On This Day 48 Years Ago…

Dear Devotees,

Jaya Prabhupada! Today, Thursday, is the 48th anniversary of my first initiation, given to me by Prabhupada in Los Angeles, on February 8, 1970. Prabhupada did a simple fire sacrifice, and spoke on the importance of Krishna consciousness. I was thrilled, really ecstatic, to be in Prabhupada’s presence. There is of course my famous blunder regarding my name. In those days, after the initiation ceremony, the temple leaders would give each new initiate a little slip of paper with their new name written on. Some devotes had trouble understanding when Prabhupada spoke their new name in Sanskrit, and others were simply too nervous and excited to remember what their name was. I received a little piece of paper with the name Hridayananda Dasa. I was young and that particular combination of letters, Hri was so foreign to my sight, that concluded at once that the devotee who wrote that misspelled my name, and that my real name was Haridayananda, which in Sanskrit means “the bliss of Hari’s mercy.” And so I told everyone that my name was Haridayananda. And that was my name for the next five months, until I wrote a letter to Prabhupada. He replied, saying something like, “by the way, your name is Hridayananda.” He explained that this referred to the Lord in the heart that gives us all spiritual happiness.

There is even a Back to Godhead article in 1970, written by Haridayananda dasa Brahmacari. That was me!

But of course the real point is our great fortune in receiving the mercy of a great Vaishnava Acarya like Prabhupada.

Your well-wisher,
Hridayananda das Goswami

A New Year’s Message from H.D.Goswami

Dear Devotees,

Jaya Srila Prabhupada! A New Year is now quickly approaching. You probably know by now how fast time passes in this world, and because of this how precious every Krishna conscious moment is in this human life. Personally, in this world, I want to appreciate, now more than ever, how invaluable time in Krishna consciousness is. My goal is to advance in my personal path, doing everything I can for the well being of this sad world.

Your well-wisher,
Hridayananda das Goswami

With Your Support

Dear Godfamily,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada & H.H. Hridayananda Das Goswami!

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A Special Thanks to Our Volunteers

It is no wonder that we can find so many scripture references of devotees glorifying one another. Like H.D.Goswami said, “…feel completely free to appreciate Prabhupada in many forms, not only in his personal lectures and books, but also in the devotees, the communities, the dances, the songs, the loving spiritual relationships that actually he inspired.” 

So it’s in that spirit – appreciating the loving spiritual relationships Srila Prabhupada left us – that today, devotees around the world celebrate the Vyasa-puja of H.H. Hridayananda dasa Goswami by honoring his 48 years of service to Srila Prabhupada, with a profound understanding of shastra, kindness and equality to all around him, and deep dedication to his spiritual master’s mission – to spread Krishna consciousness to the Western countries.

This year, as the years before, we’ve compiled offerings sent by disciples, god-family and well-wishers from around the globe in a beautiful e-book, and printed a deluxe copy to present to H.D.Goswami. Thank you to all who sent your heartfelt offerings.

Of course, this wouldn’t be possible without our wonderful and dedicated 2017 Vyasa-Puja Book Team. So keeping up with the “honoring the vaishnavas” theme, we would like to acknowledge Jahnavi Held (CO), Danesh Das (Denmark), Shanti Day (FL), and Emily Galucho (FL), for organizing, receiving, and cataloging the submissions and designing the e-book. 

We would also like to send our deepest gratitude to those who have sent us photos and videos of H.D.Goswami during his 2017 tour. Thanks to all of you we can keep the rest of the world updated on H.D.Goswami’s latest programs.

Last but not least, we would like to give a very special thank you to all of the devotees involved in the making of the new We are extremely grateful to Greg Krier (CA), who spent countless hours developing and designing the new website, Ali Krishna dd (Japan), who has provided us with invaluable support during the development of the new website, to Dharma Das who has maintained the Lecture Database, giving us the gift of accessing years of priceless knowledge, and to Gaura Das, who has catalogued most of H.D.Goswami’s lectures, allowing us to upload the database in user-friendly format. 

We look forward to better serving our community, so if you have any suggestions or questions please feel free to send us a message through our contact page. 

Your servants,

H.D.Goswami’s Media Team

October 22, 2017

Chawton, England

Dear Devotees,

Jaya Prabhupada! As you probably know, I recently returned from India where I had a very encouraging meeting with the GBC. I am grateful to the GBC members for receiving me with great courtesy and kindness, and for being so willing to openly and fairly discuss serious topics of mutual concern. As you will see in the link below, at this point we must all put conflict behind us within ISKCON and work together for the good of Prabhupada’s mission.

The “shared statement” below, which I helped to draft, is a sincere and honest statement of mutual good will, and a determination to find appropriate ways to strengthen our cooperation. I urge all devotees who truly support me to strictly honor this statement and avoid criticizing ISKCON leaders, or any devotees who favor preaching strategies different from ours. Rather with genuine good will, we should treat all Prabhupada’s followers with respect and consideration.

I am deeply grateful to all of you who have understood and supported me. Now is the time to do all we can to strengthen unity and cooperation within ISKCON. Prabhupada wants this and the world needs it.

With best wishes,
Hridayananda das Goswami
October 22, 2017

Shared Statement of the GBC Body & Hridayananda Das Goswami