Jun 222018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  Preaching to America: Part 1

Although Śrīla Prabhupāda had said he would stay in Los Angeles, he soon decided to follow his original travel plans. Feeling compelled to see to the welfare of his disciples around the country, he left on a tour of thirteen ISKCON centers in the U.S. and Canada. About half a dozen of his sannyāsī disciples […more]

Jun 222018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  Please Distribute Books

Srīla Prabhupāda was attending the 1970 Ratha-yātrā in San Francisco. The day was cold and windy, and about ten thousand people had joined in Lord Jagannātha’s procession through Golden Gate Park. Śrīla Prabhupāda had danced in the street with thousands of participants during the parade, addressed a large crowd in an auditorium by the beach, […more]

Jun 202018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  Let There Be a Temple

Srīla Prabhupāda’s first two stops in Europe were Rome and Geneva. In both places devotees had arranged many outside speaking engagements as well as meetings with important guests in Prabhupāda’s room. The Rome temple was a small house at a busy intersection near Piazza Lodi. Traffic was relentless, its noise penetrating into Prabhupāda’s quarters within […more]

Jun 202018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  Beginning the Temple of Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma

Srīla Prabhupāda was meditating on constructing his Krishna-Balaram Mandir. In April of 1972 he asked his disciple Surabhi, who had drawn the plans for the Bombay center, to execute drawings, basing the design on Indian renaissance architecture. Prabhupāda liked the Govindajī temple, located near the original Govindajī temple constructed by Rūpa Gosvāmī. He liked its […more]

Jun 192018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  Developing Māyāpur

Although the Māyāpur building was not yet completed, Prabhupāda had come there to reside. He took two adjoining rooms, one as his study and one as his bedroom, on the second floor. Meanwhile, construction work continued in the temple room and in other parts of the building. On Prabhupāda’s first day there, a storm struck, […more]

Jun 192018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  The Battle for Bombay

Prabhupāda had come to Vṛndāvana to observe the Kārttika season (from October 16 to November 14). He planned to lecture daily at the samādhi of Rūpa Gosvāmī in the courtyard of the Rādhā-Dāmodara temple, speaking from The Nectar of Devotion, his own translation of Rūpa Gosvāmī’s book, Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu. On his Western tour he had invited […more]

Jun 172018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  Around the World but Absorbed in Bombay

Prabhupāda traveled with three disciples: Śyāmasundara as his secretary, Pradyumna as his servant and Sanskrit editor, and Nanda-kumāra as his cook. The first stop was Singapore, where, without explanation, immigration authorities refused Prabhupāda entry into the country. Sympathetic Indians in Singapore had arranged for Prabhupāda to lecture and had even mailed hundreds of invitations, but […more]

Jun 172018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  I Will Build a Wonderful Temple for You

Prabhupāda had postponed the Māyāpur cornerstone-laying ceremony until Gaura-pūrṇimā (the appearance day of Lord Caitanya), February 29, 1972. He had requested a big festival, with a paṇḍāl and free feasting for guests. His disciples from all over the world would attend. I want very much to hold this function this year with all of my […more]

Jun 162018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  No One Listens to a Poor Man

From 1965 until 1970 Śrīla Prabhupāda had concentrated mainly on reestablishing Kṛṣṇa consciousness in America. His plan had been that if the Americans turned to Kṛṣṇa consciousness, the rest of the world would follow. Although his preaching to the English-speaking people had begun in India, some sixty years of singlehanded endeavor there had convinced him […more]

Jun 162018
 
Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta - Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī  The Land Is Yours

It was midnight. Śrīla Prabhupāda sat on a pillow behind his low desk, his light the only one on in the building. All the other devotees were in bed. On the desk before him rested the dictating machine and a volume of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam with Bengali commentary. A small framed picture of his spiritual master, Bhaktisiddhānta […more]