nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedant-svaminn iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
At this time every year, we gather our thoughts and our communities to honor our spiritual leader, Srila Prabhupada. Because our impurity blocks our vision of Krishna in the heart, Krishna sends his pure devotee as the external, visible form of the Supersoul, to guide us on the path back to Godhead.
As we mature and advance in Krishna consciousness, our appreciation for, and devotion to, Srila Prabhupada naturally grow in proportion. Ultimately it is Srila Prabhupada’s wish that we mature to the point of being able, as he was, to simultaneously preserve and adapt the great tradition that he so wisely and faithfully revealed to us. We must preserve Krihsna consciousness as it is. Otherwise, we betray the spiritual science. Yet we must present it in a relevant way, so that it lives and breathes as humanity’s yuga-dharma.
Only through Srila Prabhupada’s great mercy will we successfully grasp and implement his deep will to his satisfaction. On this day especially, let us pray for that specific mercy.
Hridayananda Das Goswami
August 17, 2006