Every Town and Every Village
Vaisesika Dasa is a disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedant Srila Prabhupada Swami. Vaisesika Prabhu’s mission is to serve all living entities by following the very loving instructions of his beloved guru. The mission of a disciple cannot be separate from that of his guru’s so let us begin there. In the last ten years of his life, despite his advanced age, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe twelve times on lecture tours that have took him to six continents. In spite of such a vigorous schedule, Srila Prabhupada continued to write prolifically. His writings constitute a veritable library of Vedic philosophy, religion, literature and culture. Vaisesika Prabhu’s work is centered around the worldwide distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s writings.
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada was born in 1896 in Calcutta, India. He first met his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami, in Calcutta in 1922. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, a prominent devotional scholar and the founder of sixty-four branches of Gaudiya Mathas (Vedic institutes), liked this educated young man and convinced him to dedicate his life to teaching Vedic knowledge in the Western world. Srila Prabhupada became his student, and eleven years later (1933) at Allahabad, he became his formally initiated disciple.
At their first meeting, in 1922, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura requested Srila Prabhupada to broadcast Vedic knowledge through the English language. In the years that followed, Srila Prabhupada wrote a commentary on the Bhagavad-gita and in 1944, without assistance, started an English fortnightly magazine.
In 1959, at Radha-Damodara, Srila Prabhupada began work on his life’s masterpiece: a multivolume translation and commentary on the 18,000-verse Srimad-Bhagavatam (Bhagavata Purana). He also wrote Easy Journey to Other Planets. After publishing three volumes of Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada came to the United States, in 1965, to fulfill the mission of his spiritual master. Since that time, His Divine Grace has written over sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries and summary studies of the philosophical and religious classics of India.
In 1965, when he first arrived by freighter in New York City, Srila Prabhupada was practically penniless. It was after almost a year of great difficulty that he established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in July of 1966. Under his careful guidance, the Society has grew within a decade to a worldwide confederation of almost one hundred asramas, schools, temples, institutes and farm communities.
Srila Prabhupada’s most significant contribution, however, is his books. Highly respected by the academic community for their authoritativeness, depth and clarity, they are used as standard textbooks in numerous college courses. His writings have been translated into eleven languages. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, established in 1972 exclusively to publish the works of His Divine Grace, has thus become the world’s largest publisher of books in the field of Indian religion and philosophy.
Vaisesika Prabhu, based in northern California, is one hundred percent committed to the full-time distribution of Srila Prabhupada’s books while cultivating a thriving spiritual community. He believes that practicing the fundamental lessons of Prabhupada’s books is the essence of Krishna Consciousness. Vaisesika Das teaches these lessons and his leadership qualities are an example of how one can practically take to these lessons every day: Engaging in service to Krsna with love, associating with the devotees, reading Srimad Bhagavatam, chanting the holy names and frequenting the holy places.
As the ISKCON Zonal Secretary of Northern California, Vaisesika maks a positive difference in the lives of the devotees by encouraging them to follow the core principles for spiritual advancement: the four regulative principles, the daily chanting of sixteen rounds of japa, the regular reading and discussion of Srila Prabhupada’s books, and the active spreading of the sankirtan movement through book distribution, cultural programs, community development, and education. Vaisesika Prabhu has created sankirtan teams, leadership programs, book distribution events and much more. Please visit the projects page to learn more and email: ContactVDA@gmail.com, if you’d like to be involved.