Topic: Srila Prabhupada (A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami)

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Srila Prabhupada His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977), the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), was the foremost proponent and teacher of Krishna consciousness—devotional service to the Supreme Person, Krishna—of the late twentieth century. Srila Prabhupada, as he's known to his followers, translated and commented on over...
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How the culmination of thousands of years of Vedic philosophical debate appeared as an unlikely export from India to the rest of the world. Srila Prabhupada The freezing wind blasting off the river becomes merciless when funneled between the walls of the city’s chartered canyons. The wind hurtles a birdshot of cinder and sleet; it sends trash skimming over the icy pavement and lifts it in sudden...
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"Don't Leave...Live!" A Peace Corps worker on assignment in India resolves to follow the transcendental call. One hot smoggy day in the summer of 1968, I went for a walk in New York's Greenwich Village, browsing through the occult bookstores. As I stood inside one store, reading a small pocket copy of Bhagavad-gita, I saw an incredible sight: a group of young men and women in robes and saris,...
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July 11, 1966. 26 Second Avenue, New York City: A few sympathetic, interested people gather in a small downtown storefront to help an Indian swami's mission by adding their signature to a legal document. Today, ISKCON has branches all over the world. Millions of lives have been transformed by the Hare Krishna mantra and the philosophy of the Bhagavad-gita—thanks to the vision of Srila Prabhupada...
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These are notes found in a handwritten diary kept by Srila Prabhupada, outlining of how he intended to present the teachings of Krishna consciousness to the Western world [bracketed material added for clarity]: 1. Krishna consciousness means clear consciousness. 2. Material existence means hazy consciousness. 3. Identifying the body as self is hazy consciousness. 4. One has to understand himself...
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"Acharya" is a documentary-style film on the life of Srila Prabhupada. Part 2 contains excerpts from interviews with news reporters and scholars.
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Part 5 shows Srila Prabhupada instructing his leaders in money management, challenging social welfare representatives on the meaning of social welfare, and predicting the end of the world.
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On the morning of September 17, 1959, in the fifty-by-twenty-five-foot Deity room on the second floor of the Keshavaji Math, a group of devotees sat before the Deities of Radha-Krishna and Lord Chaitanya. The Deities were colorfully dressed in royal clothing and silver crowns. Radharani's right hand faced palm-forward in benediction for the worshiper; at Her side, Her left hand held a flower for...
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Vyasa-puja is an annual celebration by devotees of Krishna to offer homage to their guru or spiritual teacher. Krishna says in the Adi Purana, ". . . one who claims to be My devotee is not so. Only a person who claims to be the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee." In the system of bhakti-yoga, the first duty is to accept a devotee as spiritual master and then to render service unto him...
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Reading Damodara Dasa’s memoir about Srila Prabhupada makes me wish I’d been there. But my time came later, in 1974. My head bowed to the floor in the San Francisco temple, I looked up briefly and saw, just inches away, Srila Prabhupada’s feet in rust-colored socks gliding by. He had come for the annual Rathayatra festival. The next day, dancing onstage, arms raised high, he inspired ten thousand...
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According to The Nectar of Devotion, “A person who is unable to bear another’s distress is called compassionate.” Whereas generally people are too focused on their own interests to concern themselves with the distress of others, the devotee is focused on Krishna’s interests. Because Krishna desires that the conditioned souls be delivered, the devotee dedicates his life to fulfilling that desire....
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In 1980, the head priest from Sri Advaita Acharya's house in Shantipura, West Bengal came to ISKCON's Chaitanya Chandrodaya Mandir in in Mayapur, carrying with him a copy of the Back to Godhead article about Srila Prabhupada, entitled "A Lifetime in Preparation." The following is what he's reported to have said: "Just recently an amazing realization occurred to me that I wanted to share...
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