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1486

”I offer my respectful obeisances unto Sri Krishna Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda, who are like the sun and moon. They have arisen simultaneously on the horizon of Gauda to dissipate the darkness of ignorance and thus bestow benediction upo all.” Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi Lila 1.2 - 1486

500 years ago the supreme lord Gouranga and the embodiment of his compassion, Lord Nityananda, broke open the door to the spiritual world and invited all of us to enter, …

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1838

“All of you preach the message of Rupa and Raghunatha to everyone with great enthusiasm.” - 1838

Kardama Muni begot sugh a child Kapila, the incarnation of the Personality of Godhead who enunciated the philosophy od Sankhya. In the same order as Kardama Muni, about one hundret …

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Krishna is yours, so you can give Krishna, this is your power, your shakti I am just a beggar, calling Krishna Krishna, and following behind you running – Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1838

In 1900, Srila Sarasvati Thakur received initiation from Srila Gaurakishora Dasa Babaji Maharaja, at the instruction of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Srila Sarasvati Thakur was Srila Babaji Maharaja’s only disciple as …

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On the shore of the great ocean, within a large palace atop the brilliant, golden Nilachal Hill, Lord Jagannatha resides with His powerful brother Balabhadra and His sister Subhadra, who sits between Them. May that Jagannatha Swami, who bestows the opportunity for devotional service upon all godly souls, be the object of my vision. - 1838

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was very thirsty to see the Lord and His eyes became like two bumblebees drinking the honey from the lotus like eyes of Lord Jagannatha, who is …

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1874

“Adore, adore ye all the happy day, blessed than heaven, sweeter than May, when he appeared at Puri, the holy place my lord master, His Divine Grace” A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - 1874

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada made his appearance in the home of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur in Jagannath Puri on Friday, February 6, 1874. He was the fourth son of Bhaktivinoda …

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The revered mother of the world teacher, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1874

Serving in humility with motherly affection, she nurtured and raised the pude devotee Srila Prabhupada and his 10 siblinbs, together with her beloved Guru Pati, Srila Bhaktivinodha Thakur. For many …

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“I bow to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the personification of Sriman Mahaprabhu’s potency, the king of all those who know the scriptures and the ocean of the sweet rasa which comes from Srimati Radharani.” - 1874

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakir captured the heart of the people of Bengal and interested them in caishnavism through his sweet transcendental personality, his powerful writing and his extensive preaching.   Throughout …

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Oh Jagannatha, Lord of the universe, kindly reveal Yourself to me Sri Jagannatha Ashtaka - 1874

  Six months after the appearance of the child, it was time for the Ratha Yatra festival. That year, by Lord Jagannatha’s desire, the cart stopped in frint of Bhaktivinoda’s …

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Srila Prabhupada’s Birthplace - 1874

Srila Prabhupada’s birthplace, or Janmasthan, was rented by his father Bhaktivinoda Thakur when he was the district magistrate of Puri. This historical site was very difficult to secure; however, the …

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I meditate on Sri Navadvipa dham, where the celestial Mandakini Ganga flows with great pleasure. Her banks are studded with golden stairs and her playful waves dance in great joy when Gaurasundara takes His bath in her water. - 1874

When in Navadvipa on the banks of Ganga, will I truly call out Gaura Nityananda! Innocently dancing, running about singing. In joy and madness, no worries of the mind! When …

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In the Lord’s innermost abode, that forms in accord with pure desire, within a forest of wish fulfilling trees, attending all yet never tire. He tends an ocean of cows, magnanimous givers in innocence, surrounded by fortune goddesses, serving him with love and reverence Oh you Govinda I forever adore, your person is the source of all. - 1874

Cooing cuckoos crowded with flocks of cranes and swans and wonderfull dancing peacocks. Trees with jewels covered round their roots so beautiful, the divine splendor of Vrindavan! Serving eagerly Radha …

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1881

To Gauranga’s devotees from many different lands, unto all their feet I pray, raising up my hands Devakinandana das - 1881

In 1885, 339 years after the appearance of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur formed the Vishva Vaishnava Raj Sabha / World Vaishnava Associacion. Many well known personalities attended the …

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1891

People of all ages, including the educated and respectable, attended the Assembly’s meetings. - 1891

While still a student, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada published Surya Siddhanta, Bhakti Bhavana Panjika, and other books related to astrology. In the afternoons, he would go to Calcutta’s Beadon …

