Śrī Mahāprabhu asked Śrī Rāya Rāmānanda, “What is the worst type of suffering?” Śrī Rāmānanda Rāya replied, “Vaiṣṇava-viraha.” Parā means the highest or greatest. The greatest or most grievous suffering is vaiṣṇava-viraha: separation from pure Vaiṣṇavas.
After the disappearance of Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda, my Gurudeva, Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja, along with a few others, established the Gauḍīya Vedānta Samiti—and Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Swami Mahārāja was one of the founding members. Gurudeva had already taken sannyāsa and had been preaching for a long time, but now he established the new Gauḍīya Vedānta Samiti’s headquarters in Navadvīpa and began preaching through the Samiti. As Kṛṣṇa is bhakta-vātsalya, very affectionate to His devotees, Śrī Guru is śiṣya-vātsalya, very affectionate to his disciples.
November 07, 2002 Varsānā