May 17, 2010

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

The founder of the Hare Krishna movement was 69 years old before he started the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

In his native India, Prabhupada had been a chemist and a Sanskrit scholar in Calcutta, but in 1965 he came to New York City with just fifty bucks, a pair of cymbals, and a desire to spread the teachings of Lord Krishna.

Prabhupada got off to a modest start by sitting on a sidewalk in the East Village and chanting, but by the time of his death in 1977 his legions of followers were rumored to be thousands strong.

CNN News

February 3, 2013

The website has this story in its file, which I found to be very inspiring.

Compassion in Jersey, Spring 1967

October 9, 2012

When a disciple very perfectly makes progress in spiritual life, this gladdens the spiritual master, who then also smiles in ecstasy, thinking, "How successful my disciple has become!" He feels so glad that he smiles as he enjoys the progress of the disciple, just as a smiling parent enjoys the activities of a child who is trying to stand up or crawl perfectly.

August 23, 2013

Srila Prabhupada breaks down what he means by "culture" into its component elements in the following text.

"This KC movement through music, philosophy, spiritual culture, and personal behavior culminating in ideal character of the devotees. All these heavenly contributions combined together will certainly bring about a major change in the life of Western people."

Srila Prabhupada told him Ramesvara Prabhu Jan 1977 that America can be conquered by cultural presentations. What did that mean to His Divine Grace?

Room Conversation About Mayapur Construction -- August 19, 1976, Hyderabad

February 15, 2014

Srila Prabhupada interview with a NY reporter in 1975

Reporter: Swamiji, your movement has received a great deal of attention for, at least one reason, because many of your followers dress in what for the West is an odd fashion and relate to the world in what for the West is an odd fashion. Can you respond to that? Why have you asked your followers to dress in this fashion and to play drums on the streets?

Prabhupada: This is our preaching method, some way or other to draw their attention. (laughter)

Devotees: Jaya! Haribol!

Reporter: I’m sure that you’re aware that to many people in the West, in America, in New York City specifically, that your disciples seem strange because of the way they act on the streets. What about that?

January 16, 2014

1. Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.19, Nairobi, October 29, 1975 by Srila Prabhupada
"Caitanya Mahaprabhu has taught us kirtaniyah sada harih [Cc. Adi 17.31].

"Then preksaniya, "He is worth seeing." We are accustomed to see so many things. That is our bondage. Aksnoh phalam. If by the eyes you see the Deity, the Vaisnavas... The Vaisnavas, with tilaka, with kanti, with chanting beads, as soon as you see... And practically you know. As soon as they see these Hare Krishna movement people, they also chant, "Hare Krishna," giving a chance to the others. The dress is also required. You should be always equipped with tilaka, kanti, and sikha, sutra. Then, as soon as a common man sees, "Oh, here is a Hare Krishna man. Hare Krishna," he'll chant. Automatically you give a chance to chant Hare Krishna.