Please accept my blessings. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy Janmastami Festival and a very joyful Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja.
Here in Mayapur we had already three Vyasa Puja celebrations; one at the National school, one at the Community Centre and one at the International school. So I think that here they want to increase every year some new event. They want to have one week celebration of Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja. So of course tomorrow we will have in the temple the formal Vyasa Puja Celebration. Since Srila Prabhupada's feast falls on the Nanda Mahotsava day here they have various cooks had their kitchens inspected and authorized so that they can cook for Srila Prabhupada. We hope to get 2000 pots of preparations. This is what we are doing here in the Mayapur Dhama.
I have been in Mayapur, India since mid July over a month and a half. I was making some progress under the guidance of Dr. Acyutananda but then I got a fever and I was admitted to the hospital for about a week. Then my progress has regressed a little bit but gradually I am taking up. I was able to take a double even a couple of triple steps but now the doctor didn't want to try and I have been walking with the gait belt with one person.
I am going on one hand with the therapies and on the other hand we had the GBC subcommittee for Mayapur, 6-7 people we all met at Mayapur and we discussed about the various topics. So I have been very busy here between the therapies and few meetings and attending Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja festival. So today is the Janmastami. I hope you are seeing the offerings in the www.mayapur.tv website which has a streaming video of how things are going on and you can also watch www.mayapur.com which shows other things. These are the highlights here in Mayapur.
I wanted to take this chance to wish you all a very, very blissful, a transcendental Janmastami. We were discussing this morning how understanding that Krsna's appearance and His activities are all divya, transcendental. It is so important because He says, that if one understands that His birth and activities are transcendental then they will come to Him at the time of death; they don't have to take rebirth again. I hope that everybody has clearly understood how Krsna's birth, His appearance, His pastimes are all transcendental. We are very grateful to HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada that he has brought this Krsna consciousness movement all over the world. I am very happy that I could be his disciple and I hope that I will be able to expand the movement with whatever time I have left.
I want all of you devotees to please take advantage of Srila Prabhupada's mercy. Now I see that Krsna had to kill a lot of demons; like Him and Balarama, They killed Pralambasura, Putana and so many demons. But Lord Caitanya, He said he won't lift any weapon on rivals. At one point He almost used His chakra against Jagai and Madai but Lord Nityananda prayed please forgive them and they also prayed for forgiveness. Lord Caitanya, He changed the mentality from demonic to devotee; so this is our great chance by the mercy of Lord Caitanya on this day we can have our consciousness fully switched to devotee consciousness and thus get the mercy of Krsna. Simultaneously the devotees of Lord Caitanya can be present in Caitanya lila and Krsna lila.
In the tenth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada personally tells how if we are Krsna conscious in this life, then at the end of life we can go to the universe where Krsna is having His pastimes get trained up and transfer back to Godhead. Of course if we have lot of desires we will anyway take birth in the heavenly planets and then take birth in the yogis, brahmins or rich mercantile family. But we really don't want that, we would rather directly be in Srila Prabhupada's service or be at Krsna's service but in case we don't have that focus yet then we can get this auspicious birth. I hope all the devotees will keep the focus and utilize this human form of life to get back to Krsna in this very life because if they take birth in the heavenly planets then they may miss altogether Lord Caitanya's sankirtan movement which is about 10,000 years in this Kali yuga. This is our chance. I now understand why the acaryas they pray that they can take birth immediately in the family of devotees and continue where they left out. Jai! So I thank you for taking time to read this short message and I do hope that your Janmastami festival is ecstatic and you will have a very blissful Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja. Hare Krsna. If you get this letter late well I sent out on the auspicious day and I hope that blessing will work.