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Let’s immediately realize the importance of massive works left for all of usby Srila Prabhupada and use them to broadcastthe Krsna consciousness movement in every house

May 31, 2024 in Articles by Vijaya Pandita dasa

 Hare Krishna

All Glories to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada

It has been 47 years since the Krsna Consciousness movement has turned topsy-turvy, as its control has been given to the people addicted by sense gratification and still under the bodily conception of life.

“Sankirtana means chanting of the holy name of the Lord. The Hare Krsna movement is not a new movement as people sometimes mistakenly think. The Hare Krsna movement is present in every millennium of Lord Brahma’s life, and the holy name is chanted in all the higher planetary systems…. The sankirtana movement that was started in this world five hundred years ago by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is therefore not a new movement. Sometimes, because of our bad luck, this movement is stopped, but Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His servants again start the movement for the benefit of the entire word or, indeed, the entire universe.”

Srimad-Bhagavatam 7:15:71 Purport

The movement was started with an aim to reestablish our eternal relationship with Krsna and enjoy unlimited transcendental bliss eternally, but the entire crux of this has been forgotten by most of us, which makes us disobey the orders of Srila Prabhupada who is our eternal spiritual master.
Therefore, this article is presented with an intention to make the devotees aware of the immense works left by Srila Prabhupada for all of us to make advancement and thus spread the glories of Krsna everywhere across the world.  One must be completely serious to realize the importance in this regard and immediately start making the best use of these resources, so that one can easily associate with Krsna and Srila Prabhupada to receive eternal spiritual happiness.
The best remedy to completely eradicate the demonic influence of those who have tried to purge the movement by self-ambition is to chant the holy name always without committing any offense and to keep oneself engaged in studying and spreading Srila Prabhupada’s original works.
It is seen that there are so many fed up with this demonic influence, but to counteract this, they have started to keep criticizing the sahajiya movement entire day, without themselves really making a good progress on the path.
This is observed on social media and other sites etc, where those who have left the movement are always engaged in making memes or trolling others in every possible way. While this might simply make others aware of what’s happening inside iskcon, it will never spread the transcendental effect of Krsna consciousness, because this is simply a rejection of the bad and lack of knowledge of how one must advance further to achieve the real good.

The readers must note that in no way does the above paragraph condemn the criticism of all nonsense happening, but it intends to put a check on its continuity with a lack of real devotional service to the Lord, as this is not what Srila Prabhupada wants. He wants all of us to go back home and enjoy our relationship with Krsna and his innumerable topmost devotees without any tinge of material hallucinative attractions.

“Satisfaction of the self-realized spiritual master is the secret of advancement in spiritual life” (BG 4.34 Purport, Original Macmillan Edition)
So now, we shall see what all interesting works have been given to us by Srila Prabhupada and how to utilize them in the right way.

1. 80+ Original Books(with most of them being over 400 pages): Srila Prabhupada has written so many transcendental literatures, in which even a page can elevate one from the clutches of birth and death.
“This mission has been established simply on the publishing and distribution of my books. So get them translated and published as soon as possible”.
(Srila Prabhupada Letter , 26/7/75)

“Yes, if they read. Even if they touch. That is the difference between this book and ordinary book.”
Room Conversation with Mr. & Mrs. Wax, Writer and Editing Manager of Playboy Magazine — July 5, 1975, Chicago

“What I talk, I have written in the books…you can associate with me by reading my books.”
Morning Walk: August 7, 1975, Toronto2. 

4100+ Audio tapes: These tapes consist of lectures, morning walks, conversations,addresses, etc. Many of these tapes have a length of over 50 minutes to 1 hour(some tapes exceed even 3 hours).  Even if a person decides to complete 2 tapes a day, it will take about 5-6 years just to finish one round of completion of these tapes.  Anyone seriously interested in studying each and every of these tapes will undoubtedly make quick progress.

Earlier, these tapes were available in DVDs or in temple libraries, which were also costly and somewhat difficult to access. Now with the advent of technology, they are all available in just “a few clicks” for free of cost. All one needs to do is open the tape link and just play it for an hour or so.

