His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada’s life establishes how a sincere spiritual desire of serving the Lord Krishna by spreading His Names all over the world became successful catalyzed by Krishna Himself.
SOME IMPORTANT EVENTS IN THE LIFE OF SRILA PRABHUPADA
(1) 1 September 1896:
Birth in Calcutta, India. Named as ‘Abhay Charan De’. He was educated at the prestigious local Scottish Church College.
Abhay Charan De Met his spiritual master Srila Bhakti Sidddhantha Sarasvati in Calcutta, the founder of 64 Gaudiya Mutt Branches and who convinced Srila Prabhupada to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge in the Western world..
(3) 1933 :
Abhay Charan De became an initiated disciple of Srila Bhakti Siddhantha Sarasvati in Allahabad.
Abhay Charan De wrote a nice commentary on Bhagavad Gita.
Started “Back To Godhead” fortnightly magazine in English.
Received the title “Bhaktivedanta” from the Gaudiya Vaishnava Society. He now became “Bhakti Vedanta Swami”.
Bhakti Vedanta Swami retired from Grahastha (Family) life in his age 54 and four years later, he accepted Vanaprastha life (retirement from family).
Srila Prabhupada accepted SANYASA, the renounced order of life, leaving his family, children and his small pharmaceutical business.
From the Radha Damodhara temple premises, he wrote commentaries for the parts of Srimad Bhagavatham and also a nice book “Easy Journey to Other Planets”.
Srila Prabhupada printed three volumes of Srimad Bhagavatham amidst tireless struggles for collecting funds to print them.
Srila Prabhupada came to the United States to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master having just Rs.40 in hand and by getting a free pass in the Jaladhootha cargo ship convincing its owner. He suffered two heart attacks while travelling by the ship. Still he managed to travel to United States to fulfil the order of his spiritual master, putting his full faith in Krishna.
(11) 1966 July:
After a year of difficulties in New York city, he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).
Within ten years, he grew the society all over the world with more than 100 centers, schools, temples, institutes and farm communities.
(12) 1968 :
Srila Prabhupada established New Vrndavana, a large vedic community in the hills of West Virginia. Later, such communities were established by his disciples in United States and all over the world.
Srila Prabhupada introduced the Vedic system of primary and secondary education in the West by founding the Gurukula school in Dallas, Texas, with three that had grown to 150 students in 1975.
Bhakti Vedanta Book Trust (BBT) was established to print exclusively the writings of Srila Prabhupada.
Srila Prabhupada left this world in Vrindavana, India, after becoming ill and went to the abode of Krishna.
ACHIEVEMENTS OF SRILA PRABHUPADA
(1) He has written over sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India.
(2) These are used as standard textbooks in numerous universities. His writings have been translated into over eighty languages.
(3) In the last ten years of his life, in spite of his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe twelve times on lecture tours that have took him to six continents.
(4) His books are highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth, and clarity
(5) The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust publishes his works in over 50 languages.
(6) Max Weber, a sociologist, described Srila Prabhupada as a charismatic leader, as he was successful in acquiring followers in the United States, Europe, India and elsewhere.
(7) CNN listed Srila Prabhupada in their Top-10 list of “wildly successful people”.
His society, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is expanding fast and steadily all over the world with the tireless efforts of his disciples.