Although His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada never visited Houston, the devotees in Houston are very much attached to fulfilling his mission: spreading the science of Krishna consciousness to every town and village. This mission was actually given to Srila Prabhupada by his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami, and follows the heart-felt desire of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who declared:
prithivite acche yat nagradi gram
In other words, the Holy Name of Krishna should be heard in every town and village in the world. It should be distributed without discrimination to man or woman; rich or poor; Hindu, Muslim, Christian, or whatever religion. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu practically demonstrated, through disciples like Haridas Thakur, that conditions of birth and previous activities were not obstacles to devotional service. He very much sought to save all the living entities from the clutches of the material entrapment, and He has empowered His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as His agent. Others had tried to bring dharma to the Western world in the past, but Srila Prabhupada succeeded where others had failed, finally bringing Lord Caitanya's prophecy to its fruition.
This verse (Bhagavatam 2.4.18) says that members of all races of the world, no matter how sinful they are by birth, can be purified by taking shelter of the pure devotees of Lord Vishnu. Srila Prabhupada fulfilled the purport of this verse by bringing spiritual life to every corner of the world. Krishna's Holy Name is, even to this day, being spread to more and more places in the world through Srila Prabhupada's International Society for Krishna Consciousness.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
To fulfill the orders of his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada published many books explaining Krishna consciousness, the sanatana-dharma of all. His list of publications includes:
and also many other books, including Caitanya-Caritamrta, Nectar of Devotion, and Teachings of Lord Kapila. For a complete list of his books, please try the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, the organization Srila Prabhupada entrusted with the work of publishing his books.
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