Bishwa Nath Singh:
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was born on September 1, 1896 in Calcutta, India. His parents, Sriman Gour Mohan De and Srimati Rajani De, were devotees of Vaiswanism. As per Bengali tradition, his mother had gone to the home of her parents for the delivery, and only a few days later Abhay returned with parents ...to his home at 151 Harrison Road in Calcutta, where he was brought up and educated He got his education in the Scottish Church College, Calcutta. This school was well reputed among Bengalis; many Vaishnava families sent their sons there. The professors, most of whom were Europeans, were known as sober, moral men, and it is believed that the students received a good education. The college was located in north Calcutta, not far from Harrison Road where Abhay's family lived. During his years in the college, he was a member of the English Society as well as that of the Sanskrit Society, and it has been suggested that his education provided him a foundation for his future leadership. He had graduated in 1920 with majors in English, philosophy and economics.However he had refused to accept his diploma, being a devout follower of Gandhi at the time.He had refused to accept the diploma in protest of the British. He also wore the homespun cotton cloth the followers of Gandhi wore in protest of British clothes.
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Bishwa Nath Singh :
Swami Prabhupada's real name was Abhay Charan De before he became the disciple of the Krishna devotee Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj who lived in the beginning of the 20th century. Prabhupada was married and had children pr...ior to renunciating his life to 'sannyasa' and emerging as one of Hinduism's most successful exponents. He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Calcutta in 1922. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a prominent devotional scholar and the founder of sixty-four branches of Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic institutes), liked this educated young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge in the Western world. Srila Prabhupada became his student, and eleven years later in 1933 at Allahabad, he became his formally initiated disciple. At their first meeting, in 1922, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura requested Srila Prabhupada to broadcast Vedic knowledge through the English language. In the years that followed, Srila Prabhupada wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita and in 1944, without assistance, started an English fortnightly magazine. Having realized Srila Prabhupada’s philosophical learning and devotion, the Gaudiya Vaisnava Society honored him in 1947 with the title “Bhaktivedanta.” In 1950, at the age of fifty-four, Srila Prabhupada retired from married life, and four years later he adopted the vanaprastha (retired) order to devote more time to his studies and writing. Srila Prabhupada traveled to the holy city of Vrndavana, where he lived in very humble circumstances in the historic medieval temple of Radha-Damodara. There he engaged for several years in deep study and writing. He accepted the renounced order of life (sannyasa) in 1959After publishing three volumes of Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada came to the United States, in 1965, to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master. Since that time, His Divine Grace has written over sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India. In 1965, when he first arrived by freighter in New York City, Srila Prabhupada was practically penniless. By the mercy of Lord Krishna, and his guru, he was determined to fullfill his spiritual master’s order, to spread God (Krishna) consciousness to the west. He set forth on a mission, that only an empowered representative of the Lord could accomplish. Armed only with a trunk of books, and faith in Lord Krishna, he came forth. In the course of this journey across the great ocean, he had two heart attacks. He prayed to Lord Krishna, and chanted his holy names, and he recovered. Arriving in New York City, he spent some time with a family in Butler Pennsylvania, but he eventually returned to New York to set up a store front temple in the bowery. In time news spread of this holy man from India who was having an effect, in spreading the word of God. The small temple provided a program of chanting, and discussing Bhagavad Gita. His programs consisted of Chanting the Hare KrishnaIt was after almost a year of great difficulty that he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in July of 1966. Under his careful guidance, the Society has grew within a decade to a worldwide confederation of almost one hundred asramas, schools, temples, institutes and farm communities. In 1968, Srila Prabhupada created New Vrndavana, an experimental Vedic community in the hills of West Virginia. Inspired by the success of New Vrndavana, then a thriving farm community of more than one thousand acres, his students Srila Prabhupada’s most significant contribution, however, is his books. Highly respected by the academic community for their authoritativeness, depth and clarity, they are used as standard textbooks in numerous college courses. His writings have been translated into eleven languages. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, established in 1972 exclusively to publish the works of His Divine Grace, has thus become the world’s largest publisher of books in the field of Indian religion and philosophy. 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. In spite of such a vigorous schedule, Srila Prabhupada continued to write prolifically. His writings constitute a veritable library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture. The ISKCON is a worldwide confederation of over ten thousand temple devotees and over three lakhs congregational devotees worldwide, with its head quarters in Los Angeles. It is a monotheistic faith group, which regards Krishna as the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Unlike mainline Hinduism, ISKCON regards Krishna as the supreme Lord over all deities. The symbol of the Hare Krishna faith consists of two stripes representing Krishan's feet, and a tulsi or basil leaf in the center. The followers "believe — 'We are not this body, but spirit souls who are temporarily trapped in a material body and worldly woes, the ultimate goal being to break away from samsara (endless births) and return to the abode of God." Today there are numerous ISCKON temples dedicated to Krishna and Prabhupada around the world — from West Bengal to West Virginia, New Delhi to New York. Swami Prabhupada died on November 14, 1977, and left behind a body of valuable spiritual works. Prominent among over eighty books that he authored on Vedantic philosophy, religion, literature and culture, are The Song of God or Bhagavad Gita As-It-Is, The History of God and His Devotees (Bhagavata Purana), and The Life and Teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Chaitanya Charitamrita). He had passed away on November 14, 1977 at Vrindavan. number of memorial samadhis or shrines to Prabhupada were constructed by the members of ISKCON in his remembrance. The largest of which are in Mayapur, Vrindavan and at the larger sized temples in America. Prabhupada's Palace of Gold was designed and constructed by devotees of the New Vrindavan communityHe was price among men very much devoted to his good cause. Such person rarely comes on this worldly earth. Let us join to pay our humble obeisance to his lotus feet!
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