About five hundred years ago, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya Mahāprabhu predicted that His name would be chanted in every town and village of the world, “pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma.” Mahaprabhu, traveled only in India, and to accomplish the phenomenal task of spreading the “great mantra for deliverance” to every nook and cranny of the planet, He sent His empowered senāpatī-bhakta – commander-in-chief and pure devotee – Śrīla Prabhupāda. Our (ISKCON) movement’s founder ācārya (His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmi Śrīla Prabhupāda) had an incisive strategy to distribute Kṛṣṇa-bhakti and Kṛṣṇa-prema and Padayātrā to various people. Śrīla Prabhupāda’s vision and the Lord’s prediction are slowly being realised. From 1984 to this day padayātrīs have walked 150,000 kilometers in India alone – a distance equal to about three and a half times the globe’s circumference. They have distributed the holy names and spiritual knowledge to hundreds of thousands of conditioned souls. Lord Caitanya still seeks our help to accomplish His glorious mission – the same mission the GBC ratified for ISKCON in 1991: “to bring the congregational chanting of the holy names to every town and village of the world through organized padayātrā festivals.” This book is the first volume in a trilogy meant for those who wish to immerse in the author’s journey as he set out (and still continues) to carry out the instructions of his spiritual master and for those who seek the opportunity to please Śrīla Prabhupāda by helping spread the hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana worldwide.
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