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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

Know his glorious pastimes, analogies, temples and more ...

September 21, 1974 : Vrindavan

As Srila Prabhupada's health improved, I became more conscious of my own bodily discomfort. I hadn't been as careful as I should have been in India. As a result, I contracted malaria, had difficulty with digestion and developed colitis. I went to Srila Prabhupada's secretary, Brahmananda Maharaja, and discussed the possibility of me returning to Los Angeles to regain my health. I asked him to talk with Srila Prabhupada.

Later, Srila Prabhupada called me into his room.

"So, you are not feeling well?" he asked.

"No, Prabhupada," I said. "I have been feeling ill for some time."

"You want to go back to Los Angeles and regain your health?" he asked.

"Yes, Srila Prabhupada," I timidly said. "If it is all right with you?"

"Yes, of course," he said sweetly. "You have kept me alive for the last month. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be here now. How can I not want you to be healthy? You have done so many things. You must take care of yourself."

His humility was overwhelming. I offered my obeisances and walked out of his sitting room filled with emotion. Hearing Srila Prabhupada says that I had been responsible for saving his life filled me with ecstasy.

That evening I accompanied Srila Prabhupada to the temple courtyard where he sat down under the tamal tree. As I sat by his lotus feet, I began thinking how crazy I was. There was no sweeter place in the entire universe than sitting at his golden lotus feet.

"Srila Prabhupada," I finally said. "I can't leave. It isn't the right thing to do. I should just remain here and depend on Krishna."

"Yes, this is very good," he said smiling broadly. "Because you are sincere, Krishna will give you all facilities to perform your service."

I felt great relief knowing I was doing the right thing.

Memory of the Day

Brahmananda das : Prabhupada had installed Bankibehari in Nairobi and I was getting offering plates and so on in Calcutta, and I had this idea to get a pair of padams, sadhu shoes, but made of silver and very nicely engraved and with Prabhupada’s name and Founder Acharya. My idea was to take these and touch them to Prabhupada’s feet and then bring them back to Nairobi and worship, have on the altar. So one morning at the guru-puja, very ceremoniously I placed them on the cushion for Prabhupada’s feet where the flowers were put and Prabhupada saw them, bright shiny silver, and he was approving very nicely. Then he put his feet into them and Prabhupada was wearing them. After the morning program, then Prabhupada went to leave wearing the shoes. I just wanted Prabhupada to touch his feet and I was going to take them, and Prabhupada took them and I was surprised. Prabhupada could see my surprise, and then he understood that I wanted them. So then he stopped and took them off, I could have them. But he was wearing them very nicely.

Reference: Following Srila Prabhupada – Remembrances by Yadubara Dasa

Anecdote of the Day

Jagadatri Dasi : Prabhupada was visiting the Dallas gurukula when we had one of the most ecstatic kirtans I've ever experienced. Vishnujana Swami was there, along with many others. Everyone was five feet off the ground. Jayatirtha was flying in the air and twirling on the way down, while waves of devotees were running back and forth. There was a great feeling permeating the entire room. Then I thought in a demoniac way, "Everybody loves Prabhupada, everybody's worshiping Prabhupada. I want to see if he's really transcendental." The affection, love and honor that everybody was giving to Srila Prabhupada was palpable. I thought, "I want to see what he does." So, after the kirtan was over and everybody was paying obeisances, I sat up and looked at him. I wanted to see his expression—if he was gloating from the worship. He glanced to the other side of the room, then he glanced at me, and in a fraction of a second I was shocked that I could be so gross and fallen. I immediately knew that he was totally transcendental and not bothered by worship. And I could see that he was embarrassed for me. It was a great lesson for my stone-like heart to see that all the time he was a humble servant of Krishna.

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

Places made holy

Srila Prabhupada stayed for 94 days at Montreal.

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Biography

Acharya - One who teaches by example
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Memories

Be in the association of Srila Prabhupada. Always.
The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success. (CC Madhya 22.54)

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

Experience through examples
Srila Prabhupada brings us the knowledge of the Vedic literatures with his hard hitting analogies.

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

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

Poetry by Prabhupada

Prabhupada’s ballads of bhakti
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