October 2007

A Chronology From 1000BC

1000 BC – Construction of the Temple of Soloman at Jerusalem

599 – Birth of Mahavir, founder of the Jain religion

563 – Birth of the sage Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama)

479-551 – Confucius

348-428 – Plato

322-384 – Aristotle

3rd c.BC – Buddhism in Sri Lanka

1st c. BC – First recording of Buddha’s teachings in Sri Lanka

4 BC – Birth of Jesus Christ

70 AD – Destruction of he Temple at Jerusalem

301 – Christianity declared a state religion in Armenia

313 – Christianity legalised within the Roman Empire

431 – Palladius consecrated first bishop of the Irish Christians

529 – Closing of the Academy in Athens by the Emperor Justinian

552 – Buddhism in Japan

570 – Birth of the Prophet Muhammad

622 – The migration (hijra) of Muhammad and his followers from Mecca to Medina

742 – Founding of the Great Mosque in Xian, China

787 – First Buddhist monastery in Tibet

862 – Mission of Saints Cyril and Methodius to the Slavs

988 – Conversion of Russia to Christianity

1054 – Final split between eastern and western Christianity

1096 – Massacre of Jews in the Rhineland by Crusaders

1098 – First Crusade

1200 – Zen Buddhism in Japan

1448 – Russian Orthodox Church declared its autonomy from Constantinople

1453 – Fall of Constantinople to the Ottoman Turks

1455 – Gutenburg’s first Bible printed using movable type and a printing press

1469 – Birth of Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh religion

1488 – Advent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in west Bengal, India

1517 – Martin Luther’s challenge to the church, thus beginning the Protestant Reformation of Western Christianity

1543 – Theory of Copernicus that the sun is the centre of the universe published

1611 – Authorized version of the Bible published in English

1687 – Sir Isaac Newton’s fully-developed theory of gravity published

1896 – Birth of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada; Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Life and Precepts of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu sent to McGill University

1966 – Inauguration of the International Society For Krishna Consciousness, New York City

1991 – Release of Worldwide Web software by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN

2004 – Installation of Sri Pancha-Tattva Deities, Sri Dhama Mayapur, Bengal


Martin Scorcsese has signed up to direct Harrison film


Srila Prabhupada with George Harrison and Patti Boyd at Friar Park, 1969)

Aside from writing beautiful songs about Krishna – Something, My Sweet Lord and Here Comes the Sun – George Harrison donated the entire profits of his second solo album, Living In The Material World, to purchase the Bhaktivedanta Manor in England. George also gave $19,000 to produce Krishna: The Supreme Personality of Godhead in 1970. It is also notable that Time magazine, in a valedictory article on the musician, credited His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as being George’s principle guru.

Now Harrison’s remarkable life will be captured on film. Martin Scorsese has signed a contract to direct the film. George’s wife, Olivia, is one of the producers; and Paul Mcartney and Ringo Starr will advise. Scorsese says: ‘George Harrison’s music and his search for spiritual meaning is a story that still resonates.’ Olivia Harrison adds, ‘It would have given George great joy to know that Martin Scorsese has agreed to tell his story.’ It seems the Quiet One just won’t keep quiet.