My dear devotees,
Accept all my affection today.
Today is a very special day, when the great mercy of our Lord manifests.It is the day of the appearance of God in His personal form on Earth. It is thanks to the spiritual master that we can approach all this wonderful knowledge of Krishna and His pastimes. We are so fortunate that we not only celebrate the appearance of God on Earth, how Nanda Maharaj made a great festival to share the joy of the arrival of his child Krishna, a day after we also remember the beautiful arrival of the great savior of the fallen souls into the world: Our Srila Prabhupada. It is a double celebration of happiness that fills each of our days. Thanks to Srila Prabhupada we know about Sri Krishna. And thanks to the devotees we can be at the Feet of Srila Prabhupada.
The simplicity of the devotees is something admirable. Vaishnavas are free of the desire for recognition. They only seek to serve unconditionally. Devotees do not demand respect for themselves. However they do for their guru, for their Lord. The most important thing is the attitude that reflects the following: without the guidance of my spiritual master and the Vaishnavas I can not do anything as well as thinking, thanks to the support of the Vaishnavas I can do some service to God.
One can understand that only by Krishna's mercy can you do some service. Well, ultimately we are instruments, nothing more. How best to serve, how to become instruments of love of the Lord, those are the questions we must ask ourselves every day: What does being an instrument of Krishna in practical life mean? How can I do it?
Srila Prabhupada exemplified this with his own life:
He went to America penniless, with two baskets full of books talking about the glories of his spiritual master and so all of Krishna's mercy went with him.
Srila Prabhupada never wanted to be famous, he did not find the movement "Bhaktivedanta Swami". Many yogis who came to the West formed their own movements, where the guru was the center. Of course, that comes from the pollution of advaita - vada which says that we are all God. That's a big mistake to think that we are God. Just think a little bit about our disqualifications and we quickly realize that we have no chance of being God. However, if you take refuge in God and you ask for His divine protection, many of His qualities begin to soak into your own personality. Luckily!. That is the special gift that God gives us, that permeates us with His mercy. Only those who fail to understand that they still think they are God. It's like saying, "My mother is amazing, therefore I am my own mother." Well, not your mother would say about it :)
If one says to God: "I am God himself" it is a great insult, however, if you say, I'm part of the family of God then that is a great blessing. And if I am part of the divine family of God, then all others are also part of it. That's what I want everyone to understand. Being part of the eternal family of God means that we can not mistreat anyone who is part of that family, including animals and plants. I am very happy to be part of this eternal family and be with each one of you.
Today we will be celebrating the initiations of new members of the family and sharing with all devotees who have come so far. All my love to you on this day. Jay Srila Prabhupada!
Your always well wisher,
B. A. Paramadvaiti Swami