As the name “Krsna Consciousness” implies, the goal of our practice is to become conscious of the Supreme Lord in our every thought, word and action… to redirect ourselves from a self-centric lifestyle to a God-centric one. With this end in mind, we gradually adjust and dovetail our everyday actions to bring them in line with Sri Krsna’s desires based on the knowledge given to us by guru, sadhu and sastra (the spiritual master, the elevated saintly people and the bona fide scriptures).
When a person has a fully selfless service attitude, their example is extremely powerful and their actions seem to accomplish the utterly impossible. And while overcoming that which would be considered by most to be overwhelming adversity, they seem to effortlessly carry on as if untouched by the powerful grip of material nature.
It can be easily observed through his accomplishments that his divine grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, the founder-acarya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness, was indeed motivated strictly by the desire to serve his guru and Krsna.
Although he was a spiritualist from birth, we tend to focus on the last twelve years of Srila Prabhupada’s life since they directly pertain to the powerful society that he created which enhanced the lives of countless people.
Just before his 69th birthday, Srila Prabhupada set out on a journey from Calcutta, India to the United States of America aboard a steam ship (the ticket for which was begged for) with the equivalent of seven dollars and a case of his books. During this austere journey, our acarya had two heart attacks among other health ailments, but because he was driven by the instructions of his spiritual master to preach Krsna Consciousness in the west, he kept a faithful mood and took complete shelter under his Lord, Sri Krsna.
With no followers to greet him in America, Srila Prabhupada bravely faced this strange new world with very few material assets but within twelve short years, against all odds, he managed to start a worldwide movement with over a hundred temples spanning six continents all the while translating numerous volumes of books and publications.
Because he was a selfless servant of Krsna, he was never affected by his newfound fame, his huge number of followers, or any amount of donations… his only concern was that everything and everyone be engaged in the service of Krsna. In this way he was able to remain transcendental to material energy, which tends to effortlessly tear a normal man apart.
There will come a time (several, actually) when the odds will be stacked against us… and it is in our best interest to prepare for those inevitable circumstances so that we can be strong enough to hold on to the Supreme Lord’s grace and break through any obstacle that is thrown at us by the inferior material nature.
Srila Prabhupada very generously gave us priceless transcendental wisdom in the form of his books and instructions. We must take full advantage of these gems at every moment.
Thank you, Srila Prabhupada, for showing us the way. Please continue to give us your guidance and protection.
- an excerpt from one of our blog entries
The Bhagavat Commune is dedicated to serving the mission of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acarya of the International Society for Krsna Consciousness.