By Antony Brennan
Internet access has provided ISKCON members with the opportunity to create web sites which reach out to the world in a variety of ways. These web sites become transcendental when they continue Srila Prabhupada’s mission.
In the 1980’s Padmapani Dasa published the The Vaisnava Journal which he posted to devotees in many countries. “I’ve always wanted to help spread Srila Prabhupada’s glories around the world,” Padmapani says.
“When I saw the potential of the World Wide Web, I immediately wanted to find a way to serve Srila Prabhupada and the devotees through this exciting technology, which is like the brhat-mrdanga of the modern age, Padmapani says.
Inspired by the possibilities, Padmapani Dasa logged on to the Internet and began work on The Prabhupada Connection. (www.prabhupadaconnect.com) “Even if I went out on the streets 24 hours a day,” Padmapani says, “I could never come close to reaching as many people as I could through the Internet, which affords people the time to learn about Srila Prabhupada and Krishna Consciousness in the comfort of their own homes or offices.” More than 80,000 people have made enquiries about Srila Prabhupada and Krishna consciousness in the seven years since the web site was created.
At The Prabhupada Connection you will find Prabhupada’s essays and other selected writings, including many of his letters. There are also photos of Srila Prabhupada and his pastimes, as well as photos of beautiful deities from temples all around the world.
Padmapani Dasa says one of the reasons he created the web site was to provide devotees with an opportunity to share their love and realizations about Srila Prabhupada. At the site you will find fascinating memories and realization from those who had the good fortune of Srila Prabhupada’s personal association.
“People from all over the world have experienced the pure joy of receiving and distributing Srila Prabhupada’s mercy in so many ways,” Padmapani says. His web site has a section where you can share that joy by reading Prabhupada-related stories, poems and reports.
There are videos to watch, painting and pictures by devotees as well written offerings for the glorification and satisfaction of Srila Prabhupada. The guest-book is filled with messages left by visitors from many countries.
Everyone is invited to participate in The Prabhupada Connection. “Please feel free to submit your offerings, artwork and memories of Srila Prabhupada,” Padmapani says. “Your contributions are highly valued and appreciated. It’s an honor to serve you. I hope that you enjoy your visit.”
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