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2017: Submit a Tribute : Entry # 300
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Dear Srila Prabhupad, koti dandavat! Jaya Gurudev!! On this auspicious occasion of your 2017 birthday, I have been asked to say a few words.

I recall the liberated souls, Jaya and Vijay, who were actual Vaikuntha vasis - which you taught is even higher than Brahma Jnana sayuja mukti. There was no way they could fall - as Lord Sri Krsna promised in Bhagavad Gita, that his liberated devotee would not return to the material existence. Yet, simply by offending Vaisnavas they were forced to fall back into Maya Chakra and became demons. They were already in Vaikuntha. And what was the offense? They refused entry to the Four Kumaras, who had the deceptive appearance of little naked boys. It was quite amazing, because if one is able to reach the door to Vaikuntha, then they must be qualified. Still they were forbidden, and this resulted in them cursing Jaya and Vijaya to fall into samsara chakra for 3 births as demons - to be killed 3 times by Bhagavan, in order to return to Vaikuntha soonest.

I mention this because so many of your original disciples, myself included, were at the door to Vaikuntha, especially when in your direct association in the Sridham. Still, for the same offense against devotees, hati mata, we have fallen back into Maya, and some are so far off course. But if it can happen to Jaya and Vijaya, then what chance do we mere mortals have to recover? I only pray that whatever it takes to redirect my life to your selfless service will be well worth it, just as long as it doesn’t require becoming a demon who is opposed to Lord Sri Krsna..

On a positive note - l as you already know - I chant my rounds, do Sri Salagram Puja (as you directed me when in Nepal), I read Srimad Bhagavatam, chant slokas and mantras, as well as associate with my dear wife Champakatala, who is good Vaishnava sanga. But the days when I was at the door to Vaikuntha seem long ago, and in the interim I have offended many devotees without even trying, and lost so much simple purity. What seemed essentially easy to understand about the material existence, has now become so complex and confusing, especially because the material world is such an illusion within an illusion.

But at heart I know you will never forsake me. And that is why I am writing this little offering. Happy Birthday, Gurudev! Hare Krsna!!! May your memory and teachings live forever…

Your fallen servant,
Hrsikesananda das, ACBSP 1967 (San Francisco)
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Dear Srila Prabhupad, koti dandavat! Jaya Gurudev!! On this auspicious occasion of your 2017 birthday, I have been asked to say a few words.

I recall the liberated souls, Jaya and Vijay, who were actual Vaikuntha vasis - which you taught is even higher than Brahma Jnana sayuja mukti. There was no way they could fall - as Lord Sri Krsna promised in Bhagavad Gita, that his liberated devotee would not return to the material existence. Yet, simply by offending Vaisnavas they were forced to fall back into Maya Chakra and became demons. They were already in Vaikuntha. And what was the offense? They refused entry to the Four Kumaras, who had the deceptive appearance of little naked boys. It was quite amazing, because if one is able to reach the door to Vaikuntha, then they must be qualified. Still they were forbidden, and this resulted in them cursing Jaya and Vijaya to fall into samsara chakra for 3 births as demons - to be killed 3 times by Bhagavan, in order to return to Vaikuntha soonest.

I mention this because so many of your original disciples, myself included, were at the door to Vaikuntha, especially when in your direct association in the Sridham. Still, for the same offense against devotees, hati mata, we have fallen back into Maya, and some are so far off course. But if it can happen to Jaya and Vijaya, then what chance do we mere mortals have to recover? I only pray that whatever it takes to redirect my life to your selfless service will be well worth it, just as long as it doesn’t require becoming a demon who is opposed to Lord Sri Krsna..

On a positive note - l as you already know - I chant my rounds, do Sri Salagram Puja (as you directed me when in Nepal), I read Srimad Bhagavatam, chant slokas and mantras, as well as associate with my dear wife Champakatala, who is good Vaishnava sanga. But the days when I was at the door to Vaikuntha seem long ago, and in the interim I have offended many devotees without even trying, and lost so much simple purity. What seemed essentially easy to understand about the material existence, has now become so complex and confusing, especially because the material world is such an illusion within an illusion.

But at heart I know you will never forsake me. And that is why I am writing this little offering. Happy Birthday, Gurudev! Hare Krsna!!! May your memory and teachings live forever…

Your fallen servant,
Hrsikesananda das, ACBSP 1967 (San Francisco)
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Initiated by ACBSP in Summer of 1967 at Stinson Beach, San Francisco, California.