Who Was Srila Prabhupada's Sannyasa Guru?


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"I am a disciple initiated by Narayana Maharaja (Sannyasa Guru of Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada). I am interested in receiving more information and helping to bring the truth to my ISKCON brothers."
- Reinaldo Figueras, Caracas, Venezuela

Editor replies:

1) We will be delighted to send you more information regarding the truth about ISKCON, and we encourage you in wanting to help bring this truth to those in ISKCON.

2) However, we would also encourage you to bring the truth to your brothers who follow Narayana Maharaja ("NM"). Please see here for the truth regarding him.

3) As a point of information, please note that the sannyasa guru of Srila Prabhupada was not NM, but actually His Holiness Bhakti Prajnan Kesava Maharaja, who was also the guru of Narayana Maharaja. How do we know? Because NM himself says so:

"This is to certify that His Holiness Tridandi-Swami Bhaktivedanta Swami [...] in November 1959 he took Sannyasam (renounced order of life) from His Holiness Tridandi Swami Bhakti Prajnan Kesava Maharaja".
- Swami B.V. Narayana (Enclosure from Srila Prabhupada Letter, 3/4/67)

It has been claimed that NM performed the rituals for Srila Prabhupada's sannyasa initiation ceremony on behalf of his guru, and Srila Prabhupada's sannyasa guru, HH Bhakti Prajnan Kesava Maharaja. But that does not make NM the sannyasa guru, any more than ISKCON temple presidents' performance of initiation ceremonies on behalf of Srila Prabhupada made them diksa gurus.

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