Who is Srila Prabhupada?
Most of our team members found kirtan through the teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, a spiritual master from India who travelled to America in 1965, at the age of 70, desiring to share the teachings of bhakti yoga with the Western world. Not knowing anyone and with hardly any possessions or money, he arrived in New York City, where he sat in a city park daily and sang kirtan. As crowds gathered by the day, he shared the message of bhakti – that each of us is an eternal spark of God. While we discriminate on the basis of class, race, gender and religion, beneath the temporary covering of the body, we are all equal. All material pleasure is temporary and can never bring lasting satisfaction. Awakening our relationship with God through service and love, anyone can find a deep happiness that will never diminish. He founded a movement called the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which now has over 600 centres in the world.