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Vanipedia Launches “A Month in the Life of Srila Prabhupada”

By: for ISKCON News on March 17, 2016
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Srila Prabhupada gives a lecture

At Vanipedia.org, the dynamic online encyclopedia of Srila Prabhupada’s words (vani), manager Visnu Murti Das and his Radhadesh, Belgium-based team are constantly adding new features during ISKCON’s 50th anniversary year.

The latest is “A Month in the Life of Srila Prabhupada,” (http://vanipedia.org/wiki/A_Month_in_the_Life_of_Srila_Prabhupada) a calendar showing each month of Srila Prabhupada’s recorded life in the West, through the years 1966 to 1977. Visitors can click any month to see all of Srila Prabhupada’s letters, lectures, conversations, and morning walks from that month.

“A Month in the Life of…” is a vast archive – it includes over 2,200 of Prabhupada’s lectures, 905 of his conversations, 490 morning walks, 65 interviews, and 6,570 letters. It also includes hundreds of short audio and video clips with subtitles in 87 different languages.

All this can reveal many gems. For instance, in March 1966 – exactly 50 years ago – Srila Prabhupada gave some of his very first recorded Bhagavad-gita lectures in New York, which you can watch audio clips of with photos and subtitles.

He also wrote to Padampat Singhania asking for help in starting a Radha-Krishna temple. And he requested Sumati Morarji, who worked with the Scindia steamship company, to arrange conveyance of men and goods such as Sankirtan instruments from India for free.

Despite its giant archive, each month of “A Month in the Life of…” is presented in a clean and easily accessible format. Each notable day features several color coded boxes with a picture of Srila Prabhupada and a carefully chosen quote from a lecture or letter. Clicking on these quotes brings one to the full source.

“These statements from A Month in the Life of Srila Prabhupada offer unparalleled insights into his devotional character; his vision to re-spiritualize human society; his dedication to translate, publish and distribute his books; and his expertise to tirelessly lead and manage his worldwide movement,” says Visnu Murti. “Through them, one can also experience how Srila Prabhupada consistently represents the pure teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates.”

 The Bhaktivedanta Archives, based in North Carolina, are also helping to make all Prabhupada’s teachings available to everyone, a particularly important effort during ISKCON’s Golden Jubilee year.

“Once you find an audio clip or quote you are into on Vanipedia, you can download the entire audio and full transcript for free at https://prabhupadavani.org/transcriptions/?content_type=Transcripts+with+Audio,” says the Archives’ Nitya Tripta Dasi.

For those interested in even more, the Vanipedia project includes seven “petals” that provide an ever-expanding and nearly endless resource of Srila Prabhupada’s teachings: Vanipedia, Vaniquotes, Vanimedia, Vanisource, Vanibooks, Vaniversity, and Vanictionary. 

“Srila Prabhupada often followed his guru’s lead in calling book distribution ‘The Brihat Mridanga,’ or ‘the big drum,’” says Visnu Murti. “Today, the Internet is the Brihat Brihat Brihat mridanga.”

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Please visit A Month in the Life of Srila Prabhupada here: http://vanipedia.org/wiki/A_Month_in_the_Life_of_Srila_Prabhupada

To download full transcripts and audio for free, visit: https://prabhupadavani.org/transcriptions/?content_type=Transcripts+with+Audio

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