kolkata.

At that time, Mahatama Gandhi is organizing his countrymen in a national boycott of everything British. Gandhism was spreading through India.

Sensitive to British subjugation of India’s cultural people, Prabhupada becomes an early supporter of Gandhi’s movement.

But 1922 marks a turning point in the life of Prabhupada. He meets Bhakti Sidhant Saraswati Goswami, the greatest devotee of Krishna of his time.

Srila Bhakti Siddhanta belongs to the succession of spiritual masters extending back to Lord Krishna himself.

He convinces Prabhupada Krishna’s spiritual message that nothing is more critical than Krishna. He requested Prabhupada to spread Krishna Consciousness in the western world.

Prabhupada was deeply impressed. By this time, Prabhupada has a growing family. He moves to Allahabad and starts a successful pharmacy.

All the while, spiritual Masters’ words remain implanted in his heart. In 1933 he became a disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta, who comments he will do everything in due time.

Three years later, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta leaves this world after again requesting Prabhupada to preach in English.

Prabhupada takes his words to heart and starts writing prodigiously. In 1944 he single-handedly began published public back to godhead a fortnightly.

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Srila Prabhupada Guru

Srila Prabhupada Guru- Bhaktivedanta saraswati

He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Calcutta in 1922.

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a prominent devotional scholar and the founder of sixty-four branches of Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic institutes), liked this educated young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge in the Western world.

Srila Prabhupada became his student, and eleven years later (1933) at Allahabad, he became his formally initiated disciple.

At their first meeting in 1922, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura requested Srila Prabhupada to broadcast Vedic knowledge through the English language.

In the years that followed, Srila Prabhupada wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita and, in 1944, without assistance, started an English fortnightly magazine.

Recognizing Srila Prabhupada’s philosophical learning and devotion, the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society honored him in 1947 with the title “Bhaktivedanta.”

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Srila Prabhupada Life

Srila Prabhupada Young Photo

In 1950, at the age of fifty-four, Srila Prabhupada retired from married life, and four years later, he adopted the vanaprastha (retired) to devote more time to his studies and writing.

Srila Prabhupada traveled to the holy city of Vrndavana, where he lived in very humble circumstances in the historic medieval temple of Radha-Damodara.

There he engaged for several years in deep study and writing. He accepted the renounced order of life (sannyasa) in 1959.

At Radha-Damodara, Srila Prabhupada began work on his life’s masterpiece: a multivolume translation and commentary on the 18,000-verse Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana).

He also wrote Easy Journey to Other Planets. After publishing three volumes of Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada came to the United States in 1965 to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master.

Since that time, His Divine Grace has written over sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries, and summary studies of India’s philosophical and religious classics.

Srila Prabhupada Wife
Srila Prabhupada Wife

In 1965, when he first arrived by freighter in New York City, Srila Prabhupada was practically penniless.

After almost a year of great difficulty, he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in July of 1966.

Under his careful guidance, the Society has grown within a decade to a worldwide confederation of almost one hundred asramas, schools, temples, institutes, and farm communities.

In 1968, Srila Prabhupada created New Vrndavana, an experimental Vedic community in West Virginia’s hills.

Inspired by New Vrndavana’s success, then a thriving farm community of more than one thousand acres, his students founded several similar communities in the United States and abroad.

In 1972, His Divine Grace introduced the Vedic system of primary and secondary education in the West by founding the Gurukula school in Dallas, Texas.

The school began with three children in 1972, and by the beginning of 1975, the enrollment had grown to one hundred fifty.

Srila Prabhupada also inspired the construction of a large international center at Sridhama Mayapur in West Bengal, India, which is also the site for a planned Institute of Vedic Studies.

A similar project is the magnificent Krsna-Balarama Temple and International Guest House in Vrndavana, India.

These are centers where Westerners can live to gain firsthand experience of Vedic culture. Srila Prabhupada’s most significant contribution, however, is his books.

Highly respected by the academic community for their authoritativeness, depth, and clarity, they are used as standard textbooks in numerous universities.

His writings have been translated into over eighty languages. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, established in 1972 exclusively to publish His Divine Grace’s works, has thus become the world’s largest publisher of books in the field of Indian religion and philosophy.

In the last ten years of his life, despite his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe twelve times on lecture tours that have taken him to six continents.

Despite such a vigorous schedule, Srila Prabhupada continued to write prolifically. His writings constitute a veritable library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature, and culture.

Srila Prabhupada left us a veritable library of Vedic philosophy and culture. Highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth, and clarity, his books are used at colleges and universities worldwide.

Achievements of Prabhupada

1.) In 12 years Prabhupada circled the globe 14 times.

2.) Established 108 temples and farm communities on 6 continents.

3.) Saw 60 million of his books distributed in 25 languages.

4.) Pioneered and firmly established Krishna Consciousness worldwide.

5.) Today more than 820 temples, farm communities, restaurants, schools and colleges.

6.) 520 million books distributed in 87 languages

7.) 3 billion plus vegetarian meals distributed.

8.) He did all at the age of 70. Outstanding Krishna Bhakt!!!

7 Quotes by Srila Prabhupada

“When a pure devotee or spiritual master speaks, what he says should be accepted as having been directly spoken by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in the Parampara System.”

-Srila Prabhupada

“To kill nothing, that is love.”

-Srila Prabhupada

“A tree full of ripened fruits bows down naturally, because of the weight of the fruits and its willingness to make its fruits accessible to others.”

-Srila Prabhupada

“A grain of devotion is more valuable than tons of faithlessness.”

-Srila Prabhupada

“Religion without philosophy is sentiment, or sometimes fanaticism, while philosophy without religion is mental speculation.”

-Srila Prabhupada

“A devotee should be fixed in the conclusion that the spiritual master cannot be subject to criticism and should never be considered equal to a common ma.”

-Srila Prabhupada

“Since one cannot visually experience the presence of the Supersoul, he appears before us as a liberated devotee. Such a spiritual master is none other than Krishna himself.”

-Srila Prabhupada

Most Famous Books By Srila Prabhupada

These books are written by Srilla Prabhupada. All these books have the potential to change anyone’s life completely.

1.) On the way to Krishna

2.) Elevation to Krishna Consciousness

3.) The matchless Gift

4.) Krishna, The Reservoir of Pleasure

5.) The Perfection of Yoga


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FAQ

What was the mission of Srila Prabhupada?

Prabhupada’s mission was to teach bhakti-yoga, (the process of self-realization) through love and devotion all over the world.

Who is the founder of Isckon?

His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, is the founder of Iskcon foundation.

Who is the master of Srila Prabhupada?

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami was the master of Srila Prabhupada.

When Prabhupada Arrived New-York?

In 1965, Srila Prabhupada arrived in New-York.


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