for ISKCON News on June 30, 2011
ISKCON founder A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's name and fame is highlighted in a book called Hindu Visions of the Sacred
, by A.L. Dallapiccola, published by the British Museum Press. The ninety-five-page book (6” x 7”) is richly illustrated. Vivid images of artistic works appear on every right-hand page, and the text on every left-hand page explains the beliefs and practices of Hinduism.
The final paragraph about Krishna (p. 86) mentions Srila Prabhupada:
“It was Chaitanya (c. 1485-1533) who gave a new impetus to the Krishna cult and founded an influential philosophic school. Born in Bengal, Chaitanya moved to Puri, then travelled throughout India singing Krishna's praise and rescuing sites connected with the god's exploits from decay. Chaitanya maintained complete surrender to Krishna as the way to salvation. After his death his school was reorganized by his disciples. In 1966, A.C. Bhaktivedantaswami [sic.] founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON) [sic.] in New York which spread Chaitanya's doctrine throughout the world.”
Tens of thousands of people weekly visit the free British Museum, where this book is on sale. Unknown to them, Srila Prabhupada lived just a block from the museum around 1970, at 7 Bury Place, the first ISKCON temple in England. It is a nice coincidence that he lived near a major institution that now publishes and carries a book that notes one of his major accomplishments.