Rs 125 coin: What you should know about coin released by PM Modi to mark ISKCON founder Swami Prabhupada anniversary
Narendra Modi Coin: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday released Rs 125 coin to mark the 125th birth anniversary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Swami Prabhupada was the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) commonly known as 'Hare Krishna Movement'.
125th birth anniversary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Who is Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada?
According to the official ISKCON website, born as Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896, in Calcutta, as a young man he joined Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement. In 1922, a meeting with the prominent scholar and spiritual leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, proved to be most influential on young Abhay’s future calling. Abhay became a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta in 1933 and resolved to carry out his mentor’s request. Abhay, later known by the honorific A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, spent the next 32 years preparing for his journey west. Source: iskcon.org
Founder of ISKCON
In July of 1966, Bhaktivedanta Swami established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) for the purpose he stated of “checking the imbalance of values in the world and working for real unity and peace”. For the next 11 years, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe 14 times on lecture tours spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna. Men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life came forward to accept his message. With their help, Srila Prabhupada established temples, farm communities, a publishing house, and educational institutions around the world. He began what has now become the world’s largest vegetarian food relief program, Hare Krishna Food for Life. Source: iskcon.org
Activities of ISKCON
The members of ISKCON practice bhakti-yoga in their homes and also worship in temples. They also promote bhakti-yoga or Krishna Consciousness, through festivals, performing arts, yoga seminars, public chanting and through the distribution of the society’s literatures. The ISKCON members have also opened hospitals, schools, colleges, eco-villages, free food distribution projects, and other institutions as a practical application of the path of devotional yoga. Source: iskcon.org
PM Modi pays tribute to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
PM Modi posted the video of his homage to Swami Prabhupada on the occasion of his 125th birth anniversary. He tweeted from its official Twitter handle along with the video, "Paying tributes to Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Ji." Union Culture Minister G Kishan Reddy was also present on the occasion. Source: Narendra Modi Twitter