What is BBTAcademic?

BBTAcademic is an initiative spawned under the auspices of BBT to provide academic services related to teaching and research in North American schools, colleges and universities, especially those with departments of eastern philosophy, theology, and religion.

Who is Srila Prabhupada?

Born as Abhay Charan De on September 1, 1896, in Kolkata, India, a young man joined Mahatma Gandhi’s civil disobedience movement. In 1922, he met with the prominent scholar and spiritual leader, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, who proved to be most influential on young Abhay’s future calling. Abhay became a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta in 1933, and resolved to carry out his mentor’s request. Abhay, later known by the honorific A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, spent the next 32 years preparing for his journey west.

In 1965, at the age of sixty-nine, Srila Prabhupada begged a free passage and boarded a cargo ship, the Jaladhuta, to New York. In New York, he faced great hardships and began his mission humbly by giving classes on the Bhagavad-gita in lofts on the Bowery and leading kirtan (traditional devotional chants) in Tompkins Square Park. His message of peace and goodwill resonated with many young people, some of whom came forward to become serious students of the Krishna-bhakti tradition.

With the help of these students, Bhaktivedanta Swami rented a small storefront on New York’s Lower East Side to use as a temple. In July of 1966, Bhaktivedanta Swami established the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) for the purpose he stated of “checking the imbalance of values in the world and working for real unity and peace”.

In the eleven years that followed, Srila Prabhupada circled the globe 14 times on lecture tours spreading the teachings of Lord Krishna. Men and women from all backgrounds and walks of life came forward to accept his message. With their help, Srila Prabhupada established temples, farm communities, a publishing house, and educational institutions around the world. And, he began what has now become the world’s largest vegetarian food relief program, Hare Krishna Food for Life.

Srila Prabhupada’s most significant contributions, however, are his books. He authored over 70 volumes, which are highly respected by scholars in the area of Eastern Philosophy and Religion for their authority, depth, fidelity to the tradition, and clarity. Several of his works are used as textbooks in numerous college courses. His writings have been translated into 76 languages. His most prominent works include: Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the 30-volume Srimad-Bhagavatam, and the 17-volume Sri Caitanya-caritamrita.

What is BBT?

Founded in 1972 by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) is the world’s largest publisher of ancient and classic texts, epics, and contemporary works on the Eastern philosophy, theology and culture

Its publications include original scriptural works, translated into 57 languages, and books that discuss and explain these traditional texts. BBT also publishes audio cassettes, audio CDs, video materials, and multimedia presentations.

BBT books range in complexity from brief, introductory volumes and study guides, summary studies, and short Sanskrit works, all the way up to exhaustive multi-volume translations (with commentaries) of major Sanskrit and Bengali epics.

The BBT publishes the Bhagavad-gita, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Sri Isopanisad, Narada-bhakti-sutra, and (from the Gaudiya devotional tradition) the Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, and numerous other books.

What is the process for establishing University Relations?

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What is the shipping method?

Our current online e-commerce software only allows us to offer one method of shipment. This is our ‘standard’ shipping method based on the destination address you enter. If you wish alternative shipping methods such as 2nd day, overnight, or media mail, please place your order and email us immediately at bbtacademic@gmail.com.

All ‘standard’ US orders are shipped by USPS. Most USPS packages are trackable. Delivery time varies from 1-2 weeks based on the destination.