Sri Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Prabhupada,Saraswati Thakura ,
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Bhaktisiddhanta, Gaudiya Vaishnavism
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
3/2/1874
Place of Birth: 
India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
No
Date Left His/Her Body: 
1/1/ 1937

Biography

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada (February 3,1874 – January 1, 1937)[1][2], was a highly influential preacher of Gaudiya Vaishnavism throughout India in the late 19th and early 20th Century. He was born as Bimal Prasad Dutta in the seaside pilgrimage town of Jagannath Puri, Orissa, India. His father was the Vaishnava scholar Sri Kedarnath Dutta, later known as Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the first to present the teachings of Chaitanyite Vaishnavism to the English speaking world and was a notable Gaudiya Vaishnava Theologian. Bimal Prasad was well-known for having a fiery preaching spirit and especially acute intellect.

Background
By the time he was twenty-five years old, Bimala Prasada had acquired an impressive reputation as a scholar of Sanskrit, mathematics, and astronomy. Editing and publication of an ancient 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 Sarasvati accepted spiritual initiation from Gaurakisora dasa Babaji. Although Gaurakisora dasa Babaji was renowned as a saintly person and great devotee of Krishna, he was illiterate and left no scriptural additions to the tradition of Vaishnava Theology. Satisfied with the humility and dedication of his highly educated disciple, Srila 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.

Preaching activities
From the very beginning of Chaitanya's bhakti movement in Bengal, Haridasa Thakur and others Muslim or Hindu by birth were the participants. This openness received a boost from Bhaktivinoda Thakura's broad-minded vision in the late 19th century and was institutionalized by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati in his Gaudiya Matha in the 20th century.

Upon the death of Bhaktivinoda Thakura in 1914, Siddhanta Sarasvati became editor of his father's journal, Sajjana-tosani, and founded the Bhagwat Press for publication of Vaishnava literature. Then in 1918, Siddhanta Sarasvati accepted the renounced order of spiritual life, assuming the title Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami Maharaja. For the purpose of propagating Krishna-bhakti 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.

There has not been, there will not be, such benefactors of the highest merit as [Chaitanya] Mahaprabhu and His devotees have been. The offer of other benefits is only a deception; it is rather a great harm, whereas the benefit done by Him and His followers is the truest and greatest eternal benefit. This benefit is not for one particular country, causing mischief to another; but it benefits the whole universe.

Modern application of Bhakti
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati adjusted the traditions of Gaudiya Vaishnavism to conform with the technological and the social condition of the twentieth century. He considered the printing press the most effective means of spreading Krishna consciousness throughout the world and was himself the author of may important translations, commentaries, and philosophical essays.

His Disciples Who Became Gaudiya Vaisnava Acarayas
Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami: joined 1920
Bhakti Saranga Gosvami Maharaja: joined circa 1920
Bhakti Promod Puri Goswami: joined 1923
Bhakti Sri-rupa Siddhanti Gosvami Maharaja: joined circa 1924 - 1925
Srila Hrydaya Bon Maharaja: joined 1926
Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhara Maharaja: joined 1926
Srila Bhakti Kusum Sraman Goswami Maharaja joined 1927
Bhakti Dayita Madhava Maharaja: joined 1927
Bhakti Kumud Santa Maharaja: joined 1932 at 11 years of age.
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada: diksa 1932

Hare Krishna
Pancha Tattva
Six Goswamis of Vrindavan

External links
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati - life overview
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta: Appearance day Lecture - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Atlanta, 1975.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta: Disappearance day Lecture - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Los Angeles, 1973.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta and Raganuga Sadhana Bhakti
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhaktisiddhanta_Sarasvati_Thakura

Teachings

Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati adjusted the traditions of Gaudiya Vaishnavism to conform with the technological and the social condition of the twentieth century. He considered the printing press the most effective means of spreading Krishna consciousness throughout the world and was himself the author of may important translations, commentaries, and philosophical essays.
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