India is an ancient civilization. Its culture and heritage is richer than all the nations that grace the planet Earth today. In fact it would not be an exaggeration to say that India is the cradle of civilization and the entire world in one form or the other owe their religious and cultural values to this ancient land. One gem that India produced and that went on to enlighten the whole world in a manner unique to itself was Srila Prabhupada. This holy man of giant stature did single headedly what millions of Krishna bhakts could not have done in their entire lifetimes.
We are all well aware of the reverence lord Krishna commands in the hearts, minds and souls of millions of devotees around the world. It is not just in India but across the globe that Krishna consciousness has gained ground and that too in an irreversible manner. The credit for this goes to Srila Prabhupada who underwent tremendous hardships just to make sure that the love of Krishna is spread all across the globe and that too in the most peaceful manners. The best thing about this great man is that he never claimed authority for himself but did everything in the name of Lord Krishna.
A Small Biography of Srila Prabhupada
Srila Prabhupada is the founding member of the ISKON that is the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It was at the age of 69 that this holy man started his journey to the city of New York with only just Rs 40 in his pocket. He faced some back breaking hardships in New York but his dedication to the cause of Krishna kept him going. His message of love and peace found many takers in the hippie community and the younger generation. It was with the help of these people that he managed to rent a small piece of land and register his society. ISKCON was formally established on 11th July, in the year of 1966.
Some of his most well known works include “Bhagwat Gita As it is” and 30- volumes of ‘Srimad Bhagwatam’, and 17 volumes of ‘Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita.’ Another of the books that should be read by the followers of this great man is the biography of Srila Prabhupada. It is in this book that the readers would find the struggles and hardships faced by this holy man while he was on his mission to spread Krishna consciousness across the globe. It is this book that would reveal to you the real tests the Lord takes when his devotee decides to follow the ardent path of devotion.
The Relevance of Srila Prabhupada’s work on Geeta
It was only Srila Prabhupada who truly understood the import of Geeta and laid it out in front of the people who are only too eager to understand the real meaning of Geeta, in the form of “Bhagwat Geeta As it is”. Anybody who has read this volume written by this great man can vouchsafe the fact that the mystery behind the Song of God has been truly and finally deciphered by Srila Prabhupada. This is one of the greatest contributions of this man to the whole of humankind. Although Geeta has been taught and preached by many gurus to their disciples since time immemorial but the reality is that the manner in which this volume is written would surely act like the true divine light entering into the millions of ignorant and willfully kept dark minds and illumine them till eternity.