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Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami

Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmin
TitleGaudiya Vaishnava spiritual leader
Other namesVinodabihari Brahmacari Kritiratna Prabhu
Personal
Born(1898-02-09)9 February 1898
Died6 October 1968(1968-10-06) (aged 70)
ReligionGaudiya Vaishnavism
Other namesVinodabihari Brahmacari Kritiratna Prabhu
Senior posting
Based inVrindavan, India
Period in office1940 - 1968
PredecessorBhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
SuccessorSrila Bhaktivedānta Vamana Goswāmī Maharaj.
InitiationDiksa–1919, Sannyasa–1940

Bhaktipragyan Keshav Goswami (IAST: Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmin) (9 February 1898 – 6 October 1968), addressed by the honorific "Mahārāja," was a disciple of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī and the founder of the religious organization Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti, formed in Calcutta in 1940.[1]

Murti of Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami on the altar in the Gaudiya Math in Mathura

Bhaktiprajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī "Mahārāja" and Abhaya Caranaravinda Bhaktivedānta Svāmī "Prabhupāda" were "godbrothers" (disciples of the same spiritual master). Abhaya Caranaravinda Bhaktivedānta became "A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmī" when Keśava Gosvāmī initiated him into Gaudīya sannyāsa (monastic orders) on 17 September 1959 at Bhaktiprajñāna Keśava's temple in Mathura.[2][3]

Notes

  1. ^ Bryant & Ekstrand, 2004. p. 131
  2. ^ Anil Sooklal, A socio-religious study of the Hare Krishna movement in South Africa, p.28, 1986.
  3. ^ The Gauḍīya Patrikā's journal of Bhaktiprajñāna Keśava has an account of the sannyasa initiation included a biographical sketch of Bhaktivedanta Swami, listing the major events of his life. The article concluded: "Bhaktivedanta Swami at the Śrī Keśavajī Gaudiya Math accepted sannyāsa from the founder of the Vedānta Samiti, Bhaktiprajñāna Keśava Mahārāja. Seeing him accept his āśrama of renunciation, seeing this pastime for accepting the renounced order of life, we have attained great affection and enthusiasm." Goswami, Satsvarupa Dasa (2002), Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta, 2 (2nd ed.), p. 1191, ISBN 0-89213-357-0

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