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
Loving devotional service to the Lord begins with hearing about the Lord.
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.7,
That is my ideal of life, to form a nice group of devotees to perform Sankirtana and to distribute our books in wider circles.
Letter to Gurudasa – Los Angeles 5 February, 1969.
The second-class devotee, even though he cannot support his position with sastric reference, can gradually become a first-class devotee by studying the sastras and associating with a first-class devotee. However, if the second-class devotee does not advance himself by associating with a first-class devotee, he makes no progress.
The Lord is always worthy to be the master of the surrendered soul, for He is the ocean of mercy.
Srimad Bhagavatam 4.8.46,
Without the grace of the Lord, no one can become happy and prosperous.
Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.26,
A Vaisnava is personally tolerant for the benefit of others. When he does not show his prowess, this does not mean that he is lacking in strength ; rather, it indicates that he is tolerant for the welfare of the entire human society.
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