H.D. Goswami’s 1989 Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada


nama Om Visnu-padaya Krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
Srimate Bhaktivedanta Swamin iti namine
namas te Sarasvate Deve Gaura-vani-pracarine
nirvisesa-sunyavadi-pascatya-desa-tarine

yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto ‘pi
dhyayan stuvams tasya yasas trisandhyam
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam

Dear Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my most humble obeisances in the dust of your lotus feet.

As the devotees of ISKCON continue to chant their daily sixteen rounds and follow the four regulative principles, and as they continue to faithfully serve your divine mission, the devotees gradually advance in Krishna consciousness, moving steadily toward their full maturity in pure love of Godhead. As the devotees grow up in spiritual life, they can more and more appreciate your unique transcendental qualities, your extraordinary degree of Krishna consciousness.

You are fully qualified to be the founder-acarya of ISKCON, since you are situated on the highest platform of spiritual understanding. In countless ways, you set a perfect example for all humanity. By following you, all people can advance directly toward the perfection of their lives, pure Krishna consciousness, for there is no obstacle, no mistake or imperfection in your path.

How fortunate is ISKCON to work under your direct shelter! How blessed is service unto your lotus feet! You have demonstrated the truth that you are indeed non-different from your Society, and that Lord Krishna will always protect and guide your faithful followers, since you yourself are the most faithful follower of the previous acaryas. On the blessed day of your divine descent into this world, we humbly pray that we may remain forever at the shelter of the lotus feet of the faithful servants of your lotus feet. Please manifest the glory of Krishna here on earth so that all conditioned souls may discover their real, eternal life in Krishna consciousness.

Falling in the dust of your feet, I beg to remain,
Your tiny servant,
Hridayananda Dasa Goswami
1989