Jaya Srila Prabhupada.
As you know, I have been struggling for many years with imperfect health. In the last few months, Krishna has revealed to me, through reliable medical exams, what my basic health problem actually is. I feel it is my duty to all those devotees associated with me to explain my condition, so you will understand how it affects and determines choices I must make in my devotional service to Srila Prabhupada's mission.
I want to express my great sense of loss at the passing of our dear Godbrother Gopi-prana-dhana Prabhu. We worked together for several years to finish Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavatam. In this and other projects, he showed his brilliant, faithful understanding of Vaishnava literature, his exemplary conduct and his saintly character.
Gopi-parana-dhana Prabhu revealed the real meaning of a Vaishnava brahmana and clarified by his life, why the Vaishnava brahmanas are so dear to Lord Krishna. Devotees around the world deeply appreciated him and mourn his passing, even as we all rejoice in our certain knowledge of his most excellent destination at Krishna's feet. I also want to express my sincere condolences to all of his family and friends.
Hridayananda das Goswami
September 16, 2011
nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedanta swamin iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
Dear Srila Prabhupada,
I offer my sincere obeisances to you.
In Krishna-lila, we find that various pure devotees enjoy different relationships with Krishna. We observe this principle when Krishna descends as Govinda, and also when He comes as Nimai Pandita to manifest the sankirtan movement. There is variety not only of rasas but of 'moods.' Thus among the servants of Mahaprabhu, some are bold, others meek, some innovative, others traditional.
I wanted to share with you some philosophical thoughts that I wrote to a friend. They address the false bravado of materialists who claim that the world is beautiful and 'miraculous' and that the shortness of life does not detract from it, but in fact makes life more interesting, and thus they have no interest in an eternal soul or God.
When we lose something of positive value, and our loss does not bring in its wake, nor is replaced by, an even greater positive value, then such a loss must have a negative value precisely corresponding to the positive value of that which was lost.
A simple example: if I lose ten dollars, I lose precisely the positive value, namely ten dollars. If I invest ten dollars and make twenty, that is not a loss. Similarly, if I give ten dollars in charity, the rewards may easily outweigh the 'loss.' A selfish person may enjoy the renown of having given. A more virtuous person would enjoy the happiness of virtue itself. If we simply lose ten dollars (it falls out of our pocket) and we don't care, that means ten dollars are just not that important to us.
To my disciples:
Please accept my blessings. Jaya Srila Prabhupada. I'm sorry I have not written sooner, but here is the news.
Lord Krishna has blessed me to recover my health, and that is no longer a problem. Or perhaps I should that my challenge now is to keep my health so that I can serve my glorious spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada, in the best way possible.
I am still in Los Angeles, experiencing the happiness of a simple life. As always, our first duty is to chant Lord Krishna's Holy Names with real devotion, without offenses. Lord Caitanya, praying on our behalf, expressed what we all experience: even though we know that Lord Krishna has mercifully invested all His personal potency in His Name, and although we recognize this as Krishna's extraordinary mercy upon us, still we do not have a steady attraction to that Name.
*Below is the most recent letter written by Srila Acharyadeva. To read his previous letters, please go here.*
My Dear Devotees,
Jaya Srila Prabhupada. I wish each and every one of you a most ecstatic, profound, life transforming Gaura Purnima.
Personally, even though it is Friday evening here in Los Angeles, I was just able to attend the morning program at Sridhama Mayapura through Mayapur TV. I participated in the greeting of the Nrsimha-Prahlada Deity, Sri Panca-tattva, and finally Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, with the Gopis.
My Dear Devotees,
Please accept my blessings. Jaya Srila Prabhupada. After consulting with senior devotees about how I might best secure the time I need to write and also give as much attention as possible to my disciples and other devotees, we will try the following:
Jaya Srila Prabhupada. As all of you know, I was profoundly shocked and saddened about the news of our our dear Jaya Devaki. In moments such as these, it is only our knowledge of Krishna and of His divine plan to save us all, which gives us the strength to deal with such a great loss.
Chandramukha Swami, Gaura Hari Prabhu and Lilaraja Prabhu have eloquently described Jaya Devaki's excellent and admirable qualities. Our only consolation is our infallible knowledge of the infinite love Krishna has for Jaya Devaki, and of the thousands of arrangements He is already making for the perfect and eternal happiness of this much loved devotee.