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2017: Submit a Tribute : Entry # 301
Have you sent in an offering before, or is this your first time?
This is my first time
Your spiritual name
prithu das acbsp
The name you received at initiation:
same
Year of Initiation
1972
Month of Initiation
'06
Day of Initiation
12
Email
prithu.acbsp@pamho.net
Will you upload your offering as a file, or paste the text in?
Copy and paste my offering text in
Please copy and paste your offering text in below
Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories unto you.

What credential do I have to glorify you? How can somebody so insignificant find words appropriate to glorify a perfect being such as yourself? However, since it is the custom that at the Vayasa Puja day the disciple glorifies his spiritual master, let me try:

In one of your purports in Srimad-Bhagavatam, you described, how in the beginning of creation Lord Brahmä heard two syllables joined together - ‘ta pa’ - tapasya, the “wealth of the renounced order of life.” Brahmä accepted the transcendental vibration as divine order and thus underwent penances for one thousand years by the calculations of thedemigods. And it was due to tapasya alone that he became empowered to create the universal structure.

Similarly, ISKCON, your society, would have never come into being without you performing unlimited tapasya - austerities, of which we know only a fraction of it.
Here are a few examples:
Once Narottama Gupta, your ayurvedic doctor in Vrindaban told me that when you came to Vrindaban, you stayed initially in one of these cave-like rooms that are to the right when one passes the Kesighat palace. Dr. Gupta told me that you were so poor that you could not even afford a room. In fact, he told me that he treated you as you caught Malaria a few times within one year living there, in the heat of summer and the cold of winter, and that he was telling you: “You will not survive if you don’t get a proper room to stay.” So he said he finally organized a room to give you shelter. Doctor Gupta also told me that often, when he took a tonga down Chattika road to catch a bus on the Agra-Delhi Road to Delhi, he saw you sitting alone under a tree in the same property that later was to become the Krishna-Balaram temple, playing kartals and singing the Holy Name. He believed that that tree was actually the very tree that later became incorporated into the courtyard of Krishna-Balaram Mandir.

Another example, one godbrother of mine related recently: Keshava Maharaja and another sanyassi came to visit you at Radha-Damodara temple. You had a severe cold but would sleep on the cold floor on a thin grass mat. “Why don't you buy a bed?” they asked you. You replied, “I want to spend every paisa on books” - just imagine.

Only God really knows how much you suffered for Krishna to create this enormous movement so that thousands could find their way back to Krishna. On your knees, sweeping the floor of a temple, all by yourself, going dozens of time to Delhi in the heat of summer or cold of winter to print your newspaper, always working on your Srimad-Bhagavatam. Finally managing to get a passage on the Jaladuta, you suffered two heart attacks on the ship, and suffered more abuse when staying on skid row in New york. While I was chanting my rounds one day in Golden Gate Park in San Fancisco, sitting on a bench, facing hippy hill, one poor old Black man passed by, pushing a shopping cart with his belongings. He stopped when he saw me and looked at me for a while. Then he said: “That man who pulled this, this Krishna thing - he was a cool cat. I was living in the Bowery and he was living in a house that was a complete mess…But then again”, he pondered, “Jesus was born in a barn”...

It could not have been better said.
Srimad-Bhagavatam describes personalities like yourself:
tapyante loka-tapena
sadhavah prayaso janah
paramaradhanam tad dhi
purusasyakhilatmanah
(SB 8.7.44)
“It is said that great personalities almost always accept voluntary suffering because of the suffering of people in general. This is considered the highest method of worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is present in everyone's heart.” Indeed, this verse perfectly encapsulates your life. You indeed performed “the highest method of worship”, glorifying Krishna on an unprecedented scale to save the world, and us fallen souls, to express your love for Krishna. Indeed you are one of these rare souls, described by Krishna:
na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah
bhavita na ca me tasmad
anyah priyataro bhuvi
(BG 18.69)
“There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.”

Thank you, Srila Prabhupada for picking me up. Where would I be if I would not received one day back in 1972 your Çré Isopanishad? Reading it inspired me so much that I could not sleep all night. I finished the book at 4am in the morning. It was right then and there that I made a decision- the best I ever made in my life: Two days later I knocked at the door of the Hamburg Bartelstrasse temple to join your movement. It was January 1st, 1972

You saved my life - what more can I say,
but:
thank you so much Srila Prabhupada, my spiritual father.
Please help me to continue on this path.

