“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.”
"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."
“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.”
“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.
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.