My dear spiritual father Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada,
Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Your Divine Grace.
When I offered to serve you life after life, you replied, "Why do you want me to come back again and again?"
So then I said, "Well, if you do not want to take me back to Godhead,
then I want to serve you here, life after life." You smiled.
On another occasion I said, "Srila Prabhupada, you are the most merciful and I am the most fallen - ".
You interrupted and said, "You are not the most anything."
In this way you are always giving your mercy in so many ways. I am very
grateful that I had many personal exchanges like these with Your Divine
Now I am trying to follow the GBC, as your representative. They asked
me to stay here in Los Angeles to undergo treatment for my stroke. By
the time of your Vyasa puja celebration I will have been here over six
months. Gradually I am recovering.
I am very happy - and I am sure Your Divine Grace is also pleased -
that the Plenatarium is underway thanks to the efforts of Ambarisa
Prabhu and his team.
This is the first time I have been absent for so long from Mayapur, and
it is the first I missed the parikrama. I am doing all this as a
sacrifice for your pleasure. I am feeling great separation from the
I was very pleased to hear that 40 years ago here in Los Angeles the
small deities, Sri Sri Rukmini Dwarakanatha, ordered you to establish
Krishna Consciousness in India, which you subsequently did. This was
told by Brahmananda prabhu. So somehow I am here in your western
headquarters, and although I am away from the world headquarters in
Mayapur, I am feeling connected to Your Divine Grace and I visit your
temple every day.
I hope that all the devotees take this opportunity of your Vyasa Puja
to unite. As you famously said: The way to show our gratitude for all
you have done for us is to cooperate in pushing on this movement. So,
we are trying to cooperate, and we hope all the devotees will cooperate
for Your Divine Grace's pleasure.
Many of my godbrothers have been phoning me. Somehow they have kept the
tradition going in Mayapur in my absence. So I am very happy for that.
I hope the Mayapur devotees will also be examples of how you have
taught us to work together. I also trust they will receive everyone
nicely in Mayapur, the spiritual home for the worldwide preachers.
Since I have not been able to travel, I cannot visit my zone or the
devotees and disciples in Asia, Latin America, and around the world.
However, they tell me that they are dedicated to serving your grace.
Please have mercy on them.
Your Divine Grace has given us wonderful teachings. Now, staying here
in the west for so long, I am seeing that it is very difficult to
preach to the westerners; they are very much immersed in their own
tamas and rajas point of view, trying to be happy. So I am very
appreciative of all the miracles you have performed in bringing the
western people to Krsna consciousness, and I am trying to encourage the
devotees everywhere to engage in the preaching activities Your Divine
Grace has inaugurated so that Lord Caitanya will be seen as the savior
of the entire world for His gifts of spiritual vision and true love for
Again and again I bow down to your lotus feet. All glories to Your Divine Grace!
Your servant eternally,
P.S: This offering was written by guru maharaja when he was in Los Angeles for publishing in the Vyasa-Puja book.
P.S 2: To see the image of Vysa-Puja book go to jpsupdates.blogspot.com