Srila Prabhupada: The Founder Acharya of ISKCON
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, also known as Srila Prabhupada, was a spiritual leader and founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), a movement that has now spread to over 100 countries.
Born in 1896 in Calcutta, India, Srila Prabhupada was raised in a family of Vaishnavas, followers of Lord Krishna. He was educated in traditional Indian culture and philosophy, and later became involved in the Indian independence movement.
In 1965, at the age of 69, Srila Prabhupada traveled to the United States with the mission of spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna. He arrived in New York City with just $8 in his pocket, but with a wealth of knowledge and devotion.
Srila Prabhupada spent the next 12 years of his life tirelessly traveling the world, giving lectures and initiating disciples. He translated and wrote over 80 books on the philosophy and teachings of Lord Krishna, including the Bhagavad-gita, which has become a cornerstone of the Hare Krishna movement.
Under Srila Prabhupada’s guidance, ISKCON grew rapidly, with temples and centers established in major cities around the world. He also initiated the practice of sankirtan, the public chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, which has become a hallmark of the movement.
Srila Prabhupada passed away in 1977, but his legacy lives on through the thousands of devotees who continue to follow his teachings and spread the message of Lord Krishna. Today, ISKCON remains a vibrant and growing movement, with a focus on spiritual education, community service, and the practice of bhakti yoga.
Srila Prabhupada’s life and teachings serve as an inspiration to millions of people around the world, and his contribution to the spread of Indian spirituality and culture is immeasurable. He will always be remembered as a great spiritual leader and founder of one of the most dynamic and influential spiritual movements of our time.