Mp3: Transcendental Relationship between Srila Sridhar Maharaja & Srila Prabhupada

 

Listen the MP3 below – A conversation between Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada recorded in 1973 at Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math

Summary of the MP3:

So, we are very fortunate to hear His Divine Grace, Om Vishnupad Paramahamsa Parivrajkacarya Bhakti Rakshak Sridhar Maharaja. By age and by experience, in both ways, he is senior to me. I was fortunate to have his association since a very long time, perhaps in 1930, something like that. At that time, he did not accept sannyas; he just left home, and as a vanaprastha, in his white dress, he went to Allahabad.

– Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Maharaj [To Srila Sridhar Maharaja] I think you remember the incident when you went to Allahabad? On that auspicious occasion, we were connected There is a long story, it will take time, but I had the opportunity of associating with Sridhar Maharaja for several years. Krishna and Prabhupad (Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur) liked him to prepare me.

– Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Sridhar Maharaja lived in my house for many years, so naturally, we had very intimate talks and he was my good advisor. I took his advices, instructions, very seriously because from the very beginning I know that he is a pure Vaishnava, a pure devotee, and I wanted to associate with him and tried to help him also. Our relationship is very intimate.

– Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Herein, we find the history of a transcendental relationship between these two pure devotees of the Lord. Addressing Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaja as “His Divine Grace” and Om Vishnupad – forms of address for one regarded as a spiritual master — Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada has transcended the norms of social etiquette and superficial formality. Intimately associating together for a concentrated period of over five years, often for five to seven hours daily, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada considered that “Krishna and Prabhupad liked him to prepare me” for his future expansive missionary activities in the Western world.

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