Previously, people had to travel to hear Srila Prabhupada, but now we can hear him easily. Noting this, shouldn’t one hear the transcendental words making the best use of this excellent opportunity?

“Therefore, I recommend you to read books more and more and try to understand the subject matter from different angles of vision and be always discussing it with your god-brothers even while you are working at the press, and when you are working and you cannot read, then listen to the tapes of my lectures and hear in that way”.[Letter to Bhargava written from Los Angeles, June 13, 1972]

3. 7000+ letters: These letters are called as Siksamrta, they contain direct instructions to so many devotees and non devotees. So many questions posed by people have been answered here as well. One can find so much nectar present in his letters which remove doubt and illusion from one’s mind.
We can spend a minimum 15 minutes a day to complete at least 3-4 letters. To study all of them fully may take years, but it will still guarantee one the best spiritual knowledge.
4. 11,000+ Questions and answers in his books, letters, tapes etc: It is interesting to note that over 11,000 QAs have been addressed in his works. One can clear all doubts by studying these QAs asked from various angles of vision and on so many topics by interviewers, devotees, non-devotees,etc.
If one becomes proficient in studying these, one can very easily open the eyes of those still in material hankering, as the answers given by Srila Prabhupada have the effect of brightening up the spiritual dormancy being in presence for a very long time.
“Just try to learn the truth by approaching a spiritual master. Inquire from him submissively and render service unto him. The self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he has seen the truth.” (BG 4.34 Translation, Original Macmillan Edition)

5. The Back to Godhead Magazine: The BTG Magazine was started in 1944 to enlighten the general public in the matters of spirituality. It has 100s of articles written by Srila Prabhupada on different issues and describes methods to elevate oneself to the real consciousness that is uncontaminated from the modes of material nature.
“We have to defeat tyranny in the realm of thought and create a will for world peace.
Instruments for training the mind and educating human nature should be used to develop a proper social outlook without which institutional machinery was of little use.”These psychological movements of the leaders of all countries-combined with the orders of my Divine Master 

Sri Srimad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada has led me to venture to start a paper under the above name and style “BACK TO GODHEAD” which implies all the words that we may intend to say in this connection.[BACK TO GODHEAD, BTG MAGAZINE,1944]
6. 250+ Kirtans, bhajans, book dictation tapes, etc: These kritans, bhajans and their purports, help one to enjoy the kirtan with Srila Prabhupada. One can learn how to play mridanga or simply play a kirtan tape and follow the style in home or workplace.

We can also associate personally with Srila Prabhupada here by playing any kirtan in a big room, where there’s a good congregation, where this will make one recognize that Srila Prabhupada himself is leading the kirtan, and we all are ecstatically chanting and dancing by following the style.

7. Other works such as essays, journals, articles, diaries,etc: Srila Prabhupada has also written essays,journals,articles and diaries in his lifetime.
For example, the essay “Who is crazy?” tries to make one aware of what he’s supposed to do and give up the crazy mindedness by being in touch with the temporary material nature.

These works are also a must read for all, for one can find so much nectar in every line of Srila Prabhupada’s words as it relishes one’s joy more and more.

“All these books should be regularly read. That will give you guidance. You haven’t got to ask repeatedly to me; everything is there.”
Room Conversation — April 2, 1972, Sydney

To summarize, Srila Prabhupada has written 80+ books, 4100+ tapes, 7000+ letters, 11,000+ Questions and answers, 250+ music and purports, BTG magazine, essays, diaries,articles, journals, etc.
We need to convince all just to constantly study and follow all the above mentioned works without deviation from the principles.

If we ourselves become equipped with this knowledge, we can fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s desires to spread the movement in every house throughout the world.

