A chief christian priest had been fighting the devotees and is trying to get Vaishnavism prohibited in the Ukraine. The local devotees requested Srila B.B. Bodhayan Maharaja, the secretary of the WVA and the disciple of the first president of WVA, Srila B.P. Puri Maharaja, to defend their cause on Ukrainian TV.
The debate was set to be for one hour but after only after 20 minutes the priest was defeated by Pujyapad B.B. Bodhayan Maharaja. The priest presented impersonal ideas when he said that the human being is God. On the following day the director of the same television station allowed Maharaj to speak for an hour exclusively about Vaishnava-tattva. Since then the intellectual people of Ukraine are giving more support and protection to the Vaishnava missions. Our Pujyapad B.B. Bodhayan Maharaja opened a philosophical club in Odessa and many people are now becoming devotees under his guidance.
Once again the World Vaishnava Association came as a helping hand to stop the discrimination against the mission of Sriman Mahaprabhu.