Srila Prabhudeva: Indian spiritual leader


Swami Prabhupada was born in Calcutta, India in 1986. He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in 1922, Calcutta. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, was a prominent devotional scholar. He was the founder of sixty-four branches of Vedic Institutes. . He put his faith in this young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teach Vedic knowledge in the world. Srila Prabhupada became his student. After eleven years, he became his disciple.
In 1944, Srila Prabhupada wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita. He also started a fortnightly magazine in English. 
The Gaudiya Vaisnava Society honored him with the title “Bhaktivedanta” in 1947 for his philosophical learning and devotion.  At the age of fifty-four in 1950, he retired from his married life. He traveled to Vrndavana, the holy city where he lived in the historic medieval temple of Radha-Damodara in very humble circumstances. There he engaged for many years in deep study. he accepted the renounced order of life in 1959 and began his work of translation and commentary on Bhagavad Gita. 
He published three volumes of Bhagavatam. In 1965 he came to the United Nations to fulfil the desire of his spiritual master. After that he wrote more than 60 volumes of translations and commentaries. When he came to New York he had no money with him. After great difficulty in 1966, he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Under his careful guidance, the Society has grown to a worldwide confederation of almost one hundred asramas, schools, temples, institutes and farm communities.
In 1972, he introduced the Vedic system of primary and secondary education in the West by founding the Gurukula school in Dallas, Texas. His most significant contribution is in his writings which have been translated into more than 10 languages. 


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