Your servant,
Prithu das Adhikary
Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories unto you.

What credential do I have to glorify you? How can somebody so insignificant find words appropriate to glorify a perfect being such as yourself? However, since it is the custom that at the Vayasa Puja day the disciple glorifies his spiritual master, let me try:

In one of your purports in Srimad-Bhagavatam, you described, how in the beginning of creation Lord Brahmä heard two syllables joined together - ‘ta pa’ - tapasya, the “wealth of the renounced order of life.” Brahmä accepted the transcendental vibration as divine order and thus underwent penances for one thousand years by the calculations of thedemigods. And it was due to tapasya alone that he became empowered to create the universal structure.

Similarly, ISKCON, your society, would have never come into being without you performing unlimited tapasya - austerities, of which we know only a fraction of it.
Here are a few examples:
Once Narottama Gupta, your ayurvedic doctor in Vrindaban told me that when you came to Vrindaban, you stayed initially in one of these cave-like rooms that are to the right when one passes the Kesighat palace. Dr. Gupta told me that you were so poor that you could not even afford a room. In fact, he told me that he treated you as you caught Malaria a few times within one year living there, in the heat of summer and the cold of winter, and that he was telling you: “You will not survive if you don’t get a proper room to stay.” So he said he finally organized a room to give you shelter. Doctor Gupta also told me that often, when he took a tonga down Chattika road to catch a bus on the Agra-Delhi Road to Delhi, he saw you sitting alone under a tree in the same property that later was to become the Krishna-Balaram temple, playing kartals and singing the Holy Name. He believed that that tree was actually the very tree that later became incorporated into the courtyard of Krishna-Balaram Mandir.

Another example, one godbrother of mine related recently: Keshava Maharaja and another sanyassi came to visit you at Radha-Damodara temple. You had a severe cold but would sleep on the cold floor on a thin grass mat. “Why don't you buy a bed?” they asked you. You replied, “I want to spend every paisa on books” - just imagine.

Only God really knows how much you suffered for Krishna to create this enormous movement so that thousands could find their way back to Krishna. On your knees, sweeping the floor of a temple, all by yourself, going dozens of time to Delhi in the heat of summer or cold of winter to print your newspaper, always working on your Srimad-Bhagavatam. Finally managing to get a passage on the Jaladuta, you suffered two heart attacks on the ship, and suffered more abuse when staying on skid row in New york. While I was chanting my rounds one day in Golden Gate Park in San Fancisco, sitting on a bench, facing hippy hill, one poor old Black man passed by, pushing a shopping cart with his belongings. He stopped when he saw me and looked at me for a while. Then he said: “That man who pulled this, this Krishna thing - he was a cool cat. I was living in the Bowery and he was living in a house that was a complete mess…But then again”, he pondered, “Jesus was born in a barn”...

It could not have been better said.
Srimad-Bhagavatam describes personalities like yourself:
tapyante loka-tapena
sadhavah prayaso janah
paramaradhanam tad dhi
purusasyakhilatmanah
(SB 8.7.44)
“It is said that great personalities almost always accept voluntary suffering because of the suffering of people in general. This is considered the highest method of worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is present in everyone's heart.” Indeed, this verse perfectly encapsulates your life. You indeed performed “the highest method of worship”, glorifying Krishna on an unprecedented scale to save the world, and us fallen souls, to express your love for Krishna. Indeed you are one of these rare souls, described by Krishna:
na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah
bhavita na ca me tasmad
anyah priyataro bhuvi
(BG 18.69)
“There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.”

Thank you, Srila Prabhupada for picking me up. Where would I be if I would not received one day back in 1972 your Çré Isopanishad? Reading it inspired me so much that I could not sleep all night. I finished the book at 4am in the morning. It was right then and there that I made a decision- the best I ever made in my life: Two days later I knocked at the door of the Hamburg Bartelstrasse temple to join your movement. It was January 1st, 1972

You saved my life - what more can I say,
but:
thank you so much Srila Prabhupada, my spiritual father.
Please help me to continue on this path.

