A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Last Updated: September 1, 2018

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A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) was the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), more popularly known as the Hare Krishna movement. He was also a Vedic scholar, having translated and written commentaries on more than 80 volumes of sacred texts, including the Bhagavad Gita.

In the 20th century, Prabhupada was considered the foremost authority on Bhakti yoga, or the path of devotional service to the supreme being, Krishna. Although, he was once quoted as saying, “Actually, it doesn't matter — Krishna or Christ — the name is the same.”

Yogapedia explains A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Born in Calcutta, India, Prabhupada joined Mahatma Gandhi’s freedom movement. He later became a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a spiritual leader and scholar in the monotheistic tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnava who encouraged him to share the teachings of Krishna with the English-speaking world.

After decades of preparation, he finally traveled to New York City in 1965 and began sharing what has been called "global missionary Vaishnavaism," and eventually establishing ISKCON.

Becoming a prominent figure in the counterculture movement of the 1960s, well-known followers of Prabhupada's movement have included George Harrison of the Beatles (who included mention of Krishna in his song, “My Sweet Lord”); singer Boy George; poet Allen Ginsberg; and actress Hayley Mills.

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