Friday, August 1, 2008

"Hare Krishna" Maha mantra spreads beyond the shores of India

According to vedic literatures, the most recent incarnation of Lord Krishna appeared just over five hundred years ago as Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the golden avatara in Mayapur, West Bengal. It was Lord Chaitanya who predicted that the chanting of his holy names:

Hare krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare - would spread beyond the shores of India to every town and village of the world. The person who eventually made his prophecy come true was his Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (Srila Prabhupada). The following is a brief account of his life.

Srila Prabhupada was born on Sept 1.1896 the day after Janmashtmi (appearance day of Lord Krishna) in kolkata. At the time of his birth an astrologer predicted that he would leave India at the age of 70, he would leave India to establish 108 temples of Lord Krishna all over the world.

Srila Prabhudaya displayed great devotion to Lord Krishna from very early age. His faher had given him small dieties of Radha and Krishna which he worshipped daily and at the age of 6 he organised a blissful Radha Krishna yatra festival in his local community for 8 days, after leaving the prestigious scottish churches college, where he stidied for his degree he met the person who was to become his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati who on their very first meeting requested Srila Prabhupada to preach Krishna conciousness in the west. It was this instruction that Srila Prabhupada took to heart and dedicated his life to fulfilling.