His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Early Life and Spiritual Calling

  • Born in Calcutta in 1896, Abhay Charan De received the Bengali name "A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada" at the time of his initiation into sannyasa.
  • He came from a Vaishnava family and was involved in Gandhi's non-violence movement.
  • In 1922, he met his spiritual master, His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja, who instructed him to spread the teachings of Bhagavad-gita to the West.
  • In 1933, Abhay Charan De was initiated by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.

Spreading the Teachings of Krishna Consciousness

  • In 1959, he accepted sannyasa and became known as A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  • He moved to Vrindavana and translated and commented on the first canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam and other sacred texts.
  • In 1965, he traveled to the United States with only $40 and his manuscripts.
  • He started chanting Hare Krishna in public parks and attracted a following of young people.
  • He established the first Krishna temple in a storefront in New York City.
  • He founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and established temples in major cities around the world.

Literary Contributions

  • A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the author of over 70 books on Vedic philosophy, including Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad Bhagavatam, and The Nectar of Devotion.
  • His books are translated into over 80 languages and are used as textbooks in university courses on Eastern philosophy.

Legacy

  • A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is considered one of the most influential spiritual teachers of the 20th century.
  • He is credited with introducing the practice of bhakti-yoga to the West and inspiring millions of people to chant the Hare Krishna mantra.
  • His books continue to be read and studied by people all over the world.

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

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