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Bhaktisiddhānta Swami (Vrindavan - India)

Dear Guru Mahārāja,

Please accept my unlimited obeisances in the dust of your saṅkīrtana feet.

All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda!

Amazing, another appearance day celebration and opportunity reminder is at hand to honor and thank the Lord for sending His pure devotee to deliver us and encourage to do the same.

As the history goes by we observe change, evolution, and devolution of civilizations, governments, leaders, and sadly even spiritual representatives. In ISKCON amidst the external currents of time, the internal structure and surrounding personalities adjust; the purely dedicated with increasing spiritual realization while others disempower due to karmic reorientation.

However, you Guru Maharaj, have weathered the storms providing an example of unwavering solidarity as you follow Śrīla Prabhupāda’s instructions, not catering to ‘change’ as desired by the moderns of malleable mindsets and unsure footing.

Just see the power of your chastity to the mission of Śrīla Prabhupāda, freeing you from any rāga and dveṣa that manifests in those of personal motivation and ‘I and Mine’ identification. From the days of construction purchases, Indian citizenship, nama-hatta preaching, swimming, wrestling, initiations, GBC management, kīrtanas, Navadvīpa Maṇḍala Parikramas, safaris, pandal programs, plane travel, one to one personal counseling, devotee care, deity installations, temple construction, book distribution, powering within a physical handicap like no other, and maintaining and preserving Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mood; you have demonstrated an inconceivable ability as a father figure and accommodator of all.

You have imbibed this unique gift from Śrīla Prabhupāda, to unite opposites. Please allow me to also serve you in this way in the spreading of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Please empower me to go beyond the externals of narrow mindedness and engage all with respect to the Will of the Lord, not personal limitation.

Best Wishes,

Your aspiring servant,
Bhaktisiddhānta Swami