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...

April 12, 2020

Śrīla Santa Gosvāmī Mahārāja used to say, “I am not the master of anything or anyone. I am only a servant. As long as my godbrothers accept my service, I will give it. Should they no longer be interested in receiving it, I will see who will give me shelter and stay over there.” A few of his teachings The following are a few of Śrīla Santa Gosvāmī Mahārāja’s teachings that left an indelible impression on my heart: In order to taste bhakti-rasa, two components are indispensable: a realized speaker and a sincerely inquisitive listener. Our inability to experience this rasa is solely due...

April 11, 2020

Śrīla Bābājī Mahārāja was ajāt-śatru. In other words, he never considered anyone to be his adversary. Although he divided most of his time between the association of Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Gosvāmī Mahārāja, Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Hṛdaya Vana Gosvāmī Mahārāja, Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Vilāsa Tīrtha Gosvāmī Mahārāja and Guru Mahārāja, he would freely visit all his godbrothers without any inhibition whatsoever.

Although Śrīla Prabhupāda would silently endure personal attacks against himself, he never for a moment tolerated attacks against either the principles of rūpānuga ideology or those who sincerely followed that ideology. He would not allow even the smallest statements opposing the true philosophy of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmīpāda to go unanswered, and in issuing his rebuttals, he gave no consideration to the social status of the person he was debating. If required, he would even file lawsuits against his opponents to establish the authenticity and superiority of the Gauḍīya line of thought. It is...

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