Your servant,
Prithu das Adhikary
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Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories unto you.

What credential do I have to glorify you? How can somebody so insignificant find words appropriate to glorify a perfect being such as yourself? However, since it is the custom that at the Vayasa Puja day the disciple glorifies his spiritual master, let me try:

In one of your purports in Srimad-Bhagavatam, you described, how in the beginning of creation Lord Brahmä heard two syllables joined together - ‘ta pa’ - tapasya, the “wealth of the renounced order of life.” Brahmä accepted the transcendental vibration as divine order and thus underwent penances for one thousand years by the calculations of thedemigods. And it was due to tapasya alone that he became empowered to create the universal structure.

Similarly, ISKCON, your society, would have never come into being without you performing unlimited tapasya - austerities, of which we know only a fraction of it.
Here are a few examples:
Once Narottama Gupta, your ayurvedic doctor in Vrindaban told me that when you came to Vrindaban, you stayed initially in one of these cave-like rooms that are to the right when one passes the Kesighat palace. Dr. Gupta told me that you were so poor that you could not even afford a room. In fact, he told me that he treated you as you caught Malaria a few times within one year living there, in the heat of summer and the cold of winter, and that he was telling you: “You will not survive if you don’t get a proper room to stay.” So he said he finally organized a room to give you shelter. Doctor Gupta also told me that often, when he took a tonga down Chattika road to catch a bus on the Agra-Delhi Road to Delhi, he saw you sitting alone under a tree in the same property that later was to become the Krishna-Balaram temple, playing kartals and singing the Holy Name. He believed that that tree was actually the very tree that later became incorporated into the courtyard of Krishna-Balaram Mandir.

Another example, one godbrother of mine related recently: Keshava Maharaja and another sanyassi came to visit you at Radha-Damodara temple. You had a severe cold but would sleep on the cold floor on a thin grass mat. “Why don't you buy a bed?” they asked you. You replied, “I want to spend every paisa on books” - just imagine.

Only God really knows how much you suffered for Krishna to create this enormous movement so that thousands could find their way back to Krishna. On your knees, sweeping the floor of a temple, all by yourself, going dozens of time to Delhi in the heat of summer or cold of winter to print your newspaper, always working on your Srimad-Bhagavatam. Finally managing to get a passage on the Jaladuta, you suffered two heart attacks on the ship, and suffered more abuse when staying on skid row in New york. While I was chanting my rounds one day in Golden Gate Park in San Fancisco, sitting on a bench, facing hippy hill, one poor old Black man passed by, pushing a shopping cart with his belongings. He stopped when he saw me and looked at me for a while. Then he said: “That man who pulled this, this Krishna thing - he was a cool cat. I was living in the Bowery and he was living in a house that was a complete mess…But then again”, he pondered, “Jesus was born in a barn”...

It could not have been better said.
Srimad-Bhagavatam describes personalities like yourself:
tapyante loka-tapena
sadhavah prayaso janah
paramaradhanam tad dhi
purusasyakhilatmanah
(SB 8.7.44)
“It is said that great personalities almost always accept voluntary suffering because of the suffering of people in general. This is considered the highest method of worshiping the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is present in everyone's heart.” Indeed, this verse perfectly encapsulates your life. You indeed performed “the highest method of worship”, glorifying Krishna on an unprecedented scale to save the world, and us fallen souls, to express your love for Krishna. Indeed you are one of these rare souls, described by Krishna:
na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah
bhavita na ca me tasmad
anyah priyataro bhuvi
(BG 18.69)
“There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.”

Thank you, Srila Prabhupada for picking me up. Where would I be if I would not received one day back in 1972 your Çré Isopanishad? Reading it inspired me so much that I could not sleep all night. I finished the book at 4am in the morning. It was right then and there that I made a decision- the best I ever made in my life: Two days later I knocked at the door of the Hamburg Bartelstrasse temple to join your movement. It was January 1st, 1972

You saved my life - what more can I say,
but:
thank you so much Srila Prabhupada, my spiritual father.
Please help me to continue on this path.

Your servant,
Prithu das Adhikary
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