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Tridandi Svami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vana Gosvami Maharaja


Oṁ viṣṇu-pāda aṣṭottara-śata Śrīla Gurudev Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vana Gosvāmī Mahārāja appeared in this world in the Midnapura district of West Bengal in January, 1959, near the pāda-tīrtha of Caitanya Mahāprabhu called Pichalda mentioned in the Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
Since his boyhood, Śrīla Gurudev was very attached to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Śrī Nityānanda Prabhu and worshipped Their lotus feet.
He received his Bachelor degree in Economics from Calcutta University in 1980. His uncle, Śrīpāda Bhaktivedānta Madhusudhana Mahārāja, who is to this day temple commander of the Devānanda Gauḍiya Math inspired him to dedicate his life to the service of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa.
In 1981, He joined the Gauḍiya Vedānta Samiti, and would regularly hear hari-kathā from paramapujyapada nitya-līlā praviṣṭa om viṣṇu-pāda aṣṭottara-sata śrī Śrīmad Bhakti Raksaka Śrīdhara Dev-Gosvāmī Mahārāja who blessed him, and asked him to stay in his temple. However, Śrīla Gurudev's heart was already taken by nitya-līlā praviṣṭa oṁ viṣṇu-pāda aṣṭottara-śata Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyana Gosvāmī Mahārāja.
In 1982, Śrīla Nārayāna Mahārāja gave him harināma and instructed Śrīla Gurudev how to enter in Vaiṣṇava philosophy. He received dikṣa from nitya-līlā praviṣṭa om viṣṇu-pāda aṣṭottara-sata Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vamana Gosvāmī Mahārāja, who was the president and ācāryā of the Gauḍiya Vedānta Samiti. And in 2000, at the Gaura Purṇimā festival, Śrīla Gurudev has taken the sannyāsa vowel.
Since ever, Śrīla Gurudev has been served Sri Mahāprabhu´s mission, traveling all the world, preaching and teaching by His own example how to serve the Divine Couple, Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa.



Srila Gurudev's Vandana

nama om vishnu-padaya
goura-presthaya bhutale
srimate bhakti-vedanta-
vana iti namine
“I offer pranamas unto om visnupad Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Vana Maharaj, 
who is very dear to Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.”
vande 'ham bhakti cakoram 
gauranga-nija-prestthitam 
srimate bhaktivedanta 
svami vanam namas tubhyam
“I offer my prayers and obeisances unto Srila Bhaktivedanta Vana Maharaj who is like a cakora bird, 
always drinking the moon-rays of pure devotion and who is among Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s own dear ones.”
sri radha eka nisthitam
rasayana-kathamrtam 
sankirtanam ananda-dham 
gosvaminam vanam namah
“He bestows upon us the life-giving nectar of hari-katha
which culminates in exclusive devotion to Srimati Radhika and the blissful shelter (ananda-dham) of nama-sankirtan. 
I offer obeisances unto Srila Vana Maharaj who has perfectly mastered his senses (gosvami).”
About Vaisnavism: The Hare Krsna Movement
Oṁ viṣṇu-pāda aṣṭottara-śata Śrīla Gurudev Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktivedānta Vana Gosvāmī Mahārāja is a bona fide representative of the Gaudiya-Vaisnava sampradaya, or simply Vaisnavism, a monotheistic tradition within the Vedic and Hindu cultural traditions.
It is based on the teaching that comes to us by the disciplic succession, from God (Krsna) to Lord Brahma, then to Sri Narada Muni who taught Sri Vyasadev, and successively from spiritual master to disciple, passing through the earlier incarnation of God Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (Srimati Radhika and Sri Krsna combined), the Six Gosvamis (Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatan, Sri Raghunath Bhatta, Sri Jiva, Sri Gopal Bhatta and Sri Raghunath Das), then Sri Jagannath Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur, Srila Gaur Kisor Das Babaji Maharaj, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, Sri Bhakti Prajñana Kesav Gosvami Maharaj, Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupad, Srila Bhaktivedanta Vaman Gosvami Maharaj, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Gosvami Maharaj, until nowadays, with Srila Gurudev Sripad Bhaktivedanta Vana Gosvami Maharaj.
The Vaisnavism has many important scriptures, like Srimad Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. In all vaisnava teachings the person will understand that the goal of life is to develop real love for God (Krsna). And this love is realized through the practice of bhakti-yoga, the science of devotional service.
In the latter part of the 15th century, with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the bhakti-yoga tradition was revitalized, by introducing the expansive spiritual movement called Harinam Sankirtan, that is basically the chant of the holy names of God – known as Maha Mantra:
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama
Rama Rama Hare Hare
And as a truthful acarya (one who teaches by his own example of life), Srila Gurudev continues this wonderful mission of Sri Mahaprabu, making everyone happy by chanting the holy names of God, in the whole world.