Monday, August 22, 2011
Dear Srila Prabhupada...an offering
Dear Srila Prabhupada
Please accept my most humble obeisance.
All glories unto your lotus feet.
All glories to Sri Sri Radha and Krishna
Today is the most auspicious day for individuals who seek a spiritual way of life. This not only includes sincere followers of Srimad Bhagavatam or Bhagavad Gita but also individuals who think beyond this material creation. Indeed, today is your holy appearance day where you advented in the year 1896 for dispelling darkness and initiating the Sankirtan movement at a worldwide level.
The glories of your Divine Grace cannot be summed up in a letter or few paragraphs; in fact, I think it is beyond the confines of words and modern day communication. It is beyond this material creation. Your glories span the entire cosmos just as the million headed Anantha Sesa glorifies the Lord everyday differently. Personally, I have no material or spiritual qualification to glorify you as I am yet to realize your greatness in truth. I am not sure I will ever have the qualification to glorify you in any form or substance. However, it is my pleasure and privilege that I have been given the rarest opportunity to come in contact with your books via Bhagavad Gita (primarily) and that you give me the intelligence to understand its importance. Honestly, I am still bedazzled by your rendition of the Bhagavad Gita so much so that I am still practicing Krishna Consciousness even after years of struggle. How you have captured the depth and at the same time the clarity in a simplistic tone has attracted my heart and want to surrender to the Supreme Absolute Truth. It is clear from the pages of the Gita, as I remember reading it in 1998 that here is a special someone who is writing about a special someone and I happen to open a treasure house of spiritual knowledge. I sincerely thank you for opening up the doors to eternity. It is now, up to me, to tread its path sincerely, and diligently. I pray at your lotus feet that you catch me by my fingers and lead me the way for I have too my material desires that surely will distract me from the path.
I hold your appearance day as the best day of the year because I feel that you are the most compassionate and loving person and remembering such a loving person brings joy to my heart. Even in your chastisement of devotees, I only see your love for the fallen souls. I am attracted towards your compassion and love. In fact, I am one of the beneficiaries of your compassion and love. It is a normal practice that we offer something to the people we adore or love on special days such as “appearance” days. Unfortunately, I am a miser in that regard for I do not have much to offer. In the past year, I have had many ups and downs in life and in all of it somehow I have been managing to stay above water level spiritually speaking. I personally take it that it is your causeless mercy that I am able to stay afloat. I also take it that Krishna is the Supreme Controller who is the Master Orchestrator of all that was, to be and will become.
Srila Prabhupada, you are many things for many people. For me, you will always be the person who showed your love to me without expecting anything in return. You simply wanted my welfare. Indeed you were my true “ever well wisher”. Thank you for making those words true in my life by taking care of me by giving the appropriate guidance and spiritual solace through your books. Thank you for taking the tireless task of spending sleepless nights writing the Srimad Bhagavatam and other books simply for the welfare of modern man. Your sacrifice has helped me re-model my life and help me become a better person. I wish, hope and pray to the Supreme Absolute Truth that I be a small instrument (as you see fit) in your mission.
Otherwise, I have no other desire. Please engage me as your servant of your servant. Please help me to cultivate the appropriate qualities necessary to be your befitting student and instrument of will.
Thank you for your undeserving love.
Always desiring to be your menial servant now and forever.