The 42nd anniversary of the Samadhi of the founder of ISKCON, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, was celebrated in the Sri Sri Radha Madanmohanji temple in Kharghar, Navi Mumbai on October 31, with piety and gaiety, amidst the singing of kirtans and pure discourses on the glorious life and teachings of Srila Prabhupada by the ISKCON sanyasins, the temple president Surdas Prabhu and some assembled devotees.
Born in Kolkata in 1896, Srila Prabhupada met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Kolkata in 1922, who initiated him into his discipleship in 1933.
He launched his fortnightly English magazine ‘Back to Godhead’ in 1944, which continues to be published presently by his disciples.
Accepting the renounced order of life (Sanyasa) in 1959, Srila Prabhupada began work on his life’s masterpiece ‘a multi-volume commentated translation of the 18,000-verse, Srimad Bhagavatam. He later wrote over 50 volumes of translations with commentaries and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India.
He travelled from India to the United States in September 1965 to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master and established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in July 1966 in America, which grew to a worldwide confederation of more than 100 ashrams, schools, temples, institutes and farm communities, before shedding his mortal coil on November 14, 1977 in Vrindavan.
In 1972 Srila Prabhupada introduced the Vedic system of primary and secondary education in the West by founding the Gurukula school in Dallas, Texas in the U.S.A. which was followed by the establishment of similar schools throughout the US and across the globe.
He also inspired the construction of several large international cultural centres in India. The Kharghar temple complex purports to depict the glory of Maharashtra and be a vedic, educational and cultural center that will offer an experience of the rich vedic cultural heritage of India, stated Surdas Prabhu.
A planned spiritual city is coming up in Mayapur, West Bengal, an ambitious project that may be completed in a few years.
Spurred by Srila Prabhupada’s greatest contribution – his writings, the Krishna Consciousness movement is relentlessly playing a very significant role in ensuring peace and harmony in an otherwise chaotic world today, asserted Surdas Prabhu in his address on the occasion. He stated that the very basis of the ISKCON movement is pure discourse that ensures the sure transcendence of the jiva (human beings) to paramatma (liberation).