Srila Prabhupad's Mission
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
When Mahaprabhu finished His pastimes, Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatan Goswami and others stayed in this world and preached Mahaprabhu's conception. After them, there were Srila Narottam Das Thakur, Srila Srinivas Acharya, Srila Shyamananda Prabhu, Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhu—they preached and distributed Mahaprabhu's conception in a proper and pure way. When Mahaprabhu left, when Srila Rupa Goswami, Srila Sanatan Goswami left, when Srila Narottam Das Thakur, Srila Srinivas Acharya, Srila Shyamananda Prabhu and others left too, then so much misconception came to this world and spread everywhere. There appeared various bogus sampradayas (aul, baul, kartabhaja, nera, darvesh, sani, sahajiya, sakhibekhi, smarta, jata gosai, atibari, churadhari, gauranga-nagari), and as a result of their wrong preaching, the whole of Bengal started to hate Vaishnav society.
After that, many years later, in 1838, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur was born in Nadia district near Krishnanagar. I do not want to describe his life history in great detail now, but Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur was a magistrate in Krishnanagar, and during that time he collected many books, many scriptures about Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu—reading those books, he saw what Mahaprabhu wanted to distribute in this world and he understood that what people who claimed to be His followers were doing was all absolutely wrong, it was all misconception. Then, at some point, when Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur was staying in Puri Dham, he prayed to Bimala Devi and Lord Jagannath, "Please send someone who can preach the pure conception!"
After that, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur got the mercy (prasad) of Bimala Devi—Srila Prabhupad was born in this world. Srila Prabhupad and Lord Jagannath have an intimate relation, this is bhakta and Bhagavan (the Lord's devotees and the Lord)...
Later, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur came to Godrumdwip, and he brought Bimala Prasad (Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur) with him. They stayed in a small house that is now called Svananda-sukhada-kunja. Some time later, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur took a vow to chant one billion (a hundred crores) Holy Names, and upon the completion of this vow, so many scholars and associates of Srimati Radharani came to this world. Our entire guru-varga (Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad, Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, and all the other acharyas) came to this world. I do not want to repeat all the names again, I have already mentioned them today. All these great souls started preaching for Mahaprabhu and Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and we see that this preaching is still going on in this world.
স্থানে স্থানে কত মঠ স্থাপিয়াছ নিষ্কপট
sthane sthane kata matha sthapiyachha niskapata
"Sincerely, you established so many temples to teach the souls loving service to the Lord. The Vaishnava residents of these temples incessantly spread the nectar of the glories of the Lord."
Srila Prabhupad taught everyone what pure service is—he taught that everything could be used and is meant for the service of the Lord. He established sixty-four temples, and all the brahmacharis, sannyasis of these temples preached house to house and distributed Hari-katha. Srila Prabhupad told, "Uthare uthare bhai ara ta samaya nai (উঠরে উঠরে ভাই আর ত সময় নাই): wake up, you have no time in your hand!" Wake up, do not sleep in the lap of Maya! Chant the Holy Name, worship the Holy Name in this age!
Srila Prabhupad proclaimed Mahaprabhu's conception,
তৃণাদপি সুনীচেন তরোরিব সহিষ্ণুনা ।
trnad api sunichena taror api sahisnuna
"One who is humbler than a blade of grass, more forbearing than a tree, who gives honour to others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to always chant the Holy Name of Krishna."
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita, Antya-lila, 6.239)
"Humility, tolerance, giving honour to others." Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur was beaten, they tried to kill him in Kuliya (Nabadwip), but Srila Prabhupad proclaimed, "They can beat me, but my declaration to those who come to torture me is 'taror iva sahisnuna!'—'tolerance!'" Such is his glory.
কুলিয়াতে পাষণ্ডীরা অত্যাচার কৈল যা'রা
kuliyate pasandira atyachara kaila ya'ra
"You [Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad] forgave all the atheists of Kuliya village, despite their bad behaviour. Loudly you proclaimed to one and all: one who is more tolerant than a tree can always chant the glories of Lord Hari."
This is such a beautiful expression. Our Srila Param Gurudev also wrote a very beautiful song (we sing it every day) where he says,
জয়রে জয়রে জয় গৌর-সরস্বতী ।
jayare jayare jaya gaura-saraswati
"All Glory, all Glory to Sri Gaura-Saraswati, Of the Line of Bhakti Vinod—Pure incarnate Mercy."
প্রকাশিলে গৌরসেবা ভূবনমঙ্গল ।
prakasile gaura-seva bhuvana mangala
"You revealed Sri Gaura's Service—the world's greatest fortune, Brilliant as the Perfect Teaching, Perfect Truth—Devotion."
Some Gaudiya acharyas tried to object once, but our Gurudev said, "No, what Srila Sridhar Maharaj said is right. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur is not an ordinary person. He is Bhagavan Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. He is the Lord Himself!"
Then, when Srila Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj was in Bagbazar Gaudiya Math, Srila Prabhupad was a little sick (he was showing his pastime of sickness), and in his last moments he wanted to hear the viraha (separation) song "Sri Rupa-manjari pada", and he wanted to hear it from Srila Sridhar Maharaj. Devotees called Srila Sridhar Maharaj, but because he came a little late, somebody ordered another Prabhu to sing it. Srila Prabhupad became excited and shouted, "Stop it! I do not want to hear any tune. I want to hear the song, and only Srila Sridhar Maharaj is to sing it." Then, Srila Sridhar Maharaj came and sang it. Twenty-four hours later, on 1 January 1937, Srila Prabhupad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur left this world...
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