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1892

Srila Bhaktisiddhata Sarasvati Thakur was more interested in reading many different books in the college library than in reading his own textbooks. - 1892

In 1892 Srila Sarasvati Thakur finished his highschool and enrolled in the Sanskrit College and studied the Vedas under Pandit Prithvidhar Sharma after class. He also studied the Siddhanta Kaumudi …

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1898

Argumentative temperaments, always keep at a distance worship Krishna Chandra the quintessence Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1898

  Just as Mahaprabhu first engaged in studend pastimes in which he took pleasure in study and debating, and then later turned to chanting and preaching the Holy Namens, his …

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1909

“Srila Bhaktisiddhata Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada and his father, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, are eternal associates of the Divine Couple and have descended upon this earth to expand the sankirtan mandala all over the world” - 1909

Sarasvati! I have special desire to preach the significance of such books as Srimad Bhagavatam, Sat Sandharbas and Vedanta Darshan. You have to accept that responsability. Sri Mayapur Dham will …

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1911

“I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, who are the personified teachings of Lord Chaitanya. You are the deliverer of the fallen souls. You do not tolerate any statement which is against the teachings of devotional service enunciated by Srila Rupa Goswami.” - 1911

  Srila Prabhupada’s deep humility was reflected in his thoughts, words, and actions. Hecalled his disciples “prabhu” (master). He never asked any of them to do anything for him, personally. …

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Jaya jaya Hari-nama supremely blissful nectar dham, highest truth made of sacred syllables. Giving mercy to His dear ones in the form of the names He has come, showing His vast kindness to all jivas -Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1911

While staying in Mayapur in 1905, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada began preaching the message of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Following the footsteps of Srila Haridas Thakur, he undertook a vow …

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“Anyone who takes to bhajan is exalted, whereas a nondevotee is condemned and abominable. In Krishna-bhajan there is no consideration of caste or family status” - 1911

In 1911 the vaishnava devotees were confronted by a great deal of hostile criticism from the orthodox brahmanas of Bengal, known as the Smarta Samaj. These brahmanas, although bereft of …

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1913

Sri Siddhanta Sarasvati, so dear to the son of Saci, whose service to Krishna can’t compare. This person, the greatest master within all the universe, bestows Krishna bhakti here and there. -Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja - 1913

In April of 1913, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada established a publishing house named Bhagavata Yantralaya in Calcutta’s Kalighat area. The first book printed was Chaitanya Charitamrita with his Anubhasya …

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I offer my obeisances to all the dear devotees of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the eternal tree of love of Godhead. I offer my respects to all the branches of the tree, the devotees of the Lord, who distribute the fruit of love of Krishna – Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi Lila 10.7 - 1913

Conventions of the Vishva Vaishnava Raj Sabha were held each year in Sri Mayapur after Navadvipa Dham Parikrama and chaired by the Tripura kings. The main highlight of these meetings …

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1915

“I offer my obeisances unto the divine form of the devotee avadhuta, Srila Gaurakishora Das Babaji Maharaja, who is a honey bee at the lotus feet of Sri Gaurasundar and a servant of Srimati Radharani imbued with deep loving attachment.” - 1915

Srila Gaurakishora Das Babaji Maharaja disappeared from this world on November 17, 1915, on the holy day of Utthan Ekadasi. Srila Prabhupada gave samadhi to his Gurudeva on the Nutan …

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1917

Rasa can never be achieved simply by talking about raganuga-bhakti. One who is still in need of being purified by following the scriptural injunctions (vaidhi-bhakti) can never be said to be a raganuga devotee. – Prakrita Rasa Sata Dushani 21 - 1917

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada dedicated much energy to protect the dignity of Sri Gauranga’s sampradaya. Considering the existence of many distortions of his real teaching, he published Prakrita Rasa …

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1918

Vraja’s dwellers are the treasured preachers, they are not like dead things collecting pratishta. There is life in them, therefore they are preaching, without desire for prestige they sing songs of Krishna. – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1918

On March 7, 1918, on the occasion of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s appearance day, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada took tridandi sannyas in Sri Mayapur.  On the same day, he consecrated …

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“Always worship the path of raga marga, spontaneous devotion. Do not rush ahead. Keep yourself a little distant and below. One who transgresses these instructions will be cast down.” That was the motto of Gaudiya Math - 1918

