April 24, 2020

Although his forefathers were originally from Orissa, Śrīla Yāyāvara Gosvāmī Mahārāja’s parents used to live in Durmuth, Midnapore District, West Bengal. This was the birthplace of Śrīla Yāyāvara Gosvāmī Mahārāja. At a very young age, Śrīla Mahārāja, then known as Śrī Sarveśvara Paṇḍā, came in contact with Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Prasūna Bodhāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja, a disciple of Śrīla Prabhupāda Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, in Jagannātha Puri. After hearing the teachings and glories of Śrīla Prabhupāda through Śrīla Bodhāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja, Śrī Sarveśvara Paṇḍā took shelter at the lo...

Our relationship has always been very sweet. From the very first day we met, we visited many different places together for preaching, stayed together, and served our Guru Mahārāja together in many different ways. We have—and have always had—a deeply affectionate relationship, but because many persons observe only external appearances and neglect to consider the true, heartfelt sentiments between us, they are are unable to perceive this deep affection. Instead, they come to various mistaken conclusions about our relationship.

March 28, 2020

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.

March 17, 2020

By the mercy of Śrī Madana-mohana Seṭha, who was a pure devotee, all his family members and friends became firm followers of the principles of Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism. All those who came in his contact and association were undoubtedly affected by his greatly influential personality. Even those who maintained a close, intimate relationship with him accepted him as belonging to the spiritual realm.

December 25, 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...

December 22, 2019

Śrīla Aranya Gosvāmī Mahārāja never took a break from chanting the names of Śrī Hari, speaking Śrī Hari’s glories and pastimes, or serving Śrī Hari. He was fully engaged in these activities for all twenty-four hours of the day. Without fail, he would ask all those who approached him a question pertaining to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy. He spared no one in this. Somehow or other, he would always initiate a spiritual discussion. When I first came to the maṭha, I received the good fortune of having his darśana. The moment he saw me, he asked, “What is the first verse of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam?...

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...

December 4, 2019

Śrīla Prabhupāda kept a complete record of his disciples’ preaching activities. Being highly pleased by the enthusiasm and expertise with which Śrī Narottamānanda Brahmacārī preached bhāgavata-dharma, he thus conferred upon him a Śrī Gaura Āśīrvāda certificate and the title ‘Bhakti Kamala,’ which means ‘the lotus of devotion.’ Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Gosvāmī Mahārāja honored this title when he awarded Śrī Narottamānanda Brahmacārī with sannyāsa and gave him the name ‘Śrī Bhakti Kamala Madhusūdana Mahārāja.’

October 31, 2019

Śrīla Siddhāntī Gosvāmī Mahārāja was considerably bold and straightforward in his lectures. He would never hold back when refuting others’ mistaken philosophies, nor would he attempt to avoid confrontation by speaking indirectly. Because of his impartial nature, he spoke in the same manner publicly as he did privately.

Praṇayi-bhaktas know well the glories of Bhagavān’s pastime places. The respective glories and pastimes of those places automatically manifest in their hearts by the divine mercy of the Lord. In this connection, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has written in his kīrtana, “dhāmera svarūpa, sphuribe nayane —the transcendental form of the dhāma will appear to my vision.” The use of the word sphūrti here indicates that the pastimes spontaneously manifest in their hearts. As a result, there is no need for them to meditate on what to speak at a particular place; hari-kathā relating the glories of...

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