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Vrndavana Is My Home
A history of Srila Prabhupada’s Sri Sri Krsna-Balarama Mandir in Vrindavan, on the 40th anniversary of it’s opening.
Srila Prabhupada came to the western world on the order of his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur to spread the glories of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in english language. After all, India copies the west, so if the Krsna Consciousness movement can be implanted into the hearts of the western populace, then the Indian nation will come back to its roots and revive the declining interest in their own spirituality. After years of struggling alone in his native India, Srila Prabhupada with the help of few supporters, manage to secure his ticket to New York on the a cargo steamship. Suffering health problems on the boat and later in the US, his enthusiasm was not diminished. He rented a small place on the Lower East Side in the heart of New York and managed to attract few interested people, mainly the young generation, who were dissatisfied with the way their parents lead their life.
The hippies took to the chanting and helped Srila Prabhupada establish many centres around the world. Nothing but a miracle. But this was not the end of the dream for the empowered acharya. His long cherished dream of establishing temples in his native India came also true. He established a big temple in Mumbai, big community in Mayapur in Bengal and also a big temple in Vrindavan.
He travelled the globe 14 times in the 12 years since he arrived to New York, overseeing the developments and preaching efforts of his young disciples. In the meantime he continued to translate and publish books, wrote letters and preached the glories of Krsna wherever he went. He guided, inspired his disciples, lectures to prominent people of the time and oversaw the developments of many projects, farm communities, gurukula schools etc.
His health took the toll but that did not distract him from fulfilling the mission of his spiritual master. He wrote in a letter to Gurukrpa in May 1977: “I have come back to my home, Vrndavana. If anything should go wrong, at least I will be here in Vrndavana. Vrndavana is for residence, Bombay is office for organization, and Mayapur is for worship of the Supreme Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.”
This extensively-illustrated book is a history of Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna-Balarama Temple in Vrindavan from the very early days when nothing was available. It is based on many interviews with the devotees involved and contains numerous extracts from the talks, lectures and books of Srila Prabhupada. Those interested in the history of the movement, will relish every page of this documented chronicle.
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