I feel it is my duty to inform you of the passing of Sripada Acharya Mahārāja.
Sriman Hasyapriya dasa of the Soquel Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Seva Ashram was kind enough to inform me of this fact by telephone call this evening (5/9/21) at 9:15 PM EST. The apparent cause of Acharya Maharaja’s passing was the result of COVID-19 infection. The Divine cause is known by our Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna Chaitanya.
Sripada Acharya Mahārāja was personally selected by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundara Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaja to succeed him as the acharya of the Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math, Navadwipa, its London branch and “the Indian group” of Maths. He was one of six acharyas personally named by Srila Govinda Maharaja to succeed him.
To Acharya Mahārāja’s disciples, followers and associates I extend my condolences on behalf of myself and the members of our Sri Gaura Vinoda Saraswat Sanga and pray you may receive the blessings of our Divine Masters to continue your “search for Sri Krishna” with the utmost urgency and conviction and, thereby, achieve the goal of “positive and progressive immortality” for which we are striving.
Yours in the service of our Divine Masters, their devotees, followers and associates,
Swami B.K. Giri
Acharya— Sri Gaura Vinoda Saraswat Sanga