Bhaktivinode Thakur’s Daily Schedule


From an article by Sesa Dasa at ISKCON News

“Lalita Prasad Thakur, in his notes on his father’s life describes the Thakura’s daily schedule while he was staying at Puri.

He was never idle, being always engaged in the service of the Lord. Between 7:30 and 8:00 PM he would go to bed. He would then rise just before 10:00 P.M., light his oil lamp and write books until 4:00 A.M. Then he would rest again for a maximum of half an hour. At 4:30 he would wash his hands and face, sit down and chant on his beads. He never showed his beads to anyone but would chant on them constantly, as time permitted. At 7:00 AM he answered all correspondence, at 7:30 A.M. he read various religious and philosophical works, and at 8:30 A.M. he received visitors, if there were any, or else he continued to read until 9:30. At that time he would walk back and fourth on the veranda of his house, contemplating different religious questions and solving them in his mind. Sometimes he would solve them aloud as if preaching to some unseen guest. He would rest briefly from 9:30-9:45 A.M., then take bath and breakfast, which usually consisted of half a quart of milk, two chapattis and some fruit.

At 9:55 A.M. the Thakura would don his uniform and leave for court in his carriage. As a magistrate he wore a coat and pants. On his neck were six strands of large tulsi beads. He was resolute in his court decisions and would decide a case immediately, not tolerating any humbug. He did his business and left. He shaved his head monthly and never cared what anyone thought of it.

The lawyers and Englishmen were astounded by the Thakura’s capacity for work. At 10:00 A.M. court began. He would hear between thirty and fifty cases per day, yet he finished by 1:00 P.M. What took other magistrates a half-hour, he finished in five minutes. He took another two minutes to write the judgment in detail. Some of his British superiors became envious and tried to discourage him, but he was not affected. At 1:00 P.M. he went home, refreshed himself and then….

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