nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhuitale
srimate bhaktivedant-svaminn 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.
As a pure devotee not different from Krishna, you accept and reciprocate the sincere devotion of varieties of ISKCON devotees. With great wisdom and foresight, you often insisted that within reasonable boundaries, we should respect the individuality of the diverse souls who come to you for shelter. Everyone knows how you came to the West, how with pure devotion, you ingeniously established Krishna consciousness in America, and there upon throughout the world. You did this within a specific historical context. We, your followers, now struggle faithfully and creatively to continue your glorious legacy by trying to act with ingenuity and purity to keep Krishna consciousness relevant.
Before coming to the West, you strove with complete sincerity to spread Krishna consciousness in India, with results that did not at all satisfy you. Thus, you boarded the Jaladuta with a magnificent global strategy that you enacted with unique success. Your activities in India prior to coming West demonstrate, as you revealed to Giriraja Swami just before leaving this world, that both purity and intelligent strategy are needed to spread Lord Caitanya’s divine mission.
On the holy day of Your Appearance, we pray that you bless us with purity and intelligence so that we can powerfully perpetuate your grand movement and serve you as worthy descendants.
Hridayananda das Goswami
August 22, 2011