Dear Spiritual Master, my gratefulness is eternal for everything that you have done for me I will always carry, recorded in my deepest self, your sublime figure, and imperishably I will glorify your name.
oṁ ajñāna-timirāndhasya jñānāñjana-śalākayā
cakṣur unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ
“I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who has opened my eyes, which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the torchlight of knowledge.”
yadyapi āmāra guru—caitanyera dāsa
tathāpi jāniye āmi tāṅhāra prakāśa
“Although I know that my spirital master is a servitor of Lord Caitanya, I know Him also as a plenary manifestation of the Lord.” (Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi-līlā 1.44)
jīve sākṣāt nāhi tāte guru caittya-rūpe
śikṣā-guru haya kṛṣṇa-mahānta-svarūpe
“Since one cannot visually experience the presence of the Supersoul, He appears before us as a liberated devotee. Such a spiritual master is no one other than Kṛṣṇa Himself.” (Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi-līlā 1.58)
Dear Śrīla Ācāryapāda,
Please accept my most humble obeisances at the dust of your holy lotus feet. Please bless this unfortunate fallen soul so that he may understand your inconceivably exalted personality, and let this foolish son glorify his divine father on this most auspicious appearance day of Your Divine Grace in this material world.
Lord Caitanya wanted to distribute the topmost jewel, the nectarine fruit of love of God, Kṛṣṇa Prema, all over the world. What a merciful Lord!
pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma
sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma
“In as many towns and villages as there are on the surface of the earth, My Holy Name will be preached.” [Caitanya Bhāgavata Antya-khaṇḍa 4.126]
Out of His causeless mercy, He felt divine anxiety to deliver all fallen souls. His dear associates were then also anxious to calm the transcendental anxiety of the Lord.
Many great souls descended from the spiritual sky to prepare a very very great effort of massive preaching. So, in a most glorious disciplic succession, through such exalted personalities as the six Gosvāmīs of Vṛndāvana, Śrīla Narottama Dāsa Ṭhākūra, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, the great ācārya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda and you appeared to command the greatest mission, the topmost dream: A worldwide Society of Vaiṣṇava devotees meant to fulfill Lord Caitanya’s prediction.
Most of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s godbrothers thought of this as an impossible task and after the departure of their spiritual master engaged in mundane dispute, forgetting Śrīla Bhakisiddhānta’s will and instructions. But, despite confusion, in order to help Śrīla Prabhupāda, Lord Gaurasundara sent the jewel amongst His servants:
The clever boy,
always looking for his Lord,
The jewel was born.
The unavoidable departure of Śrīla Prabhupāda took place, the mood of service turned to vāṇi, transcendental connection through the instructions. Most of the disciples felt discourged, but anyway, the true devotees did not leave the battlefield. Instead, they fiercely took their spiritual master’s instruction as their life and soul…
“Please help me to push forward this movement...”
“If you really love me, work together cooperatively…”
Amongst the few highly advanced disciples, Lord Gaurasundara’s jewel was given the task.
Lord Caitanya’s leading followers spread His glories, and in the same way, close devotees of Śrīla Prabhupāda made him glorious, and these confidential devotees cannot be other than the ones sent by the Lord at help glorify the pure Vaiṣṇava, the great ācārya, founder of ISKCON, cream of the nectar of genuine Vaiṣṇava associations, supported by four strong statements:
Books are the basis
Preaching is the essence
Purity is. The force
Utility is the principle
Higher taste we develop hearing the nectarian CAITANYA-LĪLĀ. Without drinking this nectar emanating from the lotus mouth of Lord Gaurasundara’s jewel, the powerful ISKCON ācārya ŚRĪLA ĀCĀRYAPĀDA, what is the chance of attaining detachment from the mundane so-called taste? All glories to Śrīla Ācāryapāda!
Higher taste we develop when His Divine Grace so purely chants the Holy Names, pouring this nectar in ecstasy with the powerful vibration of his great karatālas, shaking our hearts immersing us in the unknown ocean of happiness, revealing the wonderful ecstatic sweetness of the HARINĀMA SAṄKĪRTANA. All glories to Śrīla Ācāryapāda!
Deeper faith we develop with the amazing spread of the NAMĀHAṬṬA program, which is literally fulfilling the Lord’s prediction... “In every town and village...” Śrīla Ācāryapada’s success fully established the NĀMAHAṬṬA, satisfying the inner desire of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda. Let us postrate ourselves before the great ISKCON ācārya! All glories to Śrīla Ācāryapāda!
Great realization we attain drinking the nectar of the glories of the Holy Dhāma. ŚRĪ MĀYĀPUR DHĀMA is being revealed by the causeless mercy of Śrīla Ācāryapāda. Who else is giving this matchless gift? Let us postrate our heads before the great ISKCON Ācārya, the associate of ŚRĪ MĀYĀPUR DHĀMA. All glories to Śrīla Ācāryapāda!
Great inspiration we get upon seeing the JAYAPATĀKĀ flag flying vigorously, announcing Lord Caitanya’s all round victory! Śrīla Ācāryapāda is imposing around the world Nitāi-Gaura’s victory for the benefit of all the fallen souls. All glories to this most merciful Ācārya! All glories to Śrīla Ācāryapāda!
Oh dear transcendental physician, dear Spiritual Master and real friend! I find no limit to your countless qualities, or to your always expanding glories.
Oh great ācārya that makes from the difficult path an overwhelmingly sweet nectar, not only for your fortunate disciples, but for anyone that accepts your bonafide advice! Dear Vaiṣṇava ācārya, please bless me with a drop of your faithful service to your Spiritual Master in deep separation! To carry on your divine instructions despite difficulties!
Please bless me with a drop of your infinite mercy to help you with my childlike effort to push forward this movement just like an atom strongly sheltered under your Holy Lotus Feet! Kṛṣṇa’s mercy is found only through Nitāi-Gaura’s mercy, but without Your Divine Grace’s mercy, even the most merciful Lord’s mercy cannot be attained!
Before meeting your Divine Grace I had nothing but your Divine Grace gave me true life at your lotus feet!
I want this Vyāsa-pūjā offering to be not just words, but a reaffirmation of a lifetime works at your lotus feet. I feel myself like a piece of coal that Your Divine Grace is trying to clean. So wretched! Please do not kick out this fool, let me try my best. Make me an instrument to help you in your glorious mission. Please dear Master, bless me to develop nicely this year in Bolivia your dearest programs. Let this rascal duck associate with the swan-like devotees of your Divine Grace!
Oh dear Spiritual Master, please on this most auspicious day of your mercifully appearance in this world let this foolish son broadcast in my childish way the glories of Your Divine Grace.
I wash and drink the water of the feet of the great souls that have taken the secure shelter of Śrīla Ācāryapāda’s lotus feet. On this glorious day, I also invoke the blessings of the most fortunate devotees that have taken as their life and soul the service of Śrīla Ācāryapāda.
All glories to His Divine Grace Jayapatākā Swami Ācāryapāda, the dearest associate of Śrīla Prabhupāda and their Lordships Śrī Śrī Gaura Nitāi!
Dear Śrīla Ācāryapāda please accepts once again my postrated obeisances at the dust of your holy lotus feet.
Your insignificant eternal servant,
Raṅga Purī Dāsa Brahmacārī