Recently the wonderful book entitled Our Srila Prabhupada: A Friend to All (Early Contemporaries Remember Him) was reprinted. Inside you will find a rare glimpse into the early years of the most important spiritual figure of modern times; a man who has transformed the spiritual landscape of the entire world. It is the result of the untiring efforts of Srimati Mulaprakriti dasi, who left this world in Vrindavana in 2004.
Here are recounted the priceless recollections of friends and well-wishers and the love and admiration of many vaishnavas who knew him before he left India to fulfill the desire of his guru to spread Krishna consciousness through the world. Mulaprakriti prabhu has also included the memories of those who had his divine association during the early years of ISKCON.
We hear firsthand about his relationships with them, and even see their photographs, putting a face to the names of many we have heard of and many we have not. Most of these associates are old or have already left this world, so we are fortunate that these unique interviews are available. Interviews are grouped in chapters: Calcutta From the 1920s, Allahabad from the 1930s, Navadvipa & Calcutta from the 1940s, Jhansi from the 1950s; Vrindavana, Mathura and Delhi from 1954; Radha Damodara Mandir from 1959; and ISKCON from 1967. Over 70 of his contemporary friends tell how Srila Prabhupada touched their hearts and lives.
For example, in the book Sriman Gopal Chandra Ghosh of the Vrndavana Research Institute vividly remembers Srila Prabhupada: "At night my Prabhupada came in my dream. He encouraged me, saying, 'Do work like Narottam Thakura, like Srinivasa Acarya and like Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. Just write, and all Six Goswamis will help you'." I have received mercy from my gurudeva. He blessed me and has given me power."
The book is a vast and immensely beautiful glorification of a fully empowered acharya who has graciously transformed the destiny of all of us through his mercy. May all devotees be blessed by the immortal nectar flowing from its pages.
Our Srila Prabhupada: A Friend to All (306 pages, with 120 photos) can be purchased in the West from Krishnaculture.com , Krishna.com and Bhaktivedanta Library Services-. In India the book can be purchased from Rasbiharilal Lal & Sons or at the Krishna Balarama Mandir in Vrindavan. For retail and wholesale purchases contact Radhika Priya in Vrindavan by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her mobile 0091-9760834779.