bow to Sri Thakur Bhaktivinoda, Mahaprabhu's love divine personified.
He is the king of all knowers of the purpose of the scriptures,
and he is the ocean of Sri Radha's devotion."
[Srila Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaj]
Bhaktivinoda Thakur, the nineteenth century pioneer of Krishna consciousness,
was born in 1838 in Bengal. He worked tirelessly to preserve the
spiritual tradition and literature of India; he composed, edited,
and published more than 100 books in Sanskrit, Bengali, and English.
of pure devotion, it was Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur who foretold
that people the world over would join under the banner of Sri Chaitanya Maharabhu's Harinama Sankirtan
[congregational chanting of the holy names of Lord Krishna]. By
his profuse writings, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur infused the current
which was to be the renaissance of a devotional civilization, which
had become overgrown with spurious interpretations und misrepresentation.
advocated exclusive surrender [saranagati]
to the service of the Supreme Lord's pure devotees as the life of
devotion, and to this end he composed a great stream of books, prayers,
poems, and commentaries
in Sanskrit, Bengali, Hindi, English, and other languages, which
are now revered by the genuine devotees as scripture. His style
of presentation was chiefly analytic, simple, and appealing. He
taught that the apparently sophisticated philosophies and doctrines
which deviate one to materialism, salvation, voidism, etc. [karma,
jnana, sunya-vada, etc.] must be abandoned by the true aspirants
of devotion; yet, he acknowledged that from the universal standpoint
such "charming" distractions served to segregate the insincere
from the sincere. Thus he foresaw that inevitably the intelligentsia
of the world must come to appreciate the all-attractive path of
divine love given by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Thakur inaugurated the worship of Lord Chaitanya at the holy site
known as Sri Yoga-Pith, the advent location of Sri Chaitanyadeva
in the holy Sri Dham Mayapur.