The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) adheres strictly to the principles of India’s ancient Vedic culture, with the goal of the spiritual perfection of man. The Krishna consciousness movement is firmly based upon the conclusive truths found in Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, and Chaitanya Charitamrita, which contain the essence of Vedic knowledge. These three major texts, translated into the English language by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and replete with his erudite commentation, provide the philosophical and practical foundation for the Krishna consciousness movement.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada is uniquely qualified to translate and teach Vedic knowledge. He is the representative of a well-documented disciplic succession of Vedic authorities. By providing guidelines for the practical implementation of the sublime Vedic teachings, Srila Prabhupada has for the first time successfully implanted genuine Vedic culture in the West.

The books of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are highly respected by students, scholars and laymen alike. His works are now widely used in college courses and seminars in diverse subjects, including philosophy, religion, world literature, history, and the social sciences. The following reviews, written by scholars renowned in their fields, give graphic testimony to the scholarship and authenticity of the books of Srila Prabhupada, the Founder-Acarya of the Krishna consciousness movement.


“No work in all Indian literature is more quoted, because none is better loved, in the West, than the Bhagavad-gita. Translation of such a work demands not only knowledge of Sanskrit, but an inward sympathy with the theme and a verbal artistry. For the poem is a symphony in which God is seen in all things….The Swami does a real service for students by investing the beloved Indian epic with fresh meaning. Whatever our outlook may be, we should all be grateful for the labour that has lead to this illuminating work.”

-Dr. Macgregor, Emeritus Distinguished Professor of Philosophy
University of Southern California

“The Gita can be seen as the main literary support for the great religious civilization of India, the oldest surviving culture in the world. The present translation and commentary is another manifestation of the permanent living importance of the Gita.”

-Thomas Merton,

“I am most impressed with A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada’s scholarly and authoritative edition of Bhagavad-gita. It is a most valuable work for the scholar as well as the layman and is of great utility as a reference book as well as a textbook. I promptly recommend this edition to my students. It is a beautifully done book.”

-Dr. Samuel D. Atkins
Professor of Sanskrit, Princeton University

“…As a successor in direct line from Chaitanya, the author of Bhagavad-gita As It Is entitled, according to Indian custom, to the majestic title of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The great interest that his reading of the Bhagavad-gita holds for us is that it offers us an authorized interpretation according to the principles of the Chaitanya tradition.”

-Olivier Lacombe
Professor of Sanskrit and Indology, Sorbonne University, Paris


“This is a work to be treasured. No one of whatever faith or philosophical persuasion who reads these books with an open mind can fail to be both moved and impressed….”

-Dr. Garry Gelade
Professor of Psychology
Oxford University

“The Srimad Bhagavatam is extremely useful for all those interested in ancient India, whether their interest be that of the philosopher, the student of religion, the historian, the linguist, the sociologist or the political scientist….I truly hope that Srila Prabhupada will complete his translation of the entire Bhagavata and continue to translate other eminent Sanskrit works as well. Undoubtedly, this work of Swamiji’s is a great contribution to the troubled human society of today’s world.”

-Dr. Sooda L. Bhatt
Professor of Indian Languages, Boston University

“It has been my great pleasure recently to have read the Srimad Bhagavatam in the superb edition authorized by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada….I am sure this monumental work will go far to bring the sublime message of the Bhagavatam to numerous Westerners who otherwise would miss this opportunity. ”

-Dr. Alex Wayman
Professor of Sanskrit, Columbia University

“The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust editions of famous religious classics of India, with new translations and commentaries, are an important addition to our expanding knowledge of spiritual India. The new edition of the Srimad Bhagavatam is particularly welcome.”

-Dr. John L. Mish
Chief, Oriental Division, New York Public Library


“I am most happy to have these handsomely printed volumes which embody the work of so learned and sincere a believer in the message of the Charitamrita. I thank you.”

-Dr. Daniel H. H. Ingalls
Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies
Harvard University

“It is a genuine joy to have this momentous biographical work on the life of Bengal’s great saint Chaitanya, prepared by his best-known modern interpreter, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.”

-Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer, Associate Professor of Ethics
and the Phenomenology of Religions
Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California

“It is a remarkable document of great historical and sociological importance, giving a picturesque presentation of the socio-religious climate in the India of Sri Chaitanya’s times and the far-reaching social and religious changes wrought by him. As a literary piece, it is regarded as a work of great merit, having no parallel in the whole of Bengali literature. As a religious text, its sanctity is comparable to that of the Bhagavad-gita.
“This English edition translated by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is superb. It contains the original Sanskrit and Bengali verses with their English transliteration, synonyms, translation and elaborate purports, easily bearing testimony to the author’s profound knowledge of the subject.”

-Dr. O.B.L. Kapoor, Emeritus Chairman and Professor,
Department of Philosophy
Government Postgraduate College, Gyanpur, India



Our Acharya

Srila Prabhupada – At various times people have called him a scholar, a philosopher, a cultural ambassador, a prolific author, a religious leader, a spiritual teacher, a social critic, and a holy man.