Publishing The Harmonist Magazine, 1927

The Harmonist Magazine

The Harmonist Magazine

On June 15, 1927, Śrīla Prabhupāda started publishing Sajjana Toṣaṇī in English, Sanskrit, and Hindi. The English version was called The Harmonist. Its editor, Professor Niśikānta Sānnyāl (Śrīpāda Nārāyaṇdās Bhaktisudhākar) of Ravenshaw College, Cuttack was a learned scholar and a talented writer. Śrīla Prabhupāda was extremely fond of him. Śrīpāda Bhaktisudhākar Prabhu used to offer his entire salary to Śrīla Prabhupāda each month. Śrīla Prabhupāda would then give it to Śrīpāda Narahari Prabhu and tell him, “Now you manage your household [Śrī Chaitanya Maṭh, Māyāpura] with this.”

Under the expert editorship of Śrīpād a Bhaktisudhākar Prabhu, The Harmonist enjoyed the same fame and popularity as Gauḍīya. Śrīla Prabhupāda considered Śrīpād a Bhaktisudhākar Prabhu a strong pillar of his preaching mission, and before he left this world he expressed his gratitude to him. Many devotees who were proficient in English, such as Bhakti Pradīp Tīrtha Mahārāja, Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Mahārāja, Bhakti Hṛdaya Bon Mahārāja, and Bhakti Saraṅga Goswāmī Mahārāja, regularly contributed to The Harmonist. From 1933 onwards, Śrīpāda Abhay Charan Prabhu (later Śrīmad Bhaktivedanta Swāmī Mahārāja) also contributed to The Harmonist. The British editor of a British-run newspaper of Calcutta sent a letter of appreci­ation to the editor of The Harmonist.

The following letter appeared in Gauḍīya, Vol. 14, No. 24, p. 383:
The Biosophical Institute
250 West 100th Street
New York City
December 10, 1935

Dear Sir,

Since we have been receiving your magazine The Harmonist, each issue has given us new joy and inspiration. The spirit pervad­ing the whole magazine is a most unusual one.

Sincerely yours
Sd/ Sylvia Goodwin,
Secretary to Dr. F. Kettner

In September 1927, Śrīla Prabhupāda set forth to preach in North India in different places. Among them were Kāśī, Kānpur, Lucknow, Jaipur, Galatāparvat, Salimābād, Puṣkar, Ajmīr, Dwārkā, Sudāmāpurī, Girṇār Parvat, Prabhās, Avantī, Mathurā-maṇḍal, Indraprastha, Kurukṣetra, and Naimiṣāranya.

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