The Mysuru chapter of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness celebrated 50th anniversary of ISKCON incorporation along with the 120th birth anniversary of their founder-Acharya A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada at their premises in Jayanagar, on Friday.
Speaking on the occasion, Chayapathi, well-known personality in the literary field said: “At the advanced age of 70, with just rupees 40 in hand, suffering two major heart attacks in a cargo ship, Swami Prabhupada went to the western world and established a worldwide mission named ISKCON single handedly in the year 1966 at New York. For the welfare of humanity at large and to propagate the true message of Lord Krishna, Srila Prabhupada took enormous difficulties which need to be much-admired”.
Dr N K Ramaseshan, renowned for Vedic studies said: “the real principle of unity in diversity can be very much witnessed in ISKCON. Without any discrimination of caste, creed or gender, everyone is welcomed and given a chance to learn and practice the spiritual principles as enunciated in the Bhagavadgita, in order to lead a meaningful human life”.
Further he added that “Bhagavad-Gita As It Is” written by Swami Prabhupada have been appreciated by many scholars and no other book like this have been distributed in millions of copies in the history of mankind”.
Presidential Award winner, Gurupada Hegde, said: “Srila Prabhupada is an empowered personality, sent by Lord Krishna personally for the well-being of everyone. His date of birth, 1st September 1896 (next day after Janmashtami), was indeed highly auspicious and an astrologer had predicted during then that by the age of seventy, he would travel the world and disseminate religion by establishing 108 temples around the globe, which eventually came true.”
Chandrashekar, a poet and an author, further added that “ISKCON’s Akshaya Patra programme, which is feeding sanctified food to millions of children every day is a benediction to the human society”.
Presiding the occasion, Jai Chaitanya Dasa, president of ISKCON Mysuru, said: “Srila Prabhupada, a true representative of Vyasadeva presented the teachings of Vedic texts in English language, constituting a veritable library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture. Over 500 million of his books are distributed and translated into almost every language of the world. These books are still continuing to transform countless lives of many all over the world even today.”