This is exactly the prediction given by Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is therefore hoped that this article will be of the utmost benefit to everyone because it will make everyone realise the importance of the great literature given for us to make the best use of.
We request all disciples to make everyone aware of these works and engage everyone in studying each and every line of this excellent nectar for at least 1-2 hours a day.  Once these original “as it is” works are presented even to the general public, they shall receive a good reception.  Slowly, these works when presented to the general public, will get spread in every house thus fulfilling the prediction of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

Caitanya Caritamrta– 1975 EDITION ADI LILA CHAPTER 9,TEXT 40

jagat vyāpiyā mora habe puṇya khyātisukhī ha-iyā loka mora gāhibeka kīrti

SYNONYMS

jagat vyāpiyā—spreading all over the world; mora—My; habe—there will be; puṇya—pious; khyāti—reputation; sukhī—happy; ha-iyā—becoming; loka—all the people; mora—My; gāhibeka—glorify; kīrti—reputation.

TRANSLATION

“If the fruits are distributed all over the world, My reputation as a pious man will be known everywhere, and thus all people will glorify My name with great pleasure.

PURPORT

This prediction of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s is now actually coming to pass. The Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement is being distributed all over the world through the chanting of the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra, and people who were leading confused, chaotic lives are now feeling transcendental happiness. They are finding peace in saṅkīrtana, and therefore they are acknowledging the supreme benefit of this movement. This is the blessing of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. His prediction is now factually being fulfilled, and those who are sober and conscientious are appreciating the value of this great movement.
Jai Srila Prabhupada. Haribol.

Srila Prabhupada: What is the Real Test of an Advanced Devotee in Krsna Consciousness?

May 18, 2024 in Articles by Vijaya Pandita dasa

Compiled by Gargamuni dasa

Question: What is the Real Test of an Advanced Devotee in Krsna Consciousness?………….

Srila Prabhupada: “This time I have passed, what I have done for Krsna?” This is character of advancement: “What I have done for Krsna? What I have done for my Guru Maharaja?” If in this way we lead our life, that is perfect. That is perfect. “Guru Maharaja has entrusted me with this business. How far I have done this?” that is perfect. So if you don’t care for your Guru Maharaja, don’t care for Krsna and Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and you do whimsically what you like, that is not progress. That is degradation. The advanced devotee will feel like this: “How I shall live in a temple or in a place like Vrndavana and Mathura,?” Priti means love — to live there, where Krsna’s devotee is there, Krsna is there, Krsna’s temple is there. Not in the railway station. Always hankering after “How I can chant Hare Krsna maha-mantra?” To scrutinizely seeing whether I have wasted my time without Krsna consciousness. These things are the symptoms of advanced devotee. You cannot say, “Oh, he’s advanced.” What he’s doing for Krsna? First of all think, “He’s advanced devotee; that is all right. But what is he doing for his guru? What is he doing for Krsna?” That is a test. If somebody is doing something whimsically, he is not advanced devotee. He may speak all nonsense, but that is not advancement. You have to see practically: what he’s doing for Krsna,what is he’s doing for his spiritual master. [Cc Madhya 19.151]. [According to their karma, all living entities are wandering throughout the entire universe. Some of them are being elevated to the upper planetary systems, and some are going down into the lower planetary systems. Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is very fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krsna. By the mercy of both Krsna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.]>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation – January 30, 1974, Tokyo

Akshaya Tritiya May 10, 2024 [Mayapura, West Bengal, India]

May 8, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Srimad Bhagavatam 7.14.2-23

ayane viṣuve kuryād
vyatīpāte dina-kṣaye
candrādityoparāge ca
dvādaśyāṁ śravaṇeṣu ca

tṛtīyāyāṁ śukla-pakṣe
navamyām atha kārtike
catasṛṣv apy aṣṭakāsu
hemante śiśire tathā

māghe ca sita-saptamyāṁ
maghā-rākā-samāgame
rākayā cānumatyā ca
māsarkṣāṇi yutāny api

dvādaśyām anurādhā syāc
chravaṇas tisra uttarāḥ
tisṛṣv ekādaśī vāsu
janmarkṣa-śroṇa-yoga-yuk

