During his worldwide preaching campaign, our Guru Mahārāja, His Divine Grace Śrīla A.C. Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda, always exhibited an uncompromising mood in dealing with various misconceptions such as māyāvāda, sahajiyāism, materialistic science etc. and constantly protected his young disciples from their dangerous influence. Yet after Śrīla Prabhupāda’s departure from this world, numerous ideologies have arisen in the guise of his teachings, leading to an increase in frustration and bewilderment amongst his followers.
Considering how much Śrīla Prabhupāda endeavoured to establish his mission and train his disciples in the correct understanding of Gauḍīya siddhānta, it is imperative for all his followers, both now and in the future, to understand and follow the philosophy and example given by His Divine Grace.
Prabhupāda Vijaya, by Swami Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja, attempts to broaden the reader’s access to the true Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava siddhānta that Śrīla Prabhupāda represented and preached, especially in regards to guru-tattva. It establishes through guru, sādhu and śāstra, as well as through historical references, the strict adherence of Śrīla Prabhupāda to our Gauḍīya siddhānta as enunciated by the previous Prabhupādas led by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura. It also reveals many important facts about the early life of Śrīla Prabhupāda and his relationship with his guru and god-brothers.
Prabhupāda Vijaya reveals the root cause of many current philosophical controversies that are tearing apart the foundation of Vaiṣṇava communities worldwide. The unrelenting attacks of the sahajiyās, institutional and Ṛtvik ideologies, misunderstandings about guru-tattva and rasa-tattva, society consciousness and much more are dealt with and made clear in this publication with a breadth of understanding that many will experience for the first time.
A brief overview of Prabhupāda Vijaya is as follows:
Prabhupāda’s Praṇāma-Mantra is an article that narrates a little-known piece of history long forgotten in the present day. The recollection of its compilation will give insight into the intimacy and appreciation of Prabhupāda by his dear friends.
Bhaktivedānta In this article we discover that Śrīla Prabhupāda’s name was changed several times after the disappearance of his guru – each one is important and has a deep-rooted meaning that is rarely understood or appreciated.
Mahāprabhu as Prabhupāda is an exceptional explanation of the real meaning of the title ‘Prabhupāda’ in its highest theistic conception. Comprehension of it will significantly add to our realisation about our connection to the rūpānuga sampradāya and further reveal, “where our fate and fortune are located.”
How Great is Śrīla Prabhupāda? puts into historical perspective the greatness of Śrīla Prabhupāda from an interesting comparison of previous sampradāya ācāryas.
Prabhupāda’s Mission, Ideal and Achievements is summarised in relation to our previous ācāryas – a fundamental and necessary principal for the spiritual success of all Vaiṣṇavas. It explains how his achievements were appreciated by his god-brothers and who proclaimed him as a śaktyāveśa-avatāra is made known.
His Matchless Gift In this talk, given in Vṛndāvana on Śrīla Prabhupāda’s disappearance day at Kṛṣṇa-Balarāma Temple on November 17th, 1993, the glories of Śrīla Prabhupāda are shared by Mahārāja in relation to a verse from Śrīla Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī’s Mukta-carita.
Gāyatrī-Mantra for Women Narasiṅgha Mahārāja defends Śrīla Prabhupāda’s controversial decision with numerous scriptural and historical references.
The Golden Age of the Saṅkīrtana Movement uncovers the attempts to glorify Śrīla Prabhupāda as the Founder-ācārya of the Golden Age. The fallacy and offense of replacing Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī and Sarasvatī Ṭhākura is exposed.
Is the Guru Omniscient? Did Śrīla Prabhupāda know everything? The absolute and relative sides of guru-tattva are explained and a little known pastime of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura sheds considerable light on the verse, pūjala rāga-patha gaurava bhaṅge.
Śrīla Prabhupāda – in a Class by Himself? This is an analysis of a common phrase used to glorify Śrīla Prabhupāda and is critical to understanding guru-tattva. To experience that the guru is non-different from his instructions necessitates proper conception.
When Kṛṣṇa Gives, He Gives Through His Devotee The supra-mundane significance of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s bhajana-kuṭīra at Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Dāmodara Temple is emphasised in this chapter. There, the highest līlā took place in mādhurya-rasa, yet Śrīla Prabhupāda never explained it to us. Why the guru does not always directly reveal the truth is discussed at length.
Substance Over Form The intensity of Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja’s appreciation for Śrīla Prabhupāda may come as a surprise to those unfortunate souls who have been, or still are, subject to the institutional aparādha. The conception of ‘substance over form’ is quintessential to understanding our guru-varga and is worth paying attention to.
Books are the Basis? The whimsical habit of many devotees who misquote Śrīla Prabhupāda and its potential to distort the philosophy is explained in depth here.
Society Consciousness vs. Kṛṣṇa Consciousness illuminates the difference between the two and highlights the negative results of the wrong choice. It could be argued that this is the greatest obstacle facing devotees in these modern times. Narasiṅgha Mahārāja’s explanation on the topic is uniquely profound!
Deliverer or Instrumental Guru? and Ṛtvik Defeated! thoroughly expose, with stunning clarity, the defects in both the institutional and Ṛtvik conceptions of guru-tattva. Backed by substantial scriptural references with a particular emphasis on the supreme position of Rūpa Gosvāmī, these are must-read articles counter the ideology that Śrīla Bhakti Pramoda Purī Gosvāmī, referred to as the “death of the sampradāya.”
Śrī Rūpa-mañjarī-pada reveals the paramount importance of the highest conception amongst the vast collection of authorised Gauḍīya bhajanas and its unique connection to our greatest ācāryas. Though Śrīla Prabhupāda sang this song frequently between 1956-1965 at Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī’s samādhi, he never sang it in the west or explained its meaning. Why, is vitally important.
Śrīla Prabhupāda-Līlā-Smaraṇa-Maṅgala Stotram is a charming Bengali prayer composed by Swami Narasiṅgha in 1994. These 23 astounding verses sing the eternal glories of His Divine Grace as meditated upon by his disciple. They remain to this day unrivalled in beauty, substance and realisation.
My Guru is Rādhārāṇī Continuing the theme from the two previous chapters, this article sheds considerable light on the debate about the eternal rasa of Śrīla Prabhupāda – is he in sakhya-rasa or mādhurya-rasa? Full of references of great import as well as personal realisation, Mahārāja’s meditations on His Divine Grace are noteworthy.
Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Antya-Līlā is a personal account shared by Narasiṅgha Mahārāja of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s final manifest pastimes. His remembrances of these moments in history are intensely personal and full of realisations that are seldom heard.
We hope the readers of Prabhupāda Vijaya will appreciate the contents and intent of the author. This book strives to inspire those who have the courage to look within and motivate them to ‘raise their standard.’ It seeks to improve our understanding of guru-tattva and our appreciation of the previous ācāryas. The more we can assimilate its contents, the more service we can render in spreading the glories of Śrīla Prabhupāda. Prabhupāda Vijaya!