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2017: Submit a Tribute : Entry # 259
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Srila Prabhupada I bow down to you. You are my connection to Krsna. Every living entity is eternally connected as part and parcel of Krsna, but I had no idea of that, maybe only something vague from Christian theology as Krsna being my father.

You brought the details to us of our actual relationship to Krsna and who we are as living entities and who Krsna is as the Supreme Person (and father!) Everything I know about Krsna is from you. That has been both my joy and my solace in life. When I look out into the world, I see it in terms of what you taught me.

I only wish I had the appreciation I should have for what you have given me. I ask that you forgive me. In one of your examples, you explained that a mother overlooks her young child’s transgressions against her – out of love. A mother’s love is that profound. Not to excuse my inadequacies of discipleship, but I believe your mercy is that great, as is also your forgiveness, understanding, and compassion.

In a quote from your Krsna book, the demigods prayed to the Lord, “O self-illuminated one, the great saintly persons who have crossed over the ocean of nescience, by the help of the transcendental boat of Your lotus feet, have not taken away that boat. It is still lying on this side.” Prabhupada says the demigods are using a nice simile and continues on to write: “If one takes a boat to cross over a river, the boat goes with one to the other side of the river. And so when one reaches the destination, how can the same boat be available to those who are still on the other side? To answer this difficulty, the demigods say in their prayer that the boat is not taken away. The devotees still remaining on the other side are able to pass over the ocean of material nature because the pure devotees do not take the boat with them when they cross over. When one simply approaches the boat, the whole ocean of material nescience is reduced to the size of water in a calf’s hoof print.” And, “Because great saintly persons are compassionate toward all conditioned souls, the boat is still lying at the lotus feet of the Lord. One can meditate upon His feet at any time, and by so doing one can cross over the great ocean of material existence.”

I try in my meager way to share Krsna with others in my life. I think the only reason the world remains even somewhat sane is because of your Iskcon movement and the devotees who continue to carry on your message and work. Iskcon and your writing is the boat you left behind. Thank you.

Your ever-grateful disciple, Kadamba devi dasi
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Srila Prabhupada I bow down to you. You are my connection to Krsna. Every living entity is eternally connected as part and parcel of Krsna, but I had no idea of that, maybe only something vague from Christian theology as Krsna being my father.

You brought the details to us of our actual relationship to Krsna and who we are as living entities and who Krsna is as the Supreme Person (and father!) Everything I know about Krsna is from you. That has been both my joy and my solace in life. When I look out into the world, I see it in terms of what you taught me.

I only wish I had the appreciation I should have for what you have given me. I ask that you forgive me. In one of your examples, you explained that a mother overlooks her young child’s transgressions against her – out of love. A mother’s love is that profound. Not to excuse my inadequacies of discipleship, but I believe your mercy is that great, as is also your forgiveness, understanding, and compassion.

In a quote from your Krsna book, the demigods prayed to the Lord, “O self-illuminated one, the great saintly persons who have crossed over the ocean of nescience, by the help of the transcendental boat of Your lotus feet, have not taken away that boat. It is still lying on this side.” Prabhupada says the demigods are using a nice simile and continues on to write: “If one takes a boat to cross over a river, the boat goes with one to the other side of the river. And so when one reaches the destination, how can the same boat be available to those who are still on the other side? To answer this difficulty, the demigods say in their prayer that the boat is not taken away. The devotees still remaining on the other side are able to pass over the ocean of material nature because the pure devotees do not take the boat with them when they cross over. When one simply approaches the boat, the whole ocean of material nescience is reduced to the size of water in a calf’s hoof print.” And, “Because great saintly persons are compassionate toward all conditioned souls, the boat is still lying at the lotus feet of the Lord. One can meditate upon His feet at any time, and by so doing one can cross over the great ocean of material existence.”

I try in my meager way to share Krsna with others in my life. I think the only reason the world remains even somewhat sane is because of your Iskcon movement and the devotees who continue to carry on your message and work. Iskcon and your writing is the boat you left behind. Thank you.

Your ever-grateful disciple, Kadamba devi dasi
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