His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
was born in the year of 1896, in Calcutta, India. He met for
the first time with his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Sarasvati Goswami Maharaj, in Calcutta, in the year of 1922.
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a pre-eminent erudite devocional
and the founder of sixty four Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic institutes),
liked that educated youth and it convinced him to dedicate
his life to teach the Vedic knowledge. Srila Prabhupada became
his disciple and eleven years later (1933) in Allahad became
his disciple in formal character.
In the first encounter that they had in 1922, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Sarasvati Thakura asked that Srila Prabhupada spread the Vedic
knowledge in English language. In the years that were proceeded,
Srila Prabhupada wrote a comment on Bhagavad-gita, it helped
Gaudiya Matha in its work and in 1944, without the help of
anybody, led off a biweekly magazine in English, writing it,
typing the manuscripts and revising the proofs. He distributed
the copies individually gratuitously and it struggled to maintain
the publication. Ever since, the magazine called "Back
to Godhead", continues being published ininterruptly;
now in West disciples continue her publish it in more than
Recognizing the philosophical erudition and Srila Prabhupada's
devotion, the Society Gaudiya Vaisnava honored him in 1947
with the title "Bhaktivedanta". In 1950, to the
54 years of age, Srila Prabhupada left of the married life,
adopting the order of solitary life (Vanaprastha), in order
to dedicate more time to their studies and writings. Srila
Prabhupada traveled to the sacred city of Vrindavana, where
he/she lived in a humble way in the medieval and historical
temple of Radha-Damodara. He was devoted there for several
years to study deeply and to write. He accepted the order
of renounced life (Sannyasa) in 1959.
In Radha Damodara, Srila Prabhupada began to work in the work
excels of his life: a translation in many volumes, with comments,
of the eighteen thousand verses of Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata-Purana).
he/she also Wrote " Easy Travel to the Other Planets."
After publishing three volumes of Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada
went to the United States in 1965, in order to accomplish
his spiritual master's mission. From that time, His Divine
Grace wrote more than sixty volumes of translations, comments
and authorized summary studies on the philosophical classic
- religious persons of India.
When in 1965 it arrived for the first time to the city of
New York in a load ship, Srila Prabhupada didn't have a cent
practically. It was alone after almost a year of a lot of
difficulty that he founded the International Society for the
Krishna Consciesness in July of 1966. Before his disappearance
on November 14, 1977, he guided the Society and saw it develop
in a world confederation with more than a hundred Asramas,
schools, temples, institutes and rural communities.
In 1968, Srila Prabhupada created New Vrndavana, an experimental
Vedic community in Virgínia Westerner hills.
Inspired for the success of New Vrndavana, that if it turned
prosperous rural community with more than 168 bushels, their
disciples ever since have been founding several similar communities
In 1972, His Divine Grace introduced the Vedic system of primary
and secondary education in the West, when founding the first
school Gurukula in the United States. Ever since, under his
their supervision disciples have been establishing schools
Gurukula in the whole world, with the main established education
center in Vrndavana, India.
Srila Prabhupada also inspired the construction of several
international cultural centers in India. The Center in Sridhama
Mayapura in Begala Ocidental is the area for a planned spiritual
city, an ambitious project whose construction will settle
down for next decade. In Vrndavana, India, is the magnificent
temple of Krshna and Balarama, the International House of
Guests and the Monument Srila Prabhupada. There is also a
great education center in Mumbai. There are plans to establish
other centers in local other a dozen important of the Indian
However, Srila Prabhupada's most significant contribution
is their books. Highly respected by the academic community,
given his authority, depth and clarity, those books are adopted
as normative text books in numerous academical courses. Srila
Prabhupada's writings have been translated for thirty five
languages. Established in 1972 exclusively to publish the
works of His Divine Grace, "Bhaktivedanta Book Trust"
became like this the largest world publisher of books in the
field of the religion and of the Indian philosophy.
In only twelve years, in spite of his advanced age, Srila
Prabhupada traveled for the world fourteen times, giving conferences
on the conscience of Krishna and helping their disciples in
the administration of the Society and in the fomentation of
new projects. In spite of their constants trips, Srila Prabhupada
always wrote prolificamente, and their works constitute true
philosophy library, religion and Vedic culture. " Srila
Prabhupada was not just other erudite, guru, mystic, yoga
teacher or instructor of oriental meditation. He was the corporification
of an entire culture, which implanted in the West."