Glories to Srila Prabhupada 10/26/14 India.
Receive all my affection from Vrinda Kunja.
All glories to the Vrinda family parikrama. Glory, glory to the Holy Dham of Vrindavan. Glory to Yamunaji, always giving mercy. Glory to the lila kirtan, which gives us the sweetness of Vraj. Glory to the sannyasis, who give us their example and association. Glory to the seminars that are organized to help us grow as servants of Krishna. Glory to Gurudeva Atulananda who with his loving cries awakens the slumbering soul.
Glory to Tulsi Devi who gives safe entry to Vrindavan. Glory to the devotees and mothers who have come from afar to meet their Eternal Lord. Glory to Sri Krsna's Harinam Sankirtan which awakens spiritual awareness. Glory, glory to the Srimad Bhagavatam, the Bhagavad Gita and all the scriptures that support us and lead to growth in the path of Bhakti. Glory to the expansions of Vrindavan in different parts of the world that are under our care, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, Colombia ... All these sites are pure mercy of Sri Vrindavan Dham.
I hope this year's Vraja Mandal Parikrama pilgrimage allows us to mature in our efforts to serve. That is my humble prayer that I share with all of you before my Spiritual Master, Tulsi Maharani, and Sri Vrindavan Dham.
Tomorrow is the disappearance day of Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada is really the light in the sky of Vaishnavism, who achieved a revolution and transformation of the planet. Those who know of Srila Prabhupada and are aware of the details of his life know the impact he had all over India and the world. Not that that is openly acknowledged by the scholastic world that only prides itself on its analytical studies, but they have missed the largest nectar which was shared by Srila Prabhupada. However, the other day I visited a well known Acharya from the Vallabha Sampradaya called Sriji Baba Maharaj, he only repeated: "Jay Srila Prabhupada, Jay Srila Prabhupada!" It's amazing the wonders that Srila Prabhupada has done. In some parts the impact of Srila Prabhupada is considered, which inspires us to be his representative.
In fact, before I met Srila Prabhupada, I had nothing to act on, what I felt was a great void in my life. But now I have someone very special to represent, so much so that a person as insignificant as I can figure out how personally. It seems as a joke, but it's true. This is why I transfer to you indirectly all the power to taste the nectar of the association of Srila Prabhupada, still having these western bodies.
This morning we went to have the darshan of the river Yamuna and visited a camp for pilgrims who are doing the Vraja Mandal Parikrama. It was surprising, because when we arrived they immediately fell to the ground giving obeisances.What a shame! They are people who have followed Vaishnavism all their lives and so beautifully they are continuing their parikrama and when they saw us, these white elephants just emerging from a sinful life, they throw themselves at our feet. This is a phenomenon. And all this happens due to us having come in contact with the mercy of Srila Prabhupada. The transformation a pure devotee achieves in the lives of others when they follow his instructions and teachings in the end. That's something very important that I wanted to share with you today.
I also want to take advantage of sending a message to all the devotees who right now can not be with us in Vrindavan, but remain in temples struggling in multiple areas of their service. All those beautiful and merciful devotees and preachers who continue to do Gauranga sankirtan every day. I send a special greeting to Prabhu Thakur and his sankirtan team. Greetings to all the Vrinda family temple presidents. Greetings to our Tapasvi Maharaj and his team who always receive us with so much love in Peru. A salute to the devotees of Colombia who are always excited to expand the transcendental vision in the most beautiful ways. Greetings to all the sannyasis who are the pillars that support the Vrinda mission. Greetings to all the grhasta devotees who lead businesses that support Krishna Consciousness and help us to develop more projects. Greetings to all the brahmacaris and vishnupriyas who are always dedicated to preaching. All glories to the children in Krishna Consciousness that are guided and educated under the Faith education. All glories and a big hello to all the guardians of the Eco Village where many volunteers have the opportunity to meet Krishna. All glories to the cooks who are daily feeding our devotees delicious and healthy prasadam, cooking and providing food for Krishna.
All glories to the kirtaniyas who are concerned that there are very sweet kirtan and serious programs. All glories to the speakers who always share the nectar (hopefully daily, because there is need for it). All glories to all the mothers and vishnupriyas living in service. All glories to the conscious farmers who cultivate the land, to avoid contaminating it with unwanted pesticides. It really is a big task for experts. All glories and a big hello to all the devotees who are dedicated to being temple receptionists, which is a super important service because if someone is not well received at the temple then they will not want to return.
All glories to those who answer the phone at the temples and address the concerns of callers. All glories to the old people who are showing us how to do things the right way and thus remain attached to Krishna and His Holy Name until the last days of life.
All glories and a big hello to all mothers who care for their children, which is a very big task. Someone may say that having a house in order is not a great job, but who does not understand the depth of it has no respect for the great feminine force, nor for mothers, especially in this era where mothers have to work and leave the care of their children to others, destroying much of the family tradition. A big hello to all those who are developing OIDA therapy worldwide, the psychologists, and those who worry that there is a good application of this knowledge to enable people to understand that faith is a universal gift from God.
A big hello to all the Yoga Inbound Schools that are delivering the Vaishnava science and the essence of the Bhagavad Gita to all people. All glories to the devotees engaged in the cleaning of temples, doing the same thing we are doing here in Vrindavan and keep picking up trash, cleaning out there, always with a very beautiful spirit that should be distributed.
You do not know what Krishna's plan is. Nobody knows what will happen. At any time we can leave this body. That is why Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur mentions in astaka lila kirtan, telling us what is happening with Krishna at every moment, giving us the chance to get closer to Him or away from Him. So I beg of you, across the world, to always remember Srila Prabhupada. We live by him and for him. We are the people of Srila Prabhupada.
The glories of Srila Prabhupada must be the flag that we always carry forward. Of course, we also carry the flag of our leaders: the Gurudeva Atulananda flag, the flag of Damodar Maharaja, the flag of Giri Maharajq. We all have an attachment for our leaders and that's fine, but we must not forget that Srila Prabhupada is our life. I do not say that just because I'm his disciple (but of course, all the disciples, we tend to think of the supremacy of the Guru), but I say that Srila Prabhupada is who is holding the Bhagavat Dharma at this time.
All Srila Prabhupada did was always with a futuristic vision, like the Gurukul, for example, where the Gosal cows are protected, the eco villages that ensure a simple and sustainable life. My teacher was a revolutionary spirit of justice and affection, a true ambassador of mercy. The importance of Srila Prabhupada must be marked on the heart, not just having a big picture of him. It is in the heart that we must keep the brand of this great savior of the world so we can move forward, always making good use of our fuel called the japa-mala. This is where you find the energy to preach. Hare Krishna - Hare Krishna - Krishna Krishna - Hare Hare - Hare Rama - Hare Rama - Rama Rama - Hare Hare. With that I say goodbye for today, now Gurudeva Atulananda is going to share a few words of glorification of Srila Prabhupada.
-B.A. Paramadvaiti Swami
On this day of the departure of Srila Prabhupada I feel very blessed to see that he is still holding me even after more than 30 years after his departure. He knew that what he left was very powerful, so one day he said: "If you maintain what is there, then that is sufficient." So, imagine, and it was very powerful.