Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur12“I had a special desire to preach the significance of such books as Srimad Bhagavatam, Sat Sandarbha, and Vedanta Darshan. You have to accept that responsibility. Sri Mayapur will prosper if you establish an educational institution there…”

Signed Kedarnatha Datta Bhaktivinode
(Letter to Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, 1910)

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

Srila siddhant Thakur“The present degeneracy of the church of Śrī Caitanya is mainly due to utter neglect of the study of the works of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī. Devotional scholarship following the ideal of Śrī Rūpa and Śrī Jīva being no longer highly regarded,ignoramuses and mundane emotionalists were passing as Vaiṣṇavas.”An excerpt from the Harmonist under the heading “Revival of Learning in Old Navadvīpa; Parāvidyā-pīṭha at Śrī Māyāpur”: “Academically capable young men who joined the Gauḍīya Maṭha were sent to study at Parā-vidyā-pīṭha before being inducted into preaching life. Courses afforded a discursive yet comprehensive analysis of Vaiṣṇava studies, with emphasis on Gauḍīya siddhānta. Exams were administered by Parā-vidyāpīṭha and degrees bestowed by the Navadvīpa-dhāma-pracāriṇī-sabhā, as it had been doing practically since its inception under Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s guidance.”

 From Bhakti Siddhanta Vaibhava
(by HH Bhakti Vikas Swami Maharaj)

Srila Prabhupada

pp3“…we can start a theological school also, along with a boys primary school. Our theological school will regularly teach our published books, such as Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Nectar of Devotion, Brahma Samhita, and Krishna. We wish to hold examinations and award titles such as Bhakti-sastri, Bhaktivaibhava, and Bhaktivedanta. The whole program will continue for seven years… Anyone who is a little bit conversant with the above books can go anywhere, chant Hare Krishna, distribute Back To Godhead, and hold classes on the above books. I have received one letter from Gurudasa today that they have got permission to chant Hare Krishna in all the streets and parks of London. The world needs this consciousness of Krishna, and we have to manufacture many preachers for this purpose. I wish that you can also take the responsibility of teaching staff when we actually open our theological school in New Vrindaban…”

 – Your ever well-wisher, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
(Letter to: Aniruddha Los Angeles, 4 February, 1969, 69-02-04)

“…Now I want that we shall concentrate on making our devotees Krishna conscious and ourselves becoming Krishna conscious, and not be so much concerned with expanding ourselves widely but without any spiritual content. Just like boiling the milk, it become thicker and sweeter. Now do like that, boil the milk.”

                                                                                                              – Srila Prabhupada, (Letter to Satsvarupa, 9 May 1972)

 “I greatly appreciate your activities for conducting our school to the highest standard of Krishna Consciousness. I consider your work the most important in our society, because you are shaping the future generation of our Krishna conscious preachers. This is not a small thing.”

   – Srila Prabhupada (Letter to Rupa Vilasa, 20 June 1972)

Prabhupada already had plans for Radha Krishna temple on the Gorakhpur University campus as well as accredited courses and degrees in Krishna consciousness – B.A., M.A., and Ph. D. He envisioned graduates going out to teach Krishna consciousness in schools, colleges and temples all over the world.

– Gorakhpur, Feb 3, 1971 (Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita, Vol 4, Chapter 33)