His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada appeared in a family of pure Gaudiya Vaisnavas in 1896 in Calcutta on the auspicious day of Nandutsav. From early childhood, he showed signs of pure devotion to Lord Sri Krishna. At the tender age of five, he single-handedly organized a neighborhood Ratha-yatra festival. In their first meeting in 1922, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura requested Srila Prabhupada to broadcast Vedic knowledge in English. He followed the instructions of His spiritual master and tried his best to serve Him. He took sannyasa in 1959 and eventually went to the West and established ISKCON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) in July, 1966. Before he passed away on November 14, 1977, he had guided the Society and seen it grow to a worldwide confederation of more than 108 temples, many asramas, schools, temples, institutes and farm communities. His motto was, "Preaching is the essence, purity is the force, books are the basis and utility is the principal".
Quotes by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The best use of power and opulence is to engage them in the service of the Lord.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.15.5
All our senses are imperfect. We claim to observe everything and anything, but we must admit that we can observe things under certain material conditions only, which are also beyond our control.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.19
In this age, therefore, the only practical yajna is sankirtana-yajna, or chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra twenty-four hours a day.
Srimad Bhagavatam 4.13.25
Krishna consciousness is not a sectarian religious faith; it is a teaching process for understanding the Supreme Lord and our relationship with Him.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.32.40
No one can be a greater well-wishing friend to any living entity than the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.32.40
God is present everywhere, and His right of proprietorship applies to everything. The feature of the Lord by which He is present everywhere is called Paramatma.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.15.45
Chanting Hare Krishna increases the ocean of transcendental bliss.
No one can excel God in any capacity, and therefore no one can be equal to or greater than Him, nor can anyone attain the stage of equality with God by any kind of endeavor.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.2.30
The intelligent man can see that neither the living entity nor the phenomenal world are creations of chance.
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.5.2
The control of the Lord is everywhere, and if the Lord is pleased, every part of nature will be pleased.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.10.5
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