Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja (Jagat Guru Swami) appeared on Annadā Ekādaśī at Corpus Christi, USA in 1946. After studies in haṭha-yoga, he took initiation from his guru, Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda in 1970 and preached in the African continent for 3 years before accepting sannyāsa in 1976. After Prabhupāda’s disappearance, Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja took śīkṣā (spiritual instruction) from Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī and Śrīla B.P Purī Gosvāmī. Although he spent most of his spiritual life preaching in India, Narasiṅgha Mahārāja also travelled to Europe, Mexico and the United States to spread the message of his spiritual masters. He penned over 200 essays and 13 books delineating Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava siddhānta. He left this world in his āśrama in South India in 2020.
In this short article, ‘The Colour for Sannyāsīs’ from December 2010, Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja describes the original colour of the cloth used by sannyāsīs in the line of Sarasvatī Ṭhākura and how in modern times, this has become obsolete.
The following excerpt is from an upcoming publication of questions and answers with Śrīla B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja. In this selection, Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja answers various questions concerning the chanting of the Holy Name.
In honour of the upcoming disappearance day of Śrīla Bhakti Pramoda Purī Gosvāmī, we present a transcript of a talk, 'Śrī Jagannātha Deva Shook the Heaven and the Earth' by Śrīla B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja given at the virāha-mahotsava of Śrīla Purī Mahārāja at Śrīdhāma Māyāpura on 24th November 1999.
The following article, from the forthcoming book “Prabhupāda Vijaya Volume II” is from a talk given on January 16th 2000 in South India. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja explains how Śrīla Prabhupāda’s eternal service may be perceived through his activities in this world.
‘The Golden Age of the Saṅkīrtana Movement’ was written by Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja in 1999 in response to over-zealous devotees claiming that Śrīla Prabhupāda had been predicted in the Vedic literature and in particular, in Caitanya-maṅgala by Locana Dāsa Ṭhākura. This article was later published in the books ‘Prākṛta-rasa Āraṇya-chediṇī’ and ‘Prabhupāda Vijaya’.
“Gīta Govinda Revisited” is an unpublished article written in 2010 by Śrīla B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja. In this essay, Narasiṅgha Mahārāja answers a devotee’s questions concerning Jayadeva Gosvāmī’s work who asks if the warnings given by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja and other ācāryas concerning higher literature are still relevant today. This follows another article on the same topic Gītā-Govinda of Jayadeva Gosvāmī
In 'Dīkṣā Names and Feelings of the Heart' written in January 1998, Śrīla B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja answers the question that many ask in regards to śikṣā-gurus and “name changes” amongst previously initiated devotees.
In this previously unpublished article written in March 2019, Śrīla B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja answers a godbrother’s question concerning the position of Keśava Kaśmīrī and Nimbārkācārya, citing the biography of Śrīmad B.P. Keśava Mahārāja and Sarasvatī Ṭhākura’s commentary to Śrī Caitanya Bhāgavata
In this previously unpublished essay written by Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja on August 11th 2010, Mahārāja answers the question ‘ How many misconceptions does it take to make one a sahajiyā?” and presents a short quiz at the end of his article.
“Mahāprabhu as Prabhupāda” was written by Swami B.G. Narasingha in 1997 as a response to the article, ‘Prabhupādānuga or Rūpānuga’ by Śrīla Dāsa. Narasingha Maharaja explores the origins of the title ‘Prabhupāda’ and shows the history of which great personalities has used this title. This article was later edited and included in the book ‘Prabhupāda Vijaya’.