Srila
Prabhupada

Radhanath Swami’s Teacher

A pre-eminent teacher

His Divine Grace, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) was the principle teacher for thousands of people around the world, including Radhanath Swami. He is regarded as the world’s pre-eminent exponent of the teachings and practices of Bhakti-yoga, outside of it’s roots in India.

Srila Prabhupada simply wanted to share the kindness and love of his spiritual teacher with the world. Despite so many setbacks, he just kept going. Nothing could stop him—because he was on a mission of love. By his life’s dedication, he actually changed the hearts of millions and continues to do so today via his books.

— RADHANATH SWAMI

A student of  Srila Bhaktisiddhanta

Born Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896, in Calcutta, as a young man he became involved with Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement. It was, however, a meeting with a prominent scholar and spiritual leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, which proved most influential on young Abhay’s future calling. At their first meeting Srila Bhaktisiddhanta asked Abhay to bring the teachings of Krishna to the English-speaking world. Deeply moved by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s devotion and wisdom, Abhay became his student and dedicated himself to carrying out his mentor’s request. But it wasn’t until 1965, at the age of seventy, that he would set off on his mission to the West.

Around the world

In these eleven years, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe twelve times, bringing the teachings of Bhakti to thousands of people on six continents. Men and women from all backgrounds came forward to understand his message. With their help, Srila Prabhupada established centres and projects throughout the world including temples, self-sustainable communities, educational institutions, and what would become the world’s largest vegetarian food relief program. With the desire to nourish the roots of Bhakti in its homeland, Srila Prabhupada returned to India several times, where he sparked its revival. In India, he opened dozens of temples, including important centres in the holy towns of Vrindavan and Mayapur.

Respected author

Born Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896, in Calcutta, as a young man he became involved with Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement. It was, however, a meeting with a prominent scholar and spiritual leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, which proved most influential on young Abhay’s future calling. At their first meeting Srila Bhaktisiddhanta asked Abhay to bring the teachings of Krishna to the English-speaking world. Deeply moved by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta’s devotion and wisdom, Abhay became his student and dedicated himself to carrying out his mentor’s request. But it wasn’t until 1965, at the age of seventy, that he would set off on his mission to the West.

Gratitude for Srila Prabhupada

For millennia, the teachings of Bhakti had been concealed within Sanskrit and Indian vernacular languages, and the rich culture of Bhakti had been hidden behind the borders of India. However, today, millions around the globe express their gratitude to Srila Prabhupada for revealing the timeless wisdom of Bhakti to a world immersed in a hedonistic and distracted ethos.

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada passed away on November 14, 1977, in the holy town of Vrindavan, surrounded by his loving followers, who work together to carry on his work today.

A tree full of ripened fruits bows down naturally, because of the weight of the fruits and it’s willingness to make it’s fruits accessible to others.

— A .C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Appreciations