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In 1966 before the coming of Western disciples, before the establishment of an ISKCON, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, (Srila Prabhupada), purchased a reel to reel tape recorder for $54.02. A short time later he recorded an "Introduction to the Geetopanisad". This program remains the earliest recording we have in the Bhaktivedanta Archives.

I listened to that recording, knowing his struggle to endure in a foreign land and seeing him, a solitary figure seated in a studio apartment on New York's West 72nd Street, the slow turning tape representing the wheels of history absorbing his every word. To realize that he spent pennies on sustenance, yet dollars on that tape recorder. I can't help marvel to know he was preaching at that moment to little more than four walls and a microphone while his delivery contained a boldness and limitless view to the future audience of you and me and generations to come, and to draw the strength of conviction to preserve his selfless legacy and feel obliged along with my archival colleagues to help transfer those spoken words along with the millions of other expressions into this Bhaktivedanta VedaBase®.

This new version 2011.1 is the latest dynamic synthesis involving countless hours of assembling the first hand records from the direct utterances and writings of Srila Prabhupada, backed up by provenance from the collection preserved in the Bhaktivedanta Archives. While it is understood that the Bhaktivedanta VedaBase® has now taken on a broader Vaisnava platform by incorporating other authors and publications as related addendums, it remains however at its core, the direct teachings of Srila Prabhupada in fulfilling the instruction of his Gurudev in the line of Parampara, "…to preach in English the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu…"

I hope you will join me in taking benefit of this unique spiritual storehouse of knowledge, born out of humble technological beginnings in a one room studio apartment in the winter of 1966, and allow it to become not just a research tool, but, more as a daily travel companion and rudder in life's journey across the vast ocean of nescience.

Parama-rupa dasa
Director of Preservation
Bhaktivedanta Archives

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