The Disappearance of Pūjyapāda Bhakti Sāraṅga Gosvāmī Mahārāja
Composed under the editorship of Śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Pramoda Purī Gosvāmī Mahārāja
THE PRINCIPAL PILLAR OF ŚRĪLA PRABHUPĀDA'S PREACHING MISSION
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.
A MODEL OF HUMILITY AND A FEARLESS GURU-SEVAKA
Pūjyapāda Gosvāṃī Mahārāja was a prominent member of the Śrī Viśva Vaiṣṇava Rāja Sabhā, the chairman of the weekly Gauḍīya magazine’s editorial board, a humble model of guru-sevā and the greatest of speakers. Now, he has attained the eternal shelter of the gentle lotus feet of his śrī guru, who propagated throughout the world the glories of Śrī Gaura’s sacred abode, name, and most cherished desire. Through his divine conduct, pūjyapāda Mahārāja demonstrated a fearless example of service to śrī guru until the very last moment of his physical presence. If we can attain the fortune of following him, to even a fractional degree, then our lives will be blessed beyond all fortune.
HIS UNPRETENTIOUS, GENUINE AND EXEMPLARY CHARACTER
Pūjyapāda Gosvāmī Mahārāja was the foremost assistant of śrī gaurakaruṇā-śakti—Śrīla Prabhupāda, who was Śrī Gaura’s potency of compassion —in fulfilling the most cherished ambition of Śrī Gaura. By the desire of Gaura-sundara, that great servant of śrī guru who possessed the most unpretentious, genuine and exemplary character appeared in the world with great nobility. Today, he has concluded his magnificent vow of service and bid farewell to the mundane realm.
kṛpā kôri’ kṛṣṇa more diyāchilô sāṅga
svatantra kṛṣṇera icchā, hôilô saṅga-bhaṅga
Mercifully, Kṛṣṇa gave me his association. By Kṛṣṇa’s independent will, our exchange has ended.
Excerpts from articles published in Śrī Caitanya-Vāṇī (Year 4, Volume 4)