When I see these videos, its like having Srila Prabhupada's association again. Not only is it a living testimony of the remarkable transcendental personality of Srila Prabhupada, but we are also reminded of the wonderful association of our Godbrothers. These video remembrances make our short time with Srila Prabhupada seem so real and personal. We are reminded again and again that not only was he the Founder-Acarya, but also our loving father and humorous best friend. The association of a pure devotee is exceedingly rare and unique. Whatever we can do to capture the experience for future generations is an invaluable service.
Anuttama dasa - ISKCON Communications
I don't have much time to sit and watch the videos one after another, but the Memories books are wonderful. I have taken one volume with me each of my last two trips overseas. I am not a big reader, but the Memories Volumes are so special. I love to read the Memories book on the plane, to read a bit at night just before I take rest, to read a page while my computer is booting up, and to read it during the evening classes I have been asked to give. The best thing about it, is how it reveals different devotees' inner personal experiences of Srila Prabhupada. As time goes by, there are fewer and fewer devotees left among us who had these face to face exchanges. Soon there will be none at all. The Memories books will help future generations to understand the sweet and loving side of Prabhupada that his books only hint at. I especially relish how the devotees reveal Srila Prabhupada's care, concern and compassion for each and every one of his disciples, and the people he met. These books reveal to us that Prabhupada was not stereotyped. Nor was he harsh or uncompromising in his unending effort to attract everyone he met to Krishna. And his humor! Prabhupada's books again hint at his humor, but the Memories Series reveals a deep and humorous side to our spiritual master. By reading these books, one's love of Prabhupada can only increase many fold. I am one of the last group of devotees to be directly initiated by Prabhupada. I was never able to take a morning walk, to have a personal darshan, or to offer personal service. Yet, for myself and for generations of other devotees to follow, these books reveal an intimate picture of our acarya that we hankered for, yet time prevented us. By revealing this deep understanding of Prabhupada, and making it available to all; by capturing individual disciple's most intimate and heart-filled memories of their dear most friend and guide; and by assuring that Prabhupada goes down in history not just as a teacher, but as a loving friend and guide to all he met--you have done great, great service to the Vaishnava community, and to all who seek to understand God and His message. Thank you.
I've always loved the Memories videos. Hearing from the devotees about their experiences with Srila Prabhupada has never failed to increase my faith in His Divine Grace and the simple but sublime process he gave us. Then recently I read in Sanatana Goswami's commentary on Brhat Bhagavatamrta that one of the most important means for increasing one's faith is to hear other's testimonials about how they came upon the path of devotion and were inspired to take it up. It's clear to me that your Memories of Srila Prabhupada videos should be a staple for anyone wishing to advance in Krsna consciousness. Thanks for all your hard work in producing these Gems.
Visvaretah dasa - Prabhupada Rasamrita Trust
My sandalwood book mark keeps my place at page 121 of your heroic and mighty effort, Memories Book Volume 1. Thank you. You have done a masterful job.
The Srila Prabhupada Memories videos are a joy to watch. These videos are another way to appreciate the indelible mark that Srila Prabhupada made on anyone who had close association with him, especially for those who did not have such a rare and unique blessing. I feel much closer to Srila Prabhupada as well as the God brother and sisters who share on these videos. I laughed and cried along with them. Siddhanta prabhu should be highly praised for his “labor of love” in making these available to the public. I strongly urge any and all devotees to make these videos part of your transcendental library.
Nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see and hear the devotees recount the pastimes of Srila Prabhupada. Thank you again and again for these “Memories of Srila Prabhupada”.
As a disciple of Srila Prabhupada who had only a few moments of direct association with His Divine Grace, I have found great inspiration from the ITV Memory series. I have learned much about Prabhupada's deep character, humor, determination, affection, common sense, logical expertise, and loving exchanges from these videos. Hearing a wide variety of devotees reveal the details of their personal experiences with Prabhupada, and their memories of his superexcellent qualities and pastimes, increases my faith, deepens my affection, and inspires me onward in devotional service.
I wished to express my sincere appreciation to you for your exemplary service to Srila Prabhupada via the Prabhupada Memories Series. In addition to increasing devotees knowledge and faith in Srila Prabhupada, it is a powerful tool for giving Krishna Consciousness to visitors and parents. Both have expressed that viewing these videos have changed their impressions of the Movement in a positive manner, feeling closer to Prabhupada and more understanding of their children's involvement. My heartfelt thanks to you with sincere wishes that you will continue on with this most needed service.
Each and every remembrance deepens my understanding of our amazing good fortune at having been connected with the pure devotee of Krsna. My commitment to serving Srila Prabhupada is strengthened every time I watch, and re-watch, the devotee's profound, sometimes humorous, sometimes grave, pastimes with His Divine Grace. I realize the importance of these tapes living on for posterity as Srila Prabhupada's disciples pass from this world. The nectar, the lessons, and the realizations that the first generation of Hare Krsna devotees posses will be so enlivening for all who sit and listen.
I think your web site is first-class. The best part of it is your own memory. Keep up the good work.
I just wanted to pass on a much belated “thank you” for all of your hard work regarding the Bhaktivedanta Video series you have put together. I have relished many of these episodes and have always come away with more of an inspired mentality and increased focus towards this Vaishnava culture. We owe a debt of gratitude to you and others who have worked so hard to preserve and promote Srila Prabhupada's eternal legacy. Again “thank you” for your selfless service.
I visited your website and I stayed there more than one hour, and friend of mine, a Prabhupada disciple, after reading your book (Memories Vol.1) just started again to chant his rounds. Thank you very much for the beautiful service you are doing for us. So ecstatic!
Visnu Murti dasa (ACBSP)
There are so many “Prabhupada” evenings where devotees talk about Prabhupada, but I have found none that are as focused and surcharged with Prabhupada's smaranam as the “Memories” DVDs.
Mukta Kesa dasa
The contributions to the devotee community and to the world at large by Illumination Television could never be overstated. Distributing the glories of Srila Prabhupada and his movement is the topmost service. I believe I can safely speak for the rank and file Srila Prabhupada disciple…this Memories series both on video and in book form is the nectar of all nectars. Thank you.