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 beauty of the lotus feet of the Lord is compared to the petals of a lotus flower which grows in the autumn season.
Both for spiritual and material prosperity, everyone should devotedly chant the Hare Krishna mantra.
Srimad Bhagavatam 4.14.37
Whatever you see, you perceive, you experience, the original is from Krishna.
Bhagavad Gita is directly imparted by Krishna and if we accept Bhagavad Gita as it is, we are full of knowledge.
Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 12.2.1
San Francisco, March 18, 1968
As far as the conditioned soul is concerned, there is no wonder that he has some sinful activities in his past life, this should be admitted and confessed before the Lord. As soon as this is done, the Lord excuses the sincere devotee. But that does not mean that one should take advantage of the Lord's causeless mercy and expect to be excused over and over again while he commits the same sinful activities. – The Nectar of Devotion, Page 81.
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