Nama Om Visnupadaya Krsnapresthaya bhutale
Srimate Bhaktivedanta Swamin iti namine
I offer my sincere obeisances at your feet. Your mission, your vision, to firmly establish the yuga-dharma, Hari-nama-sankirtana, throughout the world, is the ultimate inspiration and goal of our lives.
You taught us:
kali-kalera dharma — krsna-nama-sankirtana
krsna-sakti vina nahe tara pravartana [CC 3.7.11]
“Sankirtana of Krsna’s names is the dharma of the Kali age. Without Krsna’s power, there is no spreading of that dharma.”
Just as Lord Krsna commanded Arjuna, “Just be My instrument” [Bg 11.33], so you urged us to try to become Krsna’s instruments. Just as Lord Krsna Himself had already slain the warriors whom He urged Arjuna to fight, so you revealed to us that Lord Caitanya has already spread His sankirtana movement around the world. Arjuna had only to fight a war already won by Krsna, and we have only to spread a sankirtana movement that Lord Krsna Himself has already spread.
“Why don’t you take the credit?” you challenged us. “Otherwise, Lord Krsna will give the credit to other devotees.”
I personally heard this from you on a morning walk in Rancho Park, Los Angeles. On this, your sacred appearence day, I pray that you may inspire and guide us to fully embrace Lord Krsna’s most generous, loving offer — to become His instrument in spreading the Hari-nama-sankirtana movement.
Hridayananda dasa Goswami