42nd aniversary of Shrila Prabupada's arrival in USA
Today, Tuesday marks the 42nd anniversary of Shrila Prabhupada's arrival in the USA, via ship, at Boston Harbor. That is quite a meditation for those of us familiar with the incredible struggle it took for him to get here from India.
Then there was another long struggle for one year to establish his first temple and resister his organization, ISKCON. From these humble beginnings in this storefront in the lower East side of Manhattan, came a flood of temples and devotees all over the world.
Prabhupada's adventures in preaching and depending on Krishna are recounted the Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita, a must read for anyone wanting to understand something of the beginning of the movement, and the amazing life and example of Prabhupada.
Shrila Prabhupada brought the teachings of Lord Chaitanya ( the incarnation for this age), to the West and eventually to the whole world. Whatever we see here that represents this tradition of Gaudiya Vaishnavism owes its' being here to his pioneering efforts, and those inspired by him in the shape of his disciples.
Krishna.com is also an outgrowth of his vision and example to use the best of technology to spread these teachings and help the world come to understand Radha/Krishna, and the benediction of Lord Chaitanya's sankirtana movement of the congregational chanting of the holy name.
Another very significant thing about coming to Boston before proceeding to New York, was that Prabhupada wrote of his experience of America face to face with it's energy of passion and ignorance. In a prayer tittled, "Markine Bhagavata-dharma" (Teaching Krishna consciousness in America) he was inspired to record some of his inner life and his view of his mission on behalf of his guru. He felt that the task before him, to bring Krishna consciousness to the West, would be impossible without the grace of his guru and Lord Krishna. He considered himself merrily a puppet in the hands of the Lord. Although he had firm faith in the order of his guru to come here, and in the power of the holy name and the scriptures, never the less, his success was in the Lord's hand.