The Founder-Acharya
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

"I hope you will not misunderstand the position of the Acharya who is so important a figure in the matter of learning the transcendental science. The Acharya is the direct representative of the Personality of Godhead. And no body can claim to become a bonafide Acharya if he has not strictly followed the footprints of the previous Acharyas authorised in the matter."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, August 26, 1958)

"One has to hear the message of Godhead from the lips of the pure devotee of the Lord or Acarya. The religion is originally spoken by Krsna Himself and that message or science is coming down directly through the chain of disciplic succession and one who is in that chain is called acarya or one who teaches by his life. Religion is practically presented by the bonafide spiritual master or acarya."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, October 6, 1970)

"So far I am concerned, I am a humble disciple of His Divine Grace, Om Visnupad Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaj, who was the original pioneer of spreading this movement in the Western world. During his lifetime, up to 1936, he started 64 main centers all over the world, including centers in Berlin, Germany, and London, England. His Divine Grace entrusted me to spread this movement in the Western countries, and since 1965, I am trying in my humble way to spread this movement in this part of the world. I am recognized Acarya of this movement, as will be evidenced by the enclosed copies of different branches of the Goudiya Math institutions."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, February 21, 1968)

"I am so glad to learn that you appreciate my mission in the United States as without any rival. Actually this is a fact, because I am presenting nothing manufactured by me. I am presenting the genuine thing as it was given by Lord Krishna Himself, or Lord Caitanya Himself, approved by the Great Acaryas, so the activities which we have adopted, Krishna Consciousness, it is authorized and in the disciplic succession from Krishna directly."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, October 18, 1968)

"This is to inform you that I, the undersigned, am the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON and the world leader for all of its branches."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 26, 1974)

"In that trust you must be very careful to make sure that my name is registered there as the founder-acarya and that I am to be the ultimate authority. In other words, in any case of necessity of vetoing or cancelling any decision made by the other trustees, I should be able to do like that. My decision should over-rule all the other trustees combined."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, December 28, 1974)

"So you can go ahead and register our Society there with taking all proper and necessary steps. Before the finalization of registration takes place I would request you to send me one copy of the constitution for our society there so I can approve it finally. My name should be there as the founder-acharya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. I should have full authority in all matters."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, December 29, 1974)

"One thing, regarding registering, is that our system is to keep the name of the Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada on all registration documents, as well as all stationery, books, and publications."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 13, 1974)

"One thing, all other centers print the Acarya's name on the letterhead of their stationary—you should also do that."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, April 1, 1970)

"Yes, you must rectify this mistake. All society stationary must bear my name as founder-acarya. Please do it immediately."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, October 28, 1976)

"All our property should be well protected, and I think in every document my name as Founder-Acarya should be mentioned."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, September 5, 1974)

"I beg to introduce myself as the founder-acharya of the above institution. Our mission is to preach Krishna Consciousness (God-Consciousness) all over the world, and in your country alone we have got about 40 branches in all the important towns of America."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, March 27, 1976)

"I think very confidently that this Krsna Consciousness Movement will solve all the problems of the world—political, social, economic, etc. I am writing books and articles on this subject strictly on the line of Acarya Parampara and I have a already published some books, a list of which is enclosed herewith."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, July 16, 1970)

"I am enclosing herewith a certificate as founder-acarya of ISKCON movement. That is already recognized all over the world."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 1, 1971)

"Let me introduce myself as the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. In India I am especially present to popularize this Krishna Consciousness movement for awakening God Consciousness of the people in general. They are appreciating it very much."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, April 20, 1971)

"The deed for the property and temple should be made in favor of 'His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.' It cannot be dedicated to any of the office bearers."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 30, 1976)

"I'm very much obliged to you that you write to say, 'It is clear to me that you are great powerful Acarya in the Vaisnava world at present.' Sometimes Sridhara Maharaja also says like that. So, actually if you are feeling like that let us work conjointly. There is great prospect for preaching Caitanya Mahaprabhu's message all over the world and in India also."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, November 9, 1976)

"I wish that each and every Branch shall keep their independent identity and cooperate keeping the Acharya in the centre. On this principle we can open any number of Branches all over the world."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, February 11, 1967)

"You have rightly observed that I am simply trying to execute the order of my Spiritual Master. Whatever is being done it is not on account of my intelligence or endeavor because I am simply an instrument in the hands of my Spiritual Master. I do not know how far I have got the capacity to carry His order, but I may say that I have a sincere desire to do it. This is Parampara system. If a student tries to satisfy his immediate Acarya or the Spiritual Master, that is the only qualification for advancing in Krsna consciousness. This is explained in the 'Guruvastakam'—yasya prasadah bhagavata prasadao.

So I am very much pleased that you are doing your job very nicely. Everyone should try his best to do his part depending on Krsna and Spiritual Master, then all success is there."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, June 17, 1970)

"So far we are concerned in the disciplic succession of Lord Caitanya, if we simply abide by the order of the Acarya in disciplic succession, then things are made very easy."

(Srila Prabhupada Letter, August 21, 1970)
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