“You are an educated young man, why don’t you present Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s message throughout the whole world?”


Srila Prabhu­pada first met his spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, in Calcutta in 1922. At their very first meeting, Srila Bhakti­siddhanta Saras­wati Thakur asked young Abhaya­charan, “You are an educated young man, why don’t you present Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s message throughout the whole world?” Abhayacharan replied, “Who will hear your Chaitanya’s message? We are a dependent country. First, India must become independent. How can we spread Indian Culture if we are under British rule?” Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur replied, in a very grave voice, that Krishna Consciousness did not have to wait for a change in Indian politics. Krishna Consciousness was so important, so exclusively important, that it could not wait for a political change. Whether one power or another ruled India was a temporary situation. However, the eternal reality of the true self, the spirit soul, was Krishna Consciousness. Therefore, no man- made political system could actually help humanity, only Krishna Consciousness could help. Abhayacharan was very pleased with these words.

From that day he accepted Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur as his spiritual master. He was formally initiated by him eleven years later in Allahabad, and was given the name Abhayacharanaravinda Dasa.

Abhayacharanaravinda Dasa was very dear to his spiritual master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, who could foresee his bright spiritual future. On one occasion, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur was so impressed by an article with a poem written by Abhayacharanaravinda Dasa that he instructed the editor of The Harmonist (The Journal started by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur) “Whatever [Abhayacharanaravinda Dasa] writes, publish it!”

On another occasion, when the disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur suggested that Abhayacharanaravinda Dasa move into the ashram in order to assist the Gaudiya Math’s preaching, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur commented, “Don’t worry about him, when the time comes, he will do everything by himself.” By studying the manifestation of ISKCON and its worldwide activities one can realize how this statement of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur has come true.

In December 1936 Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur wrote a letter to Abhayacharanaravinda Dasa stating: “I am fully confident that you can explain in English our thoughts and arguments to people who are not conversant with the languages Bengali and Hindi... This will do much good to yourself as well as to your audience. I have every hope that you can turn yourself into a very good English preacher if you serve the mission to inculcate the novel impressions of Lord Chaitanya’s teachings in the people in general as well as philosophers and religionists.” (Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita)


“Whatever [Abhayacharanaravinda Dasa] writes, publish it!”