nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhuitale
srimate bhaktivedant-svaminn iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
Dear Srila Prabhupada,
I bow at your lotus feet.
In your purport to Gita 3.30, you write, “The Lord instructs that one has to become fully Krishna conscious to discharge duties, as if in military discipline.”
In our conditioned state it is natural that we, your followers, go through physical, emotional, and spiritual cycles in which our enthusiasm and energy for service wax and wane. Yet if we continue to faithfully serve you, we will steadily advance, even as we experience inevitable ups and downs.
With perfect purity, maturity, and compassion you, our loving spiritual father, guide us through life’s struggles and guarantee the ultimate victory of those who remain faithfully engaged in serving your mission.
You are not merely a glorious theological category. You are a charming, inspiring, liberated soul with your own unique Krishna conscious personality. Learning to relate to you appropriately, we learn to relate to Krishna and other liberated souls. We prepare for our eternal life.
As always, on this day we thank you best by rededicating ourselves to the fulfillment of your selfless desires, which are truly the desires of Krishna Himself.
Thank you for everything, Srila Prabhupada.
Hridayananda das Goswami
September 2, 2010