Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami

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Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami
Religion Gaudiya Vaishnavism
Other names Vinodabihari Brahmacari Kritiratna Prabhu
Personal
Born (1898-02-09)February 9, 1898
Banaripara, East Bengal India (presently Bangladesh)
Died October 6, 1968(1968-10-06) (aged 70)
Navadwip, India
Senior posting
Based in Vrindavan, India
Title Gaudiya Vaishnava spiritual leader
Period in office 1940 - 1968
Predecessor Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura
Successor Bhaktivedanta Vamana Goswami
Religious career
Initiation Diksa–1919, Sannyasa–1940

Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja (Bhaktiprajñāna Keśava) (February 9, 1898 – October 6, 1968) Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Goswami Maharaja was a disciple of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada and the founder of the religious organization Sri Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti, formed in Calcutta in 1940.[1]

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

Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Maharaja was a friend of A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, and initiated him into the sannyasa order on September 17, 1959 in his temple in Mathura, and gave him the name Bhaktivedanta Swami.[2][3]

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  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 Bhaktiprajana Kesava 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." Dasa Goswami, Satsvarupa (2002), Srila Prabhupada Lilamrta 2 (2nd ed.), p. 1191, ISBN 0-89213-357-0 

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