DIARY OF A TRAVELING
By His Holiness Indradyumna Swami
Volume IX, Chapter 12
Vyasa Puja Offering to His Holiness Bhakti
Dear Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja, Please accept my
most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I would like to offer some words of praise on your
auspicious Vyasa-puja day. Please don't feel that it is inappropriate
even though such glorification is generally given by disciples and
I am your Godbrother.
In Srimad-Bhagavatam, Prahlad Maharaja says that
a devotee should see his advanced Godbrothers on an equal footing
with his spiritual master. Just as we need the help of our spiritual
master to understand the Supreme Lord, we also need the help of
our Godbrothers to appreciate and serve our beloved spiritual master.
Because you are a bona fide spiritual master yourself,
there are many qualities we can all appreciate in you. I wish I
were there today to hear your disciples extol your devotional qualities
and the service you have given throughout the many years you have
been a devotee.
One outstanding quality that I see in you is your
ability to present our Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy in a way that
is both authoritative and appealing. Through the ages, the Lord
and our acaryas have gone to great lengths to keep this philosophy
intact. This is one reason Prabhupada was so intent on having his
books translated and widely distributed. He once said that even
if all the temples were to fall into the ocean, at least his books
would be present to guide humanity in Krsna consciousness.
It is not easy to preserve an ancient culture in
a quickly changing world. But if we, as devotees of Krsna, can properly
maintain the Lord's teachings through writings and the spoken word,
any sincere seeker of the truth can have the opportunity to revive
his dormant love for the Lord, even in the advanced stages of Kali-yuga.
Thus your presentation of our philosophy in a scholarly
and attractive way all these years has been a great service to the
Lord and our guru-parampara.
I have said many times that you are one of the
best speakers in ISKCON. I sometimes lament that your lectures are
not more widely distributed for the benefit of devotees and non-devotees
alike. I know how much I have benefited from them, and I wish others
could have the same opportunity.
I also appreciate your great love for and service
to the holy dhama of Sri Vrindavan. Your parikramas and lectures
in the dhama are legendary. The goal of all our philosophy is, of
course, to awaken our love for Krsna, the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, in His Vrindavan lila. Srila Prabhupada established the
Krsna-Balarama Mandir in Vrindavan just to give his followers the
chance to understand and awaken this special love for Krsna.
You, like several others among my Godbrothers,
including Deena Bandhu Prabhu and BB Govinda Maharaja, have been
attracted by these uniquely sweet pastimes of the Lord. Thank you
for helping others capture that mood through your parikramas. It
has done a lot for me. I consider you one of my Vrindavan gurus.
I was happy that I could render the service of
giving you your Govardhan-sila, but in reality it is you who have
given Govardhan to me. By following in your footsteps and preaching
the message of Krsna consciousness around the world and taking the
time to live in Sri Vrindavan dhama, I feel that I am coming closer
to pleasing Giri-Govardhan. I pray that one day by His mercy I may
be granted eternal residence in that transcendental abode.
So today, on your auspicious Vyasa-puja, I thank
you for everything you are doing for all of us. Please continue
to lead the way in showing how we can please our founder-acarya,
Srila Prabhupada, and Sri Sri Radha-Radhanath.
On this auspicious day I offer you my prostrated
obeisances. I also offer my humble obeisances to each and every
devotee who is present at your Vyasa-puja celebration.
srinvanti ye vai guru tattva gatham
gayanti yatnair hari nama mantram
arcanti sadhum guru devatam ca
caitanya bhaktah kali kala madhye
"In the midst of the age of quarrel, the devotees
of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu hear songs concerning the characteristics
of the bona fide guru. With much endeavor they sing the great mantra
of Lord Hari's names. They adore the saintly devotees of the Lord
and the bona fide guru."
[Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, Susloka-Satakam, verse 81]
Your admiring Godbrother,
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