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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 17, 1976 : Chandigarh

Srila Prabhupada and his disciples were all invited by Puri Maharaja for a program and feast at the Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Matha in Sector 20.

By the time Prabhupada arrived, a large crowd was already gathered in the nearly complete kirtana hall. Prabhupada smiled broadly and recalled the reaction of some of his Godbrothers in 1965 when they heard he was planning to go to the West to preach. It would be too difficult for him to create Vaishnavas there, they had said. Bon Maharaja had gone and had failed, so they advised him not to go. Fortunately for us, he had ignored them. Prabhupada laughed and said, "So here is the result, what you are seeing now."

Then he was taken over to the main building where he was served prasadam, while the devotees took theirs in the courtyard. The prasadam was excellent, and Srila Prabhupada complimented them on their expertise in cooking and distributing prasadam. He ate an unusually large amount, even calling for seconds.

He was happy to visit and pleased with his reception and their arrangements. All the Gaudiya Matha people here are friendly, and Puri Maharaja seems a very able, active preacher and a good man. It is one of Prabhupada's longstanding desires that there be cooperation between him and the various branches of the Gaudiya Matha, so today's program was a source of great satisfaction. 

Memory of the Day

Vaibhavi dasi : We had the three carts, and we had Subhadra’s cart set up for Prabhupada to ride the whole way – very comfortable, big vyasasan on the front. And I was very fortunate, I was going to be on the cart there because I was the pujari for Subhadra. So I was sitting right up there alongside Prabhupada, and I was thrilled. But then I was very demoralized because Prabhupada didn’t get on the cart because he was so attracted to and fascinated by the big golden Lord Caitanya that we’d made, and he just loved to walk alongside it and dance with it. So he wouldn’t get on the cart. He walked the whole parade. It was cold and it seems like it was about three miles long, but he danced and walked the whole way. When we got to the end of the parade, then he got onto the cart inside of the hall and at that time he gave the lecture sitting on the cart. But I don’t think I’d slept for several days because we were making the carts and there were so many things going on preparing for Prabhupada’s coming, and I was falling asleep on my feet. So when Prabhupada started giving his lecture and I was fanning Subhadra, I just kept falling asleep. Lady Subhadra is very kind, and Prabhupada just glanced now and again. I can’t imagine what he was thinking, but I did my best to stay awake. We would do that in those days. We would just work so hard that we couldn’t survive once Prabhupada actually arrived. We were all preparing for him to come, and then we missed half the classes.

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

Anecdote of the Day

Shanka Dasa : On Bhaktisiddhanta's Disappearance Day in 1975, I was in charge of the Bombay temple kitchen and I made 98 of the 108 preparations we offered at the ceremony. When all these preparations were taken to Srila Prabhupada, Gopal Krishna, who was a young grhastha at the time, said, "Shanka das come and tell Srila Prabhupada what you made." So Gopal Krishna and I went to Prabhupada's room where he was sitting at a table with these 108 preparations. Prabhupada asked, "What is this preparation?" and I told him what it was and he tasted it. He asked, "What is this preparation?" and I told him what it was and he tasted it. He asked, "What is this preparation?" and I told him what it was and he tasted it. He asked, "What is this preparation?" and I told him what it was and he tasted it. Then the fifth time he asked, "What is this preparation?" and I told him what it was and he tasted it. Then he said, "Radharani has prepared this feast, you can go."

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

Prabhupada's travels

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Biography

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Memories

Be in the association of Srila Prabhupada. Always.
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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

The glories of a pure devotee are inexhaustible.
ebe jasa ghusuk tribhuvana
May your glories now be proclaimed throughout the three worlds.
-Guru Vandana

108 Temples

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

Poetry by Prabhupada

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