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
Bhagavad-gita is the instruction given by Krishna, and Srimad-Bhagavatam is the book containing topics exclusively about Krishna and His devotees. These two books are the special nectar of the words of Krishna.
Srimad Bhagavatam 4.4.44,
It is not that everyone becomes purified by entering the Ganges. Everything, spiritual and material, depends on one’s mental condition.
The transcendental name of Krishna, even though uttered unconsciously or by force of circumstances, can help one obtain freedom from the hurdle of birth and death.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.1.14,
Everyone is at liberty to desire as he likes, but the desire is fulfilled by the Supreme Lord.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.4.11,
Everything is done by the supervision of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.31.1,
The Lord is so kind to us that He can be present before us personally in the form of transcendental sound.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.17,
The Lord is always the Lord, and a common living being can never be equal to Him.
Srimad Bhagavatam 2.5.10,
Chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra is the easiest process of meditation in this age.
Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.53,
The activities of the Lord are always inconceivable to the tiny brain of the living entities.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.8.16,
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,
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