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