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The Significance of Srila Prabhupada, de His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami

The Significance of Srila Prabhupada, de His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami

Notas de His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami

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(excerpted from ‘Jaya Srila Prabhupada’, authored by H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami)

The honorific title Prabhupada is properly used for designating those very great spiritual masters who have made an outstanding contribution of literature or preaching to the world. Examples are Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, Srila Jiva Gosvami Prabhupada, and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Prabhupada.

When members of ISKCON speak of “Srila Prabhupada,” they refer to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami is correctly addressed as Srila Prabhupada because he occupies a unique position in the religious history of the world.

In Srimad-Bhagavatam (1.5.11), Vyasadeva states that the Bhagavatam “is meant to bring about a revolution in the impious life of a misdirected civilization.” This statement clearly refers to the preaching mission heralded by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whose purports on Srimad-Bhagavatam, composed five thousand years after Srila Vyasadeva’s compilation of the Bhagavatam, have become the most important contribution for the revolutionary respiritualization of the entire human society, which was lost in the darkness of materialism.

Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu also predicted that His holy name would be broadcast in every town and village of the world. Acaryas of His sampradaya predicted that the spread of Krsna consciousness would usher in a ten-thousand year Golden Age within the dark age of Kali. And in Caitanya Mangala, Locana dasa Thakura foretold that a great senapati (military general) would appear to widely and powerfully preach Lord Caitanya’s message. That confidential task of spreading Krsna consciousness all over the world was entrusted to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta confirms that unless one is specifically empowered by Krsna, he cannot infuse Krsna consciousness into the hearts of the masses. Bhaktivinoda Thakura, a great Vaisnava acarya who appeared in the nineteenth century, predicted that very soon a great personality would appear and spread Krsna consciousness all over the world. That person is clearly His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Bhaktivinoda Thakura also said that the greatness of a Vaisnava can be understood by seeing how many nondevotees he converts to Vaisnavism. To bring even a highly qualified person to Krsna consciousness is difficult, but Srila Prabhupada was so empowered by Krsna that he went amongst the most unlikely candidates — the hedonistic youth of the Western countries — and made devotees by the thousands. No one can fully understand the extraordinary task Srila Prabhupada performed. He went alone amongst persons with no standard of Vedic culture, persons brought up in a society which vigorously promotes meat-eating, illicit sex, gambling, and intoxication. They had no idea how to receive a sadhu and were almost completely disqualified as candidates for spiritual life.

Srila Prabhupada not only entered amongst such people, but gradually managed to train many of them to the extent that now they are accepted everywhere as first-class Vaisnavas and preachers, qualified to impart Krsna consciousness to others.

In India’s recent history, there were certainly many Vaisnavas who were devoted, learned, and renounced. However, the fact remains that only Srila Prabhupada was sufficiently qualified to spread Krsna consciousness all over the world. Only he had sufficient faith in the instructions of Lord Caitanya, the order of his spiritual master, and the holy name of Krsna to seriously attempt spreading Krsna consciousness outside of India. Only he had enough compassion and vision to preach the message of Lord Caitanya to those who most needed it. Only one of the topmost confidential devotees of Krsna could perform such an extraordinary task. By his unparalleled achievements, it is clear that Srila Prabhupada occupies a unique position in the history of Vaisnavism.

Srila Prabhupada was empowered to spread Krsna consciousness in a practical and straightforward way, just suitable for the modern world. Without changing or compromising the teachings of Krsna consciousness even slightly, he presented its esoteric truths in a clear and intelligible manner, suitable for both the layman and the scholar.

Srila Prabhupada personally oversaw the expansion and development of ISKCON. He personally set up the programs which were to form the basis of ISKCON’s continued expansion: production and distribution of transcendental books, harinama-sankirtana parties, temples, ashrams, prasada distribution, transcendental farm communities, gurukulas, preaching to scientists and scholars, and so on.

Srila Prabhupada personally gave detailed directions about every aspect of Krsna consciousness: how to worship Deities, how to conduct sadhana, how to preach, how to wear a dhoti, how to cook for Krsna, how to chant mantras, and so forth. Srila Prabhupada is thus the founder-acarya of ISKCON. Whatever standards and instructions comprise ISKCON have come from him. Therefore Srila Prabhupada will always remain the preeminent siksa-guru and acarya of ISKCON.

Both scripture and tradition offer various approaches to Krsna consciousness, but followers of Srila Prabhupada execute Krsna consciousness as he showed them, knowing that Srila Prabhupada, as a faithful follower of his guru and the previous acaryas, presented Krsna consciousness in the best way for the modern age.

