(Hinduism: ISKCON/Gaudiya Matha)

Srila Kedarnatha Datta Thakura Bhaktivinoda (1838-1914), the "grandfather" spiritual master of Bhaktivedanta Swami (i.e. he was Prabhupada's Spiritual Master's spiritual master), but incidentally his father. The spiritual master of Srila Gaurakishora dasa Babaji Maharaja, and father of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, he will be most remembered in Vaishnava history for his against the derogatory attitudes of British imperialists toward Vedic culture (which were often adopted by his contemporaries) and the misrepresentation of Vaishnavism by the sahajiyas(*) (who do not follow regulative principles). He authored many books on the philosopy and teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu as well as devotional songs (bhajanas) collected into books like Saranagati, Gitavali, etc.

(*) See Sahajism and prakrita-sahajiya.

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