oday is the auspicious disappearanceday of our revered spiritual master,Sri Srimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta SwamiPrabhupada, Founder-acharya of ISKCON, the International Society forKrishna Consciousness. He is not amortal being like we of this material world.He is a most dear and intimate associateof Krishna from Goloka Vrindavan. Outof mercy he descended here on 1September 1896 in Calcutta.He first met his revered spiritual master,Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta SaraswatiPrabhupada Maharaja, in 1922. At their first
Srila Prabhupada accepted him in hisheart as guru. It was also at that meeting thathe received the instruction to go to the Westernworld and preach the science of Krishnaconsciousness in English. He took that orderto heart with much seriousness. After elevenyears, in 1933, he took formal initiation fromhis spiritual master in Allahabad.Prior to Srimad BhaktisiddhantaSaraswati Goswami Prabhupada Maharaja’sdisappearance in 1936, SrimadBhaktivedanta Swami wrote a letter to hisspiritual master asking, “What service can Irender to you?” He was given the same orderagain, “Go to the Western world and preachin English.” Then it was just a question of how to prepare himself. He started hisservice to his spiritual master withoutanyone else’s help in 1944, publishing amagazine in English —
Back to Godhead.
His disciples have continued to publish it.Then he began his translations of
Before going to America he published threevolumes of
.Seeing his great learning, hisenthusiasm for preaching, and hiscapabilities, the Gauòéya Vaiñëava
awarded him the honorable title“Bhaktivedanta” in 1947. He was a