TRANSLATION

One should perform the śrāddha ceremony on the Makara-saṅkrānti [the day when the sun begins to move north] or on the Karkaṭa-saṅkrānti [the day when the sun begins to move south]. One should also perform this ceremony on the Meṣa-saṅkrānti day and the Tulā-saṅkrānti day, in the yoga named Vyatīpāta, on that day in which three lunar tithis are conjoined, during an eclipse of either the moon or the sun, on the twelfth lunar day, and in the Śravaṇa-nakṣatra. One should perform this ceremony on the Akṣaya-tṛtīyā day, on the ninth lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of Kārtika, on the four aṣṭakās in the winter season and cool season, on the seventh lunar day of the bright fortnight of the month of Māgha, during the conjunction of Maghā-nakṣatra and the full-moon day, and on the days when the moon is completely full, or not quite completely full, when these days are conjoined with the nakṣatras from which the names of certain months are derived. One should also perform the śrāddha ceremony on the twelfth lunar day when it is in conjunction with any of the nakṣatras named Anurādhā, Śravaṇa, Uttara-phalgunī, Uttarāṣāḍhā or Uttara-bhādrapadā. Again, one should perform this ceremony when the eleventh lunar day is in conjunction with either Uttara-phalgunī, Uttarāṣāḍhā or Uttara-bhādrapadā. Finally, one should perform this ceremony on days conjoined with one’s own birth star [janma-nakṣatra] or with Śravaṇa-nakṣatra.

PURPORT

The word ayana means “path” or “going.” The six months when the sun moves toward the north are called uttarāyaṇa, or the northern path, and the six months when it moves south are called dakṣiṇāyana, or the southern path. These are mentioned in Bhagavad-gītā (8.24–25). The first day when the sun begins to move north and enter the zodiacal sign of Capricorn is called Makara-saṅkrānti, and the first day when the sun begins to move south and enter the sign of Cancer is called Karkaṭa-saṅkrānti. On these two days of the year, one should perform the śrāddha ceremony.

Viṣuva, or Viṣuva-saṅkrānti, means Meṣa-saṅkrānti, or the day on which the sun enters the sign Aries. Tulā-saṅkrānti is the day on which the sun enters the sign Libra. Both of these days occur only once within a year. The word yoga refers to a certain relationship between the sun and moon as they move in the sky. There are twenty-seven different degrees of yoga, of which the seventeenth is called Vyatīpāta. On the day when this occurs, one should perform the śrāddha ceremony. A tithi, or lunar day, consists of the distance between the longitude of the sun and that of the moon. Sometimes a tithi is less than twenty-four hours. When it starts after sunrise on a certain day and ends before the sunrise of the following day, the previous tithi and the following tithi both “touch” the twenty-four-hour day between the sunrises. This is called tryaha-sparśa, or a day touched by some portion of three tithis.

Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī has given quotations from many śāstras stating that the śrāddha ceremony of oblations to the forefathers should not be performed on Ekādaśī tithi. When the tithi of the death anniversary falls on the Ekādaśī day, the śrāddha ceremony should be held not on Ekādaśī but on the next day, or dvādaśī. In the Brahma-vaivarta Purāṇa it is said:

ye kurvanti mahīpāla
śrāddhaṁ caikādaśi-dine
trayas te narakaṁ yānti
dātā bhoktā ca prerakaḥ

If one performs the śrāddha ceremony of oblations to the forefathers on the Ekādaśī tithi, then the performer, the forefathers for whom the śrāddha is observed, and the purohita, or the family priest who encourages the ceremony, all go to hell. 

https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/7/14/20-23

Interesting Information

  • The holy river Ganges descended on Earth from the heavens on this day.
  • This is the day when the sage Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, was born.
  • Treta Yug, the period of the holy Ramayana, commenced.
  • Ved Vyasa initiated the recital of the great Indian epic Mahabharata before lord Ganesha.
  • Lord Krishna’s childhood friend Sudama, visited Dwarka to him and offered him a humble gift of poha (rice flakes). Therefore, Vaishnavas (worshippers of lord Vishnu) ast throughout the day and open their fasts with rice.
  • Akshaya Tritiya bears many religious specialties. It is the birthday of Lord Parasurama of the Dasa Avatars of Lord Vishnu. It is the starting day of the Treta Yuga after Satya Yuga.Thus, it is considered as the Ugadi thithi for Treta Yuga. It is the day when Sudhama (kuchela) offered aval to Lord Krishna and got a bounty of wealth through the grace of Krishna. The same day, Pandavas received Akshaya pathra (bowl) from Lord Krishna and thus were able to get unlimited food during their exile. The day has the credit of Veda Vyasa starting the great Mahabharata with Lord Vinayak writing it.It is the day Ganges came down upon the earth from heaven. In fact, Akshaya Tritiya is considered very propitious for offering dhanams of goods like umbrella, sandals, hand fans, food etc.

