“The Whole World is Waiting for Spiritual Revolution”
These were the words of a great spiritual master from India, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896 – 1977). Born in Calcutta, he spent the last 12 years of his life spreading the ancient wisdom of India in the West and worked “toward what he envisioned as a kind of spiritual United Nations”.
Srila Prabhupada is a worldwide recognized authority from the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, which is based on the Vedas.
Veda from Sanskrit literally means knowledge. The Vedas are a large body of knowledge texts originating in the ancient Indian subcontinent and are the oldest scriptures of Hinduism.
A legacy of translated Vedic scriptures to English is one of the biggest gifts of Srila Prabhupada to the Modern World. In this way he made available the treasures of the ancient sages from Vedic times.
Srila Prabhupada dedicated his life to the welfare of all and built an international spiritual movement, which nowadays is a significant part of the Hindu community, and also the spiritual revolution, of the world.
He taught his disciples the principles of nonviolence, love and service to others. Nonviolence, or ahimsa in Sanskrit, is a fundamental requirement for practicing spiritual life. Because spiritually elevated persons see the soul in every living being as non-different from them. That’s why they avoid any form of unnecessary violence. And not only that! They love, care, respect and serve others with pure intentions in the best way they can.
Furthermore Srila Prabhupada emphasized the importance of living in harmony with nature and the real purpose of life, according to the Vedas. He showed by his example how to aid others in their journey through the cycles of life and ultimately come closer to the Great Spirit, or Krishna, one of the names of God in Hinduism.
It is incredible to find in his biography, “Prabhupada: Your Ever Well-Wisher”, a passage of text, describing the vision of this great saint from the far 1952. He had seen the need and the birth of the United Nations of the Spirit long before it manifested.
Abhay was, 56, and he thought that he must now begin very seriously manifesting the orders of his spiritual master. As he told one of the men in Jhansi, “The whole world is waiting, Mr. Mitra, for spiritual revolution.” Since his spiritual master’s institution, the Gaudiya Math, had become ineffectual due to fights and permanent factions, he attempted to start a movement of devotees with worldwide activities. Although he had only one or two active helpers, he obtained the use of an abandoned temple and began working toward what he envisioned as a kind of spiritual United Nations. He wrote a charter and legally registered his movement as the League of Devotees.