Vyasa Puja offerings from our dear Devoties:
Purujit Das offering :
nama om visnu padaya krsna presthaya bhutale
srimate bhaktivedanta swamin ini namine
namaste saraswate deve gaura vani pracarine
nirvisesa sunyavadi pascatya desatarine
I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, who is very dear to Lord Kṛṣṇa on this earth, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.
Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Sarasvatī Gosvāmī. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.
dear srila prabhupada,
all my words seem so fake when i am to glorify you, therefore please excuse my innumerable offenses, which i am commiting like a blind man and although i do not deserve your association due to my selfish and motivated mentality, kindly allow me to remain in the cooling shade of your lotus feet despite all my faults, oh divine master, at least for the time being until i fully realize the great fortune of meeting you.
you are the sun of the kali yuga shining through the darkness. lost in the impersonal fog, we are licking the outside of your books of honey and unable to understand their meaning all we can do is to take a portion or two and use it to gratify our insignificant false personnas created by the illusory potency of the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna for the purpose of fulfilling our unholy desire of becoming the masters of the material world. you have described this as a "half-hen logic". the farmer thinks he will benefit more if he cuts the head of a chicken, because the head simply eats and he wants to keep the bottom only, because the bottom gives eggs. the result of such an overintelligent decision is that he looses the whole chicken. similarly, those of us who still have not come to the point of understanding their precarious position of complete madmen identifying this bag of stool, urine, blood, etc called material body with the self, and who under such puffed up conception of life are simply trying to culminate assets to so-called improve the condition of their material body will loose you, oh divine master as soon as their material desire is fulfilled by someone else. You confirm this in one of your purports:
We have practical experience in discharging our missionary activity that some people come and apply themselves to the Kṛṣṇa consciousness with some hidden motive, and as soon as they are economically a little well-situated, they give up this process and take to their old ways again.
oftentimes we find ourselves disappointed in search for an ideal disciple of your divine grace in a physical form with whom we could associate, follow or even get instructions from on how to serve you. the perfect example of a disciple however can be found in the vani, in the same way as we can find your divine self. Arjuna is one of these examples. He says in the 10th chapter of the Bhagavad-gita:
sarvam etad ṛtaṁ manye
yan māṁ vadasi keśava
O Kṛṣṇa, I totally accept as truth all that You have told me.
there is a popular saying, which states that no one will ever know how it really is and therefore everyone should make his own conclusion. In the introductory sloka of the Srimad Bhagavatam however we get to hear that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is avijnah, or fully cognisant and because the spiritual master is the true representative of the Supreme Lord, who preaches His message on the Lord's behalf, his instructions contain everything and if we are truly broad minded, we should accept them wholeheartedly just as Arjuna accepted them from Krsna on the Battlefield of Kuruksetra. Because there cannot be anything beyond everything, beyond the Supreme Absolute Truth, Krsna who is unlimited, any deviation or attempt to improve such instruction by deletion, substraction or addition is therefore ma-ya, that which is not.By following such perverted messages and instructions one gets only distracted by that which is not(maya) and looses the opportunity to attain full success in this valueable human form of life, which comes by your grace.
but are we to accept everything what the spiritual master says without any deliberation in a robotic way? Is this not fanaticism? -an intelligent observer might object. for example in one instance Your Divine Grace is telling us:
Anyone who is trying to be aloof from this Krishna Consciousness Society and yet engage in Kṛṣṇa consciousness is living in a great hallucination, for this is not possible.
Yet in your Caitanya Caritamrta you state:
If one thinks that there are many pseudo devotees or nondevotees in the Kṛṣṇa Consciousness Society, one can keep direct company with the spiritual master, and if there is any doubt, one should consult the spiritual master.
CC Madhya 19.157
It is therefore the duty of every bona fide disciple to solve these apparent contradictions and instruct others about the conclusions of the Krsna conscious philosophy you are presenting to us. A bona fide disciple has to make choices, because the conclusion is to serve you. We want to serve you Srila Prabhupada and because we want to serve you we have to decide what's the best for this particular situation. And that's what the spiritual life is all about -free will. By free will we have come under the spell of material energy and it is only by free will we can get out of it. Being accustomed to dictates of the senses, however we have forgotten how to utilize it and therefore even after having started our spiritual practise, we find a lazy satisfaction in the so-called humility of not trying to impose our imperfect opinion on others. Preaching however necessites that and it is only through explaining your divine instructions to others we are able to see our own imperfections and incapability and ultimately our dirty heart. How else can we cure it and come to the position of pure service without meeting challenges you have given us?
The two diseases, namely desire to derive personal sense gratification from the instruction of the spiritual master and failure to execute the will of the spiritual master in whatever insignificant way we can do both constitute a great fog by which you are hidden from us. Such olympic games in trying to capture a position in your movement without meeting the proper qualification, or in being the most humble to the extent of being too humble to serve your order in spreading the movement to the suffering conditioned souls hint that our original disease to dominate instead of serve is not yet over. you have very nicely explained this point in your Vyasa-Puja offering to your Guru Maharaja in 1961:
One who renounces the bona-fide spiritual master, or one who tries to enjoy at the expense of his spiritual master, are both useless.First become the servant of your spiritual master, then you will be able to understand these conclusions.
EA 22-4: Fourth Vaisistya
When the guru-bhogi, or one who tries to enjoy in the name of the spiritual master becomes frustrated by his motivated service, he gives up all service together considering it to be material and rather indulges in speculative knowledge to control other motivated servitors by flattering their egos and other forms of manipulative techniques of false philantrophy in order to suffer yet again another form of tasteless existence . If we want to remain in your association, we should be careful not to give any credit to such misleaders. In your early article you explain:
Religious ideologies that have so far been introduced in the phenomenal world have practically choked up the transcendental service of the Absolute. Such mental speculationists try to engage the devotee also for satisfying their fruitive ideologies. But the devotee keeps himself aloof from them by miles asunder. Mental speculation is based on false ego as it is said in the Bhagwat Geeta that conditioned soul thinks himself a worker bewildered by the false ego. If we are therefore influenced by mental speculative process for religious ideologies, certainly we shall remain a bewildered fruitive actor and shall never be able to become devotee.
EA 6: Devotee and the Divinity
Let us therefore always try to engage ourselves in deliberating on your instructions and let's try to explain them to others. In this way we will be able to take the true benefit of your ever-shining association and taste the bliss of pure devotional service.
your insignificant servant purujit dasa
Bhakta Ronny's Offering:
To his divine grace A.c Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
I want to thank You dear prabhupada for reviving this great movement and acient knowledge among the cowered westerns and the hole world , that instead of taking shelter of god and his true followers choose to be slaved by their cars, houses made of cards or like dogs are ruled by their masters and bosses so they can get their paper money .
I myself been salved to that concept . And due to my ignorant have very had time to surrendering my minute soul to your lotus feet. Due to my entanglement to this gross selfish unpure body full of stool and misery , Accepting your guides still tastes very bitter for me. But every day i pray that i will be able to stick to your pure path and wont fall down. A fool like me who is always attracted to the faults of this material life and the flowers of speculative knowledge can get no bigger benefit in this life then reading your literatures, hearing your lectures and interviews while constantly memorizing how so accurately you are smashing the atheists, Buddhist, so called christens , meat eaters, humanoid hogs and other Impersonalists who dare to preach their own message while using Gods name. And still while doing that you show the greatest example of Humility and Tolerance.
Please expect my humble obeisance’s and gratitude for reviving this one and only important Knowledge everyday within me thru your transcendental words and touch .
Your insignificant serpent Bhakta Ronny.