Micro review: ‘Sing, Dance and Pray’ by Hindol Sengupta

“Sing, Dance and Pray”, by author and biographer Hindol Sengupta, is an inspiring story of the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), Srila Prabhupada, who became a major figure in the counterculture western, bringing the ancient teachings of Vedic India into the mainstream. America in the middle of the 20th century.

Srila Prabhupada’s teachings have attracted everyone from poet-writer Allen Ginsberg to Beatles lead guitarist George Harrison and millions of followers in over 100 countries. Moreover, Prabhupada’s story is not only about religious history, but also about a critical moment in East-West interaction. His story is an incredible piece of history, a turning point in India’s history, a time when the efforts of one man changed, in many ways, world opinion on India and the Hinduism.

“When AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada entered New York Harbor on September 17, 1965, few Americans noticed him – but he was not just another immigrant. He was on a mission to introduce the ancient teachings of Vedic India into the mainstream of America. Before Srila Prabhupada died at the age of eighty-one on November 14, 1977, his mission was crowned with success,” reads the text of presentation of the book.

“He had founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), colloquially known as the ‘Hare Krishna Movement’, and watched it grow into a worldwide confederation of over 100 temples, ashrams and cultural centers. This is the inspiring story of Srila Prabhupada.”

For those unfamiliar, ISKCON’s core beliefs are based on Hindu scriptures, specifically the Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavata Purana. ISKCON was formed to spread the practice of Bhakti yoga, the practice of God’s love in which those involved (bhaktas) devote their thoughts and actions to pleasing Krishna, whom they regard as the Supreme Lord.

The story of Srila Prabhupada is meant to put us on the path to self-realization. Give it a read.

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