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Founded by 33 Sannyasis and members of 19 Vaisnava missions in Vrindavan on 18 November, 1994 with the first President Param Pujyapad Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Maharaj, the World Vaisnava Association ...

Founded by 33 Sannyasis and members of 19 Vaisnava missions in Vrindavan on 18 November, 1994 with the first President Param Pujyapad Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Maharaj, the World Vaisnava Association creates a common ground for all Vaisnava Missions to share their services.

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  • The World Vaisnava Association Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha Since 1582 - Vrindavan Swami B.A. Paramadvaiti
  • Vedic (Hindu) Culture is the oldest religious scriptural tradition in the world.
    • Vaisnavism with its four traditional branches are the Monotheists amongst Indian schools of thought.
    • Feeling compassion for the suffering humanity and ignorant persons, Vaisnavas have always reached out to help others with Vedic wisdom.
    • The WVA is an umbrella organization to facilitate this same Vaisnava tradition.
    UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
  • UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha 500 years ago in Mayapur, Bengal, where today the Yogapith Temple stands, appeared the Golden Avatar Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as the son of Jaganath Misra and Saci devi
  • He predicted that the whole world would hear the holy names of Krishna.
    • He started the first civil non violent disobedience movement to defend the religious dignity of India.
    • He taught the Yuga Dharma, the process of Self-realization for this Age.
    • He revealed Vrindavan to the World
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  • We follow in the footsteps of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu Srila Rupa Goswami Srila Jiva Goswami Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupad And all other leaders of the Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha…… UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
    • Many spiritual masters.
    • Many missions.
    • One Goal.
    • -To distribute the mercy
    • of Nitai and Gauranga
    • in every town and village
    • of the world.
    Srila Rupa Goswami told Srila Jiva Goswami to found the Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha. UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
  • The World Vaisnava Association was reinaugurated in November 1994 in Vrindavan India, at the Mody Bhavan by 33 Sannyasis from 19 different Vaisnava Missions or Branches of the Chaitanya Tree. UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
  • To give a unified forum to advance the interests of Sri Guru and Gauranga in this world -
    • We needed a communication network for the different missions which are rapidly expanding as the pluralistic manifestation of Sri Guru’s powerful influence in this mundane world.
    • To satisfy all the needs we all share as missionary workers of the Yuga Dharma
    • To show the world the traditions and values of the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
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  • Since there are different Vaisnava missions active in many places of the world, the need to formalize this Sabha has again arisen.
    • Sometimes the dignity of our tradition is being attacked by the press or by ignorant people who misrepresent the Vedas and our spiritual masters.
    • Sometimes misunderstandings arise as siddhanta and practical activities of different missions may have differences.
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  • Over the centuries the Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha was interrupted as great Acaryas and protectors of this Forum left the world and their descendants had to reorganize the respective Missionary activities
    • Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur revived the Sabha and so did Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada.
    • As the entire world came into contact with this tradition through the unparallel preaching of Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada, new dimensions and challenges have to be met by the WVA
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  • A number of different committees were formed to cover all necessary areas of common interest.
    • To hold regular meetings of all secretaries of the different Missions close to the time of the main yearly functions.
    • To broadcast the world-wide activities of the WVA and its members in appropriate publications.
    • To have a strong Internet presence and high visibility of all WVA activities.
    • To inspire members to sponsor the different costs and to avoid having to create a full organizational structure.
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  • To encourage all Vaisnavas to participate in the WVA, both individuals and members of different missions.
    • Let them join the committees which they have interest in.
    • Every committee’s proposals are reported to the joint forum of the managing committee.
    • Communicate all this to the other Vaisnavas
    • Make Press statements and provide all members with full information on the activities of the WVA through Books, Internet and magazines.
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  • UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
  • Yearly meetings of the World Vaisnava Association.
