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H.D. Goswami’s 2015 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

I bow at your lotus feet and offer you my eternal gratitude for your supreme, eternal gifts.

One morning as we walked with you through Rancho Park in Los Angeles, you stopped to make a crucial point. As we gathered round, you dramatically presented Bhagavad-gita 11.33, where Krishna tells Arjuna to “just be the instrument for actions that I have already performed.” H.D. Goswami’s 2015 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

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H.D. Goswami’s 2014 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

One morning in December 1973, as a disciple drove you to Venice Beach to walk, I sat with you in the back seat. All the way down Venice Boulevard, you instructed me on the importance of our American mission. On many occasions, public and private, you declared the sovereign importance of your western mission. If America and Europe accepted Krishna consciousness, the world would follow. H.D. Goswami’s 2014 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

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H.D. Goswami’s 2013 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

Nama Om Visnu-padaya Krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta swamin iti namine

Namas te Sarasvate Deve Gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine.

Dear Srila Prabhupada,

I offer my sincere obeisances at your feet. You magnanimously bestowed on us Krishna consciousness with a ‘lifetime warranty.’ Just as during your manifest presence on earth, so now after your external disappearance, you continue to make Krishna consciousness work for a burgeoning global community of Vaishnavas.

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H.D. Goswami’s 2012 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedant-svaminn iti namine

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine

Dear Srila Prabhupada,

It is said that “soft water wears away the stone.” Your unceasing mercy, which springs spontaneously from your all-compassionate nature, gradually wears away the stone-like covering of our heart. With your pure, peerless Krishna consciousness you reveal the supreme reality of Krishna to all. With your unalloyed, unflagging determination to serve Lord Caitanya’s mission, you ever remind us of, and inspire us to perform, our real duty in life.

Maturing and growing wiser in Krishna consciousness means to appreciate more and more your inestimable glories. You are the perfect teacher and friend, and on your Vyasa-puja day we beg to be useful in your mission.

Your servant,
Hridayananda das Goswami
August 10, 2012

H.D. Goswami’s 2011 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhuitale
srimate bhaktivedant-svaminn iti namine

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine

Dear Srila Prabhupada,

I offer my sincere obeisances to you.

In Krishna-lila, we find that various pure devotees enjoy different relationships with Krishna. We observe this principle when Krishna descends as Govinda, and also when He comes as Nimai Pandita to manifest the sankirtan movement. There is variety not only of rasas but of ‘moods.’ Thus among the servants of Mahaprabhu, some are bold, others meek, some innovative, others traditional.

As a pure devotee not different from Krishna, you accept and reciprocate the sincere devotion of varieties of ISKCON devotees. With great wisdom and foresight, you often insisted that within reasonable boundaries, we should respect the individuality of the diverse souls who come to you for shelter. Everyone knows how you came to the West, how with pure devotion, you ingeniously established Krishna consciousness in America, and there upon throughout the world. You did this within a specific historical context. We, your followers, now struggle faithfully and creatively to continue your glorious legacy by trying to act with ingenuity and purity to keep Krishna consciousness relevant.
Before coming to the West, you strove with complete sincerity to spread Krishna consciousness in India, with results that did not at all satisfy you. Thus, you boarded the Jaladuta with a magnificent global strategy that you enacted with unique success. Your activities in India prior to coming West demonstrate, as you revealed to Giriraja Swami just before leaving this world, that both purity and intelligent strategy are needed to spread Lord Caitanya’s divine mission.

On the holy day of Your Appearance, we pray that you bless us with purity and intelligence so that we can powerfully perpetuate your grand movement and serve you as worthy descendants.

Your servant,
Hridayananda das Goswami
August 22, 2011