04 Jan South-African Retreat Glorification Of Srila Prabhupada
Article Sent by Her Grace Chitralekha Dasa
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*nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale*
*srimate bhakti charu svamin iti namine*
*nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale*
*srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine*
*namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine*
*Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare*
*Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. *
Once again, our spiritual master, *His Holiness Bhakti Charu Swami Guru Maharaja, has mercifully assembled the *Vaishnavas* at this, the
4rdSouth African 2012 Retreat.
The resolute determination demonstrated by Guru Maharaja in continuing to dedicate this segment of the evening spiritual session in “the Glorification of Srila Prabhupada”, Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, is an impeccable example to the devotee community to remain cognizant of the priceless value of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Given the extent of which our indebtedness of you has matured undoubtedly by the instructive unceasing endeavour of your disciple *His Holiness *Bhakti Charu Swami Maharaja, I hereby attempt Srila Prabhupada to glorify you with words of intelligence. You have frequently stated Srila Prabhupada that our appreciation of you should be firmly inclusive of *one who delivered Krsna’s message unchanged*.
As I quote the following excerpt, my understanding of your statement is validated:
*With a world Sankirtan party of forty exuberant Western disciples, Srila Prabhupada triumphantly entered Vrindavana. The Brijbasis were astounded at the sight of foreigners wearing dhotis, shaved heads, tilak, sikhas and saris. Simultaneously, they were immensely proud of Prabhupada, their ‘hometown hero’.*
*Radhanath Swami**: “All the people of Vrindavana were glorifying Prabhupada. They were so proud of him. They love Krishna, and they live in Vrindavana, because Vrindavana is the place where Krishna lives. That’s their mood. They worship the land of Vrindavana. But they would tell me they appreciated Prabhupada. Most of them would call him, ‘Swami Bhaktivedanta.’ They would say he’s the greatest saint, because he’s bringing Vrindavana all over the world.”*
*Banwari Lal Pathak**: “In Vrindavana the people were very happy and full of enthusiasm. They were really astonished to see such an atmosphere, with devotees from America and devotees from Europe. And they were doing better work than we people do in Vrindavana, as a religious person. They were better Hindus, they were better Vaishnavas.”*
*The Vrindavana municipality honoured Prabhupada and his Western disciples with a formal reception at town hall.*
*Gopal Ghosh: “Many gentlemen of Vrindavana, the principals of the colleges in Vrindavana and Mathura, and Chairman Ramesh Candra Sharma offered flower garlands to Prabhupada. Huge sankirtana was also performed with dancing. Prabhupada sat on a big pillow under an umbrella, while a devotee fanned him with a camara. Prabhupada gave a lecture on Nama abhasa. Srila Prabhupada said that Ajamila had called his son Narayana, and went to Vaikuntha. So these people, my Western disciples, are always chanting the Holy Name of Krishna. If the Name is divine and true, then through the grace of the Name, they will become pure and go back home to Lord Krishna’s place.”*
*A spokesman for the Municipality eulogized Srila Prabhupada with this speech:*
*”O great soul! Today we, the inhabitants of Vrindavana, known as Brijbasis, all combined, offer our humble welcome to Your Holiness, in this holy place of Vrindavana, and in doing so feel very proud … For many years you stayed at the Radha-Damodara temple, and worshiped Her Majesty Srimati Radharani in a meditative mood, and thus you now have the transcendental vision to deliver the entire world. As proof of your perfection, we can see these foreign disciples before us, and we feel very proud to see how you have transformed them into such pure devotees. We take it for granted that you are one of us in Vrindavana. We are sure that wherever you travel, you must carry with you the impression of Sri Vrindavana Dhama. The culture, religion, philosophy, and transcendental existence of Sri Vrindavana Dhama travel with
you. Through the great message Your Holiness carries, all the people of the world are now becoming very intimately related with Vrindavana Dham. We are certainly sure that through your preaching alone, the transcendental message of Vrindavana will spread all over the world.”*
*Prabhupada came to Vrindavana on pilgrimage to share it with his disciples. Together, they toured the spots of Krishna’s playful pastimes: Govardhana Hill, Radha Kund, Varsana, Nandagrama, Gokula, Mathura. During his ten day rooms to his disciples, Prabhupada spoke to the head pujari about using the Radha-Damodara temple for ISKCON.*
*Srila Prabhupada: “We shall prepare the whole temple nicely, and we shall make a silver throne for the Deity. Fifty to a hundred men will take prasadam here. It will be unique. If you want, we can do it. Otherwise, we can start our own temple somewhere. We are prepared to spend money. If you give us a chance, we will spend it here.”*
*The disciples saw many old copies of his Hindi BTG, Bhagavat Darsan, and other manuscripts still lying in Prabhupada’s room. Where Prabhupada had once sat alone and dreamed of a worldwide Krishna conscious movement, he now sat with forty initiated Western disciples, members of his International Society for Krishna Consciousness. Srila Prabhupada spoke intimately about the days of his solitary bhajan at Radha-Damodara.*
*Srila Prabhupada: “Everyday I was going to the samadhi of Jiva Goswami and Rupa Goswami, and also praying to Rupa Goswami to write down these three volumes of Bhagavatam. And this is the place where I was actually writing in my room.*
*”I was circumambulating the temple every day and offering obeisances to the samadhis of Rupa Goswami and Jiva Goswami. And by their mercy I was praying to Radha-Damodara that I should fulfil the desire of my guru maharaja, and go to the Western world and preach.” *
I thank you Srila Prabhupada for facilitating the Vedic Truths and our comprehension of Lord Krsna, The Supreme Personality Of Godhead, in *Bhagavad-Gita*, The Lords’ Pastimes and the essence of His Devotees.
Hare Krsna Hare Krsna
Hare Rama Hare Rama