|August 20, 2003 |
Des Plaines Mandir
Born in Calcutta in 1896, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Shrila Prabhupada greatly spread Lord Krishna's message. Signifying his divine mission, at the young age of 5, he used to create a small chariot and pull it as if celebrating the Rath Yatra Festival. He met his guru, Shri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, in 1922, who advised Shri Prabhupada that his future lay in spreading the name of Lord Krishna abroad by translating the Gita, Bhagavat, and other scriptures into English. He toiled so greatly to spread the English magazine, Back to Godhead (begun in 1944), that he once fell unconscious from the heat. Upon awakening, he simply got up and continued to work. Shri Prabhupada renounced family life in 1950, and in September of 1965, traveled on a steamer to reach New York City. On the way he suffered several heart attacks, and when he landed, he did not know anyone in the foreign land. Yet, in a short time of twelve years, he spread "Krishna consciousness" throughout the world, creating temples all over the world including North America, Europe, and Asia. He translated the Gita, Bhagavat, and other holy scriptures into English (which were translated into over 50 languages). Shri Prabhupada passed away in November of 1977 in Vrundavan.