Prabhupada Vijaya - Swami B.G. NarasinghaIntroduction

Prabhupāda Vijaya

Preface

siddhānta baliyā citte nā kara alasa
ihā haite kṛṣṇe lāge sudṛḍha mānasa

“One should not be lazy in deliberating on philosophy, for by doing so one’s mind becomes firmly fixed upon Śrī Kṛṣṇa.” (Cc. Ādi-līlā 2.117)

History has shown us that after the disappearance of a great ācārya, the light that he brought is eclipsed by a period of dark­ness. Various deviant philosophies and misconceptions appear like rapacious wolves to ensnare the innocent devotees and drive them off the path of pure devotion. Since the disappearance of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda, many misunderstandings have arisen amongst his followers in regards to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava siddhānta, and indeed, about the position of Śrīla Prabhupāda himself.

Some have zealously tried to mould Prabhupāda into a mod­ern-day Indian messiah, the foremost guru in the paramparā (and also the last), professing that Śrīla Prabhupāda is to be the one and only spiritual guide for all future generations of dev­otees. Others, trapped within corporate society consciousness, strive to divorce Śrīla Prabhupāda from the sampradāya, making him an authority unto himself, independent of the tradition that he represented. Operating under the notion that their con­claves solely represent the will of His Divine Grace, such persons believe that they alone are the true heirs to Śrīla Prabhupāda’s legacy and all must come to him through them. Some even hail Śrīla Prabhupāda as the founder of a new sampradāya, the creator of a new Golden Age and attribute Christ-like miracles to him – indeed, the misconceptions that have been built around him are too numerous to mention here.

Prabhupāda Vijaya is a compilation of articles, talks and lec­tures by Swami B.G. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja from 1993 to 2006. In these essays Narasiṅgha Mahārāja attempts to remove the societal facade and sentiment obscuring Śrīla Prabhupāda to reveal some­thing of his true personality and nature that many devotees are unaware of – a Prabhupāda who had an existence before stepping onto the Jaladūta, a representative of an ancient devotional tra­dition, a follower in the line of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī and a faithful disciple of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura.

After a lifetime of dedication and service to Śrīla Prabhupāda, Narasiṅgha Mahārāja shares his realisations about his beloved spiritual master and brings to light many important historical incidents in the life of His Divine Grace, as well as deep philo­sophical insights into the important topic of guru-tattva.

It is our sincere hope that the readers of Prabhupāda Vijaya will relish this unique glorification of His Divine Grace and compre­hend the profound siddhānta found within its pages.

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Prabhupada Vijaya - Swami B.G. NarasinghaIntroduction
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.