In the age of kali when preachers of mayavadi philosophy was soaring too high demotivating the whole society with foolish concepts of acclaiming oneself as God and seeing no difference between the soul (atma) and the supersoul (paramatma) at this point of time blessings of Lord Vishnu came in the form of his own rays of enlightenment, in the form of the Lion Guru His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, the guru of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, appeared in Sri Ksetra Dhama.(Jagannatha Puri) on 6 February 1874 as the son of Srila Sachidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura. In his childhood he quickly mastered the Vedas, memorized the Bhagavad-gita, and relished his father’s philosophical works. He became known as “The Living Encyclopedia” for his vast knowledge.
Srila Sarasvati Thakura earned the title Narsimha Guru (Lion Guru) for his fearless and powerful delivery of the Vaisnava siddhanta. Mayavadis would cross the street to avoid confronting the “Lion Guru.” Besides being a courageous preacher, he was ornamented with all divine qualities and full of ecstatic love of God. He established 64 Gaudiya Math temples in India and centers in Burma, England and Germany.
Srila Sarasvati Thakura excavated Lord Caitanya’s appearance at the Yogapitha in Sridham Mayapur, despite heavy opposition from the money-hungry caste Goswamis of Navadvipa. He built a beautiful Gaudiya Math temple there.
His three “Brhat-mrdanga” (printing presses) in Madras, Calcutta, Krishna-nagara used to pump out books, magazines, and newspapers to spread the message of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
He introduced many innovations to expand preaching. All over India he staged free theistic exhibits and dioramas depicting the pastimes of Sri Krishna and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Employing the latest technology, he even had animated dolls. To commemorate the many holy places visited by Lord Caitanya he installed marble impressions of the Lord’s lotus feet. Breaking tradition, he let his sannyasis wear tailored kurtas and overcoats, ride in cars and motor-boats, and carry Mahaprabhu’s message across the sea to Europe.
Aside from his phenomenal preaching success in India, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura greatest contribution was Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whom he initiated and inspired to distribute Krishna consciousness all over the world. When Srila Prabhupada was asked to describe his spiritual master Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, he said, “What can I say? He was a Vaikuntha man.”
The Swamiji was pre-eminently a philosopher. His ideas were rational and logical, that was why he never failed to attract the intelligentsia. He asked the people not to have a blind faith. Faith, if not solidly based on a philosophical conception, is likely to be shaken. He was uncompromising and orthodox in bringing out the Truth in its intrinsic purity. He was a fighter for the establishment of truth and the dignity of Vaishnava character, an upholder and protector of Gaudiya Vaishnava Faith. His untiring efforts and many sided activities for the spread and dissemination of Vaishnavism were unprecedented in the annals of Vaishnavism.
He is democrat of the democrats. He says: “GOD IS WORSHIPPED NOT ONLY BY BRAHMINS. EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO CALL UPON HIM AND WORSHIP HIM. EVERYONE CAN HAVE THE RIGHT TO WEAR THE SACRED THREAD AND GET RID OF YOUR SINS AND IMPURITIES AND YOU BECOME A BRAHMIN AND NOT OTHERWISE BY THE ACCIDENT OF YOUR BIRTH”. He started a countrywide movement to carry the message of Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. His sole aim in life in all this was to see that the Divine Incarnation, Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is recognized and worshipped, His teachings are followed and His songs are sung in every part of India. (Now we see his wishes are fulfilled by successive disciples in western countries also.)
To know more about his principles and his writing one can prefer to visit the following site and enjoy reading his commentaries which not only widens our thought process but also builds our personality as a modern day brahmana who may be surrounded by different types of materialism but still is very much detached from it and only uses it specifically for the happiness of Lord Sri Krishna , the supreme personality and the supreme enjoyer of this whole universe which is manifested by his special potency only
To listen about the glorification of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur in the form of a video please click on the following link of few videos
- https://youtu.be/w_8Xhnsvkhc (Hindi)
- https://youtu.be/39Icnji1FMA (Hindi)
- https://youtu.be/ZUfoo8Cy8Nw (English)