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Swami B. V. Tripurari began the lecture for Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura’s Disappearance Day by explaining that everything connected to pure Vaisnava is auspicious—even the apparently inauspicious event of a Vaisnava’s disappearance from the world. Such an occasion is bittersweet, a time to lament about not taking full advantage of a Vaisnava’s association and to rise to the occasion to gain that association on a deeper level—internally. Thus a Vaisnava’s disappearance from the world is a time to internalize, grow, and reflect.

Reflecting on the contribution of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, we see that he took the tradition back on course to its roots in Caitanya Mahaprabhu and the Goswamis of Vrindavana, while at the same time bringing Gaudiya Vaishnavism up-to-date with the modern world. The evidence of one who has understood the essence of a teaching is the ability to change details while retaining the substance. Thus the criticisms by some of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati’s “innovations” miss the point that such innovations themselves indicate realization.

Disappearance of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura


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