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But in another sense, he is one in a thousand, maybe one in a million."In 1966, Śrīla Prabhupāda founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, which became the formal name for the Hare Kṛṣṇa movement.In the years that followed, Śrīla Prabhupāda gradually attracted tens of thousands of followers, started more than a hundred temples and ashrams, and published scores of books.
No one of whatever faith or philosophical persuasion who reads these books with an open mind can fail to be moved and impressed." And Dr.
Larry Shinn, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Bucknell University, wrote, "Prabhupāda's personal piety gave him real authority.
In the Bible he is known as Jehovah ("the almighty one"), in the Koran as Allah ("the great one"), and in the as Kṛṣṇa, a Sanskrit name meaning "the all-attractive one."The movement's main purpose is to promote the well-being of human society by teaching the science of God consciousness (Kṛṣṇa consciousness) according to the timeless Vedic scriptures of India.
Many leading figures in the international religious and academic community have affirmed the movement's authenticity. Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University, describes the movement as "a tradition that commands a respected place in the religious life of humankind."In 1965, His Divine Grace A. Bhaktivedanta Swami, known to his followers as Śrīla Prabhupāda, brought Kṛṣṇa consciousness to America.
They began staging joyous cultural festivals throughout the year and serving millions of plates of delicious vegetarian food offered to Kṛṣṇa (known as ). Basham, one of the world's leading authorities on Indian history and culture, wrote, "The Hare Kṛṣṇa movement arose out of next to nothing in less than twenty years and has become known all over the West.
As a result, ISKCON has significantly influenced the lives of millions of people. This is an important fact in the history of the Western world."Scholars worldwide have acclaimed Śrīla Prabhupāda's translations of Vedic literature.