srila prabhupada

srila prabhupada

MEMORIES OF SRILA PRABHUPADA - TAKE YOU TO THE EXTERNAL WORLD

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MEMORIES OF SRILA PRABHUPADA His Divine Grace - Abhaya-Caraṇāravinda Bhaktivedānta Swāmi Śrīla Prabhupāda, Founder-Acārya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (1896-1977) The one who takes you to the external world. Srila Prabhupada was born in the year 1896 in Calcutta. His parents were Sri Gour Mohan De and Srimati Rajani Devi. They named him as Abhay Charan, which means the one who is fearless, having taken shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna. He appeared on the Nandotsava day - the very next day of Sri Krishna Janmashtami. Being the son of a Vaishnava, devotion was in his blood. At a very tender age of five itself, he started worshiping Sri Sri Radha Krishna deities (vigrahas), which were gifted by his father. At age 6, he held Ratha-Yatra festival amongst his friends. Abhay Charan had a very strong educational background. His childhood education happened in a Marwari School. After graduation, he was trained in a renowned institution - Scottish Churches College. He ranked best, especially, he excelled in the Sanskrit language. During his student life, he married Radharani Devi in the year 1918, when he was 22 years old. They begot five children. In 1921, he was appointed as the assistant manager in Dr. Bose's Laboratory Ltd. of Culcutta. Later he engaged himself in the personal business of chemical line, as he was a research student in chemical and medicinal composition. For the first time in India, he introduced Gadine preparation in the medical profession. In 1922, Abhay's friend, Mr. Mullick, took him to listen to the lecture of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Takura - the 31st Acharya in the disciplic succession of Sri Brahma-Madhava-Gaudiya Sampradaya. On first sight itself, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta requested him to preach Krishna Consciousness (bhakti) to the western countries. Abhay Charan, who supported Mahatma Gandhi's non-cooperation movement, argued with Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, "We are dependent nation and who is going to hear about our message?" But with strong and logical points, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta defeated him. Then Abhay thought, "Here is a person who has taken Lord Chaitanya's movement very seriously and now it will be preached." He also happily felt, "I met a very nice saintly person." Although Abhay Charan got initiated by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta in the year 1922 itself, he officially took initiation in the year 1933. In between these years, although Abhay was engaged in his business activities, he constantly thought of his spiritual master. As a result of initiation, his name was changed to Abhay Charanaravinda. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, before leaving this world in the year 1936, again requested him to spread Krishan Consciousness all over the world. The departure of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Takura, made him very much grief-stricken. Abhay Charanaravinda was deeply impressed by and commited to the worlds of his spiritual master. In 1944, he started his first publication, "Back To Godhead" - a spiritual magazine, single handedly. From 1932 to 1954, Abhay continued his pharmaceutical work but spent increasing time and money on his religious activities. During this period he greatly increased his writing and preaching activities. He was awarded the title, 'Bhaktivedanta' in the year 1939, in recognization of his scholarly and devotional activities. In 1954, following a conflict with his wife over his increasing religious commitments he left his family, committing himself fully to religious life. In the year 1959, Abhay Charanaravinda accepted the renounced order of life - the Sannyasa Asharama. Since then he was known as A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, where 'A.C' stands for Abhay Charanaravinda. "Bhaktivedanta" represents his title. "Swami" means the master of the senses and "Prabhupada" means one who has taken shelter at the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna. Vrindavan, the abode of Lord Sri Krishna, is a place which enables one to remember Him m...