Description

In Sanskrit, the word “Akshaya” (अक्षय) means “imperishable, eternal, the never diminishing” in the sense of “prosperity, hope, joy, success”, while Tritiya means “third”.[7][5] It is named after the “third lunar day” of the spring month of Vaisakha..[6] Akshaya Tritiya is the birthday of Parasurama who is the sixth incarnation of Vishnu, and he is revered in Vaishnava temples.[8] Those who observe it in the honor of Parasurama sometimes refer to the festival as Parasurama Jayanti.[9] Alternatively, some focus their reverence to Vasudeva avatar of Vishnu.[6] According to one tradition, Ved Vyasa began reciting the epic Mahabharata to Ganesha on Akshaya Tritiya. That river Ganges descended to earth on this day.Akshaya Tritiya

Sri Parasurama

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“DHAMESVARA MAHAPRABHU”: This beautiful neem Deity of Gauranga Mahaprabhu is the Deity that Visnupriya, wife of Lord Gauranga worshiped for 80 years after Lord Caitanya took sannyasa.
Srila Prabhupada glorifies Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

HKS/PDA Newsletter – May 2024 (Vol. 1, No. 5)

May 5, 2024 in Articles by Venkata bhatta dasa

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Sri Rama Navami – The wonderful story of Mula Rama

April 15, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

Sri Rama Navami, Wednesday, April 17, 2024 [Mayapura, West Bengal, Bharata Bhumi time]
Divine avirbhava tithi (appearance) of Sri Ramacandra Bhagavan

Srila Prabhupada explains the amazing story of Sri Mula rama
compiled by Yasoda nandana dasa

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In the book known as Adhyātma-rāmāyaṇa, there are statements in Chapters Twelve to Fifteen about the worship of the Deities Śrī Rāmacandra and Sītā. There it is stated that during Lord Rāmacandra’s time there was a brāhmaṇa who took a vow to fast until he saw Lord Rāmacandra. Sometimes, due to business, Lord Rāmacandra was absent from His capital for a full week and could not be seen by citizens during that time. Because of his vow, the brāhmaṇa could not take even a drop of water during that week. Later, after eight or nine days, when the brāhmaṇa could see Lord Rāmacandra personally, he would break his fast. Upon observing the brāhmaṇa’s rigid vow, Lord Śrī Rāmacandra ordered His younger brother Lakṣmaṇa to deliver a pair of Sītā-Rāma Deities to the brāhmaṇa. The brāhmaṇa received the Deities from Śrī Lakṣmaṇajī and worshiped Them faithfully as long as he lived. At the time of his death, he delivered the Deities to Śrī Hanumānjī, who, for many years, hung Them around his neck and served Them with all devotion. After many years, when Hanumānjī departed on the hill known as Gandha-mādana, he delivered the Deities to Bhīmasena, one of the Pāṇḍavas, and Bhīmasena brought Them to his palace, where he kept Them very carefully. The last king of the Pāṇḍavas, Kṣemakānta, worshiped the Deities in that palace. Later, the same Deities were kept in the custody of the kings of Orissa known as Gajapatis. One of the ācāryas, known as Narahari Tīrtha, who was in the disciplic succession of Madhvācārya, received these Deities from the King of Orissa. It may be noted that these particular Deities of Rāma and Sītā have been worshiped from the time of King Ikṣvāku. Indeed, they were worshiped by the royal princes even before the appearance of Lord Rāmacandra. Later, during Lord Rāmacandra’s presence, the Deities were worshiped by Lakṣmaṇa. It is said that just three months before his disappearance, Śrī Madhvācārya received these Deities and installed them in the Uḍupī temple. Since then the Deities have been worshiped by the Madhvācārya-sampradāya at that monastery. As far as the Śrī Vaiṣṇavas are concerned, beginning with Rāmānujācārya, they also worshiped Deities of Sītā-Rāma. Sītā-Rāma Deities are also being worshiped in Tirupati and other places. From the Śrī Rāmānuja-sampradāya there is another branch known as Rāmānandī or Rāmāt, and the followers of that branch also worship Deities of Sītā-Rāma very rigidly. The Rāmānuja-sampradāya Vaiṣṇavas prefer the worship of Lord Rāmacandra to that of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa Books : Sri Caitanya-caritamrta – 1975 Edition : Cc. Madhya-lila : Madhya 9: Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s Travels to the Holy Places : Madhya 9.11

