About The Author: His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada

About The Author: His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada

His Divine Grace Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda appeared in this world in 1896 in Calcutta, India. He first met his spiritual master, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī, in Calcutta in 1922. Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī, a prominent religious scholar and the founder of sixty-four Gauḍīya Maṭhas (Vedic institutes), liked this educated young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge. Śrīla Prabhupāda became his student and, in 1933, his formally initiated disciple. At their first meeting, in 1922, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī requested Śrīla Prabhupāda to broadcast Vedic knowledge in English. In the years that followed, Śrīla Prabhupāda wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gītā, assisted the Gauḍīya Maṭha in its work and, in 1944, started Back to Godhead, an English fortnightly magazine.

Singlehandedly, Śrīla Prabhupāda edited it, typed the manuscripts, checked the galley proofs, and even distributed the individual copies. The magazine is now being continued by his disciples. In 1950 Śrīla Prabhupāda retired from married life, adopting the vānaprastha (retired) order to devote more time to his studies and writing. He traveled to the holy city of Vṛndāvana, where he lived in humble circumstances in the historic temple of Rādhā-Dāmodara. There he engaged for several years in deep study and writing. He accepted the renounced order of life (sannyāsa) in 1959. At Rādhā-Dāmodara, Śrīla Prabhupāda began work on his life’s masterpiece: a multivolume commentated translation of the eighteen-thousand-verse Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (Bhāgavata Purāṇa). He also wrote Easy Journey to Other Planets.

After publishing three volumes of the Bhāgavatam, Śrīla Prabhupāda came to the United States, in September 1965, to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master. Subsequently, His Divine Grace wrote more than fifty volumes of authoritative commentated translations and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India. When he first arrived by freighter in New York City, Śrīla Prabhupāda was practically penniless. Only after almost a year of great difficulty did he establish the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, in July of 1966. Before he passed away on November 14, 1977, he had guided the Society and seen it grow to a worldwide confederation of more than one hundred āśramas, schools, temples, institutes, and farm communities. In 1972 His Divine Grace introduced the Vedic system of primary and secondary education in the West by founding the gurukula school in Dallas, Texas. Since then his disciples have established similar schools throughout the United States and the rest of the world.

Śrīla Prabhupāda also inspired the construction of several large international cultural centers in India. At Śrīdhāma Māyāpur, in West Bengal, devotees are building a spiritual city centered on a magnificent temple – an ambitious project for which construction will extend over many years to come. In Vṛndāvana are the Krishna-Balaram Temple and International Guesthouse, gurukula school, and Śrīla Prabhupāda Memorial and Museum. There are also major temples and cultural centers in Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Siliguri, and Ujjain. Other centers are planned in many important locations on the Indian subcontinent.

Śrīla Prabhupāda’s most significant contribution, however, is his books. Highly respected by scholars for their authority, depth, and clarity, they are used as textbooks in numerous college courses. His writings have been translated into over fifty languages.

The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, established in 1972 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 just twelve years, despite his advanced age, Śrīla Prabhupāda circled the globe fourteen times on lecture tours that took him to six continents. In spite of such a vigorous schedule, Śrīla Prabhupāda continued to write prolifically. His writings constitute a veritable library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature, and culture.

If you’d like to learn more, please read Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta which is a Biography of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, written by Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswami.

Books of His Divine Grace

Canonic

Bhagavad-gita As It Is 

Srimad-Bhagavatam (comes in 44 or 18 Volume sets)

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta (comes in 9 or 1 super-thick Volume set)

Teachings of Lord Caitanya

Nectar of Devotion – Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu

Nectar of Instruction – Upadesamrta

Sri Isopanisad

KRSNA, The Supreme Personality of Godhead

Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers

Teachings of Lord Kapila, the Son of Devahuti

Teachings of Queen Kunti

Message of Godhead

Light of the Bhagavata

Dialectic Spiritualism: Vedic Views On Western Philosophy (aka Beyond Illusion & Doubt)

Easy Journey to Other Planets

Civilization and Transcendence

Krsna Consciousness The Topmost Yoga System

Krsna, the Reservoir of Pleasure

Science of Self Realization

Path of Perfection

Life Comes from Life

The Perfection of Yoga

Beyond Birth and Death

On the Way to Krsna

Raja-Vidya: The King of Knowledge

Elevation to Krsna Consciousness

Krsna Consciousness, The Matchless Gift

Transcendental Teachings of Prahlada Maharaja

Back to Godhead Magazine 1944—1960

Compiled After His Lifetime

A Second Chance
Journey of Self-Discovery
Civilization and Transcendence
Laws of Nature: An Infallible Justice
Renunciation Through Wisdom
Quest for Enlightenment
Dharma: The Way of Transcendence
Bhakti, the Art of Eternal Love
Spiritual Yoga
The Hare Krishna Challenge
Veda
Siksamrita (3 Volumes)
Guru & Disciple
Preaching is the Essence

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