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Sarasvata Gaudiya Vaishnava Association (SGVA)
The 7th annual meeting and reunion of the Sri Sarasvata Gaudiya Vaishnava Association (an association of disciplic descendants of His Divine Grace Prabhupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur) was held in the auditorium of the Samadhi Mandir of His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Sri Mayapur on 21st March 2002.
The SGVA was created to fulfill the desires of His Divine Grace Prabhupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur so that all his disciples and followers would cooperatively work together to spread the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to the entire world. His Divine Grace Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada established the Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity trust (BSCT) with one of its objectives being to promote unity in the Saraswat (disciplic family).
The BSCT took the initiative for convening a meeting of all disciplic descendants of His Divine Grace Prabhupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur. They decided to form a formal association under the name of Sarasvata Gaudiya Vaishnava Association (SGVA), with the purpose of fulfilling the well-known desire of Prabhupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur— that his followers cooperatively preach the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu while developing Vaishnava communities in the Holy Dham.
Most of the direct disciples of Prabhupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur appreciate this working-together approach, which began through the initiatives of Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Their Divine Graces Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Maharaja and Srila Madhava Maharaja (who are members of the BSCT) support the attempt to bring together this great family, which was started by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada more than 30 years ago, and has been formally together now for seven years.
The meeting was blessed by two disciples of Prabhupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, namely Their Divine Graces Srila Nayananda das Babaji and Srila Bhakti Vaibhava Puri Maharaja, who both spoke on the need for humility and dedication to the desires of our previous acaryas in order to work together cooperatively. They gave their blessings to the spiritual nephews and all the devotees present. His Holiness Jayapataka Swami convened the meeting and gave the annual report for the previous year. His Divine Grace Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaj gave the Vote of Thanks address concluding the meeting.
The heads and representatives of various member institutions attended. It is the association of the disciplic descendents of His Divine Grace Prabhupada Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura. This association will be registered as a society under the West Bengal Society Registration Act of 1961. Work on this registration is going on, and hopefully it will be registered very soon. The members of this association are the different institutions and maths in the line of Sri Brahma Madhava Gaudiya Sarasvata Sampradaya. All the members of SGVA meet annually.
The SGVA also has a website (www.mayapur.info/SGVA) that was displayed by His Holiness Jayapataka Swami from his laptop to all the members of the meeting. This website will be updated regularly and all the member institutions can send the information to update.
The meeting was started at 9:30 a.m. and ended at 1:30 p.m. After the meeting there was a feast of lunch prasadam for all the members at the Puspa Samadhi of His Divine Grace Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in ISKCON. Some gifts like umbrellas, calendars, and prasadam packs were distributed to all the members. The whole meeting was sponsored by the Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity trust, which was founded by His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. His Holiness Jayapataka Swami is the chairman of this trust.
For ISKCON, there were Their Holinesses Jayapataka Swami Maharaja (convener of the SGVA), Subhag Swami, and Prahladananda Swami.
For Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Math, His Holiness Srila Bhakti Ballabha Tirtha Maharaja.
For Caitanya Mission, His Holiness Bhakti Vichar Vishnu maharaja.
For Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math, His Holiness B.B. Bodhayan Maharaja.
For Sri Saraswata Gaudiya Asram, Bhakti Prasad Bon Maharaja.
For Sri Krsna Caitanya Math, His Holiness Srila Rupananda Bon Maharaja.
For Sri Nityananda Gaudiya Math, His Holiness Bhaktivedanta Govinda Maharaja.
For Sri Caitanya Gaudiya Sevasram, His Holiness Bhakti Prapanna Parivrajaka Maharaja.
For Sri Saraswata Gaudiya Sraman Asram, His Holiness Bhakti Prabhudha Dandi Maharaja.
For Sri Rupanuga Gaudiya Math, His Grace Sacinandan Bramacari, representing His Divine Grace Bhakti Vijaya Sagar Maharaja (97 years old) disciple of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prahupada
For Sri Gaurnityananda Mandir, His Holiness B.P. Sadhu Maharaja.
For Sri Gauranga Gaudiya Math, His Grace Krsnasundar Bramacari.
For Sri Bhakti Saudha bajan kutir, His Grace Upasna Bramacari
For Sri Paramahamsa Gaudiya Math, His Grace Rasikananda Vanacari.
For Sri Surabhi Kunja, Sri Bhagirath das Adhikari.
For Sri Caitanaya Gaudiya Saraswata Asrama, His Holiness Bhakti Pradip Janardan Maharja.
For Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Gaudiya Math,
For Sri Krsnananda Gaudiya Math, His Holiness B. Padmanav Maharaja
We will be regularly posting the activities and the details of the SGVA on the (temporary) website www.mayapur.info/SGVA.
© CHAKRA 4 April 2002
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