What truly constitutes the guru's legacy? Gaura Gopāla Dāsa explores this question and delves into the significance of the guru's teachings beyond the bricks and mortar that make up his āśramas and temples.
This article is based on a class by Śrīla B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja, give on Śrīla Prabhupāda’s appearance day at Myrtle Beach, USA on August 29th, 1994. Mahārāja speaks about the song “Sri Rūpa Mañjarī Pada’ and how this song is related to His Divine Grace, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
The following article is based upon a letter exchange between Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja and a godbrother-guru which took place in 1998. His godbrother asks what hari-nāma initiation actually is and what transpires between the guru and disciple at that time.
Viraha-Gītikā (A Song of Separation) was first published in June 1952 in The Gauḍīya, Vol.3, Issue 5, on the occasion of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s disappearance. In this Bengali song, Śrīla Purī Mahārāja narrates the position and achievements of Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda, and prays to him for his mercy. This song has been translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri.
The following is an informal discussion on September 29th 2022 between devotees of the Rūpānuga Bhajana Āśrama, Vṛndāvana, on the appearance day of Śrīpāda Āraṇya Mahārāja. Āraṇya Mahārāja shows his gratitude to Śrīla Narasiṅgha Mahārāja and his gurus, and discusses our vision of guru-tattva and how it is our duty to instill faith and hope in others.
‘Sannyāsa Re-initiation’ was first published on VNN on January 13th, 1999. In this open letter, Swami B.G. Narasingha explains the circumstances of his change of name, answering the question whether or not he was ‘re-initiated’ by Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja.
This important article from 1939, published in the Gauḍīya magazine after the disappearance of Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, consists of a series of questions and answers between a householder disciple of Sarasvatī Ṭhākura and Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja concerning guru-godbrother relations, succession, and guru-tattva. In the original Bengali, some sections of the article were given emphasis with bold text and we have maintained the same formatting in the English version. This article was translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri and Sanātana Dāsa.
(Note: The title ‘Prabhupāda’ in this article refers to Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura)
This article ‘Guru-Bruva (The Pseudo-Guru)’ was first published in 1923 in The Gauḍīya Vol.2 Issue 5. Herein, Prabhupāda Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura exposes the cheating business of imitation gurus who simply collect disciples for money and prestige. This Bengali article has been translated for the first time into English by Swami B.V. Giri and Sanātana Dāsa.
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.