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  1. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati was born in the holy pilgrimage place of Jagannatha Puri to Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, a great Krsna conscious spiritual master in the line of succession coming from Lord Caitanya. Although employed as a government magistrate, Shrila Bhaktivinoda worked tirelessly to establish the teachings of Lord Caitanya in India, where, unfortunately, the people had come to neglect the principles of devotional service to the Supreme Lord, Krsna. He envisioned a worldwide Krsna consciousness movement and prayed to the Lord for a son to help him achieve his dream. On February 6, 1874, in the sacred pilgrimage town of Jagannatha Puri, where Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura served as superintendent of the famous Jagannatha temple, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati appeared in this world. He was given the name Bimala Prasada. At the age of seven, Bimala Prasada had memorized the more than seven hundred Sanskrit verses of the Bhagavad-gita and could speak illuminating commentaries upon them. Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the author of many important books and other writings on the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, trained his son in printing and proofreading. By the time he was twenty-five years old, Bimala Prasada had acquired an impressive reputation as a scholar of Sanskrit, mathematics, and astronomy. His astronomical treatise, Surya siddhanta, won him the title Siddhanta Sarasvati in recognition of his immense learning. In 1905, following the advice of his father, Siddhanta Saraswati accepted spiritual initiation from Gaurakisora dasa Babaji. although Gaurakisora dasa Babaji was renowned as a saintly person and great devotee of Lord Krsna, he was illiterate. Satisfied with the humility and dedication of his highly educated disciple, Shrila Gaurikisora gave him his full blessings and requested him to "preach the Absolute Truth and keep aside all other work." Siddhanta Sarasvati then proved himself a capable assistant in the missionary work of his father. Upon the death of Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura in 1914, Siddhanta Sarasvati became editor of his father's journal, Sajjana-tosani, and founded the Bhagwat Press for publication of Krsna conscious literature. Then in 1918, Siddhanta Sarasvati accepted the renounced order of spiritual life, assuming the title Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja. For the purpose of propagating Krsna consciousness throughout India, he organized the Gaudiya Math, with sixty-four branches throughout the country. The headquarters of his mission, the Caitanya gaudiya Math, was located in Sridhama Mayapur, the birthplace of Lord Caitanya. He would later send disciples to Europe for missionary work. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta adjusted the traditions of Krsna consciousness to conform with the technological and the social condition of the twentieth century. He considered the printing press the most effective means of spreading Krsna consciousness throughout the world and was himself the author of may important translations, commentaries, and philosophical essays. He was the first spiritual master to allow his renounced preachers (sannyasis) to wear Western clothes and travel in modern conveyances rather than foot. In 1922, an intelligent young college student named Abhay Caran De happened to visit Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta at the Gaudiya Math center in Calcutta. Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta immediately advised the young man that he should preach the message of Krsna consciousness to the Western world in the English language. Although not able to immediately carry out Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta's desire, Abhay became an active supporter of the Gaudiya Math. In 1933, Abhay formally became a disciple of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta, who gave him the name Abhay Caranaravinda. Throughout the 1930s, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta expanded and increased his missionary work and succeeded in reestablishing Krsna consciousness as the leading force in Indian spiritual life. Anxious that his work continue, he urged his disciples to form a joint Governing Body Commission to manage the Gaudiya Math in his absence. On January 1, 1937, Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati passed from this world. Unfortunately his leading disciples did not heed to his instruction to maintain a Governing Body Commission, and as a result the Gaudiya Math as a united preaching missionary organization gradually disintegrated. Abhay Caranaravinda, however, remained faithful to the vision of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati that Krsna consciousness become a worldwide movement and to the order he had personally received from him. He accepted the renounced order of life, sannyasa, assuming the title Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, and in 1965 traveled to the United States to preach Krsna consciousness in the English language. Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami founded the International Society for Krshna Consciousness and established a Governing Body Commission, which continues to direct the movement since his departure from this world in 1977. Thus, by the sincere efforts of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and his followers, the work of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati is continuing throughout the world.
