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The following article is an adaptation of a small English treatise written by His Divine Grace Om Vishnupada Paramahansa Parivrajakacharya Ashtottara-shata Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaj Prabhupada. He penned the original document in the year 442 of the Chaitanya Era, corresponding to December, 1928, on the western calendar.


The very same article was printed in that month and year within a Bengali newspaper containing topics on devotional service and the Absolute Truth.


The original treatise can still be found in various Gaudiya archives, under volume 26, number 7, of the Shri Sajjana-toshani.


This adaptation by Shri Kailasacandra das of the Vaishnava Foundation is not an effort to jump over or supersede the acharya. Rather it is an effort to glorify the acharya and his writing, which will always maintain its supreme superiority. A good many sentences of the adaptation are worded in this adaptation exactly as they were in the original. Many more sentences have been only very slightly altered from the original manuscript. The adaptation makes "changes" only in spelling, syntax and explanation. It does not--even slightly--change the meaning of any part of the original treatise, and it certainly does not change the meaning of the whole text in any way whatsoever.


This adaptation is simply a humble effort by the author to make the original manuscript easier reading for the majority of interested Western devotees and spiritualists. A transcripted copy of the verbatim original is available upon request. If even one person benefits from this adaptation, then we will consider our efforts worthwhile.


so 'ham vah sravayisyami yathadhitam yatha-mati


"Now I shall let you hear the very same thing, to the degree of my realization, just as I learned it." SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM 1.3.44