The historic temple at Bagh Bazaar Kolkata became the headquarters of the Gaudiya Math. Here Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada left this world to go to Goloka. His room can …

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“As I behold the wondrous arati of my Lords Gaura and Gadadhara, I enter into the mood of Their existence previous to appearing in Nadiya (Their Vrindavana lila as Sri Sri Radha Madhava). It is simply indescribable.” – Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1918

The first Deities of Gaura Gadadhara to be installed in a temple can be found at Champahati in West Bengal not far from Sri Mayapur Dham. This temple of Gaura …

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1919

“All those places where my Lord Gaurasundara travelled for pastimes, I will visit in the company of loving devotees.” – Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur - 1919

Between 1919-1929 he traveled constantly all over India. He lectured to crowds of thousands, debating, and destroying various bogus religious sects. He organized visits to holy places for his followers …

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Each and every one of the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu can deliver the entire universe - 1919

This beautiful deity of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu traveled with Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur when he made the Vraj Mandal Parikram. Under the care of  Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaja since …

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“According to their karma, all living entities are wandering throughout the entire universe. Out of many millions of wandering living entities, one who is fortunate gets an opportunity to associate with a bona fide spiritual master by the grace of Krishna. By the mercy of both Krishna and the spiritual master, such a person receives the seed of the creeper of devotional service.” – Chaitanya Charitamrta Madhya lila 19.151 - 1919

Picture: Outside of the Bhaktivinoda Asana at Ultangi Road. Upon a chariot, Sriman Mahaprabhu and Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhari await going to Their new residence at Bagh Bazaar. Srila Prabhupada’s …

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Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu went to his personal devotees and began speaking about Haridas Thakur’s trascendental qualities as if he had hundreds of mouths. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu derives great pleasure from glorifying his devotees , and among the devotees, Srila Haridas Thakur is the foremost. – Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita Antya lila - 1919

Haridas Gaudya Math was established by Srila bhaktisiddhanta  Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada in kulim Gram. Here Haridas Thakur performed nama bhajan under a tree.

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1922

For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear. -Bhagavad Gita 18.68-69 - 1922

On August 19, 1922, Srila Prabhupada began publishing a magazine called Gaudiya from the Krishnanagar Bhagavat Press, which would become the most famous and widely dis­tributed spiritual Bengali magazine and …

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The thoughts of My pure devotees dwell in Me, their lives are fully devoted to My service, and they derive great satisfaction and bliss from always enlightening one another and conversing about Me. – Bhagavad Gita 10.9 - 1922

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada was a prolific writer and speaker, he published his father´s writings and he wrote himself commentaries on many scriptures. When he went to East Bengal, …

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“Hyutkale Purusottama” From Orissa, the concept of pure devotion will spread to the whole world. - 1922

To honor this prediction of the scriptures, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada founded the Purusottama Math in Puri in June, 1922. Following in the footsteps of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, he …

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All Glories to Radha Madhava who enjoys pastimes in the forests around Vrindavana. He is the beloved of the Gopis and lifts the hill Govardhana. He is mother Yashoda´s lovely child and the hearts treasure for all of Vraja. He always dances within the forest, along the banks of river Yamuna. – Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1922

On the 9th of June, 1922, Sri Purusottam Math was inaugurated by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada in Puri and the Deity of Sri Gauranga was endowed with life. On …

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1926

“There is enough news from Vaikuntha to publish a magazine every second” – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1926

In October 1926, Srila Prabhupada began publishing a new weekly spiritual magazine, Nadiya Prakash, in both Bengali and English, at Sri Bhagavat Press, Krishnanagar.  In its second year, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta …

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1927

Since we have been receiving your magazine, The Harmonist, each issue has given us new joy and inspiration. The spirit pervading the whole magazine is a most unusual one. – British Editor / Sylvia Goodwin - 1927

On June 15, 1927, Srila Prabhupada started publishing Sajjana-tosani in English, Sanskrit, and Hindi. The English version was called The Harmonist. Its editor, Professor Nishikanta Sannyal of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack, …

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1928

The highest bhajan is there where the service is needed the most. – Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1928

On November 8th, 1928, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada inaugurated the Vyasa Gaudiya Math in Kurukshetra in the memory of the pangs of love in separation of the Gopis and …

