Srila Prabhupadas besondere Errungenschaften :
PIONEERING HARE KRISHNA LEADER RECOGNISED AS A 'STAR AFTER SIXTY'
Date: June 9, 2014 (Press Release)
WASHINGTON, D.C.-One of the more inspirational and pioneering spiritual leaders in recent religious history, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada - the founder of the Hare Krishna movement in the West, has been recognised for his extraordinary achievements after the age of sixty. Named as one of the top ten most amazing individuals in the world for their contributions achieved at an advanced age in fields such as religion, arts, literature, and sport, Srila Prabhupada was recognised by the business magazine Business 2 Community. He founded the International Society of Krishna Consciousness(ISKCON)in 1966 at the age of 69. Prabhupada’s contributions were previously feted by Newsweek magazine in a piece titled “Amazing Late Bloomers” from November, 2010, celebrating those who reached the apex of their careers during the years when conventional wisdom says their best chances should have passed. (See below)
Srila Prabhupada was not just a spiritual leader, but a scholar and philosopher. Over a period of just twelve years, he wrote and translated over forty books, established 100 temples and farm communities, and brought the ancient teaching of Bhakti-yoga, to millions of people around the world.Today, there are over five hundred ISKCON temples globally. Prabhupada’s writings, which have been translated into 85 languages, are studied in universities and schools worldwide. Although his own spiritual journey began early on, he embarked on a voyage from India to America on an ocean freighter alone at the age of 69, with just $7 to his name. On the journey he endured two heart attacks, but persevered and set about his mission. By 1977, he had travelled the world fourteen times."The legacy of Srila Prabhupada is echoed throughout society today,” said Anuttama Dasa, International Communications Director for ISKCON. “Prabhupada helped millions understand that there is more to life than just material gratification. With the growth of interest in vegetarianism, yoga, the environment and organic diets, never has Srila Prabhupada's message of 'simple living, high thinking' been more relevant," said Dasa.
Speaking about Srila Prabhupada, George Harrison of The Beatles said:
"Even though he was at the time seventy-nine years old, working practically all through the night, day after day, with very little sleep... Even though he was the greatest Sanskrit scholar and a saint...he always went out of his way to make me feel comfortable. I always thought of him as sort of a lovely friend…” "Srila Prabhupada has already had an amazing effect on the world. There’s no way of measuring it. One day I just realized, 'God, this man is amazing!' He would sit up all night translating Sanskrit into English, putting in glossaries to make sure everyone understands it, and yet he never came off as someone above you.”
George Harrison (Quoted in “Chant and be Happy”)
Notes to Editors:
1. For more information about the Hare Krishna Movement, please see communication.iskcon.org
2. For a full list of the ten people recognised for their achievements, please visit:
3. More quotes about Srila Prabhupada can be found below:
"He was a genuine holy person with enormous integrity and compassion, and he had a powerful impact on those who met him. He never claimed authority and respect for himself; what he said and did was always in the name of Krishna."
Dr. Thomas J. Hopkins
Professor of Religious Studies (Emeritus)
Franklin and Marshall College
"Swami Bhaktivedanta came to the USA and went swiftly to the archetype spiritual neighborhood, New York’s Lower East Side, and installed intact an ancient, perfectly preserved piece of street India. He adorned a storefront as his Ashram and adored Krishna therein. By patience, good humor, and singing and chanting and expounding Sanskrit terminology, he day-by-day established Krishna consciousness in the psychedelic center of America East. He and his children sang the first summer through in Tompkins Square. "
Allen Ginsberg, Poet
"No work in all Indian literature is more quoted, because none is better loved in the West than Bhagavad-Gita. Translation of such a work demands not only knowledge of Sanskrit but an inward sympathy with the theme and a verbal artistry. For the poem is a symphony in which God is seen in all things. His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is, of course, profoundly sympathetic to the theme. He brings to it, moreover, a special interpretative insight, a powerful and persuasive presentation in the bhakti (devotional) tradition."
Dr. Geddes MacGregor
Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Philosoph
University of Southern California