Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

By Admin on 09-06-2010

     Sri. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is another exemplary
ascetic from India.  He is but distinct
in his philosophy and learning. He was born in Kolkota in 1896. He was educated
in the prestigious Scottish Church College. He was married and owned a
pharmaceutical business. At the age of 26 he began his training under Master
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, a prominent religious scholar and the
founder of sixty-four Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic Institutes). It was he who asked
the young Prabhupada to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge.

Srila Prabhupada
began his work writing a commentary on the Bhagavad Gita. In 1944, he started
‘Back to Godhead’, an English fortnightly magazine. Single-handedly, Srila
Prabhupada edited it, typed the manuscripts, checked the galley proofs, and
even distributed the individual copies. The magazine is now published in over
thirty languages. At the age of 54, crossing the first two stages of
Brahmachariya (Celebate life) and Grahastha (Family life), Prabhupada adopted
to Vanaprastha. The Gaudiya Vaisnava Society honored him in 1947 with the title
“Bhaktivedanta.”

 Srila Prabhupada traveled to the holy city of Vrndavana,
where he lived in very humble circumstances in a historic medieval temple.
There he spent several years in deep study and writing. In 1959 he accepted the
final renounced order of life (sannyasa). It was during this period that he
wrote his masterpiece: a multivolume annotated translation of the
eighteen-thousand-verse of Srimad-Bhagavatam. He further came to United States
in 1965. He continued his writings; this time it was more than sixty volumes of
authoritative annotated translations and summary studies of the philosophical
and religious classics of India that he prepared. He landed in United States
penniless but established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
in July 1966. It now has more than one hundred Ashrams,   In 1968, Srila Prabhupada created New Vrindaban, a farm
community in the hills of West Virginia. His students have since founded
several similar communities in the United States and abroad.

  In 1972, he introduced the Vedic system of primary and
secondary education in the West by founding the Gurukula school in Dallas,
Texas. Since then, under his supervision, his disciples have established
children's schools throughout the United States and the rest of the world, with
the principal educational center now located in Vrndavana, India.

   Srila Prabhupada also inspired the construction of several
large international cultural centers in India. The center at Sridhama Mayapur
in West Bengal is the site for a planned spiritual city, an ambitious project
for which construction will extend over many years to come. Srila Prabhupada's
most significant contribution, however, is his books, highly respected by the
academic community for their authority, depth and clarity. His writings have
been translated into over fifty languages. His writings constitute a veritable
library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture. He passed away
in 1977.

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