The Sanskrit term bhaktivedanta has special significance for Bhaktivedanta College. The word bhakti means loving devotional service to the transcendental, personal source of everything. The word Vedanta, composed of words veda (knowledge) and anta (conclusion), means the culmination of knowledge, understanding, or critical evaluation.
So, the word bhaktivedanta combines the ideas of scholarly excellence and the highest spiritual values and activities. The honorific term bhaktivedanta is given to revered devotee-scholars in Indian spiritual circles. Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder (Sanskrit: acarya) of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), received this title in the mid-twentieth century from his contemporaries. He is the inspiration behind Bhaktivedanta College, because his exemplary life teaches that the best education combines the advancement of knowledge with self-realization and love of personal God, addressed in Vedic scriptures as Sri Krishna.
Late in his life, Srila Prabhupada wrote nearly seventy books, which are translations of and commentaries on sacred texts of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya spiritual lineage, one of the four Vaishnava sampradayas. Between 1965 and 1977, he and his followers worldwide started more than a hundred temples, farms, and schools. Nowadays, his teachings are taught and practiced in many communities connected to the ISKCON movement he founded.