Srila Prabhupada’s success is itself proof that his endeavors are approved, ordained, and blessed by the Supreme Lord Krsna Himself.

Srila Prabhupada gave many instructions, but certain ones are absolutely necessary for initiated disciples to follow if they claim to be genuine and serious followers of Prabhupada. For instance, Srila Prabhupada demanded that initiated devotees rise by 4.00 a.m., attend mangala-arati, chant at least sixteen rounds of the maha-mantra every day, and undeviatingly follow the four regulative principles.

All such standards that Srila Prabhupada clearly defined are the standards to be followed in ISKCON. A rightly situated, successful follower of Srila Prabhupada is simply a faithful standard-bearer. He does not try to change or interpret the standards and programs given by Prabhupada, for he knows that whatever Srila Prabhupada has given us is perfect and complete for the respiritualization of the entire human society — not only for the present, but for the next ten thousand years.


How can “The Significance of Srila Prabhupada” be rendered in three pages? Even if we could write millions of books, we could hardly begin to expound his glories. If we were to take the entire universe — with its planets, outer space, continents, oceans, mountains, men, demigods, and demons on one side — and one drop of dust from Srila Prabhupada’s lotus feet on the other, there would be no comparison. One drop of dust from Srila Prabhupada’s lotus feet is millions of times more valuable than anything the material world has to offer.

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Notas de His Holiness Bhakti Vikasa Swami

08 de abrilGo BTG now; Kali-yuga is getting worse
07 de abrilno hired men
07 de abrilSummary of world history
06 de abrilWhat Srila Prabhupada saw in a fallow field
05 de abrilBenefit of seeing a sadhu
04 de abrilSadhu Scandals
03 de abrilIn two lines the whole world is analyzed
02 de abril“Are you reading my books?”
01 de abrilWhy go to such men [like university professors] for knowledge?
31 de marzoSimple life and artificial life
31 de marzofree sex and womens' lonely suffering
30 de marzoConquering Krsna by submission
29 de marzoI'll think of money and women
27 de marzoUgly avatara
26 de marzoIf you understand KC science, then revive Indian culture
26 de marzo"We don't have right to criticize others"
25 de marzo"Not fall down" and "must fall down"
24 de marzoDvarakadhisa sends Srila Prabhupada to India
21 de marzo"Back to Godhead"
20 de marzoWe don't want bad cows
18 de marzoPradyumna's attachment for Krsna
18 de marzoAs important as distributing books
16 de marzoImmediately maya will catch me
15 de marzoPreaching Solidly
14 de marzoAdvice to a devotee preaching in universities
13 de marzoLet us do something about human civilization
12 de marzoThe only enemy
11 de marzoIt is really astounding
11 de marzoWe have to become conservative
09 de marzoWithout cessation
07 de marzoA little bit of a pure thing
06 de marzoManagement advice
05 de marzoImperfect realization
02 de marzoTake power of attorney, preach, be an acarya
02 de marzoA Real Vaisnava is Joyful
28 de febreroLord Caitanya's greatest gift
27 de febreroThe ocean of Gaura-prema
27 de febreroLord Caitanya is the representation of the gopis' love
25 de febreroLord Caitanya takes sincere souls BTG
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21 de febreroGentlemen worship dogs
19 de febreroThe benefit of the sankirtan movement
17 de febreroThe cause of and cure for sickness
16 de febreroNeglecting the real purpose of life
15 de febreropsychology and Krsna consciousness
14 de febreroGet a little power, become puffed up
12 de febreroCannot defy His orders
11 de febreroLord Siva describes the Beauty of Lord Visnu
10 de febreroGodhead, not God
09 de febreroDon't establish Deity to make a farce
09 de febreroSeeing the temporality of this world, a devotee wants nothing of it
05 de febreroMore than God
04 de febreroDevotees Are Kinder Than Krsna
03 de febreroSrila Bhaktisiddhanta’s Appearance Anniversary
02 de febreroSrila Prabhupada celebrates his guru's Vyasa-puja
31 de eneroSrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati on missionary life
30 de eneroFear diminishes material association
29 de eneroBooks means solid ground
28 de eneroEternality
27 de eneroA relationship with Nityananda
26 de eneroThe Original Boar (for Varaha dvadasi, upcoming)
25 de eneroHow our movement will be a success
24 de eneroWe require first-class men to lead
23 de eneroSrila Prabhupada travels on sunbeams
22 de eneroFor Bhismastami: Why Bhisma fought on the wrong side
21 de eneroKrsna tests Arjuna
20 de eneroSrila Prabhupada's immeasurable bliss
18 de eneroA writer's appreciation of Srila Prabhupada's literary endeavors
17 de eneroReal control of the senses
16 de eneroWork For Krsna
15 de eneroDuties of initiates
12 de eneroCharacteristics of a person who has realized that he is not this body
11 de eneroMake a silk purse out of a sow’s ear
10 de eneroHear and be assured of perfection
09 de eneroOn principle we oppose scientists
08 de eneroOm
07 de eneroSrila Prabhupada on Gossip
06 de eneroReal Meaning of Temple Management
05 de eneroBetter to stay simple and remain brahmacari and preach
03 de eneroSrila Prabhupada's intense desire to defeat scientists
02 de eneroActual guru
01 de eneroOur only hope