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1929

Sri Gopinatha, who originated the trascendental mellow of the rasa dance, stands on the banks of Yamuna in Vamsi Vat and attracts the attention of the cowherd damsels with the sound of his celebrated flute. May they all confer upon us their benediction. - 1929

It was on May 17th , 1929 that Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada came for the first time to Alalanath. He visited the historical temple of Alwarnath, which was in wretched …

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1930

I have brought the medicine that will wipe out the disease of illusion from which you are suffering. I beg you to take this maha-mantra – Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1930

At Sri Rudradvipa Gaudiya Math, near Mayapur. Left, the deity of Sri Gaurasundara before whom Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada performed sata koti nama yajña, the vow of chanting one …

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Although apparently absorbed in material affairs, Hari´s own people were actually worshipping on the spontaneous path and thus broke the mood of reverential worship. Having rejected mundane enjoyment, they wandered in spiritual Bengal, running on the roads with other devotees. – Composed by Srila Sarasvati Thakur especially for the occasion - 1930

On 12 October 1930 the Liberty reported: On Sunday the 5th October last, the streets of North Calcutta were scenes of a record procession on the occasion of the new …

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Beyond the unmanifested is the person (Purusha), the all pervading yet imperceptible. Every creature that knows Him is liberated and obtains immortality. His form is not to be seen by eyes. He is perceived by the heart, by wisdom. Those who know this, are immortal. – Katha Upanisad 2.3.8-9 - 1930

“It is the concept of the Brahmos that is based on idolatry. They have opposed gross idolatry but they have accepted subtle idolatry. The idol that is made by the …

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“What can I give you Gurudeva? The wealth I can give you is yours. You are my treasure and I belong to you. By giving you your property I have nothing to lose. You knew about the sadness in my heart, who else could I talk to? By giving you what belongs to you, I become yours. Jagabandhu das says, Oh you who are the land of nectar personified, you have everything. All I have is you.” - 1930

Sripad Bhaktiranjana Prabhu was ecstatic to have the opportunity to finance the Gaudiya Math temple in Bagh Bazaar. This service became his life and soul. Shortly after the construction of …

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“When one is not attached to anything, but at the same time accepts everything in relation to Krishna, one is rightly situated above possessiveness.” – Sri Bhakti rasamrita sindhu 1.2.255 - 1930

“At first we thought that he is neglecting the old religious dedication and discrimination when he first started preaching the old message in a very innovative manner. But that was …

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His mouth is wide open, He has three eyes, and he is as radiant as the autumn moon. He is embraced by Lakshmi Devion is left side, and his form is the shelter of all opulences, both material and spiritual. – Sri nrisimha Kavacha stotram - 1930

Srila Bkatisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada installed Sri Sri Lakshmi Narasimha deitiesin the Yoga Pith.

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“All glories to Sri Sri Gandharvika and Giridhari, the treasure of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura´s heart!” - 1930

Sri Sri Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari, the first Deities installed by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada in Vraja-pattan  next to the Yoga Pith Mandir in Mayapur.

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In a temple of jewels in Vrindavana, underneath a desire tree, Sri Sri Radha Govinda, served by Their most confidential associates, sit upon an effulgent throne. I offer my most humble obeisances unto Them. - 1930

“Today, the servants of Hari have become intoxicated by the joy of his divine pastime. They worshiped with great reverence the street on which He rode His chariot.” A verse …

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Sri Sri Radha Govinda is the heart’s beloved deity and the life and soul of Srila Rupa Goswami, the acharya of devotional practice, abhideya tattva. - 1930

On 1930, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada installed the deities of Sri Gauranga Radha Govinda ji next to the triveni sangam at the newly built temple, on the occasion of …

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”It is as if Mahaprabhu has taken away Gadadhar Pandit’s soul, and the body is still standing! that is the position of Gadadhar Pandit; he is quiet empty , and following Mahaprabhu. He is not full in himself. Something, the most important thing, his heart, has been taken by mahaprabhu, so he has no other alternative but to follow Him.” - 1930

”It is very difficult to perceive the sweet will of Sri Gouranga, but if we can lift ourselves to that level, we see that Svarupa Damodara Goswami and Sri Gadadhara …

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Of the many objects of favored delight and of all the lovable damsels of Vrajabhumi, Srimati Radharani is certainly the most treasured object of Krishna’s love. And, in every respect, Her divine kunda is described by great sages as similarly dear to Him. Undoubtedly, Radha kunda is very rarely attained even by the great devotees; therefore, it is even more difficult for ordinary devotees to attain. If one simply bathes once within those holy waters, one’s pure love of Krishna is fully aroused. – Sri Upadeshamrita 11 - 1930

