Vyasa Puja Offering
by Visvambhar Dasa

nama om vishnu padaya krishna presthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedanta swamin iti namine

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami who is very dear to Lord Krishna having taken shelter at His lotus feet."

namaste sarasvati deve gaura vani pracarine
nirvisesa sunyavadi pascatya desha tarine

"Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Saraswati Goswami. You are so kindly teaching the message of Lord Chaitanya and delivering the Western countries which are filled with impersonalism and voidism."

vancha-kalpatarubhyash cha
kripa-sindhubhya eva cha
patitanam pavanebhyo
vaishnavebhyo namo namaha

"I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord who can fulfill the desires of everyone, just like desire trees, and who are full of compassion for the fallen souls."

On this holy and auspicious Appearance Day (Vyasa-Puja) of my Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to my beloved Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, who literally saved my life by his mercy.

Dear Srila Prabhupada,

I was in deep slumber of ignorance, but you kindly awakened me by the torchlight of knowledge. I do remember the day when I fortunately received Bhagavad-gita As It Is authored by your Divine Grace from one of your disciples and that turned my life; your instruction is so sublime and powerful that it can ignite the spark of devotion for the Lord even to an atheist.

You have taught us, "Godhead is light. Nescience is darkness. Where there is Godhead there is no nescience."

The only way to avoid the influence of ignorance is to always associate with Godhead by the sublime transcendental process of chanting:

"Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare/
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare"

You are the great emissary of Lord Krsna the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who kindly broadcasted the message of Lord Krsna on every surface of the globe. In fact this is the prediction of Lord Chaitanya and conceptualized by His Divine Grace Bhakti Vinod Thakur and Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Srila Prabhupada, eventually executed by your Divine Grace on the order of your Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Srila Prabhupada.

You have taught us that every living entity is spirit soul and constitutionally a subordinate part and parcel of Lord, but on account of his forgetfulness of the Lord, he dressed differently and engaged in the service of the external energy of the Lord called Maya and misidentified himself as the material elementary body. Under this adulterated consciousness one is falsely trying to be master or lord over the material energy, which is the source of all miseries.

If living entities revive the original consciousness, i.e understands the Lord and his relationship with Him and executes activities in that relation, then only one can liberate himself from these miseries and be eligible to attain love of Godhead which is the prime duty of the human being and the highest perfection of life. In a nutshell, the essence of your teaching is how to become the lover of God or technically become Krsna Conscious.

Your tremendous contribution to the world cannot be repaid and particularly your books are eternal. You are the great spiritual ambassador to the human society who has a mission of uplifting the modern human society from degradation by bringing them nearer to God.

I would like to offer my infinite obeisances to you and earnestly pray to Lord Krsna on this holy and auspicious Appearance Day to bestow upon me blessings, so that with the association of devotees, I can wholeheartedly follow the divine instructions of my beloved Spiritual Master, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, without fail.

Your most fallen and insignificant disciple,
Visvambhar Dasa
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