Opposite: Maharaja offering the first issue of the Journal of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Savijnanam, to Srila Prabhupada

Scientific Basis of Krsna Consciousness

drop cap Srila Prabhupada instructed Maharaja to write books and articles that scientifically present Krishna Consciousness or Bhagavata Culture. In order to fulfill this instruction, Maharaja has authored The Fundamental Principles of Reincarnation, Theobiology and What is Matter and What is Life? He published the Bhaktivedanta Institute’s monthly bulletin for a number of


years. He co-edited two major volumes; Synthesis of Science and Religion - Critical Essays and Dialogues and Thoughts on Synthesis of Science and Religion containing important thoughts from some of the most prominent contemporary scientists and thinkers of the world including several Nobel Laureates. Maharaja was the only disciple of Srila Prabhupada to write a book during Srila Prabhupada’s lifetime that Srila Prabhupada himself ordered to be printed and distributed in mass. The book is entitled, The Scientific Basis of Krishna Consciousness and is based on instructions that Maharaja had received from Srila Prabhupada. Maharaja offered the book to Srila Prabhupada on his Vyasa Puja day, in Los Angeles, in 1973. Srila Prabhupada was extremely impressed with the book. He would often show it to his guests, stating that the book was written by

one of his scientist disciples. He ordered the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) to publish and print over 100,000 copies of the book. This book is still being used extensively for presenting Krishna consciousness to students at colleges and universities throughout the world and over a quarter million copies have been printed to date. For this purpose it has been translated into many different languages.

Srila Prabhupada also instructed Maharaja to publish the Journal of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, Savijnanam. The

Maharaja offers his book

first issue of the journal was published and offered to Srila Prabhupada on his 25th disappearance day festival in Vrindavan on November 8, 2002. The title Savijnanam was given by Srila Prabhupada and was inspired by the Bhagavad-gita Verse 7.2:

jñānaṁ te ’haṁ sa-vijñānam
idaṁ vakṣyāmy aśeṣataḥ
yaj jñātvā neha bhūyo ’nyaj
jñātavyam avaśiṣyate

“Many things may happen in life but if, devoid of false ego, we
always remain for the mercy of the Vaishnavas and of the
Supreme Lord then, in spite of all apparent difficulties, we
progress on our devotional journey.”

Sripada Bhaktisvarupa Damodara Maharaja