At Radha Kunda, the holiest place of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, Srila Prabhupada lived in a house bought by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and constructed the first red sandstone temple for the …

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1931

Only one who can learn the process of nescience and that of transcendental knowledge side by side can transcend the influence of repeated birth and death, and enjoy the full blessings of immortality – Sri Isopanisad 11 - 1931

On April 3, 1931, Srila Prabhupada opened a new high school in Sri Mayapur dhama, called the Bhaktivinoda Institute. At a large assembly there he gave a lecture about material …

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1932

India’s Greatest Hero of Divine Love - 1932

  Prabuhpada in Puri painted by Ramesvaram Dasi Puebla – Mexico, 2012

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“I offer my respectful obeisances to Sri Varsabhanavi Devi Dayita Dasa (another name of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada), who is favored by Srimati Radharani and who is the ocean of transcendental mercy and the deliverer of the science of Krishna.” - 1932

  He himself wrote more than 108 essays and books; published the magazines Sajjana-Tosani, Gaudiya, Nadiya Prakash, Bhagavata, Paramarthi, and Kirtan; and established the presses Bhagavat Yantra, Gaudiya Printing Works, …

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“I offer my respectful obeisances unto you, the personified energy of Sri Chaitanya’s mercy, who delivers devotional service which is enriched with conjugal love of Radha and Krishna, coming exactely in the line of revelation of Srila Rupa Goswami.” - 1932

  Wherever he appeared, many people would come there before him in order to see him, and as soon as he arrived the sound of sankirtan would reverberate in all …

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The doctrine of universal love must therefore stand opposed to all sectarian ideas. A sectarian missionary preaching universal love is but a great inconsistency. – Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1932

Each and every branch of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s devotees has unlimited spiritual power and glory. Even if one had thousands of mouths, it would be impossible to describe the limits …

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1935

“One should know the instructing spiritual master to be the Personality of Krsna. Lord Krishna manifests Himself as the Supersoul and as the greatest devotee of the Lord.” – Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi lila 1.47 - 1935

The Vyasa-puja for the sixty-first anniversary of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati´s appearance was observed at Puri on 23 February 1935. It was a magnificent function, chaired by the king of Puri, …

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Oh You most dear to the Infinite Enchanter, this sinner longs for Your service far above. Only this Krishna, Your beloved Krishna, You alone can grace me with His love Queen of Vrindavana, so much love for You has Rama, I have come to You now begging for Your grace. Because His love for You is endless He never denies Your wishes, Yours is my soul in eternity’s embrace. - 1935

Due to the increasing amount of devotees who yearly come to the famous Imlitala temple, where Lord Chaitanya personally sat under the tamarind tree and where he originally manifested his …

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Life without love is useless and poor they say, appoint me in thy service, Oh Lord with love as my pay – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1935

At the function held in April 1935 on a plot adjoining the newly donated land for the Madhva Gaudiya Math. To Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur´s immediate right is Mr. E.B.H. …

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He who is devoid of expectations from his work, is clean, skilful in all situations, detached from other persons, without distress, and who rejects all undertakings, is dear to Me. – Bhagavad Gita 12.16 - 1935

In January 1935 the governor of Bengal, his excellency Sir John Anderson, visited the headquarters of the Mission in Mayapur. The Calcutta Statesman (17 January) observed, “The success of the …

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Materialistic persons are unable to understand how the Lord steals the hearts of His devotees – Sri Chaitanya Bhagavata 7.44 - 1935

After Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada returned to Golok Vrindavan, Srila Bhakti Srirup Sidhanti Maharaja and Srila Bhakti Vivek Bharati Maharaja started to work together for the holy mission of …

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One Saturday evening Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur was standing on the roof of the dharmasala with his son Kamala Prasad. He was looking in a northerly direction when a brilliant light appeared on the horizon across the Ganga. Within that effulgence appeared the Adbhuta Mandir. - 1935

The first and foremost task of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur was to excavate the holy birth site of Lord Chaitanya at Sri Mayapur dhama and construct the Adbhuta Mandir on …

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Vraja Pattan Eco Yoga Village - 1935

