Someone may say, “You are somewhat different from Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Svāmī Mahārāja.” I reply, “Yes, I am different; because he was somewhat shorter than me, and he went to college and mission schools, whereas I never went to such schools. He has so many great qualities, whereas I have no such qualities; and there is sometimes a difference in our choice of words. We present the same wine in different bottles. I am not explaining anything new. Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja has also not explained anything new, nor has Pūjyapāda Śrīdhara Mahārāja. They have also given the same thing in new bottles. Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja and my Gurudeva have taught the same philosophy and principles as taught by Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī.
I have spoken some points, but I cannot even touch the glories of these great personalities. They were all transcendental, and I am speaking about them from the platform of this material world, not from the transcendental world. I have not realized the meaning of transcendental. Because they are from the transcendental world, I cannot properly glorify them. Both Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja and Śrīla Svāmī Mahārāja are very exalted and learned persons, following in the line of philosophy of Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura and Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura.
October 19, 2003 Govardhana