Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda appeared in this world in Jagannātha Purī in 1874. He was the son of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. Learning Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava philosophy from his esteemed father, he took initiation from the renowned ascetic, Śrī Gaura Kiśora Dāsa Bābāji in 1900. After accepting the sannyāsa order in 1918, he founded the Gauḍīya Maṭha with 64 centres in India and 3 abroad. Travelling the length and breadth of the subcontinent propagating the teachings of Śrī Caitanya, he departed from this world in 1937. He was the guru of many stalwart Vaiṣṇava ācāryas such as Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda, Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī and Śrīla B.P. Purī Gosvāmī.
Articles by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura
In this rare article written in 1928 for The Gauḍīya, Volume 7, issue 28, Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura describes the attributes of Śrī Kṛṣṇa, explaining what Kṛṣṇa is, and what He isn’t. This article was translated from Bengali by Sanātana Dāsa.
Who is actually qualified to lead kīrtana? In this article from 1916, Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura clearly explains the adhikāra (qualification) for one to lead kīrtana and states that its not all about melody etc. This article has been translated from Bengali by Swami B.V. Giri.
This article by Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura was originally written in Bengali in 1918 for the ‘Sajjana-tosani’ magazine, Volume 11, Issue 2. Sarasvatī Ṭhākura explains how the māyāvādis and sahajiyās see Gaura in comparison with the view of the Vaiṣṇava. This article was translated from Bengali into English by Swami B.V. Giri.
In 'Śrī Sarasvatī Saṅlāpa' (A Discourse by Śrī Sarasvatī Thākura') which was originally printed in the monthly Gauḍīya magazine, Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura describes real and apparent gaura-bhajana, and states that by performing pseudo gaura-bhajana we actually install Satan rather than Mahāprabhu in our hearts. This article was translated by Swami B.V. Giri
"Śrī Guru-Tattva and the Secret of Dīkṣā" was first published in the Janmāṣṭamī edition of Dainika Nadīyā Prakāśa in 1934. In this conversation, Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura tells of the necessity of receiving initiation from a self-realised sādhu and explains the profound secrets of guru-tattva. This Bengali article was translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri.
In this transcript which first appeared in Bengali in the 9th Volume of The Gauḍīya, published on 18th April 1931, Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura explains the duty of a Vaiṣṇava householder in relation to hari-bhajana. This article was translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri and Sanātana Dāsa.
In this article, Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura tells the story of Ekalavya and explains how his so-called guru-bhakti to Droṇācārya was nothing but pride. This article was translated from Upakhyāne Upadeśa, Vol. 2 by Swami B.V. Giri.
The following discourse was spoken by Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda in the Sārasvata Nāṭya-mandira, Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha, at 6:00 pm in the evening of Śrī Rādhāṣṭamī, September 19th, 1931. This was first printed in The Gauḍīya, Vol. 10, No. 11 in October 1931, and reprinted in Śrī Caitanya Sārasvata Maṭha's periodical, Śrī Gauḍīya Darśana, Vol. 4, October 1958. This article was translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri)
This article was originally written by an unknown author under the editorship of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda and first published in the 8th volume of Dainika Nadīyā Prakāśa on 29th October 1933 under the title, ‘Rasa Yātrā.’ The article explains the dangers of hearing higher topics for the conditioned jīvas and how Śukadeva Gosvāmī has himself warned about this.
In the following lecture which was first published in The Gauḍīya, Volume 11, No.22, January 1933, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvati Ṭhākura describes the duties and position of a real tridaṇḍi-sannyāsī and delivers a scathing attack upon so-called sādhus and tridaṇḍis.