SRILA PRABHUPADA appeared in this world just a day after the celebration of Lord Krsna's appearance day. We followers of Srila Prabhupada's see this as a sign of his intimate relationship with the Lord. The Vedic literature teaches us that because a spiritual master such as Srila Prabhupada is the Lord's most confidential servant, we must honor him as much as we honor the Supreme Lord Himself. We are therefore honoring Srila Prabhupada throughout his Centennial Year and especially on the 100th anniversary of his appearance day.
Srila Prabhupada often said, "I am not God, and you are not God, but we are eternal servants of God." Although we are all servants of God, most of us have forgotten our positions. Prabhupada, however, was a self-realized servant of the Lord, as we can understand by examining the selfless work he performed on behalf of the Lord.
In Bhagavad-gita (4.8) Lord Krsna says, "To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium." Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to this verse that the Lord sometimes comes to earth Himself and sometimes sends His empowered representatives to carry out His mission. Let us briefly consider Srila Prabhupada's contributions to the Lord's mission on the earth.
To Deliver the Pious
To shelter pious and sincere souls, Srila Prabhupada founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. The Society's schools, farms, and temples are spiritual oases that give relief to faithful devotees in the desert of material existence. And the different aspects of the Society such as Deity worship, Food for Life, congregational chanting, and spiritual festivals are meant to revive the devotion of pious souls and prepare them to return to the spiritual kingdom of the Lord.
To Annihilate the Miscreants
Following in the footsteps of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Prabhupada worked to curb down the demoniac tendencies of the people of this age. Prabhupada spoke out strongly against anything or anyone opposed to Krsna consciousness. His words were razor sharp, his books bombs smashing illusion. His Bhaktivedanta purports will continue to devastate atheistic opponents for thousand of years to come.
To Reestablish The Principles of Religion
Real religion is one: to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Srila Prabhupada translated bhakti not just as "devotion" but as "devotional service," to emphasize that devotional service is the eternal occupation of all living entities.
Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu introduced the main process of devotional service for the present age: the chanting of the holy names of the Lord. Lord Caitanya spread the holy names within India. And Srila Prabhupada said that Lord Caitanya had left to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness the job of spreading the holy names to the rest of the world. When Prabhupada first came to America, he chanted by himself in New York City. Later, he encouraged his disciples to chant and dance through the streets of cities all over the world.
Centennial T-shirts, pens, badges, posters, bags, photo frames, key chains, etc.
Centennial Master Plan
Harinama Manual (by Indradyumna Swami)
Food For Life Manual
Centennial Coloring Book
For more information about publications and promotional items, contact your national Centennial office or:
Centennial Global Ministry Centennial House
62 Sant Nagar
New Delhi 110065, India
Phone: +91 (011) 6469633 or 6481977. Fax: +91 (011) 6225277 or 6872378.
VIHE Courses in Vrndavana: October 14-November 8
Vraja Mandala Parikrama: October 25-November 25
Opening of Prabhupada's Samadhi in Vrndavana: November 14
Feed the World Day: November 23
World Enlightenment Day: December 14
Second International Congress for the Synthesis of Science and Religion—Synthesis II Calcutta, January 6-12, 1997
Global Centennial Awards Ceremony in Mayapur March 22, 1997
Contact your local ISKCON center for details.
News and Events
ISKCON Social Development Conference
In early July forty devotees attended a two-day conference on social development within ISKCON. The conference, held at Radhadesh, ISKCON's center in Septon-Durbuy, Belgium, was the third in a series of conferences meant to develop recommendations to the GBC (ISKCON's governing body) concerning ISKCON's social structure. The discussions at Radhadesh centered mostly on the importance of the grhastha asrama, or married life in Krsna consciousness.
Silver Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's Moscow Visit
Guests from Europe and America joined nearly one thousand devotees from all over the Commonwealth of Independent States for the twenty-fifth anniversary of Krsna consciousness in Russia. The event took place in Moscow on July 14. Syamasundara Dasa, who had accompanied Srila Prabhupada on his visit to Moscow in 1971, guided a tour of the places they had stayed at or visited. Special guests were Professor C. G. Kotovski, whom Srila Prabhupada had met during his visit, and Ananta Santi Dasa, Srila Prabhupada's only disciple in Russia. The event coincided with the arrival in Moscow of Padayatra Europe—a group of devotees completing a 10,000-km walk from Belfast.
ISKCON Incorporation Day
On August 7 devotees gathered in temples worldwide to remember the early days of ISKCON and review its purposes, as given by Srila Prabhupada when he incorporated the Society in 1966. Devotees discussed the successes and failures of their respective centers and made plans for improvement. In many places devotees passed out pamphlets explaining the Society's goals, purposes, and history.
Other Centennial News
TV Series on Srila Prabhupada
In India, a weekly television series about Srila Prabhupada is now on the air, in Hindi. The series is called "Abhay Charan—The Life and Teachings of Srila Prabhupada." Doordarshan, Indian national TV, broadcast the first episode on September 7, the day after Srila Prabhupada's appearance. The series is scheduled to run for at least 104 weeks. Producer: Bhakti Caru Swami.
Street Named After Srila Prabhupada
Bhaktivedanta Swami Circle is the new name for the street in front of ISKCON's temple in Durban, South Africa. The city renamed it in honor of Srila Prabhupada.
New Books About Srila Prabhupada
The Centennial Year has inspired many devotees to publish their memories and realizations of Srila Prabhupada. Many books about Prabhupada are already available, and more are expected before the end of the year. Here is a list of books we know about:
Acarya—Portraits of Srila Prabhupada, by Sesa Dasa
The Jaladuta Diary, by The Bhaktivedanta Archives
Journey to the Pacific Rim, by Bali Mardana Dasa
My Glorious Master, by Bhurijana Dasa
Srila Prabhupada and His Disciples in Germany, by Vedavyasa Dasa
One Hundred Prabhupada Poems, by Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami
Prabhupada Sayings, by Aditya Dasi
Srila Prabhupada At Radha Damodara, by Mahanidhi Swami
Srila Prabhupada's Visit to Malaysia, by Janananda Dasa
A Transcendental Diary, Vols. 1-3, by Hari Sauri Dasa (more volumes to come)
*Some of these books are available through the Hare Krsna Catalog. For more information call toll free 1-800-800-3284.
By His Example, by Guru Dasa
The Early Days, by Govinda Dasi
Prabhupada's '66 New York Diary,
by The Bhaktivedanta Archives
Prabhupada Teaching His Lady Disciples, by Andarupa Dasi
Srila Prabhupada in Australia, by Kurma Dasa
Srila Prabhupada in Bombay, by Giriraja Swami
Srila Prabhupada in France, by Jyotir Mayi Dasi
Srila Prabhupada in Italy, by Supta Vigraha Dasa
Srila Prabhupada in Mexico, by Maharsi Dasa
Srila Prabhupada in the UK, by Mahakratu Dasa
Srila Prabhupada in Venezuela, by Jagad Caksu Dasa