1987

 Dear Srila Prabhupäda,

Please accept my prostrated obeisances at your lotus feet. All glories to Your Divine Grace and your eternal presence in your ISKCON body.

In the agony and the ecstasy, the perfection is to remember you. During the year, my thoughts have been expressed in the words that follow:

 

No Pain Greater

We have forgotten you for so long,

please remind us:

You are everything to us.

Why can’t we serve you properly?

Our hearts are full of sinful desires;

We need your guidance.

The pain of separation

Is

most terrible.

The Heart

Full of perverted, twisted,

dirty, dark thoughts.

You enter and sound

the transcendental vibration

which clarifies everything just

like the sun.

You enter,

but the evil elements rise again:

Who is this intruder who has

disturbed us?

Let him go!

You are available whenever we want you,

but you do not force.

How You Work

We know that we are very imperfect

but you are very kind and work

through us

because you know that only you

on behalf of Krishna

can rescue the fallen souls

from material delusion

and establish them in their eternal relationship

with Krishna.

We do not know anyone but you,

and yours.

Our words are very nice, but we

know that we have failed you – badly.

Please forgive us for all of our offenses and

give us another chance to serve you better.

 

On this occasion I also address all of your followers – past, present, and future: You are all great souls. In your effort to serve Srila Prabhupäda, I have put so many obstacles. Please forgive me.

 

Vyäsa-püjä Offering

 

Dear Srila Prabhupäda,
Once a devotee asked you,

We have the perfect philosophy,

Krishna consciousness,

and we have the perfect spiritual master –

Your Divine Grace –

everything about Krishna consciousness is perfect,

yet we always seem to have so many problems –

why?

And you replied,

Because the brahmacharis

and sannyasis

associate too much

with women

We take shelter of your lotus feet!
Once an insignificant devotee asked you,

Now you are here

so everything is all right,

but in the course of time,

when you are not here,

if the society deviates from your standard,

what should I do?

And you replied,

You are also one of the important members of the society,

so you work for the correction,

but DO NOT LEAVE.

All glories to Your Divine Grace!

Once a devotee said,

The way you look right now

is just like a photo

I saw of your Guru Mahäräja,

And you replied,

All that glitters is not gold:

my Guru Mahäräja was like gold –

I am like iron.

All glories to Your Divine Grace!
Once a devotee said,

I can surrender to you,

but whenever I surrender to your disciples,

they always cheat me.

And you replied,

Don’t surrender to me –

I will also cheat you –

just surrender to Krishna.

All glories to Your Divine Grace!
Once a devotee asked,

you know everything about us –

you know us even better than we know ourselves –

yet sometimes you put someone

in a very elevated position

and he

falls

down.

How is that?

And you replied,

The living entity is always marginal,

so whatever position he is in

he can always use it

either for

Krishna’s service

or for

personal sense gratification.

 

Srila Prabhupäda, we take shelter of your lotus feet!

 

Your insignificant servant,

Giriräja Swami