14 Sep Sri Vyasa-puja Message From Srila Bhakti Charu Swami
Her Grace Madri Dasi & BCEC (Bhaktivedanta College of Education and Culture)
Recorded on 29th August 2010
Blairgowrie, Johannesburg, South Africa
It is nice that you are trying to celebrate my birthday but to tell you frankly I don’t really think there was anything special about my birth. I was an insignificant individual trying to do many things, and have been able to do some things and have failed in many other areas but my life really began when I came across Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada gave me real life. Srila Prabhupada gave me the real meaning to my existence. Therefore I personally feel that what we should celebrate is the glory of Srila Prabhupada. Fortunately my date of birth coincides with Srila Prabhupada’s arrival in America – 17th September. Therefore I have an opportunity to glorify Srila Prabhupada or recognize the greatness of Srila Prabhupada on this particular day. That is why I request everybody that instead of celebrating my Vyasa-puja rather celebrate the Prabhupada Memorial Festival.
Prabhupada arrived in America on this day and as a result of that the Krishna consciousness movement appeared. As a result of Srila Prabhupada’s appearance in America Krishna consciousness movement came out of India and spread all over the world fulfilling Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s prediction. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s prediction of course is that this Krishna consciousness movement will spread in every town and village all over the world. That may not have happened now but Srila Prabhupada has spread the movement all over the world. There is no doubt about that. There is no doubt about that. And with the passing of time we have seen how this movement is growing in a remarkable way in leaps and bounds. If it keeps on moving if it keeps on expanding in this way, a time will come when the whole world will become Krishna conscious. In order to make it happen we have to recognize the greatness of Srila Prabhupada. We have to recognize the importance of Srila Prabhupada. We have to recognize the importance of the institution of Iskcon. Actually Iskcon is Srila Prabhupada’s extension. It is through Iskcon that Srila Prabhupada is still present on this planet. It is through Iskcon that Srila Prabhupada’s movement is still expanding. It is through Iskcon that Srila Prabhupada’s dream is becoming a reality and Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s prediction is becoming a reality.
So that is why personally I feel that it is very important that instead of establishing ourselves we rather then try to establish Srila Prabhupada. On the other hand if I obscure Srila Prabhupada’s greatness then instead of helping the movement then I will be causing hindering the progress of the movement. Therefore personally I am not so much in favor of having my Vyasa-puja. Actually in Iskcon there will be many, many Guru’s in one time. And if we get into this elaborate Vyasa-puja I have seen how it leads into competition and so much money is wasted unnecessarily. Rather let us become practical and let us recognize the importance of Srila Prabhupada’s mission and let us become united at the feet of Srila Prabhupada.
We know the concept of watering the root of a tree and how by watering the root of the tree the whole tree becomes nourished. Similarly let us recognize that the root of Iskcon is Srila Prabhupada. And if we aggrandize Srila Prabhupada, if we glorify Srila Prabhupada everybody will be glorified. Everybody will be happy. On the other hand if individuals get into the competition of glorification – because I have seen that disciples so easily get into this competition – “My Guru is the greatest Guru and I have to prove it. And how do I prove the greatness of my Guru? By the grand Vyasa-puja celebration that I have”
That is not really going to help the unity of our movement because while you are glorifying your Guru there are many other devotees of other Gurus who will feel disappointed. But if you glorify Srila Prabhupada then everybody will be happy. There won’t be any room for disappointment. Everybody will be happy. Therefore I will suggest that instead of glorifying me you glorify Srila Prabhupada. Don’t try to glorify me rather try to please me. And what will please me ? When you glorify Srila Prabhupada. When you assist Srila Prabhupada’s movement, when you serve Srila Prabhupada’s mission. Then I will be happy. Thank you very much.