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This book is in two parts. The first brings together most of the points that Srlla Prabhupada taught about India as A Message to the Youth of India, an essay by Bhakti Vikasa Swami. The second is a selection of quotes about India from Srlla Prabhupada's extensive writings, conversations and lectures.Srlla Prabhupada not only travelled all over the world spreading Krsna consciousness, but also wrote numerous books covering all major topics of spiritual knowledge. One of those topics, the importance of India, is the subject of this book.Srlla Prabhupada founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in New York City in 1966. In the early 70's, having firmly established Krsna consciousness in the West, he started concentrating his attention on India. Prabhupada said, "My spiritual master wanted me to preach in the Western countries. Now that I have done that, I want to preach in India."However, in the 70's most Indians did not take ISKCON very seriously. Suspecting the bhakti of the Westerners to be a passing fashion, they adopted a "wait and see" attitude. But the years have gone by, the foreign devotees have stayed, and acceptance has grown. Many Indians are now initiated disciples of Western born ISKCON devotees. Educated Indians, many of whom were apathetic to sanatana-dharma, are again taking pride in their own culture. Like it or not, religion has come to the forefront of national life. A kind of Hindu re¬awakening is going on.One reason for this is the inspiration generated by the continued interest of outsiders in Indian culture. The foreign members of ISKCON have particularly impressed Indians. Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON follows the original Vedic culture—not the cheap imitation versions marketed by pseudo-swamis.ISKCON's authenticity is based on implicit faith in sastra (especially Bhagavad-gTta and Srlmad-Bhagavatam); renunciation of meat-eating, gambling, intoxication and illicit sex; austerity and dedication (for instance, ISKCON members rise by 4.00 a.m. daily) and Vedic lifestyle (Indian-style dress, food etc.).Srila Prabhupada often expressed Lord Caitanya's desire that Indians take up Krsna consciousness seriously. He had great hope that ISKCON would help India reverse her disastrous fall into materialism and realize her identity as the world's spiritual leader.Not only young people, but all classes of Indians will benefit from reading this book. However, as the students of today are the leaders of tomorrow, it especially behooves the educated youth of India to deeply ponder this message and apply it practically in their lives.