Mayapur, A Spiritual City

T he K rishna C onsciousness M ovement has established its center in Maya­ pur, the birth site of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, to give everyone the great opportunity to go there and perform a constant festival of sankir‑ tan-yajna, and to distribute prasadam to millions of hun­ gry people hankering for spiritual emancipation. This is the mission of the Krishna Consciousness Movement. -His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami In 1965 His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada left India for America at the age of sixty-nine to fulfill his spiritual mas­ ter’s request that he teach the science of Krsna Consciousness throughout the English speak­ ing world. Through his absolute dedication and faith he soon established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In a dozen years he published some seventy volumes of translations and commentaries on India’s Vedic literature, which are now standard in universi­ ties all over the world. Meanwhile, traveling almost non-stop, Srila Prabhupada molded his international society into a world-wide confed­ eration of asramas, schools, temples, farms etc. In 1970 he began the Sri Mayapur project in In­ dia where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu - the incar­ nation of Godhead who inaugurated the Hare Krishna movement - appeared 500 years ago. In Mayapur Srila Prabhupada planned and set in motion the development of a spiritual city, a place of wonderful, spiritual culture and edu­ cation, that would demonstrate to the world the practical application of Krishna Conscious­ ness in every sphere of life. Today this fledgling city of Mayapur is carrying the torchlight for a spiritual culture that is literally illuminating the planet. 2

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