Today is the most auspicious appearance day of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti-siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura (1874–1936) was the spiritual master of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder-acharya of ISKCON.
In Sridham Mayapur, ISKCON GBC members and other leaders who are here for annual meetings, got together in the Temple room and offered puspanjali which was followed by gurvastakam prayers, led by HH Bhakticharu Swami, and Hare Krishna maha mantra kirtan.
He was a lifelong celibate and a influential teacher of bhakti all over India. By all historical accounts, he was extremely intelligent and excelled in math, astronomy, Sanskrit, and other languages. The University of Calcutta offered him a chair, but he instead decided to dedicate his life to continuing the spiritual work of his father, Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati met with scholars, educators, and other leaders and wrote more than 108 essays and books, striving to present Bhakti as a theistic science. He established 64 temples, known as Gaudiya Maths, inside and outside of India.
He asked his disciple A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to go to the West to teach Krishna consciousness. Srila Prabhupada went to New York in 1965 and carried on his spiritual master’s mission on a grand scale.
Followers of Srila Prabhupada observe this day by fasting until noon, then feasting.
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