Prabhupada, founder member of ISKON
Swami Prabhupada, born in September 1, 1896 and died on November 14, 1977.
Swami Prabhupada, born in September 1st, 1896 and died on November 14th, 1977. He was a Vaishnava acharya and the founder member of International Society for Krishna Consciousness, popularly known as Hare Krishna movement. Initially, his name was Abhay Charan De, educated at Scottish Church College. Before adopting for vanaprastha in 1950, he was married and owned a small pharmaceutical business. In 1959, he took sannyasa and started writing on Vaishnava scriptures. In his later part of life he became influential monk in west. Popularly, his organization called as ISKON. After his death in 1977, his organization became famous and recognized as a respected spiritual organization.
After arriving in New York, he struggled alone a lot to spread his consciousness towards God. He lived a simple life and ultimately succeeded to generate interest on Lord Krishna. His mission and philosophy of self-realization was gradually spread over the world.
Now a days they serve people in several ways. The organization developed several hospital, libraries, books, and many more.
On Ram Navami, 1998, Mr. Atal Bihari Bajpayee said in his speech at ISKON, Delhi, "If the Bhagavad Gita, the holy text of the Hindu traditions, is printed in millions of copies and scores of languages and distributed in all nooks and corners of the world, the credit for this great sacred service goes chiefly to ISKCON. For this accomplishment alone, Indians should be eternally grateful to the devoted spiritual army of Swami Prabhupada, the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, and to his followers.
The arrival of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in the United States in 1965 and the particular popularity his movement gained in a very short span of twelve years must be regarded as one of the greatest spiritual events of the century."