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Srila Prabhupada: Carrying Krsna’s Message to the West

Srila Prabhupada: Carrying Krsna’s Message to the West

In 1952 Srila Prabhupada began preaching Krsna consciousness in Jhansi. With the support of local doctors and businessmen, he began an organization—the League of Devotees—dedicated to spreading Krsna consciousness in…

Srila Prabhupada in San Francisco

Srila Prabhupada in San Francisco

With Krsna consciousness flourishing on New York's Lower East Side, Srila Prabhupada felt he could entrust the New York center to his followers and expand the movement west.…

Srila Prabhupada in Calcutta 1944

Srila Prabhupada in Calcutta 1944

With World War II raging in Europe and the Far East, Srila Prabhupada launches BACK TO GODHEAD magazine and addresses the issues of the day from a Krsna conscious viewpoint.…

The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Absolute is sentient, Thou hast proved, Impersonal calamity Thou hast removed. This gives us a life Anew and fresh. Worship Thy feet, Your Divine Grace.…

Prabhupada: Inspired by the Disciplic Succession

Prabhupada: Inspired by the Disciplic Succession

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati was dedicated to using the printing press as the best medium for large-scale distribution of Krsna consciousness. He thought of the printing press as a brhat mrdanga, a…

Dr. Patel: “My Life’s Most Precious Moments”

Dr. Patel: “My Life’s Most Precious Moments”

At our first meeting I started arguing with him, sometimes foolishly, sometimes methodically and logically. The first epithet I received from him was "You are a mudha, a big fool."…

Srila Prabhupada Meets His Guru

Srila Prabhupada Meets His Guru

Srila Prabhupada (then known as Abhay Charan De) was skeptical: he had seen too many "holymen" at his father's house—professional beggars, ganja smokers, and the like. But this person was…

Srila Prabhupada’s Childhood Ratha-Yatra Chariot Festival

Srila Prabhupada’s Childhood Ratha-Yatra Chariot Festival

Abhay wanted to have his own cart and to perform his own Ratha-yatra, and naturally he turned to his father for help. Gour Mohan agreed, but there were difficulties. When…

Srila Prabhupada: A Child Sent by Krishna

Srila Prabhupada: A Child Sent by Krishna

An astrologer did a horoscope for the child, and the family was made jubilant by the auspicious reading. The astrologer made a specific prediction: When this child reached the age…

Waves of Ecstasy in California

Waves of Ecstasy in California

Srila Prabhupada had planted the seed of Krsna consciousness in the fertile ground of New York's Lower East Side and seen it take root and flourish. But when he came…

The Lord of the Universe Comes to Haight-Ashbury

The Lord of the Universe Comes to Haight-Ashbury

San Francisco, 1967. Prabhupada's temple had become an integral part of the youth scene in the Haight-Ashbury district. Now, unexpectedly, the Lord of the universe came to the temple through…

A Refuge For The Hippies — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

A Refuge For The Hippies — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Srila Prabhupada had come to San Francisco as the hippie movement was reaching its height. He found his small temple on Frederick Street, in the heart of the Haight-Ashbury district…

The Mantra-Rock Dance — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The Mantra-Rock Dance — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Though some of the New York disciples had objected, Srila Prabhupada was still scheduled for the Mantra-Rock Dance at the Avalon Ballroom. It wasn't proper, they had said, for the…

The Departure 1967 — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The Departure 1967 — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The temple at 26 2nd Ave was thriving, but now it was time to break new ground. The most fertile field was San Francisco's Haight-Ashhurv, where the cultural revolution that…

Broadcasting Krsna’s Glories — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Broadcasting Krsna’s Glories — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

On a small press Srila Prabhupada's disciples printed the first BACK TO GODHEAD magazine, one hundred copies, and then distributed them by bicycle.…

In Praise of the Spiritual Master

In darkness have I traveled, In nescience was I born. For eons had I journeyed In existence forlorn, My knowledge had been covered, Forgetful. and blind, In different planes I'd…

The East Village — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

The East Village — The Biography of Srila Prabhupada

Since he started the public chanting of Hare Krsna in Washington Square Park, in the heart of Greenwich Village, Srila Prabhupada had been sending out small "parades" of devotees, chanting…

Srila Prabhupada Breaking the American Silence

Srila Prabhupada Breaking the American Silence

During the two months spent at 26 Second Avenue, Srila Prabhupada had achieved what had formerly been only a dream. He now had a temple, a duly registered society, full…

The Wedding: The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The Wedding: The Biography of a Pure Devotee

Shortly after founding the first Krsna conscious temple in the West, Srila Prabhupada organized the first Vedic marriage ceremony, replete with fire sacrifice, garlands, exotic foods, and an intimation of…

The First Initiation — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

The First Initiation — The Biography of a Pure Devotee

Prabhupada announced that he would soon hold an initiation. "What's initiation, Swamiji?" one of the boys asked, and Prabhupada replied, "I will tell you later."…

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