Sri Srila Bhakti Rakshaka Sridhara Deva Goswami Maharaja
(1895 - 1988 )
Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati was Bhaktivinoda Thakur's son.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
( 1838 - 1914 )
Narottama Dasa Thakura / Thakura Mahasaya
( 1466; date of death unknown
Bhagavat-Acarya Sripad Turiya Das Mahasaya
Founder of the Sri Chaitanya Vaishnava Sanga mission
Bhagavat-Acarya Sripad Turiya Das Mahasaya met disciples of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad in Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1969, and received harinam diksa from Srila Prabhupad in May of that year.
As a pioneer of Srila Prabhupad's Hawaii yatra, Sripad Turiya Das was the first devotee in the state to don the traditional brahmacari vesha and publicly distribute the transcendental literature of his spiritual master, also taking Krsna Consciousness to the outer islands of Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii.
Sripad Turiya Das received brahminical initiation shortly thereafter, and later, on the request of his Guru for senior disciples to marry, Srila Prahupad specially directed Sripad Turiya Das to "be an ideal householder and one of our societies leaders."
Then with the assistance of his wife, Shaktimati devi dasi, he proceeded to establish Deity worship standards at ISKCON temples world-wide for the next decade.
Although rendering every needed service --from book distributor, gurukula teacher, prison preacher to fundraiser-- Sripad Turiya Das Acarya is best known for his meticulous care of Lord Krsna's Arca Vigraha.
"..You are well-qualified to worship the Deity at highest standard..please increase the Deity worship and teach others to become a very good pujari like you," were the instructions given to him by Srila Prabhupad, an order which he has faithfully executed, throughout four continents, to this day.
Appointed as head pujari of Sri Sri Krsna-Balaram Mandir in Vrndaban, India, Sripad Turiya Das Acarya served until the departure of Srila Prabupad from this world in 1977, at which he was present.
Inspired by the tireless preaching efforts of Srila Prabhupad --even into His last days, Sripad Turiya Das Acarya embarked on a mission to preach the glories of Bhagavat Dharma, receiving the inspiration, instruction and blessings of such Vaishnava luminaries as His Divine Grace B.R. Sridhara Dev Goswami Maharaj in Nabadwip and Srila Visvambara Goswami of the Radha-Raman Mandir in Vrndaban and Sri Sri Vaishnav Caran Das Shastraji of the Radha Shyamsundar Mandir in Goverdhan.
In 1984, on the appeal of several sincere students, and after deep meditation, Sripad Turiya Das Acarya began formally accepting disciples in an effort to serve the Chaitanya Vaishnava sampradaya and to assist in the preservation of its glorious siddhanta.
Thus, the Chaitanya Vaishnava Sanga was manifest for the purposes of offering the public the philosophical and practical teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and providing the facility and support suitable for the application of those teachings.
Firmly established on the dual track of the Bhagavat and Pancaratrik viddhis, Sripad Turiya Das Acarya's instructions emphasizes the importance of systematic, regulated worship of the Lord through His Name (japa and kirtan), Deity (seva-puja) and Purana, the Srimad Bhagavatam (Krsna-katha) along with seva to the Dhama (regular Vrindaban-pilgrimages), and His devotees, the Bhagavat Vaisnavas through the processes expressly delineated by the six goswamis, which are known as krsnanusilanam, most pleasing to Krsna.
His classes have included the complete works of Srila Prabhupad and every available work of Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura, as well as the sandarbhas, dramas and prayers of the Six Goswamis and their spiritual descendants.
The Chaitanya Vaishnava Sanga of Sripad Turiya Das Mahasaya has also formed a board of trusties in 1995 to oversee and develop the ancient temple of Shamananda Pandit at Caklesvar in Govardhana.
The Radha Shyamasundar Temple at Govardhan has been recently renovated, repairing some dilapidated walls and re-modeling the deity room with marble walls and floor.
CVS has also built an asrama facility of five rooms with attached baths and a small house for Gurudev, thus providing better facility for Sripad Turiya Das Mahasaya, his students and disciples as well as friends when on pilgimage or retreat.
Prescribing a daily practice of sandhya purification and meditation as a precursor to approaching the Holy Name or the Deity, Sripad Turiya Das Acarya personally guides each student to understand the goal within the eternal means of bhakti.
He leads regular pilgrimages to Krsna's Holy Dhamas in an effort to instill within his students an attachment for the pristine glories of the Lord's lila grounds and the spiritual stalwarts who reside there, ever-encouraging the faithful in the ways of Saranagati Yoga, the yoga of full surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Sri Radha Krsna.