From 1966 until his passing in 1977, Srila Prabhupada’s life was one of almost constant intercontinental travel: meeting world leaders, perpetually giving lectures and interviews, providing spiritual guidance for thousands of young disciples, and overseeing almost all aspects of managing a global spiritual movement. Yet he considered book publishing his life’s mission.
Wherever in the world he was, he would rise many hours before dawn each day and devote his full attention to translating and composing commentaries on the Vedas’ most sacred texts. Some of his major literary works include:
- The 18,000 verse, twelve volume Srimad-Bhagavatam, an epic Sanskrit history of Krishna’s incarnations, pastimes and devotees.
- The Bhagavad-gita, Krishna’s foundational instructions to humankind regarding the purpose of life and how to achieve ultimate success in this world and the next.
- The Chaitanya Charitamrita, a nine volume Bengali biography of the life and teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the divine avatar who began the mission to spread Krishna consciousness.
- The Nectar of Devotion, a summary study of Rupa Goswami‘s classic Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu, an detailed guide to the science of bhakti-yoga, practical devotional service to Krishna.
- Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Srila Prabhupada’s complete commentary on the tenth canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam, describing the specific pastimes of Krishna Himself when He visited the earth.
When composing his own purports, Srila Prabhupada routinely consulted and included insights from other important authorities’ commentaries, including the work of Baladeva Vidyabhushana, Rupa Goswami, Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakur, Sridhara Swami, and others.
His books, now published by the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust in 57 languages, now comprise over 80 volumes, with over a billion copies sold.
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