March 25, 2013

BRC Uncovers Some of Srila Prabhupada's Previously Unknown Correspondences

We were excited to discover some previously unknown correspondence of our beloved Founder-acarya Srila Prabhupada in March while attending the Gaura Purnima festival. Together with Sriman Jananivasa prabhu we conducted a search of Srila Prabhupada’s quarters and found about 20 postcards sent to Srila Prabhupada in 1949–1950.

Along with these were two each original prints of Srimad-bhagavatam Canto 1 Part 1 and Part 2; an original Back To Godhead from 1957 and two editions of Hindi language Bhagavat Dharma from 1957; and the first ISKCON-era Indian edition of Back To Godhead in Hindi from 1970 which lists Los Angeles as ISKCON’s world headquarters and Gorakhpur as the only Indian center.

A special mention is due to Sriman Nrsimhananda dasa of ITV and Topanga Canyon Pyramid House fame for donating his entire and extensive collection of Back to Godhead magazines. He made the decision after seeing a power-point presentation of the BRC in Udipi in December.