Sri Moola Rama Devaru

HKS/PDA Newsletter – April 2024 (Vol. 1, No. 4)

April 6, 2024 in Articles by Venkata bhatta dasa

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Appearance Day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura (150 Years Anniversary)

February 28, 2024 in Articles by Yasoda nandana dasa

🌼Thursday, 29 February 2024 [Mayapur, West Bengal, India Time]🌼

🌟 Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur (Spiritual Master of Srila Prabhupada) Appearance Day 🌟

🌸Fasting Till Noon🌸

A Biography of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura (Spiritual master of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta swami Srila Prabhupada):-

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was born in the holy pilgrimage place of Jagannatha Puri to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, a great Vaisnava acarya in the line of succession coming from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Although employed as a government magistrate, Srila Bhaktivinoda worked tirelessly to establish the teachings of Lord Chaitanya in India. He envisioned a worldwide spiritual movement and prayed for a son to help him achieve his dream.

On February 6, 1874, in the sacred pilgrimage town of Jagannath Puri, where Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura served as superintendent of the famous Jagannatha temple, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta appeared in this world. He was given the name Bimala Prasada. At the age of seven, Bimala Prasada had memorized the more than seven hundred Sanskrit verses of the Bhagavad-gita and could speak illuminating commentaries upon them. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the author of many important books and other writings on Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy, trained his son in printing and proofreading.

By the time he was twenty-five years old, Bimala Prasada had acquired an impressive reputation as a scholar of Sanskrit, mathematics, and astronomy. His astronomical treatise, Surya- siddhanta, won him the title Siddhanta Sarasvati in recognition of his immense learning. In 1905, following the advice of his father, Siddhanta Sarasvati accepted spiritual initiation from Srila Gaurakishora dasa Babaji. Although Srila Gaurakishora dasa Babaji was illiterate, he was renowned throughout the continent as a great saint and Vaisnava acarya.

Siddhanta Sarasvati, although a great scholar, exhibited humility and dedication in the presence of Srila Gaurakishora. Satisfied with such humility and dedication of his highly educated disciple, Srila Gaurakishora gave Siddhanta Sarasvati his full blessings and requested him to “preach the Absolute Truth and keep aside all other work.” Upon the disappearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in 1914, Siddhanta Sarasvati became editor of his father’s journal, Sajjana- tosani, and founded the Bhagawat Press for the publication of Gaudiya Vaisnava literature.
In 1918 Siddhanta Sarasvati accepted the renounced order of spiritual life, assuming the title Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja. For purposes of propagating Gaudiya Vaisnavism throughout India, he organized the Gaudiya Math, with sixty-four branches throughout the country. The headquarters of his mission, the Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, is located in Sridhama Mayapura, the birthplace of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta adjusted ancient traditions to conform with technological and social conditions of the twentieth century. He considered the printing press a most effective means of spreading this message throughout the world and was himself the author of many important translations, commentaries, and philosophical essays. He was the first spiritual teacher in this line to allow his renounced preachers (sannyasis) to wear Western clothes and travel in modern conveyances rather that on foot. Throughout the 1930s, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta expanded and increased his missionary work and succeeded in reestablishing Gaudiya Vaisnavism as the leading force in Indian spiritual life.

On January 1, 1937, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura passed from this world.

(Taken from the book ‘Brahma Samhita’ by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur)