The movement he started is now known to millions around the world, yet he himself remained in the background, without personal ambition. This is the fascinating biography of an extraordinary saint, scholar and religious leader: A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The enlarged edition.
The riveting story of Srila Prabhupada’s life will make you wonder how the world has largely missed this saint who recently walked among us. As a sociological, philosophical, or religious study, Srila Prabhupada’s life story stands tall as a unique contribution to millions of individuals and to the world.
If you read nothing else about bhakti-yoga, read this biography-the life of one soul steeped in pure love for God.
“Who is Srila Prabhupada?” people often ask, and it is always a hard question to answer. For Srila Prabhupada always eclipsed conventional designations. At various times people have called him a scholar, a philosopher, a cultural ambassador, a prolific author, a religious leader, a spiritual teacher, a social critic, and a holy man. In truth, he was all these things and more. Certainly no one could ever have confused him with the modern entrepreneurial “gurus” who come to the West with slickly packaged, watered-down versions of Eastern spirituality (to satisfy our urge for instant well-being and exploit our well-documented spiritual naivete.) Srila Prabhupada was, rather, a true holy man (sadhu) of deep intellectual and spiritual sensitivity-he had deep concern and compassion for a society which, to such a large degree, lacks real spiritual dimension.
For the enlightenment of human society, Srila Prabhupada produced some eighty volumes of translations and summary studies of India’s great spiritual classics, and his work has seen print both in English and in many foreign languages.
Originally published in the 1980s as a six-volume set. The seventh volume with additional pastimes has been included in this enlarged two-volume set. Volume One starts from Srila Prabhupada’s childhood, his activities in India, his journey to USA and his preaching work in the USA and other countries up to the year 1970. Volume two continues from 1971 to 1977. Dozens of interesting photos of the foremost teacher of Krishna consciousness in the Western world.