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  1. Vol. 1: A Lifetime in Preparation: India 1896-1965

    A Lifetime in Preparation: India 1896-1965 ...

  2. Chapter 1: Childhood

    We would be sleeping, and father would be doing ārati . Ding ding ding-we would hear the bell and wake up and see him bowing down before Kṛṣṇa. - Śrīla Prabhupāda It was Janmāṣṭamī, the annual celebration of the advent of Lord Kṛ ...

  3. Chapter 2: College, Marriage, and Gandhi's Movement

    I joined Gandhi's movement in 1920 and gave up my education. Although I had passed my final examination-B.A.-I gave it up and did not appear. -Śrīla Prabhupāda In 1914 the war came, and many Indians enlisted in the fight on behalf ...

  4. Chapter 3: "A Very Nice Saintly Person"

    There has not been, there will not be, such benefactors of the highest merit as [Chaitanya] Mahaprabhu and His devotees have been. The offer of other benefits is only a deception; it is rather a great harm, whereas the benefit done by Him and H ...

  5. Chapter 4: "How Shall I Serve you?"

    I have every hope that you can turn yourself into a very good English preacher if you serve the mission to inculcate the novel impression of Lord Chaitanya's teachings to the people in general as well as philosophers and religionists. ...

  6. Chapter 5: The War

    Under the circumstances since 1936 up to now, I was simply speculating whether I shall venture this difficult task and that without any means and capacity; but as none have discouraged me, I have now taken courage to take up the work. ...

  7. Chapter 6: An Unknown Friend

    Let the sharp moralists accuse me of being illusioned; I do not mind. Experts in Vedic activities may slander me as being misled, friends and relatives may call me frustrated, my brothers may call me a fool, the wealthy mammonites may point me ...

  8. Chapter 7: Jhansi: The League of Devotees

    "Wanted-candidates from any nationality to qualify themselves as real Brahmins for preaching the teachings of Bhagwat Geeta for all practical purposes throughout the whole world. Deserving candidates will be provided with free boarding and ...

  9. Chapter 8: New Delhi-"Crying Alone in the Wilderness"

    I have got the clue of going "Back to Godhead" just after leaving my present material body, and in order to take along with me all my contemporary men and women of the world, I have started my paper, "Back to Godhead," as on ...

  10. Chapter 9: A Resident of Vṛndāvana

    I was sitting alone in Vṛndāvana, writing. My Godbrother insisted to me, "Bhaktivedanta Prabhu, you must do it. Without accepting the renounced order of life, nobody can become a preacher." So he insisted. Not he insisted; practic ...