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Without Fear: Glimpses of Srila Prabhupada

by Rupa Vilasa Dasa


In the 1970’s the Hare Krsna movement underwent a rapid expansion. Temples sprang up all over the United States and Europe, started by sincere disciples of Srila Prabhupada. They been inspired by him, especially during the years 1966 to 1970, to take the Krsna consciousness movement to every town and village. This was a program of outreach envisioned and predicted by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the golden avatara who appeared in the 15th century. Furthermore, Srila Prabhupada’s worldwide success in spreading the Krsna consciousness mission was the fulfillment of the desires of the previous spiritual masters coming in the line of Lord Caitanya.

During the zealous revolutionary period that arose from the ashes of the hippie communal movement—which had been rendered disheartened and degraded by a lack of authentic spirituality, extensive drug use, and extreme hedonism—real spiritual communalism broke forth in the form of the Hare Krsna explosion. Krsna communities were popping up everywhere, espousing shared assets, powerful spiritual practice, and a life of abstinence and joy. This included chanting the Hare Krsna mantra, sacred dance, and feasting on vegetarian prasadam, a kind of sanctified foodstuff which induced higher consciousness in all who partook.

— Rupa Vilasa Das






8 color photos, 2 endplate pictures B&W

– Reviewed by Radhanatha Swami

Filled with heartfelt narrations and eloquent wisdom, Without Fear, Glimpses of Srila Prabhupada brings us into a realm beyond time and space where we can personally be in the presence of Srila Prabhupada, witnessing his pastimes and hearing his words. Rupa Vilasa, an empowered biographer of several books on the lives of Vaisnava saints, has put his heart and soul into this book, giving the world an invaluable treasure.

—Radhanatha Swami, an ISKCON guru and influential spiritual leader, is the author of The Journey Home, Autobiography of an American Swami. He is a dynamic preacher and story teller and a good friend. He has traveled the globe, meeting numerous world leaders, religionists, media representatives, and Indian sadhus and gives his time and compassionate energy to all who
have an interest in spirituality.

– Reviewed by Steven J. Rosen (Satyaraja Dasa)

Rupa Vilasa Dasa HAS DONE IT AGAIN. His series on the lives of Vaisnava saints has now reached culmination, in that he describes the life and teachings of the saint who gave us all the others: His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Indeed, without Srila Prabhupada, we in the Western world would hardly know the glories of Haridasa Thakura, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, or Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, saints that the author has written about in the past. In this volume, Rupa Vilasa, in his usual erudite and yet devotional manner, highlights Prabhupada’s unique contribution while also giving us a memoir of his own. This is effective writing, for through telling his own story, he underscores Prabhupada’s achievements and success. Without doubt, this is an important addition to the storehouse of literature that focuses on the glories of Srila Prabhupada. A masterwork written by one of the preeminent biographers of the modern Krsna Consciousness movement.

—STEVEN J. ROSEN is an author of numerous books and articles on Gaudiya Vaisnavism, founding editor of the Journal of Vaishnava Studies and associate editor of Back to Godhead magazine.