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
Consultation with the Supersoul seated within everyone's heart is possible only when one is completely free from the contamination of material attachment.
Loving devotional service to the Lord begins with hearing about the Lord.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.7,
Detached branches and leaves dry up gradually despite all watering attempts. Similarly, human society, when it is detached from the Personality of Godhead like detached branches and leaves, is not capable of being watered, and one attempting to do so is simply wasting his energy and resources.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.4,
Nothing is impossible for the Supreme Lord, but all His actions are wonderful for us, and thus He is always beyond the range of our conceivable limits.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.16,
One can be free from all sinful reactions after reaching a place of pilgrimage, but one can have the same benefit at home or at any place simply by chanting the holy name of the Lord.
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.7.15,
Satisfaction of the soul can only be obtained by questions and answers on the subject of Krishna.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.5,
Every living entity — regardless of whether he be human, demigod, animal, bird, bee or whatever — is part and parcel of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Srimad Bhagavatam 8.3.29,
One should not be idle but should be very enthusiastic about executing the regulative principles. Neglect of the regulative principles will destroy devotional service. In this Krishna consciousness movement there are four basic regulative principles, forbidding illicit sex, meat-eating, gambling and intoxication. A devotee must be very enthusiastic about following these principles. If he becomes slack in following any of them, his progress will certainly be checked. — The Nectar of instruction, Text 03.
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