Vyasa-puja Offerings
to Srila Prabhupada

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H.D. Goswami’s 2010 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 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.

Your servant,
Hridayananda das Goswami
September 2, 2010

H.D. Goswami’s 2009 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada

In 1971, I wrote to Srila Prabhupada asking if I could address him as my spiritual father. He wrote back saying that he was indeed my spiritual father, and that the Gayatri mantra was the spiritual mother. With the combination of father and mother, the disciple takes second birth. As we continue to receive the unstinting mercy of our eternal guide, Srila Prabhupada, we continue to grow spiritually, and indeed intellectually and emotionally, since all our faculties rest on the spirit. With our growth in Krishna consciousness, it is natural that we discover an ever more mature relationship with Srila Prabhupada, even as we learn to appreciate him with ever greater insight.

As Prabhupada progressively frees us from our blind attachment to our temporary bodies, and to this temporary world, we are able to increasingly appreciate his own spiritual purity and perfection. We can see with far greater clarity that Prabhupada’s glory lies in his selfless devotion to Lord Krishna.

Once in a morning Bhagavatam class in New Dvaraka, Prabhupada said, “People give me credit for spreading this movement, but I take no credit. If, however, you insist on giving me some credit, then it is simply this: that I never tried to take Krishna’s position.” Srila Prabhupada is the only person I ever met about whom I can say with complete certainty, that everything he did, he did with no other desire than to please and glorify Sri Krishna. It is this pure Krishna consciousness that we worship and follow as we eternally serve Srila Prabhupada.

His servant,
Hridayananda das Goswami
August 17, 2009

H.D. Goswami’s 2007 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

My simple prayer is that Lord Krsna bless me to be an enthusiastic member of Srila Prabhupada’s sankirtana party.  Srila Prabhupada’s pure loving service to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu inspired the Lord to reveal Himself in the most powerful and enchanting way.  We can all participate in that unique revelation by enthusiastically assisting Srila Prabhupada in his unique service to the Lord.

Sincere service to Srila Prabhupada in his sankirtana activities quickly and easily elevates us beyond the predictable misery of selfishness.  Service to Srila Prabhupada is the best way to water the root of our existence, and thus achieve eternal peace and happiness.  Let us try to put his pleasure above our own, for only thus will we be happy in this world and the next.

Srila Prabhupada’s pleasure is sublime and selfless; he seeks the eternal happiness of all living beings.  Trusting in his mercy and that of Lord Krishna, let us rededicate ourselves to his mission, which is identical to that of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai.

From one who aspires to serve him,
Hridayananda Dasa Goswami
September 5, 2007

H.D. Goswami’s 2006 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

At this time every year, we gather our thoughts and our communities to honor our spiritual leader, Srila Prabhupada.  Because our impurity blocks our vision of Krishna in the heart, Krishna sends his pure devotee as the external, visible form of the Supersoul, to guide us on the path back to Godhead.

As we mature and advance in Krishna consciousness, our appreciation for, and devotion to, Srila Prabhupada naturally grow in proportion.  Ultimately it is Srila Prabhupada’s wish that we mature to the point of being able, as he was, to simultaneously preserve and adapt the great tradition that he so wisely and faithfully revealed to us.  We must preserve Krihsna consciousness as it is.  Otherwise, we betray the spiritual science.  Yet we must present it in a relevant way, so that it lives and breathes as humanity’s yuga-dharma.

Only through Srila Prabhupada’s great mercy will we successfully grasp and implement his deep will to his satisfaction.  On this day especially, let us pray for that specific mercy.

His servant,
Hridayananda Das Goswami
August 17, 2006

H.D. Goswami’s 2005 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

I offer my sincere obeisances at the lotus feet of my pure spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada.  As we grow and mature in our knowledge of the material and spiritual worlds, one simple, central fact remains constant in our lives: it is by the great mercy, kindness, and wisdom of Srila Prabhupada that we will achieve real success and happiness in life.

His greatest gift is knowledge of himself, for to know even partially the exalted nature of the Lord’s pure devotee is to know Krishna in the most sublime way.  Indeed, one cannot know Krishna without knowing His pure devotee.

To dedicate our lives wholeheartedly to Srila Prabhupada’s mission is the natural, satisfying response to his glories.  Gratitude, prudence, bliss, and love all compel us to put aside our trivial pursuits and strive for his selfless, incomparable, contagious pleasure.

His eternal servant,
Hridayananda Das Goswami
August 28, 2005