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The life and teachings of a pure devotee

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

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October 20, 1976 : New Delhi

Before leaving for Vrindavana this morning, Srila Prabhupada took a short walk around the neighborhood accompanied by the members of the Library Party. As we strolled along a wide grassy strip near the temple, we saw many people out for walks and early morning exercise. One fellow was standing on his head, and Gargamuni started to laugh. But Prabhupada corrected him: "Do not laugh. This makes the body fit for spiritual life.

Memory of the Day

Gopinath Acharya das : So Srila Prabhupada is sitting there resting a little on a seat, and Deepak prabhu introduced me to Srila Prabhupada and said, “Oh, this is Gopinath Acharya das. He is one of our leading book distributors.” So Srila Prabhupada was actually very interested; and he turned his head very regally, he looked at me and asked me what I said to sell the books. So I mumbled and fumbled something to the effect that, “Oh, Srila Prabhupada, I just tell them it’s about yoga. They think it’s about exercises and like that.” Srila Prabhupada thought very pensively for 30 seconds or so and he said, “You should tell people that these books will solve the problems of life and help reduce the miseries of life.” In retrospect, I believe Srila Prabhupada must have been thinking of the verse from the First Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam: anarthopasamam saksad, bhakti-yogam adhoksaje, lokasyajanato vidvams, cakre satvata-samhitam. “The material miseries of the living entity, which are superfluous to him, can be directly mitigated by the linking process of devotional service. But the mass of people do not know this, and therefore the learned Vyasadeva compiled the Srimad-Bhagavatam.” So I felt very blessed to be privy to Srila Prabhupada’s personal instruction what to say to distribute his books. Unfortunately, I hadn’t been able to introduce that kind of presentation on the street when we were selling books for many years. But later on when we were selling Srila Prabhupada’s sets of books, that proved to be very successful. People warm up to that. Actually everyone is suffering, and Srila Prabhupada’s real business was to somehow or another give people some happiness through Krishna consciousness. So then he began to speak about the prediction in the Caitanya Bhagavat: prithivite ache jato nagaradi gram, sarvatra prachara hoibe mora nam, that Lord Caitanya’s name would be heard in every town and village. So Srila Prabhupada went on to say that this means that there will be a Radha-Krishna temple in every town and village with at least six brahmanas to worship the Deity.

Reference: Following Srila Prabhupada – Remembrances by Yadubara dasa

Anecdote of the Day

Hansadutta Dasa : In the early days at 26 Second Avenue, Kirtanananda tried to impose austerities on everyone. Every Sunday there'd be a lot of sweet balls left over from the feast and for Monday's breakfast we'd drop those sweet balls in our hot farina cereal. It was a delightful breakfast. But Kirtanananda insisted that we couldn't have more than two sweet balls each and that became an issue we haggled over at istagosthi. We couldn't resolve it, so it came to Prabhupada's attention. Everybody assembled. The problem was laid out before Prabhupada and Prabhupada said, "So everyone can have as many sweet balls as they like. But Kirtanananda can only have two." That was Prabhupada's sense of humor.

Reference: Memories-Anecdotes of a Modern-Day Saint by Siddhanta Dasa

Prabhupada's travels

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Memories

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Quotes

Vani, or the words of the spiritual exists with us eternally
guru-mukha-padma-vakya, cittete koriya aikya, ar na koriho mane asa
- My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth.
–Guru vandana

Prabhupada Analogies

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Eulogies By Eminent

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ebe jasa ghusuk tribhuvana
May your glories now be proclaimed throughout the three worlds.
-Guru Vandana

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ebe jasa ghusuk tribhuvana
May your glories now be proclaimed throughout the three worlds.
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