Appreciations

“I convey my deep appreciation and respect for His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the founder Acharya of ISKCON, who spread the message of Krishna consciousness all over the world. A celebrated spiritualist and author, his influence continues to resonate in the hearts of Krishna devotees all over the world even today....

The founder-acharya of ISKCON movement, Srila Prabhupada Ji, started this movement at his matured age. Born in 1896, he established ISKCON in New York in 1966. During his lifetime he contributed tremendously in spreading this culture, eternal message of humanity, which is the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, Srimad Bhagvad, teachings of Gaudiya vaishnava sampradaya. Srila Prabhupada Ji galvanized in removing the vices. Just imagine within a short span of time, today, I am told, that ISKCON movement runs more than 600 temples around the world. Every day in India it provides healthy food to 10 million children and the message of love and compassion which is in inherent in Indian civilization.”

Shri Pranab Mukherjee, Former President of India

"Bhagavad-gita As It Is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami is a unique contribution to religion and philosophy in general and to the understanding of the basic philosophy and religion of India. The scholarly interpretation, honest translation and most intelligible explanations of the original text makes this work valuable both to the general reader and to the serious student seeking advanced knowledge. I have not come across a more comprehensive, lucid and more genuine presentation of the Bhagavad-gita than this work."

Dr. I.C. Sharma, Professor of Philosophy Old Dominion University

“If it was not for the compassion of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, I would have never achieved this supreme treasure of Krishna’s holy names. It was this compassion that drove Srila Prabhupada to attempt so brave and so daring, to deliver the message of Lord Chaitanya and the holy name to all of mankind. We get a glimpse of that Srila Prabhupada felt for all of us.

Tulsi Gabbard, US Congresswoman

“I liked Prabhupada's humbleness. I always liked his humility and his simplicity... I think Prabhupada's accomplishments are very significant; they're huge. Even compared to someone like William Shakespeare, the amount of literature Prabhupada produced is truly amazing. It boggles the mind. He sometimes went for days with only a few hours sleep.”

George Harrison, Legendary Beatles Singer

I am delighted to send my best wishes to everyone at Bhaktivedanta Manor in what is a very special year for all those associated with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON).

For fifty years since its foundation by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the men and women behind ISKCON have dedicated their lives to the words of Lord Krishna to achieve peace and unity. ISKCON can be proud that in that time it has grown the world over, setting up over 500 centres and 50 schools.

Theresa May - UK former PRIME MINISTER

When I first met the Hare Krishnas, I can remember how surprised I was, and I wondered what this meant. The costumes, the chanting, and the shaved heads appeared a little strange to me. But as I came to know the movement, I came to find that there was a striking similarity in the essence of what they were teaching and in the original core of Christianity -- that is, living simply, not trying to accumulate worldly goods, living with compassion toward all creatures, sharing, loving, and living joyfully.

I am impressed with how much the teachings of one man and the spiritual tradition he brought have impacted themselves into the lives of so many people. In my view Srila Prabhupada's contribution is a very important one and will be a lasting one.

Harvey Cox, World-Renowned Professor of religion at Harvard University

Dear Swamiji, I am indeed grateful to you for Presenting a copy of Srimad Bhagavatam to me. I do realise that you are doing valuable work. It would be good idea if the libraries in the Government Institutions purchase copies of this book.

India's Former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is doing valuable work, and his books are a significant contribution to the salvation of mankind.

India's Former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri

The Bhagavad-gita, one of the great spiritual texts, is not as yet a common part of our cultural milieu. This is probably less because it is alien per se than because we have lacked just the kind of close interpretative commentary upon it that Swami Bhaktivedanta has here provided, a commentary written from not only a scholar's but a practitioner's, a dedicated lifelong devotee's point of view.

Denise Levertov, Poet