(Click page to read Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's book in PDF courtesy of the University of Toronto)
"The object of this little book is to bring the holy life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his precepts to the notice of the educated and religious people. Most of the books treating on these subjects have hitherto been printed in Bengali character. Hence the life and precepts of Chaitanya have scarcely passed beyond the boundaries of Bengal."
(Kedaranath Dutt Bhaktivinoda, 1896)
Note: Srila Prabhupada considered this book and the timing of its arrival in the West significant:
"He, 1896, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura wanted to introduce this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement by sending this book, Shree Chaitanya Mahāprabhu, His Life and Precepts. Fortunately, that year was my birth year, and by Kṛṣṇa's arrangement, we came in contact. I was born in a different family, my Guru Mahārāja was born in a different family. Who knew that I will come to his protection? Who knew that I would come in America? Who knew that you American boys will come to me? These are all Kṛṣṇa's arrangement. We cannot understand how things are taking place."
(Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's Disappearance Day Lecture, Los Angeles, December 9, 1968)
"He wrote one small book, Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Teachings and Precepts of Lord Caitanya, in 1896. And he presented that book to the McGill University in Canada. And he very much desired that the foreigners, especially Americans, would join this movement. That was his desire in 1896."
(Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's Appearance Day Lecture, Atlanta, March 2, 1975)
THE PRABHUPADA CONNECTION
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, His Life and Precepts