Vyasa-Puja Offering

jaya om visnu-pada paramahamsa parivrajakacarya asottara-sata sri srimad bhaktivedanta gosvami maharaja Srila Prabhupada ki jaya!

"One hundred and eight glories to the wandering mendicant, to the great bhakta who resembles a swan, to the glorious master Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja Prabhupada, who has taken refuge at the lotuslike feet of Visnu."

Dear Beloved Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my humble obeisances again and again. All glories to your lotus feet.

On this most sacred occasion of your 108th appearance anniversary in this world, I fall in the dust of your lotus feet and beg for the ability to properly glorify your divine and magnanimous character.

In the Caitanya-caritamrta (Antya-lila, 7.12. Purport) you state the following: "The true acarya, the spiritual master of the entire world, must be considered an incarnation of Krsna's mercy."

By your grace, Srila Prabhupada, you made such an incredible sacrifice of traveling by steamship across the Atlantic ocean for three weeks at the advanced age of 69 -- suffering two heart attacks in the process -- and arriving on the shores of America armed with a mere seven dollars worth of rupees, a few books and an unshakable desire to serve the mission of your spiritual master, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaj Prabhupada. Despite the overwhelming odds against you, your arrival was clearly predicted by the great acarya in disciplic succession, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura a century ago, and thus your success was already guaranteed. Because of your completely selfless endeavor, the entire universe is now awakening from an age-old sleep of godless ignorance to the joyous and eternal sound of Lord Caitanya's harer-nama sankirtana.

By your grace, Srila Prabhupada, thousands upon thousands of lowborn mleccas and yavanas have been transformed into Vaisnava devotees of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krsna.

By your grace, Srila Prabhupada, so many persons once attached to grossly sinful activities such as meat-eating, intoxication, gambling and illicit sex life are now blissfully following the rules and regulations of vaidhi-bhakti under your expert guidance.

By your grace, Srila Prabhupada, devotees everywhere are now bathing and dressing the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His arca-vigraha form, which is nondifferent from Sri Krsna Himself.

By your grace, Srila Prabhupada, devotees from all over the world are regularly traveling to the holy places such as Mayapur, Vrindavan and Mathura, although previously hardly anyone had ever heard of those sacred places. And by your grace, they are also visiting Sri Radha-Kunda, whose glories are unlimited and which is unobtainable even by great devotees such as Narada and Sanaka.

By your grace, Srila Prabhupada, scores of atheists and agnostics are now beginning to understand who is God and who is not God. And by your grace, they are are now serving and praying to Him instead of denying and defaming Him.

By your grace, Srila Prabhupada, so many previously lost souls are now going back home, back to Godhead, the eternal abode of the Supreme Lord.

But most of all, by your grace, Srila Prabhupada, you have given us your association, your instructions and your example. Now, by your grace, I humbly request that you so kindly bless me with the desire and ability to share these matchless gifts with each and every single conditioned soul in the material world. Please help me to someday become your real disciple and serve you without reservation according to your desire. May this be my only aspiration, life after life.

Thank you very much for everything, Srila Prabhupada. All glories to your lotus feet.

Your aspiring servant,
Padmapani das
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