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Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja Remembers

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From Our Srila Prabhupada, A Friend to All, "Early Contemporaries Remember Him," this part told by Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja:




"…Later Abhaya Caranaravinda Prabhu wrote another dramatic article — this time about some of the leaders in the Gaudiya Matha. The article explained how the institution was coming apart after Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada's departure. Grihasthas were giving up their wives and loving others' wives, and in the name of developing the mission, some were putting all the money collected into their own pockets.

Sannyasis, even those who had been with their Prabhupada, were making buildings and sending all the money to their sons in their former homes to go to high school and university, or to go to England and America to study law and other things. He wrote about this situation and the first part was published in our Bhagavata-patrika and Gaudiya-patrika. At once a big storm broke out in the whole Gaudiya Mission. Although only about three pages were printed, letters began to come from many Gaudiya Mathas.

"It was like a revolution. Our guru maharaja and Abhaya Caranaravinda Prabhu were talking and smiling very secretly together. Prabhu said, ..We should publish more of it. Why not?' Guru Maharaja was also in favor of publishing it. However many of the God brothers exclaimed, 'Oh, Kesava Maharaja, what are you doing, printing this? Then everyone will know and will criticize the Gaudiya Matha. These are our private family matters.' Even Pujyapada Srila Sridhara Maharaja, who was highly respected by all, was consulted. Many God brothers came to Mathura at that time and Abhaya Caranaravinda Prabhu was residing here in our matha. Srila Tirtha Maharaja and other devotees asked, 'What are you going to do? If you print this then our present institution will be smashed.' Guru Maharaja and Abhaya Caranaravinda Prabhu were smiling and asking each other, ..Oh, what to do?' But when requested by so many godbrothers they decided, ..Later on we may publish the articles, but for now we should obey their orders.'

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