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When pūjyapāda Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Mahārāja first came to the maṭha as a young boy, his mother put him under the care of Śrī Vinoda-bihārī Brahmacārī (later known as Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja), and he attended the Bhaktivinoda Institute for schooling. After some time, when Śrīla Prabhupāda Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura disappeared from this world, some disturbances arose in the maṭha, and Śrī Vinoda-bihārī Brahmacārī was sent to prison along with many other devotees on the strength of a false accusation. Pūjyapāda Vāmana Mahārāja (then Śrī Sajjanasevaka Bra...

July 18, 2019

After Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disappearance, Śrī Nani-gopāla Brahmacārī remained under the guidance of Śrīla Bhakti Sāraṅga Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who awarded him sannyāsa and gave him the name Śrīmad Bhakti Saurabha Bhaktisāra Gosvāmī Mahārāja. He became the editor of Śrī Sārasvata Gauḍīya, a monthly magazine published by Śrī Gauḍīya Saṅgha, the institution Śrīla Bhakti Sāraṅga Gosvāmī Mahārāja established. By authoring many articles that were printed in various Gauḍīya Maṭha magazines, Śrīla Mahārāja contributed to the service of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s bṛhat- mṛdaṅga, his printing press. Additional...

All the śāstras state that Paraśurāma is a śaktyāveśa-avatāra (empowered incarnation of Bhagavān), but still it is quite astonishing to hear about this pastime. If he were truly a śaktyāveśa-avatāra, why would he kill an entire caste even once, let alone twenty-one times? What is the reason and mystery behind His activities?

Although one can pray in whatever way one wants, it is always preferable to pray according to the examples set by our guru-vargas, such as Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmīpāda. However, if there is by chance some yearning in our heart that has not been described in the prayers of our ācāryas, then it is acceptable to pray according to that mood; otherwise preference should always be given to the words of our ācāryas.

October 31, 2017

Although the relationship between guru and disciple is eternal, Guru Mahārāja manifested the pastime of surrendering his life at the lotus feet of his gurudeva, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Ṭhākura, by accepting formal initiation in vaiṣṇava-dharma. On the supremely auspicious day of Śrī Rādhāṣṭamī, 4 September, 1927, Guru Mahārāja accepted harināma and dīkṣā from Śrīla Prabhupāda as a favorable consequence of regularly and unfailingly hearing Śrīla Prabhupāda’s hari-kathā and serving the Vaiṣṇavas.

It is not possible to understand the true essence of Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja’s or any Vaiṣṇava’s teachings simply by reading his books. Who will confirm that you have understood and realized the pinnacle of his siddhānta? Although a child in the six or seventh grade may be able to read and pronounce the words written in books of a Ph.D. candidate, it is impossible for him to comprehend anything. Without admitting himself into higher education and accepting the guidance of an advanced teacher, he will be unable to recognize his own misconceptions.

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