You cannot love nature or your family if you feed them food that is full of dangerous chemicals. The vaishnava lifestyle is natural with a simple living and high thinking …

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In the temple of my heart, please stay day and night, Krishna Murari, Sri Krishna Murari! – Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1935

On the auspicious occasion of the appearance festival of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur took sannyas. The same day, he established Sri Chaitanya Math and installed the Deities …

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May very dear and fragant Radha Kunda, which for one who bathes therein immediately creates in the land of the heart a desire tree of pure love rarely found even among the gopi beloveds of Lord Krishna in Vraja, be my shelter. – Sri Radhakundastaka by Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami - 1935

In 1935, while observing Urja vrata at Radha Kunda, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada established a puspa samadhi of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur at Vraja Svananda Sukhada Kunja, a nearby separate …

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Oh Vrindavan, place of beauty, abode made of chintamani, enchanted temples all covered in jewels, surrounded by the Kalindi, where majestic swans are sporting, around a lotus radiant as gold. – Srila Narottam das Thakur - 1935

Srila Prabhupada reached Vrindavan to establish his own math in Kishorpura. Initially, the Gaudiya Math received opposition from the many caste Goswamis. His own temple started a solid service to …

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This is our guru´s place. Srila Madhavendra Puri was in the preceptorial line of Sri Madhva, Srila Isvara Puri followed after him, and the Supreme Lord Sri Gaurasundara and His pastime as jagad-guru declared the success of His trip to Gaya to be His ideal induction into the Madhva line. – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1935

On 21 April 1935, after visiting the noteworthy sites of Gaya, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada stated: Gaya is a principal venue for the followers of Sri Madhvacharya. Here manifested …

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1936

The Unifying Principles of the Vishva Vaishnava Raj Sabha - 1936

We humbly request your help to make all these things possible. “Every mission should have a WVA secretary established in every country and city they preach” Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha …

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Final Instructions - 1936

“The message of Sri Bhakti-siddhanta demolishes the illusion of the entire world, finishes the intellectual’s mad pursuit of liberation, properly adjusts scriptural regulations, and is an abode of loving attachment for Sri Radha’s Lord. May that message play within our hearts eternally.” – Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhara Maharaja - 1936

The Gaudiya Math Logo embodies the mission of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada. To the left there is the divine form of Laxmi Narayan, God in his majestic manifestation Aishvarya. …

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The endeavor for the manifestation of the Exhibition is due to the faith of the openers of the Theistic Exhibition and of the congregation, who associate themselves with them in the eternal and absolute truth. – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1936

Another immense success, and probably Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati´s most popular preaching innovation, was the standing of diorama displays based on scriptural themes.  These Theistic Exhibitions (prasarshanis) required expert organization, months …

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When Sri Nrisimhananda Brahmacari heard that Lord Chaitanya would go to Vrindavan, he became very pleased and mentally began decorating the way there. Within his mind the road could not be constructed beyond kanai Natshala. With great assurancehe then told the devotees that lord Chaitanya would not go to Vrindavan at that time. – Chaitanya Charitamrita Madya lila 1 - 1936

Srila Prabhupada’s Gaudya Math at the sacred site of of Kanai Natshala in Bihar. This holy land, touched by the feet of Mahaprabhu, is considered to be the concealed Vraja …

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1937

It was Krishnananda Prabhu who exclaimed “Come quickly! I think the great disaster has happened to us.” There was the tumultuous sound of crying all over the Gaudiya Math, and amazingly enough, all the clocks in the Math stopped. - 1937

In his personal room in Bagh Bazaar Gaudiya Math. At 5:30 A.M., on Thursday, January 1, 1937, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada left this world to enter Sri Sri Radha …

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One who brought the treasure of love, out of great concern, where has such a master gone, Acharya Thakur? – Prarthana 40 / Srila Narottam das Thakur - 1937

The Maha Samadhi of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada was established on the back of the temple of his beloved deities Sri Sri Gauranga Gandharvika Giridhari in Sri Chaitanya Math, …

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Prabhupada is Solidarity with the sufferings of the world - 1937

Kusum Sarovar, where Radharani picks flowers for Her puja. His gifts were like flowers which Srila Prabhupada distributed

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Yukta Vairagya Technology and the Internet for Krishna’s service - 1937

“When one is not attached to anything, but at the same time accepts everything in relation to Krishna, one is rightly situated above possessiveness. On the other hand, one who …

