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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

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister of India

The ISKCON family has emerged at the forefront of the quest to create a more peaceful, harmonious and compassionate society. ISKCON's journey has been a manifestation of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.' Integration has been at the core of your philosophy.

ISKCON's story has been the story of the determination and devotion of lakhs of devotees spread across the world. Inspired by the teachings of Lord Krishna, they spread His message far and wide. The efforts of the ISKCON family in sectors like education, publishing and disaster-relief are commendable.

Reference: Letter by Prime Minister to ISKCON on its 50th Anniversary

Pranab Mukherjee

Former President of India

Srila Prabhupada the founder and Acharya of ISKCON was a true visionary and an ambassador of Indian culture who took this message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and glory of Vrindavan dham the world over. Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual influence continues to resonate in the hearts of Krishna devotees all over the world even to this day.

Reference: Ananta Shesha Sthapana Speech at Vrindavana Chandrodaya Mandir

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu

Vice President of India

Srila Prabhupada (one of our great cultural ambassador) spread the message across the globe not confined to one country or one continent… The life of Swami Prabhupada, who had participated actively in Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India Movement is itself a story of dedication and courage.

In the 60’s the world did not have various modern facilities which we possess today. In those times, a seventy-year-old sannyasi with forty rupees had embarked in a cargo ship to the United States of America. A land unknown to him, suffering two heart attacks among the way, faced various hardships.

He had only one dream to establish a worldwide movement to spread Hindu thought and heritage and ISKCON was born thus.

Today to globalization and technology the world has become inter-connected and multiculturalism is common. Much before all this Swami Prabhupada Ji had already built a bridge between the east and the west. That bridge was a cultural bridge. It allowed the west to experience the rich heritage of India. He established more than a hundred temples, cultural centers, farm communities and wrote commentaries over seventy-five books and traveled the world more than 14 times. All in the short span of just eleven years.

Now, there are more than 650 temples. In many ways, it is astonishing that a person who is seventy years old did all this. Sleeping just three or four hours a day and produced as many as books which have been translated into eighty-two world languages.

We find the message of Swami Prabhupada is very relevant today. The beauty of his teachings lay in the fact that united everyone under the banner of devotion and service without making any distinction of any pace, gender, caste, religion and social status…. We call it as Vasudeva kudumbam.  It is natural when we see the whole world as one family our care and concern extend to everyone. This was witnessed in the life of Swami Prabhupada Ji. He not only proved spiritual teachings but he equally cared for the wellbeing of others.

Reference: Inaugural speech in ISKCON's East West Cultural Festival

Lal Bhadur Sastri

Former Prime Minister of India

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is doing valuable work, and his books are a significant contribution to the salvation of mankind.

Reference: Srila Prabhupada's Book Reviews

L.K. Advani

Former Deputy Prime Minister of India

Srila Prabhupada is the great saint and visionary.

Reference: L.K. Advani’s visit to VCM vrindavan

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Former Prime Minister of India

If today the Bhagavad-gita is printed in millions of copies in scores of Indian languages and distributed in all nooks and corners of the world, the credit for this great sacred service goes chiefly to ISKCON.

For this one accomplishment alone, Indians should be eternally grateful to the devoted spiritual army of Swami Prabhupada’s followers. The voyage of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to the United States in 1965 and the spectacular popularity his movement gained in a very short spell of twelve years must be regarded as one of the greatest spiritual events of the century.

Reference: ISKCON Delhi Inaugural Speech

Indira Gandhi

Former Prime Minister of India

Srila Prabhupada is a very pure saint.

Reference: A Transcendental Dairy Volume 1 - Jan 14th, 1976

Alfred Brush Ford

Member of Ford Family

Srila Prabhupada was an example of Krishna's love, and it is amazing that we're able to see that.

Reference: Memories : Anecdotes of a Modern - Day Saint

George Harrison

Former Beatles

Srila Prabhupada has already had an amazing effect on the world. There's no way of measuring it. One day I just realized, “God, this man is amazing!"

Reference: Harrison speaks about Srila Prabhupada

Lata Mangeshkar

World’s most prolific recording artist and winner of the Bharata Ratna

As an artist, I am most grateful for Srila Prabhupada’s efforts toward bringing about a religious cultural revival of Indian classical arts in all parts of the world. By the blessings of Lord Sri Krishna, many talented disciples of Srila Prabhupada have virtually mastered the arts of bhajana and kirtana [devotional music] and classical dance.

Reference: dandavats.com