Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja 2020.
Today is the 124th birthday anniversary of the founder acharya of ISKCON, His Divine Grace Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
The Gaudiya Vaishnava society gave the title Bhaktivedanta for his philosophical knowledge and great dedication to teach the Vedic and Vedanta teachings.
On the orders of his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, he went to America at the age of 69 on the cargo ship Jaladuta which took 37 days on a voyage in the Atlantic Ocean, and suffered 2 heart attacks.
He was in America without family or relatives with only 40 rupees, and a few sets of Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1. But thanks to his spiritual Guru's grace in 12 years he has achieved many achievements.
A Vedic proverb mentions phalena pariciyate, an effort will be judged based on the results obtained. Let us remember and appreciate his achievements, some of which are as follows:
1. Srila Prabhupada's books printed by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust have been distributed since 1965 to 2014, totaling 503,385,383 books worldwide.
- Bhagavad Gita by Srila Prabhupada's original works, has been translated into more than 90 languages around the world and is one of the editions of the Gita are very well known and recognized worldwide spread nearly 60 million copies worldwide.
- The Bhagavata Purana (Srimad Bhagavatam) is translated and explained with 18,000 verses which when recited one verse and explanation per day takes 49.31 years to complete.
- The Caitanya Caritamrta with 11,555 verses if read one verse and explanation per day took 31.6 years to complete.
- And various other books, totaling at least more than 80 books.
2. In 12 years, Srila Prabhupada has traveled the world 14 times, visited 24 countries and founded more than 108 ashrams / mandirs, now reaching more than 700 ashrams / mandirs, 66 plantation projects and hundreds of vegetarian restaurants, and embarking on a food for life mission that is has distributed more than 3.7 billion servings of food worldwide.
3. Srila Prabhupada was recognized and appreciated by international leaders (https://iskconnews.org/religious-and-political-leaders-appreciate-srila-prabhupada-and-iskcon-at-50th-anniversary-gala-in-washington-dc,5803/) as well as her students including:
- Albert Ford – Family member of The Ford Motor Company.
- George Harrison – The Beatles
- Michael A, Cremo – A famous Book Writer and Archeologist
- Dr. Richard L. Thomson – A famous Book Writer and Scientist
- H.H. Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Swami (Dr. Thoudam Damodara Singh) – Scientist and International Hindu Leader
- Richard Slavin (Radhanath Swami) – Spiritual World Class Motivator
- Jayapataka Swami – Former Vice President of Vishva Hindu Parishad,
- Saunaka Rsi Dasa (Timothy Kiernan) – Director of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies
- Krishna Ksetra Swami – Research fellow of Oxford University Center of Hindu Studies
- Bhakta Dasa – ISKCON Australia Communications Director and Member of Hindu Council of Australia.
- Mahaprabhu Dasa & Madhupati Dasa – Secretary and member of Hindu Forum of Europe.
- Anuttama Dasa – ISKCON Minister of Communications sebagai anggota World Hindu Congress.