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His Vision and Contribution - 1937

All of you please perceive everything of this world as ingredients for serving Krishna; every of thing this world is actually meant for Krishna´s service. Please see the whole race of women as beloved consorts of Krishna, and help them to always engage themselves in the service of Krishna. – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1937

The Sacred Woman Vishnupriya One of the greatest contributions of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur was the establishment of a Vishnupriya Ashram or spiritual shelter for women. His concern over the …

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On the pleace of visiting all those holy places, the Lord converted many thousands of residents and thus delivered them. Simply by touching the holy places, He made them into great places of pilgrimage. – Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya lila 9.4 - 1937

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada wanted to establish all the sites which Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had visited as places of pilgrimage. He called them “Sri Chaitanya Padapith” and selected 108 …

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While he was passing his days in Chatak Parvat, Puri, he was often heard to sing the poetry of Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami: “Oh Govardhana! Please fulfill my desire, Oh Govardhana! Please give me a dwelling place on the banks of the pond nearby You.” - 1937

Chatak Parvat is a sand dune hill in the Tota Gopinath area of Jagannath Puri and is considered non different from the Govardhana hill in Vrindavan. Srila Prabhupada established Sri …

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In Nadiyas Godruma island the great soul Lord Nityananda has opened a marketplace to distribute the holy name to all conditioned souls. – Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1937

A look into the room of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada in the house of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. They resided on the Godruma side of the Sarasvati river and were …

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“My small cottage is shining beautifully within that most enchanting garden called Svananda Sukhada Kunja. Living there I will sing Lord Krishna’s holy name and I will hanker for that time when I will get the service of Him and His associates.” – Gita mala of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1937

Eternal moments in the bhajan kutir of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada at the bank of the Radha Kunda.

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Chintamani pervades Radha Kunda´s banks, of a hundred thousand kunjas. Lovely trees of coral, climbing ruby vines, bending pearl fruit laden branches. – Gita mala of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - 1937

The bed of His Divine Grace in his ashram at the banks of the Radha Kunda.

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Venerated by tens of millions of Cupids, the moons of the toenails of my worshipful Divine Master reveal the beauty of his own lotus feet. Perpetually do I make my obeisance unto that effulgence emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Lord. – Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja - 1937

The holy wooden chappals of His Divine Grace in Vraja Svananda Sukhada Kunja in his ashram at the banks of Sri Radha Kunda.

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1940

Founder Acharya of the Radha Govinda Trust and the Oriental Institute in Vrindavan - 1940

Distinguished disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada. He was the first to go to Europe to preach the message of Sri Chaitanya and he brought the first western devotees …

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Guru Parampara - 1940

Here we see some of the stalwarts of the family of Srila Prabhupada and their Guru varga. Many of them started new maths of the Gaudiya Math tradition. Their life …

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“In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way.” – Brihad Naradiya Purana - 1940

His sole engagement in the temple was chanting Hare Krishna day and night. His Godbrothers, however, complained to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada who replied that his chanting was fine …

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“The inherent form of the jiva is that of an eternal servant of Sri Krishna. The jiva is the marginal potency of Krsna, and is therefore simultaneously one with and different from Him.” – Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya Lila 20.108 - 1940

Srila Bhakti Prajñan Kesava Maharaja is the founder of the Gaudiya Vedanta Samhiti. When Srila Bhaktisiddhanta introduced massive circumambulations of Sri Navadvipa dhama, he would lead huge parikrama parties around …

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“The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee of the Lord one can achieve all perfection.” – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1940

Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Maharaja received initiation from Srila Prabhupada in 1936, and since early on he served with one pointed devotion. In 1966 he took sannyas in Sriman Mahaprabhu’s …

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“Dear Radharaman! You are crossing this ocean at a very young age. May Lord Krishna bestow His Mercy upon you.” – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1940

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada appeared in his dream and ordered him to accept the renounced order of life and preach the teachings of Lord Chaitanya. Following the order of …

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“Therefore, O best among the twice born, the highest perfection one can achieve by discharging the duties prescribed for his varna and ashrama is to satisfy Sri Hari” – Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.13 - 1940

Sannyasi of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada and Sannyas Guru of many Godbrothers. Srila Bhakti Gaurava Vaikhanas Maharaja a pandita from a family of brahmana raja gurus was perfected in …

