Dear devotees. Srila Prabhupada ki jay. A greeting from the heart from Vrindavan
Today is the day of Srila Prabhupada. This morning we meditate: What is the greatest and most special thing that our Gurudeva did? And the conclusion was: Srila Prabhupada shared his home with the world. His resignation was so absolute that in New York and in many previous circumstances, he lived with his disciples and bhaktas in a very intimate and sacrificial way.
Speaking of biases, Prabhupada demonstrated so much love to the world that he tolerated everything.Srila Prabhupada lived with us, ate with us. Sometimes waiting in line for the toilet. He chatted and advised any concerns that another might have. He cooked for his disciples, wrote for them. He advised anyone who asked for any advice for spiritual life. It was an example of love, tolerance and brotherhood and not to be prejudiced against others. That gives merit to enter the ranks of the saints, of course a Vaishnava sannyasi is a saint.
In our history, Srila Prabhupada was noted for his love of others, and it was something proven.He really loved us and everyone who loves him, also comes to love others. Prabhupada also inspired this spirit in his genuine disciples: that a true disciple must be attached to preaching the message of his spiritual master and his divine message. This is what I meant. I want to state emphatically that Srila Prabhupada was unique.
Here we are in full celebration. With many special guests. They are making their offerings to Srila Prabhupada too. I want to invite Vishnu Maharaj, acharya of the Chaitanya Mission to say a few words to the devotees of the Chat. Before that, any questions? Here comes a question.
What does transcend mean?
The word transcend means to realize and that's not something you can theorize either, because any explanation will always be at the intellectual level. That has its validity, because one can say that one who is humble always take into consideration the feelings of others, and so on. But these are theoretical explanations. But when you use the word to transcend you are talking about realization.
Sometimes I talk to experience spirituality. That is very difficult today. Devotees are special and can experience spirituality but from time to time arises elements that are not spiritual, as anarthas or old attachments that have not yet been completely overcome and hinder implementation and the process of transcending. So in the spiritual life, there is something very important that we should never stop doing in the community: Istagosthi.
The meeting between those fighting for a cause. Not with people who are not activists or not experiencing the cause of a practical way. When you share with those who are fighting for the same cause, something very special. In a meeting, a devotee should be presented as follows:
-Dear devotees. I thank you for putting up with me. Second, I would like you to be so kind and tell me what I'm doing wrong, I can improve, because only you who know me and are the natural thermometers of my spiritual growth that can tell me if I may say or do crazy things, and tell me what I should not do. And so, I ask humbly to pass me a paper with these observations of my faults, to improve and become the server that actually longs to return.
Once, in a temple, the president said exactly what I was talking and just finished, everyone started to complain of his conduct. Rather, his own medicine tasted a little bitter. That is true sincerity, when you want to know how or what you do is impacting positively to others.This is a way of transcending one's ego, but you need to perform this transcendentally, spontaneously and not because someone tells you to.
Now a few words from Srila Bhakti Vicar Visnu Maharaj, Acharya of the Sri Chaitanya Mission. Please have a nice meditation and feast on this day of Srila Prabhupada.
It is a day to reconfirm our vows, to take new vows. What service are we going to do for Srila Prabhupada from now on. That we offer. And do it from the heart. Srila Prabhupada Ki Jay!
You ever well wisher,
Swami B. A. Paramadvaiti.