In 1926, he took sannyas, the renounced order of life, from his Spiritual Master, Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, and was given the name Bhakti Rakshak, which means the "Guardian of Devotion." His Guru referred to Srila Sridhar Maharaj as "a fit person to continue my Divine Succession" and as a "pure soul fully surrendered unto the Supreme Lord."
Many of his exalted spiritual Godbrothers looked to Srila Sridhar Maharaj for inspiration after Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur left this world in 1937. One his most renowned Godbrothers, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad, prior to his own departure in 1977, recommended that his disciples should approach Srila Sridhar Maharaj for spiritual guidance, and many of Srila Prabhupad's followers found shelter in him.
Srila Sridhar Maharaj has been universally appreciated for his high realizations, his literary contributions to the Vaishnava, or devotional line established by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, his personal warmth and his humble nature, and his leadership in the Divine Succession of the followers of Srila Rupa Goswami.
Since his departure from this world in 1988, Srila Sridhar Maharaj has been represented by his chosen successor and dear disciple, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev Goswami Maharaj.
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"In compliance with the Rules and Regulations of the aforesaid Deed, all my lawful claims, directorship, and rights will automatically be inherited by him. In all my Maths, etc., he alone shall as the Acharya, confer initiation, etc., and shall as the Sevaite [Guardian-servitor] and President, manage all the duties of my established Temples, Ashrams, etc.
"Hereby, I do reveal my final desire and directives unto all my Eastern and Western lady and gentlemen disciples, as well as to the faithful souls devoted to the Divinity, that: they must respect him as the exclusive Acharya and President, and remain faithful to him and cooperate with him in the service duties of the Math.
"If anyone cannot honor these directives and this final desire of mine, then they shall be bound to dissociate themselves from my established Maths."