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“Oh! The revered acharya of the Sri Chaitanya Math, Srila Tirtha Goswami pada, my hundreds of prostrated obeisances at your lotus feet” - 1940

Srila Bhakti Vilas Tirtha Maharaj, also known as Kunja Babu, was appointed by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada as the lifelong secretary of the Gaudiya Math. He joined Srila Prabhupada …

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“You, Sadananda, and I, we have always been together.” – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1940

In 1933, Ernst-Georg Schulze first met Srila Bhakti Hridaya Bon Maharaja, when the latter gave a lecture at the Lessing Hochschule in Berlin. In 1934 Schultze went to London, where …

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He is the secretary of the Sri Vishva Vaishnava Raja Sabha. He is one of the editors of Sri Gaudiya Math’s Srimad Bhagavatam. He is exemplar in the world of the pure devotees, a follower of the Sri Rupanuga Vaishnavas, and thus worshipable to the whole world. – Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada - 1940

Srila Bhakti Saranga Goswami Maharaja was the first of the disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada to give initiations under the direct order of His Divine Grace. He was …

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Srila Prabhupada would often comment, seeing his service to the mission, “His energy is volcanic”. - 1940

Sri Narada Muni appeared before Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaj in a dream and gave him mantra diksha. However, he could not remember the complete mantra upon waking up. He …

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Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur instructed him to propagate the message of Sri Gauranga in the west and by the order of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada, Srila Bhakti Pradip Tirtha Maharaja became the first vaishnava ambassador for preaching in the western countries - 1940

“I have much enjoyed learning that the senior tridandi swami has been honored and received by Her Majesty, the Queen of England. This unforeseen chance is really a very rare …

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“I offer my obeisances to the feet of Srila Bhakti Pramod Puri Maharaja, who is like the sun causing the lotus of spiritual life to bloom. He is characterized by a mood of steadfastness in the supreme Vedic principles and is filled with the joy from the service he renders to Govardhan” - 1940

Srila Bhakti Pramod Puri Maharaja joined the spiritual family of Srila Prabhupada in an early age and remained here in this world serving his lotus feet in union and separation …

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His lotus feet are served in devotion by multitudes of high, virtuous souls; he is the establisher of the religion of the age. He is the presiding monarch of the Vishva Vaishnava Raj Sabha, the universal society of the pure devotees, and he is the fulfiller of the most cherished desires of those who dispel fear. Perpetually, do I make my obeisance unto the radiance emanating from the toenails of the holy feet of my Prabhupada? – Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaja - 1940

In 1930, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada awarded Srila Sridhar Maharaja sannyas and bestowed upon him the name Bhakti Raksak, meaning “guardian of devotion”. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada saw …

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Like the radiant full moon surrounded by many brilliant stars. The core of Srila Prabhupada’s preaching mission consisted of eighteen sannyasis. - 1940

Anyone coming to the Gaudiya Math would be awed by the divine personality of Srila Prabhupada, and then impressed by his team of dedicated disciples. The disciples of a guru …

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1954

From the very beginning he was dear to Srila Prabhupada and by the blessing of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur he used to present the message of Srimad Bhagavatam in a very beautiful, simple and lucid language. - 1954

Srila Bhakti Keval Audulomi Maharaja looked into the proper management of the maths already established by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada instead of starting new ones and thus exhibited his …

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1965

“In every town and village of the world, my name will be sung” – Chaitanya Charitamrita, Antya lila 4.126 - 1965

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, under the inspiration of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada founded the International Society of Krishna Consciousness in 1965 and subsequently established over 100 branches worldwide, …

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1967

“May the whole world become happy.” - 1967

Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami, whose disciples also addressed him with the honorific title Prabhupada, is dancing on the Ratha Yatra cart surrounded by his disciples on the first Ratha Yatra in …

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2014

With his first step, he cut to pieces the whole plane of exploitation, and with his second, he crushed the speculation of scholars of salvation and liberation. With his third, he softened vaidhi bhakti with a touch of divine love (raga marga). Taking us beyond Vaikuntha, he has introduced us to the highest worship of Sri Radha and Govinda. – Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhara Maharaja - 2014

That was his history the real existence of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada. May his divine teachings, Bhaktisiddhanta Vani, dance eternally within the core of our hearts. Srila Bhakti Raksak …

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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada MUSEUM - 2014