  2. ...The original purpose of the established churches of the world may not always be objectionable. But no stable religious arrangement for instructing the masses has yet been successful. The Supreme Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, in pursuance of the teachings of the scriptures enjoins all absence of conventionalism for the teachers of the eternal religion. It does not follow that the mechanical adoption of the unconventional life by any person will make him a fit teacher of religion. Regulation is necessary for controlling the inherent worldliness of conditioned souls. But no mechanical regulation has any value, even for such a purpose. The bona-fide teacher of religion is neither any product of, nor the favourer of, any mechanical system. In his hands no system has likewise the chance of denigrating into a lifeless arrangement. The mere pursuit of fixed doctrines and fixed liturgies cannot hold a person to the true spirit of doctrine or liturgy. The idea of an organized church in an intelligible form, indeed, marks the close of the living spiritual movement. The great ecclesiastical establishments are the dikes and dams to retain the current that cannot be held by any such contrivances. They, indeed, indicate a desire on the part of the masses to exploit a spiritual movement for their own purpose. They also unmistakably indicate the end of the absolute and unconventional guidance of the bona-fide spiritual teacher. The people of this world understand preventive systems, they have no idea at all of the unprevented positive eternal life. Neither can there be any earthy contrivance for the permanent preservation of the life eternal on this mundane plane on the popular scale. Those are, therefore, greatly mistaken who are disposed to look forward to the amelioration of the worldly state in any worldly sense from the worldly success of any really spiritual movement. It is these worldly expectants who become the patrons of the mischievous race of the pseudo-teachers of religion, the Putanas, whose congenial function is to stifle the theistic disposition at the very moment of its suspected appearance... Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur
  3. Authenticity of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati’s initiation Answers by Swami Tripurari Q: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati during his visits to Vrindavan was in habit of visiting Srila Ramakrishna Das Pandit Babaji who without a doubt was one of the most respected Gaudiya Vaishnavas during the 1920s - 1930s. On one occasion Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati was highly praising Srila Gaura Kishora Das Babaji Maharaj in Srila Ramakrishna Das Pandit Babaji’s presence. Srila Ramakrishna Das Pandit Babaji asked him if he had received initiation from him. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati answered that he had received it in a dream. Srila Ramakrishna Das Pandit Babaji said that was fine, but he should receive it in the body since that is the only type of initiation accepted in the Chaitanya tradition. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati said he will receive and then finished his visit. Years later Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati being the famous man returned to Vrindavan as the acarya of Gaudiya Math. He visited Srila Ramakrishna Das Pandit Babaji again and was asked by him if he had gotten initiation from Srila Gaura Kishora Das Babaji Maharaj. His answer was the same, and Srila Ramakrishna Das Pandit Babaji got extremely angry with him for making disciples without proper initiation. This incident was witnessed by Srila Kisori Mohan Gosvami, Srila Kisori Das Babaji and Srila Advaita Das Babaji of Govardhan. A: There is no record of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati ever going to Vrindavan before he started Gaudiya Math, nor did he ever tell anyone that his was initiated in a dream. He has related the story of his initiation in writing. The story is well known. Why would he then tell someone else he received it in a dream? We do not accept the above account as anything more than hearsay. Also, the burden of proof lies with the accuser, not us. Hearsay is not proof. Q: There is no indication in any of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati’s objective biographies that he was initiated by Srila Gaura Kishora Das Babaji Maharaj. Objective means compiled by anyone who was not preconceived being his follower and thus accepting his statements. The brother of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati, Srila Lalita Prasad Thakur, denies that he received diksa from by Srila Gaura Kishora Das Babaji Maharaj. Pujari and other residents of Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji Maharaja’s bhajan-kutir knew about only four his disciples, but Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati was not among them. A: I am unaware of any biographies of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati other than those of his followers. The objector must first produce one. For that matter, if there is one, what makes it objective? Those opposed to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati may be prejudiced against him. Secondly the objector is implying that the disciples of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati who have written about him and of their experiences with Srila Gaura Kishora Das