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Pratāpa Rudra Dāsa (Bhubaneswar - India)

oṁ ajñāna-timirāndhasya jñānāñjana-śalākayā
cakṣur unmīlitaṁ yena tasmai śrī-gurave namaḥ

My dear Spiritual Master Ācāryapāda,

Please accept my humble obeisance’s at the dust of your lotus feet. All glories to your Divine grace. All glories to Śrīla Prabhupad, who has given you to pick up us from this hellish planet.

On this auspicious day of your Divine Grace’s appearance, I offer my humble and respectful obeisance’s at you lotus feet.

Actually I am so fallen a conditioned soul that I cannot understand your divine power, also I am unable to understand your Divine Grace. You are so merciful, therefore you accept me as a Dāsa.

You are fulfilling Prabhupāda’s desire to deliver the Holy name around the world. Prabhupāda gave you such power, to spread Kṛṣṇa Consciousness around the world, also you are fulfilling the desire of the Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu, He says in Caitanya Caritāmṛta:

‘pṛthivīte āche yata nagarādi grāma
sarvatra pracāra haibe mora nāma’

Prabhupāda took this message from his Spiritual Master, he spread the message around the whole world, and then he gave order to you for spreading this message. Actually you are a great devotee of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Because Caitanya Mahāprabhu says in Caitanya caritāmṛta:

śuno śuno nityānanda, śuno haridāsa,
sarvatra āmāra ājñā koroha prakāśa,
prati ghare ghare giyā koro ei bhikṣā,
bolo kṛṣṇa, bhaja kṛṣṇa, koro kṛṣṇa śikṣā

The great ācārya Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura took this order and opened the ‘Nāmahaṭṭa’ programme. This programme is giving this opportunity and is enabling all types all classes of men to congregate under the Victory flag of Śrīla Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s Harinam Saṅkīrtana movement. You reopened ‘Nāmahaṭṭa’ not ‘only in India, but you spread this programme around the world. Therefore thousands of thousands of fallen souls are saved by your Divine power.

In this age of Kali, everybody feels that preaching is very difficult, but you never feel that way. Recently you came to Orissa for preaching. So I got the biggest opportunity to associate with you. Nobody wants to go there, but you went, and distributed nectar to fallen souls when people saw you and heard vāṇi your amṛta “NāMAHAṬṬA” immediately people agreed to open NĀMAHAṬṬA saṅga, the people were crying and saying we are so fortunate to “Darśana You”.

O gurudeva, I pray to Your Divine Grace that please grant me mercy, I will be able to free myself from this temporary miserable world and can re-establish my lost relationship with the eternal personality of Godhead, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa. Also I pray unto you, Divine grace, to please let me remain as your servitor life after life.

Jaya Śrīla Ācāryapāda Your unworthy Servant,
Pratāpa Rudra Dāsa