About the Book

When A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada entered the port of New York City on 17 September 1965, few Americans took notice--but he was not merely another immigrant. He was on a mission to introduce ancient teachings of Vedic India to mainstream America. Before his disappearance on 14 November 1977, his mission was successful. He had founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), colloquially known as the 'Hare Krishna Movement', and saw it grow into a worldwide confederation of more than 100 temples, ashrams and cultural centers.


A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy.

John Smith

I should be incapable of drawing a single stroke at the present moment; and yet I feel that I never was a greater artist than now. When, while the lovely valley teems with vapour around me, and the meridian sun strikes the upper surface of the impenetrable foliage of my trees.

Sarah Lopez
CFO, Apple

I throw myself down among the tall grass by the trickling stream; and, as I lie close to the earth, a thousand unknown plants are noticed by me: when I hear the buzz of the little world among the stalks, and grow familiar. who formed us in his own image, and the breath.

Robert Kim


  • Makarand R Paranjape
    Professor, English, Jawaharlal Nehru University

    “With a rare gift for both depth and detail, Hindol Sengupta makes Prabhupada come alive as never before—the extraordinary tale of the extraordinary man who scattered the nectar of Krishna consciousness across the globe.”

  • Gautam Sen
    Former lecturer, London School of Economics

    “Prabhupada’s attempt to create a movement by merging the Vedantic and bhakti traditions was intrinsically significant for the real world. He has finally found a worthy biographer in Hindol Sengupta, who has combined an accessible easy style with serious engagement with Prabhupada’s deeper message.”

  • Lavanya Vemsani
    Distinguished Professor, Shawnee State University

    “Hindol Sengupta has accomplished the impossible task of bringing to life the legend of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who changed the landscape of the world by introducing Krishna consciousness through his profound wisdom and practice.”

  • Jeffery D Long
    Carl W. Zeigler Professor of Religion

    “With this beautifully written, highly accessible, and engaging book, Hindol Sengupta has done for A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada what he did for Swami Vivekananda in The Modern Monk.....He has brought this important and compelling figure to life for the contemporary reader.”