Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda appeared in Kolkata in 1896, and after a successful education and engagment in business, he met his guru, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in 1922. He formally took initiation from Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in 1933 and later accepted sannyāsa in 1959. Upon the order of his guru, he began writing philosophical essays and books in English and eventually travelled to the United States where he began the International Society for Kṛṣṇa Consciousness (ISKCON) in 1966. After establishing over 100 temples, initiating over 5000 disciples and writing sixty books on Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava teachings, he passed away in Vṛndāvana in 1977.
Articles by Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
This comedy was written by Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda in 1953 and published in the Gauḍīya Pātrikā, Vol.5, Issue 1. In this play Prabhupāda pokes fun at the so-called ‘renunciation’ of a popular religious institution whom he refers to as the Murgi Mission (‘Chicken Mission’) due to their non-veg diet. This has been translated for the first time into English by Sanātana Dāsa and Parameśvarī Dāsī.
The following sannyāsa initiation lecture was given by Śrīla Prabhupāda in Māyāpura on Gaura-Pūrṇimā, March 16th, 1976. On this day, Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja accepted the renounced order of life from His Divine Grace.
In the following article, first published in Bengali in The Gaudiya, November 11th, 1949, Śrīla Prabhupāda explains the meaning of dharma in relation to the modern scientific world. This article was translated into English by Sanātana Dāsa.
"Religiosity – Real and Apparent" was written by Śrīla Prabhupāda and originally printed in Back To Godhead, Vol. 3, Issue 7, June 5th 1956. In this article, Prabhupāda distinguishes mundane religion from sanātana-dharma, the inherent nature of the soul.
In commemoration of the anniversary of Śrīla Prabhupāda's acceptance of sannyāsa, we present an article written by him which was first published in 'Back to Godhead' magazine, on October 20th, 1956. In this article 'Kṛṣṇa - The Supreme Vedāntist' Śrīla Prabhupāda explains how despite the claims of the māyāvādīs, Kṛṣṇa is the supreme goal of Vedānta.