In order to become proficient in anything complex
and significant, one requires assistance. Training with a skilled
practitioner speeds up advancement. The science of Bhakti yoga has been, and continues to be, transmitted via the guru,
or spiritual master, in an unbroken succession of teachers as
indicated in Bhagavad-gita, evam parampara praptam, imam
rajarsayo vidhuh. His Divine Grace, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
Prabhupada, a spiritual master in the disciplic line tracing its
origins back to Krsna, brought the science of Bhakti Yoga to the
The sponsors of the Bhakti Yoga Club, themselves practitioners of
the Bhakti science for over 30 years, derive their lessons from the
inspiration and teachings of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,
their spiritual guru.
Prabhupada appeared in Calcutta, India near the end of the
nineteenth century. Shortly after finishing his college studies he
met his spiritual master, and received initiation from him in 1932.
His guru requested, particularly, that Prabhupada broadcast the
Bhakti science to the world in the English language. Prior to his
coming to America, few even knew what yoga really was, except for
the most common misunderstanding that yoga was an exercise regimen.
Prabhupada had spent a lifetime practicing the principles of Bhakti
yoga, studying assiduously, and writing extensively. By the time he
arrived in Boston in 1965, he was a sannyasi (renounced monk), had
written a commentary on Bhagavad-gita, and had begun a
multi-volume English translation of the Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavat
Purana). From then until he left this world in 1977, he authored
more than sixty volumes of authoritative translations, commentaries,
and summary studies of the yogic philosophical classics.
In the 1960s and 70s Prabhupada initiated thousands of
disciples, and began a spiritual movement that grew to over one
hundred ashrams, schools, temples, and institutes all over the
world, changing the lives of all he touched. He truly represents the
acharya (one who teaches by example), and while other gurus
in America were amassing Mercedes-Benz cars, Prabhupada was living humbly
with his disciples and always giving, giving, giving up to the
moment he left this world.
In his writings and teachings, he demystified the
spiritual experience, choosing to concisely and clearly define and
elaborate on the process of self-realization, and realization of the
Absolute Truth. Seeing the world's problems as stemming from a lack
of understanding spiritual principles, Prabhupada opted to bring
these principles, as they are, to light in a presentation anyone
Whereas others had come to the West to make money
from giving only a partial, or veiled, presentation of the yoga
science, Prabhupada explained that this yogic knowledge is
everyone's birthright, and should, therefore, be free of charge.
Much of the Bhakti science had previously remained locked in
ancient times in foreign languages, but Prabhupada broke open the
storehouse of the yoga science, and distributed it in a rational,
logical, and beneficent manner. His presentation makes clear that an
understanding of the Bhakti science doesn't require money, higher
education, or knowledge of a foreign language. That is, it is for
everyone, everywhere, and for all time.