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30 de diciembreUnrestricted Mixing With Women
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29 de diciembreRequirement to become a perfect scholar
28 de diciembrelive very peacefully and be happy
27 de diciembreAbove suspicion
26 de diciembreAll the world is garbage
25 de diciembreMake your society so strong
24 de diciembreSeeing oneself as well as the Lord
23 de diciembreSpread like wildfire
22 de diciembreOur prayer
22 de diciembreWhat is the worst sin?
19 de diciembreWhy neglect?
18 de diciembreKrsna's beauty and mundane beauty
16 de diciembreOn seeing Krsna
15 de diciembreContemplation of the Deity
14 de diciembreSri Sri Radha London-isvara ki jaya!
13 de diciembrecow killing and reactions
10 de diciembreToo fat is not too good
10 de diciembreSo long I shall live I shall make no compromise
08 de diciembreHealthy body, mind, and intelligence
07 de diciembreBST disappearance day
07 de diciembreFrom the December 1971 book distribution newsletter
05 de diciembreDecember 5th, 1975
04 de diciembreEven neophyte bhakti far better than unlimited mundane welfare work
03 de diciembreBy humility, devotees can be appreciated
02 de diciembreAll-loving controversies of pure devotees
01 de diciembreJayanti
30 de noviembreMad with love of Krishna
29 de noviembreCry for release
28 de noviembreGreat Propaganda on Two Points
27 de noviembreBhagavad-gita tirtha
26 de noviembreVaikuntha!
25 de noviembreChanging The Name To Dasa
24 de noviembreBecome Strong And Expose The Rascals
23 de noviembreChant and follow, Krsna will answer all questions from within
22 de noviembreKrishna's inscrutable mercy
21 de noviembreKrsna Conscious Recreation
20 de noviembrehe natha narayana
19 de noviembreRelief for eyes, relief from death
18 de noviembreKrsna looks tired
17 de noviembreEven if all else fails
16 de noviembrePurified War
15 de noviembreKali yuga
14 de noviembreBusy devotees
13 de noviembreA devotee tolerates all reverses
12 de noviembreIf we don't chant...
11 de noviembreKrsna Allows Bad Governments
10 de noviembreBe very careful
09 de noviembreNot to become an impostor
08 de noviembreFirst Save Ourselves, Then Others
07 de noviembreDon't Be Bewildered By Wrong Theories
06 de noviembreSrila Prabhupada's Promise to Book Distributors
01 de noviembreKill hippies in Vietnam; training for Naxalites
30 de octubreSurrender to Krsna
29 de octubreFor Srila Gaura Kisora Babaji's disappearance day
25 de octubreServant or master
24 de octubreFrom a Letter to George Harrison
23 de octubreAfter Srila Prabhupada's departure
22 de octubre"Prabhupada wants that stick"
22 de octubreSrila Prabhupada on his own disappearance
20 de octubreSrila Prabhupada, captain of the ship
18 de octubreDon't Neglect Govardhana-puja
17 de octubreSrila Prabhupada, the living Bhagavatam
15 de octubreThe first distributor of Spanish BBT books
14 de octubreSrila Prabhupada's compassion
13 de octubreHe was in a higher state of consciousness
07 de octubreKrishna appreciates our sincere service
04 de octubreDamodara lila
01 de octubreGandhi's Failure
13 de septiembreNever Unprotected
12 de septiembre9/11
11 de septiembreSchedule for Webcasts
11 de septiembreSrila Prabhupada arrives in America
08 de septiembreNathdwara Yatra with H.H. Bhakti Vikas Swami
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