Bhakti Charu Swami joined ISKCON at Mayapur in 1976. During his first meeting with Srila Prabhupada, His Divine Grace asked him to translate his books into Bengali. Soon after that, Srila Prabhupada appointed him as his Secretary for Indian affairs, and during the Gaura Purnima festival in Mayapur, he received first and second initiation simultaneously. Three months after that, in Vrindavan, Srila Prabhupada gave him sannyas. Maharaj had the rare good fortune of serving Srila Prabhupada very intimately until His Divine Grace left this planet. In 1987, Bhakti Charu Swami joined the GBC body and served as its chairman in 1989 and again in 2017. As a GBC, he served in Mayapur, Calcutta, Bangladesh, France, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, South Africa, Mauritius and in some parts of the USA. By 1995, Maharaj translated all the major works of Srila Prabhupada into Bengali; he also produced a 104 episode video series on the life of Srila Prabhupada, and he built a marble temple in Ujjain in India, that was inaugurated in 2006. Currently, Maharaj is developing a project in Orlando on a beautiful property at 116 acres of land by a lake.
The Only Hope for this World
The world today is in an extremely precarious condition. However, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu came to not only save this world from this imminent disaster but to offer the greatest spiritual gift and He sent Srila Prabhupada to fulfil that mission. In order to perfectly accomplish this glorious goal, Srila Prabhupada created a perfect institution with a perfect management structure – he himself as its spiritual head for all time, a collective concept of management through a governing body and the temples as its units. We simply have to follow that structure and function in it as his loyal followers. We all in ISKCON have one business – to preach. Therefore, let us expand this movement through preaching; maintain and manage our glorious institution through preaching, and remain in this movement for the sake of preaching. Then we can rest assured that this movement is going to spread most effectively all over the world in leaps and bounds.