The Jaladuta Ship

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur left this world on January 1st, 1937.

In reciprocation to his spiritual master, for all of the mercy and affection shown to him, Srila Prabhupada, the personification of Bhagavata Sevarpanam, took Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur’s instructions as his very life and soul. He meditated constantly on how to fulfill the instructions of his spiritual master. In fact, from his very first meeting with Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, Srila Prabhupada always remembered the instruction to present Bhagavata Culture to the English-speaking people of the West. He always remained concerned about how to fulfill this instruction and took it to be his life’s mission. He sought every possible way to translate it into action. After numerous attempts and after overcoming many difficulties, at the advanced age of 70 years, with a jaladutatrunk full of books and only a few dollars to his name, Srila Prabhupada sailed to the United States aboard the Jaladuta to begin his life’s mission – fulfilling the instruction of his spiritual master. In this regard Srila Prabhupada wrote, “After being initiated and receiving the orders of the spiritual master, the disciple should unhesitatingly think about the instructions or orders of the spiritual master and should not allow himself to be disturbed by anything else.” This is also the verdict of Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, who, while explaining verse 2.41 of the Bhagavad-gita (vyavasāyātmikā buddhir ekeha kuru-nandana), points out that the order of the spiritual master is the life substance of the disciple.

Srimad Bhagavatam 4.24.15 also provides the same understanding when it asserts that the disciple should not consider whether he is going back home, back to Godhead; his first business should be to execute the order of his spiritual master.

Srila Prabhupada traveled extensively from 1965 to 1977, meeting and inspiring many scientists, religious leaders, educationists, intellectuals and youths around the world. He presented the science of spirituality based on the conclusions of the Vedic teachings, specifically the teachings of the Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam and Chaitanya Charitamrita. He wrote over sixty volumes of scholarly books and established a worldwide spiritual organization, known as “The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)”.

ISKCON is unique in the history of civilization, especially, due to the fact that it has manifested in the present age of quarrel and hypocrisy known as Kali Yuga. Its platform of unity, harmony and peaceful coexistence among all, irrespective of caste, creed, color, position, nationality, etc., is its uniqueness. This platform of commonality is only possible when everyone is educated to understand that the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna is the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities as well as the benefactor and well- wisher of all living entities.

Srila Prabhupada’s position is unparalleled in the history of spiritual traditions. Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja has expressed that Srila Prabhupada is the representative of Vyasadeva, messenger of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and representative of Narada Muni in the 20th

Top to bottom: Srila Prabhupada introducing the congregational chanting of the Lord’s holy names, Sankirtan, at Tompkins Square Park, Golden Gate Park and at the Ratha Yatra Festival

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