Often when we first engage in devotional service unto the Supreme Lord, we start to experience the vices of loneliness creep in, feeling the sadness of being one of the few in such an excessive world dedicated to bhajan.
Due to this very reason, we sometimes wonder, am I walking the right path? Will I attain the promised fruit?
When we hear of great personalities who have been walking this steady path of devotion since time immemorial, our faith and determination strengthen.
We get the intensity and inspiration from such tremendous sages and learned personalities to inculcate their teachings, learn from their experience, and apply them to our own devotional life.
Every Acharya is a bonafide representative of the Supreme Lord, Krishna. According to their nature and times, they have passed on the teachings of Lord Krishna to the fallen, astray souls.
Every Acharya has set a deep example for all of us struggling onto the path of devotional service by our actions, how to carry out Krishna bhakti into our daily lives. They imbue how they carried out devotional service to Lord Krishna and inspired others too dedicatedly to it.
Devotional Life at Stake
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was the Guru of Srila A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur appeared on 6th February 1874 in Puri, Orissa Kedarnath ritya in the house of Bhakti Vinoda Thakur, in this dark age of Kali as a ray of Vishnu to uplift the fallen souls back home back to godhead. At the time of his birth, India was under the rule of Britishers. The flame of devotional service to the Supreme Lord Krishna has been blazing from time immemorial in Bharat Varsha. Still, due to the undue influence of the attack of Yavanas and Britishers, the fort of Vedic culture came crumbling down.
The Yavanas broke temples while the British made a threatening move on our faith. The Britishers visualized converting India into a Christian practicing country within the next 100 years. Due to the assail of the yavanas, the Vedic heritage was demolished, yet the Hindus stayed unwavering. Defeated, they concluded that the Hindus would not be ready to give up their Dharma by coercion and oppression. They wondered, bewildered, where such faith and religious persuasion was coming from. This faith was blooming from the sages and the Brahmanas. The yavanas determined that they had to target them, and with this, they resoluted to attack. Intimated and terrorized, some brahmans resolved to change their religion, while others were assassinated. Due to this reason, the questions about Vedic culture and how to observe it was left unanswered, as there was no guiding force. Due to this, people fell prey to blind faith, and the Hindu religion witnessed a heavy downfall.
Lord Jagganath Ji Came to Bless – Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur
One of our most prominent Acaryas, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, was in such a dismal time. Right after he was born, the most resplendent Jagannath rath came to a halt right in front of his house, and for three long days, it stayed put right there. When his mother brought him before the magnanimous Lord Jagannath, the main Garland from the Lord’s transcendental body fell upon the infant. When his father, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, beheld this news, he immediately recognized it. The Lord had sent this very child to spread wide and far the cult of Krishna Conscious to the astray souls of kaliyuga. At the mere age of seven, Bimala Prasad had memorized the entire Bhagavat Gita, and at the age of eight, he had started giving a discourse on the very same. He was a sharp-witted boy encompassing of undefeated great memory and wisdom. At such a tender age, his fame spread fast like a wildfire. During his student days, he defeated a prolific scholar of numerology, and at such a young age, he was given the title of Siddhanta Saraswati. A Vaishnava is humble but not a coward, and so to establish the sastric philosophy, he was as fierce and combative as a lion. Furthermore, to spread the sankirtan yajna of Caitanya Mahaprabhu in India, he accepted the sannyasa order of life in front of Gaur Kishor Das Babaji Maharaja’s pictures in 1918 in Mayapur, acquiring the title of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.
Initiated Krishna Consciousness
In the next year, he traveled to Kolkata to start preaching Mahaprabhu’s sankirtan movement, and in a small period, all intellects and scholars were highly impacted by him. As we all know, in 1922, Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada had his very first meeting with Saraswati Thakur. In 1933, he received his first Initiation by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur. By 1933 Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati had established 64 Gaudiya Math Temples. Through the help of his three printing press located in madras Kolkata and Krishna Nagar by the name of Brihat Mridanga, he spread the teachings and message of Gauranga Mahaprabhu by writing books, letters, and newspapers. In the birthplace of Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the first Gaudiya Math by the name of Caitanya Math is situated. Besides his father’s writings, he brought to light Bhagavat Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Caitanya Bhagavat, Caintaya Mangal, and his very own favorite, Caitanya Caritamrita. Furthermore, he predicted that to relish the nectarine works of Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami, the very famous Chaitanya Caritamrita, foreigners would learn Bengali. From Bengal to Orissa and India to North India, Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur traveled almost all around India to preach and spread glories of Krishna Consciousness.
In 1918, on Gaura Purnima Day, he accepted Sanyaas in Front of his Deities.
For the mission of spreading Krishna’s consciousness, he sent his disciples to Europe and permitted them to wear stitched clothes and coats since they had to preach in foreign countries. Although some paramparavadi were not satisfied by this and protested against such acts, however presenting the sastric philosophy, he silenced them. By supporting Sri Rupa Goswami and Sri Raghunatha Goswami’s teachings, he taught thousands of people the science of Bhakti and how to awaken loving devotion towards Sri Radha Krishna.
Books Written By Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur
Initiation into Spiritual Life
The Removal Of Anarthas
Sri Guru Tattva And The Secret Of Diksha(Part 1-2-3)
On 31st December 1936, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur left his body in Kolkata. His pushpa samadhi is located at Radha Kunda and Radha Damodara temple in Vrindavan.
We have tried to learn something about the great acarya of Gaudiya vaishanav sampradaya and preacher Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur. Therefore we all should pray to Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur to give us strength to follow the path he set as an example for us and attain pure devotion in our heart, thus serving the lotus feet of Sri Radha Govinda.
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur KI Jai Sri Sri Rukmani Dwarkadhish Ki Jai