• Biography,  Philosophy

    The Voyage of Compassion: Srila Prabhupada Reaches the Shores of America

    The arduous sea journey of Srila Prabhupada to fulfil the order of his spiritual master of spreading Krishna Consciousness in the western world was a great austerity for the exalted Acharya. The heavy seas and gigantic waves caused immense discomfort to Srila Prabhupada. On the thirteenth and fourteenth days of that voyage, as the ship plied over the Arabian sea, he underwent two heart attacks experiencing sharp pain in his chest. At his age, to tolerate such agony was virtually impossible. Yet, his unshakable faith in Lord Krishna helped him sail through the crisis. After 14 days, when the Jaladuta entered the Atlantic Ocean, they found it unusually calm. It…

  • Srila Prabhupada

    Voyage of Compassion : Part 1

    A Journey of Srila Prabhupada to America on board the ship Jaladuta In this series of historical accounts, we present the journey of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedatan Swami Prabhupada to America on board the ship Jaladuta. This is a day-by-day narration of his voyage with references from the diary he maintained on board the Jaladuta, his biography “Srila Prabhupada Lilamirta” by his holiness Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami, as well as his books, lectures and conversations. August 13, 1965: Calcutta On this historic day in 1965, Srila Prabhupada boarded the cargo ship MV Jaladuta from Calcutta embarking on a 35-day journey that would take him to the United States of…