Preserving the Vaishnava past – for the future


I am still troubled by the attack on a historical Vaishnava site that took place recently. I felt the same way when the Taliban blew up the ancient Buddhas in Afghanistan. I’m not a Buddhist, but something precious was lost to the world when they did that.

Desecrating a site of great spiritual significance to thousands of people is bad enough, but when ancient artifacts are destroyed we lose some of our links with history. Some things in this world just cannot be replaced, and when we lose personal items of the Vaishnava saints or their writings I feel that is a tremendous loss.

So I was heartened today to read of a project to locate and record for posterity some of the mediaeval scriptures associated with the Vaishnava line of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Manuscripts on crumbling materials are still being preserved and protected in remote parts of West Bengal. Writings by such persons as Srila Gadadhara Pandit, Srila Ishvara Puri, and Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur still exist today. You can read a report of the latest progress on Hari Sauri’s website ‘Lotus Imprints’ right here

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6 responses to “Preserving the Vaishnava past – for the future

  1. Thank you for this post and the earlier one. However, you haven’t explained what happened. Can you give me details, please, about what happened at Srinivas Thakura’s place? I’d like them for a letter I’m writing.

  2. Thanks, prabhu. So no ancient manuscript were harmed? Were they copies of Prabhupada’s Gitas?

  3. Ganga Devi devi dasi

    Thank you for this post, also for directing me to Hari Sauri’s website which was very interesting.

  4. It is terribly sad to hear what happened, but I remember that Srila Prabhupada warned us that this movement would encounter opposition due to its successful preaching.

    When an anti-cult movement had taken to “deprogramming” our members, Srila Prabhupada took it as a sign of our success, that we were making a significant enough change that some people were moved to oppose us.

    Somehow, at least in the democratic, pluralist, secular countries, we have not been encountering much opposition lately. We must take advantage of this favorable, tolerant atmosphere to increase our membership, our book distribution and kirtan and other educational and spiritual activities.

    Fortunately, we see no signs of serious opposition now where I am, in the U.S. Things seem quite favorable here. Sorry to hear about the horrible incident in Bangladesh.

    However, we might expect that, someday, when we are becoming very successful and popular, changing the face of society in various ways, some who will feel inconvenienced by this Hare Krishna movement may organize a determined opposition in the industrialized, liberal West as well. Today is Lord Narasimhadeva’s Appearance Day and a good time to pray that this Sankirtan Movement will be protected.

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