by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti
Prakasananda Sarasvati was also preaching Mayavadi philosophy. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu finally defeated him through his kindness and humility and the Mayavadi sannyasis got the blessings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu through the agency of Tapana Misra in Varanasi. Even there in Varanasi today, you will find the memorial where all the impersonal sannyasis were converted to Vaisnavism by the power of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Srila Sridhara Maharaja was definitely a very deep philosopher and he would preach very strongly against monism and voidism. He told us a story about the time he went to the lecture of an atheist because he wanted to hear how they were presenting things. The atheist said to them, “My dear friends, if there were a God, you needn’t bother with Him. He’s too busy because He has created a universe that’s so big, there are stars that have been shining for sixty thousand light years and their light still has not reached planet earth. So you can imagine that anybody who has created that doesn’t have time for you and your little childish things.” In this way he was arguing against God.
Then Srila Sridhara Maharaja lifted his arm and said, “Let me ask you one question? Do you think that someone who has created such a gigantic, wonderful, huge creation would even forget one atom? What type of a limiting concept are you expounding? He’s the infinite, so His love is also infinite.”
Srila BP Puri Maharaja, during his years of writing, was also preaching against Mayavadi philosophy. We should make a clear distinction: meditating on Brahman and worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead are two very different things. It’s not the same thing to worship a demigod or to surrender to a Gaudiya Vaisnava guru and receive maha-mantra and diksa. It’s not the same thing, and to think that it’s the same thing is nama-aparadha and dhama-aparadha. When we commit these offenses, there will be no success in our spiritual life. This was very clearly delineated by our previous spiritual masters, and thus it is our duty to continue in this way. It’s true that the great majority of this world is just materialistic, and only after a very long time of materialistic existence will they become impersonalists. Then, after a long time of impersonalism they become yogis, and when they become yogis they meditate on Paramatma. When they see Paramatma, they want to become one with Him instead of surrendering to Him. Even Sri Krsna Himself has something to say about this manusyanam sahasresu kascid yatati siddhaye yatatam api siddhanam kascin mam vetti tattvatah (Bhagavad-gita 7.3)
Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows me in truth.
Source: Sato Vrtteh – Following in the Footsteps of Previous Acaryas by Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti