Tridaṇḍi-svāmī Śrīmad Bhakti Sāraṅga Gosvāmī Mahārāja, was one of the foremost pillars of Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Siddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Prabhupāda’s preaching mission, which aimed to spread the message of Śrī Caitanya Mahaprabhu to the entire world. Thus, he fulfilled his beloved śrī gurupāda-padma’s most cherished desire.
Śrīla Vana Gosvāmī Mahārāja had a natural, God-gifted talent for public speaking, which flourished even more by the mercy of the venerable Śrīla Prabhupāda. He could speak without pause for hours on end in Bengali, Hindi, and English. Śrīla Prabhupāda awarded him with the title ‘Vāgmi-pravara,’ which means ‘the greatest of orators.’ Through his mastery of language and his deeply devotional lectures, he connected many people with Śrīla Prabhupāda.
Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja’s sole intention for coming to America was to fulfill the innermost desire of his gurudeva by successfully disseminating the teachings of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu in the West. At first, Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja had many ideas about how to do this. In the end, however, after observing the local peoples’ condition and by the inspiration of śrī guru and Bhagavān, he began sitting in a park and chanting the pañca-tattva mantra and mahā-mantra: “śrī kṛṣṇa caitanya, prabhu nityānanda, śrī advaita, gadādhara, śrīvāsādi gaura bhakta vṛnda” and “hare kṛṣṇa hare kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa kṛṣṇa...
If any brahmacārī or sannyāsī happened to be in need, Śrīla Giri Gosvāmī Mahārāja would immediately send him money. For instance, when Guru Mahārāja was collecting money for the bail of Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, Śrī Śrīmad Kṛṣṇadāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, and a number of other devotees who had ended up in jail due to false allegations, Śrīla Giri Gosvāmī Mahārāja handed Guru Mahārāja forty- five of the fifty rupees he had to his name.
When Guru Mahārāja came to know about the possibility of acquiring the divine appearance place of Śrīla Prabhupāda in Purī, he firstly approached Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Vilāsa Tīrtha Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who was the presiding ācārya of Śrī Caitanya Maṭha at that time. Through Śrī Śrīmad Kṛṣṇadāsa Bābājī Mahārāja, he requested him, “There is no scarcity of resources at your disposal. Please assume proprietorship of this place, so that we may all gain the fortune of visiting and offering our praṇāmas there without restriction.”
Śrīla Tīrtha Gosvāmī Mahārāja replied, “Śrīla Prabhupāda did not giv...
Śrīmat Svāmī Mahārāja attracted droves of pious people. In only twelve years, his preaching reached practically every corner of the Earth. Many educated and wealthy men and women took shelter of him. One by one, many preaching centers, temples and monasteries were established world- wide. The wind everywhere began to resonate with the chanting of mahā- mantra. Shortly after entrusting the responsibility of running his society and preaching to twelve disciples, he passed on to the Lord’s eternal abode.
“Śrīla Prabhupāda told his surrendered disciples, ‘Everyone should preach the teachings of Śrī Rūpa Raghunātha with the utmost enthusiasm. Our ultimate aim is to become the dust of the lotus feet of the rūpānugas, the staunch followers of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī. All of you should remain united under the guidance of the āśraya-vigraha—or in other words, śrī guru—in order to please the transcendental senses of the advaya-tattva, or the unknown and unknowable Absolute Truth (Śrī Kṛṣṇa). With one common objective, you should collectively serve Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī, the source of all āśraya-tattva.’