His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupadawas a rare individual who appeared during unique times.Throughout his life, and for the most part in only elevenyears, he was empowered to establish the KrsnaConsciousness Movement all over the world—on all sevencontinents! Powerful preaching such as his was previouslyunheard of in any religious movement, be it Vedic or not.Technological developments of this century proved anadvantage Srila Prabhupada utilized to their fullest extent.Today we have more than sixty volumes of his beautifully bound books, over 1,000 lecture tapes, and many hours of video recordings. Through these mediums, which were notavailable to
of previous ages, Srila Prabhupadacontinues to enlighten us even after his physical departurefrom this world.Without entering into distasteful deliberations about the"guru issue" which have already been extensively discussedduring recent years, we would like to establish the fact thatSrila Prabhupada is the
or the instructingspiritual master, for his entire International Society for Krishna Consciousness, just as Ramanujacarya or Madhvacarya are the
for their respective schoolsof thought even hundreds of years subsequent to their leaving this material world. This should act as a panacea for those suffering from confusion or doubts about having a
devotee for a guru, andwill hopefully increase everyone's desire to hear directlyfrom Srila Prabhupada whether they are his personallyinitiated disciples or not. Indeed, the essential meaning of the Srila Prabhupada Centennial is to bring our Founder-Acarya more into the center of our collective consciousness.