    • Managerial Meetings
    • One day before Rama Ekadesi, Kartik
    • To be announced , Mayapur
    • International Meetings
    • One day after Uttana Ekadasi, Kartik
    • Book Melas of the WVA- to be announced
    • Hari Nam Samkirtan of the WVA
    • 10 AM Radha Damodara Mandir
    • one day after Uttana Ekadasi Kartik
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  • The common cause becomes obvious as we try to recruit new Vaisnavas in the world. UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha WVA Meeting in the Govindaji Mandir WVA Festival in front of the Keshi Ghat
  • Sri Sri Radha Krishna are always at the center of the WVA UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
  • The River Yamuna, Vrindavan
    • All Vaisnavas bathe in this holy river.
    • All read the same holy scriptures.
    • All worship the same deities.
    • All chant the same holy mantras.
    • Let us all join to work for our common cause. There is so much we all have in common. And only secondary details are the cause for different opinions.
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  • The Temple of Lord Jagannath
    • Symbol of Vaisnava unity.
    • Yearly festival of all Sampradayas.
    • The WVA logo is this temple.
    • Puri, the place of Mahaprabhu’s final pastimes.
    • A place where many WVA- and Gaudiya Missions have centers.
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    • He wrote hundreds of books.
    • He started many temples.
    • He reinaugurated the
    • Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha.
    • He planned the world-wide
    • Mission of Mahaprabhu.
    Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur pioneered the propagation of Mahaprabhu’s message in the English language to Western universities. 1838 - 1914 UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
  • Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Prabhupada 1874-1937
    • The founder of the Gaudiya Math
    • President of the Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha
    • He sent his disciples all over the world.
    • He is the author of many Vaisnava books.
    • He established 64 centers of his mission.
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  • Srila Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada 1896-1977
    • He took the message of Mahaprabhu all over the world.
    • He wrote hundreds of books and distributed them in all languages around the world.
    • He opened hundreds of centers, Country ashrams and restored many holy places.
    • He started to make Movies about Krishna consciousness.
    • He gave the Maha Mantra to thousands of disciples from all countries.
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  • Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Maharaj 1895 - 1988
    • He started the Sri Chaitanya Sarasvat Math.
    • He composed many important sanskrit songs and books.
    • He helped devotees from all over the world.
    • He conducted the Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha in his Mandir together with many Godbrothers.
    • He stressed love and the essence over institutional formalities.
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  • Srila Bhakti Pramod Puri Maharaj 1897-1999
    • He revived the Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha with many other Vaisnavas from the east and the west under the name: World Vaisnava Association.
    • He is the founder of the Gopinath Gaudiya Math.
    • He published and edited many magazines, Daily Nadia Prakash, and wrote many books.
    • He was the personification of Vaisnava humility.
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  • To glorify a special Vaisnava we all love to come together.
    • In honor of the President of the World Vaisnava Association Srila Bhakti Pramod Puri Maharaj from 1994 to 1999.
    • He will always be remembered for his love , humility and his generous effort to unite the Vaisnavas from India and those hailing from Western countries.
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  • All Gaudiya Math offering of honor to the president of the WVA at his 101 Vyasa Puja UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
  • Srila Nayananda das Babaji Maharaj 1905-2003
    • He constructed many temples.
    • More than sixty years pujari of Gour Gadadhar in Champahatta
    • President of the World Vaisnava Association since Gaur Purnima 2000.
    • Known for his love without any discrimination.
    • One of the few last disciples of Srila Sarasvati Prabhupada.
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  • UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha Srila Bhakti Vaibhav Puri Maharaj Founder of Sri Chaitanya Mission: “The WVA is doing the work we will all need in our preaching.” Srila Bhakti Suhrid Akinchana Maharaj. Acarya of Gaudiya Sangha: “WVA is our hope to fullfill the plans of our spiritual masters.” Srila Gopananda Ban Maharaj Acarya of Radha Govinda Trust: “WVA is the way to show to the world the dignity of Vaisnavism.”
  • UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha Srila B.V. Parivrajak Maharaj Acarya Gaudiya Vedanta Samiti: “We shall all try our level best the make WVA a success.” Srila B. Dayita Madhava Maharaj, Founder of Sri Chaitanya Gaudiya Math: Guru of the WVA Vice president Srila B.V. Tirtha Maharaj Srila Bhakti Vijanan Bharati Maharaj, Founding Member of the WVA: “WVA shall show that there is place for all Vaisnavas and their missions in the family of Sriman Mahaprabhu.”
  • Managerial meeting of WVA Vrindavan 1998
    • Tusta Krishna Prabhu , former Press secretary of the WVA and secretary of the Chaitanya Mission who boldly defended the WVA around the world. In Poland he defeated a member of the Catholic clergy who had brought a civil case against Gaudiya Vaisnavas to try and stop their preaching in Poland.
    UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha
  • WVA functions can be held anywhere in the world. UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha Srila B.V. Narayana Maharaj addresses the WVA gathering – Srivas Angan; Mayapur WVA Kirtan in Vrindavan
  • Srila Krishna das Babaji Maharaj
    • He was a living example of the loving spirit of the WVA. He visited all missions and always encouraged all members.
    • His Kirtans are sweet and famous.
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  • Sri Sri Radha Govindaji Mandir
    • The temple designed and started by Srila Rupa Goswami.
    • Location of many meetings of the World Vaisnava Association since 1994.
    • Symbol of the majestic importance of the message given by Srila Rupa Goswami.
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  • To give the holy name to the whole world takes care and a religious tradition.
    • Govindaji Mandir 1998, WVA Founding Member Srila B.V. Puri Maharaj speaks to the audience.
    • Above are the Murtis of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gaura Kisora.
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  • Managing Committee of the World Vaisnava Association UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha President : B.B. Tirtha M. Vice President: B.B. Bishnu M. Secretary : B.A. Paramadvaiti M. Treasurer: Pranesvara das Press Secretary : Acarya das Trustees: B.B. Bhodayan M. Avadhuta M.
  • UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha WVA NECTAR
  • The WVA Kirtan visits the Gaudiya Mission in Kisor Pura Vrindavan
    • Conflict Resolving Committee coordinator
    • Srila B.V. Visnu Maharaj helps the WVA very much
    UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha WVA Meeting In Chaitanya Gaudiya Math, Vrindavan 1999
  • Mahavir Maharaj the WVA Nam Samkirtan down the streets of Vrindavan 1998
    • Regular Nam Kirtan with participation of many missions enhances the Nam yajna of the Yuga Dharma
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    • The place in Radha Kunda where our Sampradaya has the shelter of Vrindavanesvari Kundesvari Sri Radhika founded by Thakur Bhaktivinode.
    UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha WVA WORLD VAISNAVA ASSOCIATION The Visva Vaisnava Raj Sabha is depending on the mercy of the Vaisnavas, Nitai Gouranga and the Divine Couple.
  • Samadhi and Temple of Srila Sanatana Goswami
    • Original location of Vaisnava meetings who conceived of the writings to give the Teachings of Mahaprabhu to the whole world.
    • Bhakti Yoga-Sambandha jana- The path of loving service to the divine couple was revealed here by Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohan.
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  • Meet the WVA on the Internet
    • WVA-VVRS.org
    • Our official representation and library site.
    • www.VINA.cc
    • Our own news site on the World Wide Web
    UNITY IN DIVERSITY in the service of Rupa and Ragunatha WVA Internet Committee Coordinator : Pancha Tattva das
  • WVA working Committees
    • There are 18 Committees of the WVA.
    • Examples: Library, Publication, Temple adoption, Press, Secular World, Mela and Events, Conflict resolving, Audarya Award, Art, Environmental committee, etc.
    • Contact any Committee if you would like to cooperate with them.
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  • For more information you may contact:
    • [email_address]
    • Report any WVA news to:
    • vina@ wva-vvrs.org
    • Snail mail (ordinary mail): WVA- Office Vrinda Kunja Bhut Galli 169, near Gopeshwara Mahadeva. Vrindavan, District Mathura UP - PIN 281121
    • Telephone 91-565-2443932
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