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Prabhupada's arrival has impacted the minds of scholars and devotees even before he actually advented.
“ A religion from the East will move the West” –Nostradamus, 16th century French apothecary and seer

Bhakti Devi

The Personification of Bhakti

Bhakti personified tells Narada muni that after travelling through several places in India, she reached Vrindavana. Then she declares her resolution of leaving from Vrindavana to go to foreign countries:

idam sthanam parityajya videsam gamyate maya


Leaving this place, I will go abroad.

Reference: Bhagavata Mahatmya in the Uttara Khanda (194.57) of the Padma Purana

Sri Nammalvar

Compiler of Nalayira Divya Prabandham

poliga poliga poliga! poyitru valluyir ccapam
naliyum naragamum nainda namanukkingu yadonrum illai
kaliyum kedum kandu kolmin kadalvannan budangal manmel
maliya ppugundisai padi adi ulidara kkandom


Victory ! Victory ! Victory ! I behold something wonderful : all the inauspiciousness of the living entities is destroyed, no one is going to hell, Yamaraja has no more any work, and the effects of Kaliyuga ceased to exist. This is because all over the world an increasing number of Lord Vishnu's devotees sing his names while dancing and playing musical instruments.

Reference: Tiruvaymoli (5.2.1), a section of the Divya Prabandha

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Most merciful manifestation of Krishna, Inaugurator of Sankirtana Movement

Taking the sharp sword of the congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra, (nama-sankirtana) I will root out and destroy the demoniac mentality in the hearts of all the conditioned souls. If some sinful people escape and giving up religious principles go to far off countries, then my Senapati Bhakta will come at that time to give them Krishna consciousness.

Reference: Sri Caitanya Mangala, Sutra-Khanda - Srila Lochana Dasa Thakura

Sri Madhva Acharya

Chief Proponent of the Dvaita

The real knowledge of the difference between jiva and Sri Hari and the service of Sri Hari will spread all over the world very shortly.

Reference: Sumadhwa Vijaya - Last Chapter

Sri Ramanujacharya

Leading Expounder of Vishishtadvaita

The pure devotion to Sri Hari devoid of karma and jnana will grow and grow like a banyan tree covering the whole world, teaching everyone who takes shelter.

Reference: Prapannamrta Tarpana, Last Chapter

Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Prominent Acharya in the line of Gaudiya Vaishnavism

Very soon the unparalleled path of hari-nama sankirtana will be propagated all over the world. Oh, for that day when the fortunate English, French, Russian, German, and American people will take up banners, mridangas, and karatalas and raise kirtana through their streets and towns! When will that day come?

Reference: Sajjana Tosani 4.3, ‘Nityadharma Suryodoy’, 1885

Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Prominent Acharya in the line of Gaudiya Vaishnavism

In 1935 Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaj (Spiritual Master of Srila Prabhupada) foretold to his disciple Sridhara Maharaja and others, that "He'll (Srila Prabhupada) do the needful when time comes. Nobody requires to help him"

Reference: Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta Volume 1 by Satsavrupa Dasa Goswami

Lord Sri Krishna

The Supreme Personality of Godhead

By the end of the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, we find the narration of the departure of Lord Krishna from this world and how all the holy rivers headed by the personified Ganges approached Him:

bhagirathy uvaca
he natha ramana-srestha yasi golokam uttamam
asmakam ka gatis catra bhavisyati kalau yuge


Ganga Devi said : "O Lord, best of lovers, now that You are going to the supreme abode, Goloka, what will be our situation here in this age of Kali?"

sri bhagavan uvaca
kaleh panca sahasrani varsani tistha bhutale
papani papino yanti tubhyam dasyanti snanatah


The Supreme Personality of Godhead said : "Sinful people will come to you and upon bathing will give you their sins. You must remain like this on earth for 5,000 years of the age of Kali."

man-mantropasaka-sparsad bhasmi-bhutani tat-ksanat
bhavisyanti darsanac ca snanad eva hi jahnavi


O Ganga, then there will be many devotees worshiping Me by My mantra, and merely by their touch, glance and bathing all those sins will be immediately burnt.

Thus, Sri Krishna predicted the appearance of a powerful devotee who would spread the chanting of His names worldwide.

Reference: Brahma-vaivarta Purana (Krishna-janma-khanda, Chapter 129, 49-51)

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Most merciful manifestation of Krishna, Inaugurator of Sankirtana Movement

prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama
sarvatra pracara haibe mora nama


In every town and village, the chanting of my name will be heard.

Reference: Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata, Antya 4.126 - Srila Vrindavana Dasa Thakura

Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Prominent Acharya in the line of Gaudiya Vaishnavism

The principle of kirtana, as the future church of the world, invites all classes of men without distinction of caste, creed, or clan to the highest cultivation of the spirit. This church will extend all over the world and take the place of all sectarian churches which exclude outsiders from the precincts of their mosque, church or temple.

Reference: Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu: His Life and Precepts, on page 62