ॐ Prabhupada Pranama ~ Glorifying Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura ~ Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj
Although outwardly he was like a lion, inwardly he was very very sweet, yet it could be traced only in his internal sweetness. Outwardly, the way of love was worshiped by him with grandeur, and awe and reverence, but his object was the simple and beautiful, divine love of Vrindavana, and his temperament in establishing that in the world was just like a lion’s. After his departure I described his life in one sloka. If he were living today, I think he would say, that Srila Sridhar Maharaj has imprisoned me in a cage of poetry.
vilasatu hrdi nityam bhaktisiddhanta-vani
With his first step, he vigorously cut asunder the whole plane of exploitation, and with his second, he has put a stop to all the calculation, liberated stages. With his third step, he has minimized the hardness and stiffness of the rules and regulations of calculative devotional service, by a touch of the divine love: crossing Vaikuntha, he has given us the worship of Radha Govinda.
Calculation, the rules and regulations, awe, reverence, all these things are minimized, checked, slackened with the softness of Vrndavana within, and, and with the hardness of a devastator without, he created havoc in the materialistic world, fighting with one and all. Single-handedly fighting against the whole world, and cutting asunder everything – that was his external attitude. And his second attitude was to put a stop to all scholarly researchers and doctorates of different departments, and to stop their boasting research; and third, to minimize, to slack the grandeur of the worship of Narayana. He caused the domain of love to descend into this plane with the service of Radha-Govinda, establishing the flow of divine love from the heart as all in all. With that we come to serve our object of worship, and he represented the service of Radha-Govinda as the highest attainment. That was his history. The real existence of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad is in bhaktisiddhanta-vani, his divine teachings. May that bhaktisiddhanta-vani dance eternally within the core of your heart.