Babaji Maharaj, his affection for Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati, etc. are all liars. This is not reasonable. Where has Srila Lalita Prasad Thakur written that Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati was not initiated? History reveals that he was serving under Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati in the beginning of the formation of Gaudiya Math, and that at that time Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati was accepting disciples while Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur and Srila Gaura Kishora Das Babaji Maharaj were still present, that is, with their blessings. Later on after the disappearance of Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur Srila Lalita Prasad Thakur parted ways with Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati. Q: Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati did not reveal the parampara of Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji Maharaja to his followers. In fact, even the name of Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji Maharaja’s diksa-guru was not revealed by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati. Indeed, there is so much confusion that even the author states on page 51 (in one of the books of Srila Bhakti Vedanta Narayana Maharaja – note of editor) that Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji Maharaja received diksa in the line of Srimati Jahnava Thakurani, whereas he is actually a member of the Advaita-parivara, having received diksa from Srila Nanda Kisora Gosvami of Shantipura. Now, why wouldn’t a disciple reveal the diksa-parampara of his guru? It is a common practice that at the time of diksa the guru reveals his guru-pranali, or the succession of gurus back to the time of Sriman Mahaprabhu and His associates. Could it be that Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati was not initiated and did not receive information about the guru-parampara of Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji Maharaja, and therefore he had to produce a parampara of his own design? A: The obvious answer to this is that Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati stressed his conception of a Bhagavata or siksa guru parampara. Q: According to Hari Bhakti Vilasa (2.8.5), at the time of diksa the guru bestows the specific sectarian signs he carries unto the disciple: sampradayikamudradi bhusitam tam krtanjalim In his commentary on this verse Srila Sanatana Gosvami explains: sampradayikamguru-paramparasiddham - ”this sampradayika refers to the guru-parampara,” and mudra tilaka maladi - ”and mudra refers to tilaka and strings of beads.” Consequently, the recognized parivaras, like Nityananda-parivara, Advaita-parivara and Syamananda-parivara, have their specific tilaka-svarupa. If Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati received diksa, why have he and his followers adopted a tilaka which was not worn by his diksa-guru, who must has given have a specific tilaka-svarupa to Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati at the time of diksa? A: If you look at the pictures of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati's tilaka you will see that he wears either the tilaka of the Advaita-parivara or a generic brand of Gaudiya tilaka. Can you prove to us what the tilaka of Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji looked like? This is a silly argument. Q: Where from did Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati receive the sacred thread and the Brahma-gayatri, which he passed on to his disciples? Certainly not from Srila Gaura Kisora Das Babaji, who was a vaisya by birth, and did not chant the Brahma-gayatri, nor wear a sacred thread. A: These were innovations of his own under the influence of Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakur, under whose direction he received the Brahma-gayatri. Q: What is the origin of the specific set of mantras given in the line of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati? Hari Bhakti Vilasa mentions Gopala-mantra and Kama-gayatri as diksa-mantras. The paddhatis of Srila Gopal Guru Goswami and Srila Dhyanacandra Goswami give an elaborate list of mantras for raganuga-sadhana, but the guru-mantra and guru-gayatri given by Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati are different from the ones given in these paddhatis. It is not out of place to mention that even the author (Srila B.V. Narayana Maharaja – note of editor) and his siksa-guru Srila Bhakti Vedanta Swami have given the diksa-mantras in a slightly different way, although they are supposed to have a common origin - Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati. A: The mantras are the same in meaning and 99% the same in form. He gave Gopala-mantra and Kama-gayatri, along with Gaura and Guru mantras/gayatris. There is only a slight difference in the guru mantra from that given in some of the other Gaudiya lines. This is not a substantial argument, nor are any of the above points of any real substance, especially in he face of so much evidence to the contrary. These arguments basically say, "We thing your guru was not initiated." And they ignore all of the evidence to the contrary as well as spiritual commonsense. They prove nothing other than the fact that the doubter doubts the source of his own faith in Krishna consciousness.
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