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May 16, 1953 : Jhansi



Abhay Charan (Srila Prabhupada) held a grand-opening celebration for the League of Devotees. (In 1933 Srila Prabhupada became a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. Srila Bhaktisiddantha Sarasvati requested Srila Prabhupada, then Abhay Charan, to preach Krishna consciousness in English. Abhay Charan took his words to heart and started writing prodigiously. In 1944 he single-handedly began publishing and distributing Back to Godhead, a fortnightly. Abhay Charan later moved to Jhansi and founded the League of Devotees. It is here he prepared a charter for an international organization, its members dedicated to a peaceful, God-centred life. He was always teaching Krishna consciousness and people came to him for knowledge. After hearing from him, many wanted to become his disciples. He told them, "I can make you my disciple, but first you please chant the names of God and give up cigarettes, meat eating, illicit sex and gambling," but few people would agree to give up these habits. Then he said, "Indians are imitating the Westerners. I will make disciples in the West. Then, when the Indian people see Westerners following religious principles, they will also follow.")
Reference: Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta - Volume 1