THE VISVA VAISHNAVA RAJA SABHA
Srila Thakur Bhaktivinode
When and where was the Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha first established? What is the goal of this sabhā? The Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha was established in Calcutta in April of 399 Sri Chaitanya Era (1884). The goal of the society is to improve the Vaishnava religion in various ways. The goal and rules of this society were written in a Visva Vaishnava brochure. Under the guidance of this sabhā, various pictures of the pastimes of the Lord have been painted. A Vaishnava trust has also been established. Because of a lack of funds we have yet to establish an assembly hall, a temple of Lord Chaitanya, and a printing press, but we have no doubt that soon Mahaprabhu will arrange for all these. (Sajjana- tosanī 2.1)
When were the Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha and the Vaishnava Sabha merged?
A center for the Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha has been constructed in Sarkar Lane, Kansaripara, and in Calcutta. A huge conference for this sabhā was held on the last Saturday in July, and the resolutions of the sabhā were published in the daily newspaper after a few days. Under the care of the General Secretary, Sri Lal Mohan Dutta, the activities of the sabhā went on smoothly. It was written that the Bharatvarshiya Hari Sadhana Samaj and the Vaishnava Sabha have merged with the Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha. But as far as we know, the Vaishnava Sabha has not merged completely. Although the Vaishnava Sabha is very eager to benefit the sabhā, it will not merge fully with the Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha unless it approves of the activities of that sabhā for some time. Moreover, the Vaishnava Sabha has been established for one year and it will continue to maintain its separate identity until the Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha is established. Because the goal and activities of both sabhās are the same, Visva Vaishnava Raja Sabha will soon merge with its parent sabhā, the Vaishnava Sabha. (Sajjana-tosanī 2.3)
— Śrī Bhaktivinoda Vā ī Vaibhava 33.24-25, compilation and questions by Sundarananda Vidyavinode. Translated by Bhumipati Das, Published by Iswara Das and Touchstone Media. Vrindavan. 2002
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