Srila Prabhupada-lilamrita tells the story of a remarkable individual and a remarkable achievement. The individual is His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: philosopher, scholar, spiritual leader, saint. The achievement is the revolutionary transplantation of a timeless spiritual culture from ancient India to twentieth-century America.
Srila Prabhupada traveled by steamship from Calcutta to New York City, arriving at the height of the youth counterculture wave of the 1960s. Living amid bohemians, beatniks, hippies, and self-proclaimed drug prophets, his mission was to turn whomever would listen on to the chanting of Hare Krishna and the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita.
During the next ten years, he would attract thousands of followers, publish dozens of volumes of translation and commentary on the sacred writings of the Vedas, establish over a hundred centers for the International Society for Krishna consciousness throughout the world, make “Hare Krishna” a household word, and jump start one of the fastest growing spiritual movements in history.
The author and research team gathered thousands of hours of interviews with hundreds of people who knew Srila Prabhupada; diaries and memoirs from his students; and more than seven thousand of Srila Prabhupada’s letters. Then the author and his team distilled this voluminous firsthand source material into a rich composite view of Srila Prabhupada, a dazzling and colorful picture of one of the most remarkable lives of our times.