News coverage of Srila Prabhupada and his movement.
This article, "Value of 'Krishna Consciousness'," was published in The Hindu, March 25, 1973, in Chennai, India.
HYDERABAD, March 24.
Sri Bhakti Vedanta Prabhupada, founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, to-day laid the foundation-stone here for a multi-storeyed building to house the institutions of the Soviely, including Radha-Krishna temple.
The building will be constructed on land donated by Mr. G. Pulla Reddy, on the Station Road near Abids Circle.
Swami Prabhupada, addressing the gathering in English and Hindi, said Krishna consciousness would help people to attain salvation.
The Swamiji performed 'puja' to the marble idols of Radha and Krishna which would be installed in the temple.
He initiated four of his disciples into the movement, one of whom, a Parsi from Bombay, took 'sanyas'. -FOC.
Reference: The Hindu, Hyderabad, India, 1973-03-25
This article, "Radha Krishna Temple Planned in Moscow," was published in The Hindu, August 11, 1972, in Chennai, India.
HYDERABAD, Aug. 9.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness wants to build a 'Radha Krishna' temple in Moscow.
Steps in the direction may be initiated by the Society's founder, Bhakti Vedanta Swami Prabhupada, when he visits the Soviet capital shortly for delivering discourses at the university.
A spokesman for the Society said here today that they were trying to contact many world leaders and make them take to Krishna consciousness which could lead to world peace.
Five members of the 'Hare Krishna' movement are here on a three-week visit. They are Subal Das Swami, Yadavacharya Das Brahmachari and Tamal Krishna Goswami (all of the U.S.). Meenakatan Das Adhikari of Toronto, Canada, and Subal Das Swami, a Chinese who joined the Krishna Consciousness Society as a student in Hong Kong. They met the State Governor, Mr. Khandubhai Desal yesterday.
The Society, whose headquarters is Los Angeles, has built 'Radha Krishna' temples in some 105 countries, it was stated. -FOC.
Reference: The Hindu, Hyderabad, India, 1972-08-11
This article, "Universal Remedy for All Ills," was published in The Hindu, February 18, 1972, in Chennai, India.
MADRAS. Feb. 18.
The distinct feature of a human being, in contrast to the beasts, is his inherent capacity to understand, think of and meditate on God, take steps to get himself identified with the Supreme Being, by adopting the processes described in scriptural literature and get himself spiritually elevated. In the Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna has shown the way for one to get freed from worldly bondage by "Prapatti", under which a devotee offers unconditional surrender before Sri Krishna realising that He is the factual enioyer of all worldly activities. On his part, he rigidly follows the codes of good conduct.
Years aso, Chaitanya culled out from the Shastras that in this age of Kali (characterised by quarrels and indiscipline) when mental distraction was high and almost none was serious about spiritual perfection, the "Great Chant of Deliverance" (Hare Krishna) alone was the most effective means of reaching God. lt is a standard and recognised mode of worship and ecstatic repetition of God's name will cleanse the heart, make one feel that he is the child of God and make him get over the feelings of caste, etc.
Sri Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, the leader of the Society for Krishna Consciousness, told a press gathering on Wednesday that the movement, which was not something new, only urged the people to take to the service of Sri Krishna. The task was not simple but the Lord Himself had said that none was dearer to Him than the one who undertook with confidence to preach His message. The Krishna Mantram was a universal remedy for all ills. Everyone was originally a Krishna conscious entity, but due to association with worldly influenees, he had become "adulterated." Disciples of the Krishna cult were held together by mutual agreement to accept the principles of devotional service as the goal of life.
Reference: The Hindu, Madras, India, 1972-02-18
This article, "Krishna Cult Society Centre," was published in The Hindu, February 17, 1972, in Chennai, India.
MADRAS, Feb. 16.
Efforts are being made to set up a centre of the International Society for Krishna-Consciousness (ISKCON) in Madras. Discussions were held today by the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, Sri Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada with leading citizens. The centre which may be the sixth in India will include a Radhakrishna temple.
The leader-Acharya talking to pressmen today said that the response for the movement was very encouraging with the United States having the largest number of followers. Since he embarked on the task of spreading Krishna's message in 1968, 75 branches had been established all over the world, the maintenance of which cost Rs. seven to eight lakhs monthly.
Reference: The Hindu, Madras, India, 1972-02-17
This article, "Essentials of Bhakti Yoga," was published in The Hindu, February 15, 1972, in Chennai, India.
MADRAS, Feb. 15.
Absolute detachment is alien to human nature and, as such, any advice to man against any kind of attachment is not practicable. So, he is only asked to divert gradually the craving he has developed for material objects towards Sri Krishna, the love for Whom is lying dormant in him. Bhakti Yoga essentially means becoming saturated with devotion for the Lord, so that one cannot live even a single moment without thinking of Him. Hence it is mainly a question of one's mental attitude rather than of scholarship. If a person incessantly utters the name of Sri Krishna, which is, in fact, not different from Him, his mind becomes closely associated with Him.
His Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, in his discourse at the Rajeswari Kalyana Mandapam, Mylapore, on Sunday, said there are no rigid rules or regulations for chanting the Hare Krishna mantra; nor does it require formal education. While uttering the name of Sri Krishna, one should focus the mind on the bewitching form of the Lord, His auspicious attributes, His delightful sport and His role as the Gitacharya. Lord Chaitanya, during his visit to a temple in South India found a man scanning the pages of the Bhagavad Gita without seeming to read the verses. On enquiry, the saint found that the person was illiterate and yet he was turning the pages of the Gita, at the instance of his master, because, as he did so he had a vision of Sri Krishna expounding spiritual knowledge to Arjuna on the Kurukshetra battle-field. Thereupon Chaitanya embraced him, in all admiration for his devotion. Sincerity, faith and guidance of a spiritual master are necessary for God-realisation.
Reference: The Hindu, Madras, India, 1972-02-15