A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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In July of 1966, Bhaktivedanta Swami established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) for the purpose he stated of “checking the imbalance of values in the world and working for real unity and peace”.

In the eleven years that followed, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe 14 times on lecture tours spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna. Men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life came forward to accept his message. With their help, Srila Prabhupada established temples, farm communities, a publishing house, and educational institutions around the world. And, he began what has now become the world’s largest vegetarian food relief program, Hare Krishna Food for Life.

With the desire to nourish the roots of Krishna consciousness in its home, Srila Prabhupada returned to India several times, where he sparked a revival in the Vaishnava tradition. In India, he opened dozens of temples, including large centers in the holy towns of Vrindavana and Mayapura.

Srila Prabhupada’s most significant contributions, perhaps, are his books. He authored over 70 volumes on the Krishna tradition, which are highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth, fidelity to the tradition, and clarity. Several of his works are used as textbooks in numerous college courses. His writings have been translated into 76 languages. His most prominent works include: Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the 30-volume Srimad-Bhagavatam, and the 17-volume Sri Caitanya-caritamrita.

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada passed away on November 14, 1977, in the holy town of Vrindavana, surrounded by his loving disciples who carry on his mission today.

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Untuk memenuhi keinginan gurudeva beliau, Srila Prabhupada menempuh perjalanan berisiko untuk orang yang berumur 70 thn dari Kalkuta, India menuju Boston, Amerika Serikat. Sendirian, berbekal beberapa jilid buku edisi Srimad Bhagavatam yang beliau terjemahkan dari Bahasa Sansekrit ke bahasa Inggris, beliau memulai perjalanan panjang beliau untuk memperkenalkan budaya Vaishnava ke dunia barat.  Film The Acharya dibuat untuk mengenang 50 tahun perjalanan bersejarah tersebut.
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  • Between 1968- 1977 He dictated total of 22,000 pages of text

  • He translated and wrote purports to 18,000 verses of Srimad Bhagavatam. (Reading one verse with purport daily would take the reader 49.31 years to complete)

  • He translated and wrote the purports to the 700 verses of Bhagavad Gita Coaching (Reading one verse with purport daily would take two years to complete

  • He translated and wrote the purports to the 17 volumes of Chaitanya Caritamrita – in total 2,170 pages or 11,555 verses!! (Reading one verse with purport daily would take the reader 31.6 years to complete. Reading one page daily would take 5.9 years to complete)

  • He also wrote Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, Nectar of devotion, Teachings of Lord Kapiladeva, Sri Isopanisad.

  • He created Back to Godhead magazine which was monthly distributed in 1 million copies

  • He wrote 7000 letters to His disciples which was published in 5 volumes of books

  •  Srimad Bhagavatam lectures He gave are compiled in 11 volumes of books

  • Bhagavad Gita lectures are compiled in 7 volumes of books

  • His conversations have been compiled in 42 volumes of books

  • He produced innumerable recordings

  • He established 108 temples

  • He published 147 books. Reading one book monthly would take 13 years (If one started to read one book monthly now, in 2014, he would not finish till 2031)

  • He traveled around the world 14 times

  • He changed lives of at least 10000 people who become His initiating disciples

  • And all of this Srila Prabhupada did in ONLY 11 years!! In the age between 70-80!!! 



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Srila Prabhupada Wikipedia

Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami (IAST: Abhaya Caraṇāravinda Bhakti-vedānta Svāmī; 1 September 1896 – 14 November 1977) or Srila Prabhupada, born Abhay Charan De, was an Indian spiritual teacher and the founder-preceptor of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), commonly known as the "Hare Krishna Movement". Members of the ISKCON movement view Bhaktivedānta Swāmi as a representative and messenger of Krishna Chaitanya.

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Religious and Political Leaders Appreciate Srila Prabhupada and ISKCON at 50th Anniversary Gala in Washington D.C.