Friday, August 14, 2009

Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja Offering 2009

Dear Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my obeisances again and again, and yet again:

Nama om Vishnu-padaya Krishna-presthaya bhu-tale Srimate Bhaktivedanta Swami iti namine.
Namaste sarasvate deve gaura vani pracine nivisesa sundavadi pacatya desa tarine.

Today is your Vyasa Puja Day. It is traditional to glorify the guru as the representative of Srila Vyasadeva on this day. Vyasadeva divided the one Veda into four and engaged his disciples in expanding them into human society. Thus he gave transcendental knowledge and practice by which society’s members could advance toward the kingdom of God. You proved to be a most confidential representative of Srila Vyasadeva because you took the cream of the Vedic knowledge
specifically Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam, which were obscured by being originally in Sanskrit and commented on by nondevotees, and translated them into English, giving commentaries following the line of disciplic succession, appropriate for time and place. You engaged your followers in translating these authorized works into all the major languages of the world, thus giving billions of people access to the cream of Vedic knowledge, and you encouraged your followers to distribute the books widely. You and your followers have established hundreds of temples in which there are morning and evening classes in this confidential Vedic knowledge and in whichLord Krishna, who is to be known by all the Vedas (Bg. 15.15), is properly worshipped. In addition, under your direction, your followers have organized courses offering systematic study of this literature, often in holy places especially suitable for devotional service. Thus you have made the Vedic conclusion delivered by Vyasadeva easily available worldwide. Therefore in the history of the world, we cannot find anyone who has represented Srila Vyasadeva as well as you.

Our prayer on this glorious day of your appearance is that we may always faithfully apply your teachings and continue to make opportunities for other people to come in touch with them. In this way, we all may advance toward love of Krishna, the perfect stage of the living entities, who are His fragmental parts eternally (Bg. 15.7).

Srila Prabhupada ki, jaya!

Sri Vyasa Puja Day ji, jaya!

Attempting to be the servant of your servants,
Krishna-kripa das