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Vyasa Puja offering:

My dear Eternal Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada,

In all humility I prostrate myself before you on this most glorious day that we celebrate your appearance in this troubled world.

I contemplate the occasion, the 50th anniversary of your Iskcon, which you birthed from a lifetime of profound devotion and immense sacrifice solely for the benefit of others.

What comes to me in this contemplation, is the metaphor of childhood. From the perspective of world religions, ISKCON is still in its infancy.
Little children have temper tantrums, falldowns, accidents, they catch colds, are even subject to abduction if left unattended. They need constant care and nurturing, loving acceptance, patience and guidance.

You created ISKCON to give shelter to the world. It has, through the consistent dedication and surrender of your followers, opened over 600 centers including farms, schools and restaurants spanning the 7 continents, distributed millions of your books in over 62 languages, exposed countless millions to the sacred sound of Hare Krsna! This is just the tip of the transcendental iceberg. Incredible that this has transpired after your departure, when the tendency is towards chaos after the passing of the acarya.

You ordered your disciples on no less than 5 occasions before you departed this world, "your love will be tested by how you work together cooperatively to keep this institution going". Prophetic words. Most Worthy of our contemplation.

As any parent knows, it is not easy raising a child. There is a requisite amount of self sacrifice and attitude adjustment needed to foster healthy growth in the newborn. If a child does something wrong, that is natural. It must be guided by a loving voice and hand.

Your Iskcon has had its share of anomalies over the course of its inception and infancy. We know then all too well - philosophical deviation, fall downs, neglect of devotee care, misappropriation of money and power, lack of transparency and checks and balances, fanaticism on both ends of the spectrum, lack of keeping your divine grace in the center, failure to properly follow through on your directives & initiatives etc.

Many devotees express grief and anger over these, understandably so to a degree. And yet, isn't it the natural trajectory of infancy? Growing pains.

While we as a society must address these issues with full transparency and attention, it is so crucial that we also attend to ISKCON as a child with the unconditional acceptance and patience of a parent.

If a child falls, we don't scream at it. When a child breaks something, we don't freak out. There are times when chastisement is obviously in order and absolutely necessary. However, I am referencing an overall attitude to foster healthy growth.

Thus, while we attend to those things which need focus or redirection, our attitude need be more like a watchful yet understand parent towards baby ISKCON. Less reactive and anger driven finger pointing - more acceptance, understanding and pro active problem solving. It's like when the child enters puberty - becoming a friend is the more effective tactic.

We are a family. We have diverse points of view as a collective whole. That is unity in diversity. Everyone has their own unique genius, SP once said. That should be encouraged, not stifled. Everyone has their vision of spreading the mission of Lord Caitanya according to their own internal inspiration. That should be celebrated, not denigrated. Even in this city, NYC, we see variegated styles of preaching and approaches Everyone is trying to please you Srila Prabhupada, and please your dedicated devotees. That is in itself such a thing of transcendental beauty.

Individually, We may not resonate with this or that approach in the spreading of your mission, but like a parenting adult, we can genuinely and lovingly appreciate and encourage the efforts of the fledgling children. We can appreciate the efforts and genius of many diverse approaches within the community of devotees. That will bring great empowerment to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. Applied Unity in diversity. Applied right here in New York City. This would bring a massive radiant smile to Srila Prabhupada's face - to see the family he created becoming so bound together in acceptance, love and appreciation. Let that vision guide us over the next years.

Speaking of love and appreciation, I want to give special mention to Yogesvara prabhu, for his magnificent accomplishment in the form of the powerfully poignant, insightful and transcendentally comprehensive biography of your divine grace - Swami In A Strange Land - How Krsna came to the West. I emphatically recommend that every Iskcon guru, leader and temple president make this mandatory reading for all their students and disciples. As Ambarish prabhu, aka Alfred Ford, so succinctly states:

"A beautifully written, enthralling and scrupulously researched book about an extraordinary personality. Full of detail and spiritual resonance. A must-read for those who know nothing about the founder and preceptor of the Hare Krsna movement, and all those who think they already know".

When Srila Prabhupada is in the center, then his ISKCON MISSION thrives. To bring him into center, we need to cultivate a deep and consistent appreciation for his stature, mission and sacrifice. Thus, it is so vitally important that all new men and women be encouraged in this way. Without that foundation, we run the risk of slipping into sentimental understandings of what it means to be part of this great spiritual society. Yogesvara's biography of Srila Prabupada, gives us such an foundation - it truly is a masterpiece that will be treasured for untold generations.

With Srila Prabhupada in the center, and genuine appreciation for all the wonderful activities of the manifold Vaisnavas ensconced deeply in our mind and hearts, we have a real shot at saving the world.



I beg to remain,

your eternally aspiring insignificant servant,

Badarayan dasa
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Vyasa Puja offering:

My dear Eternal Gurudev, Srila Prabhupada,

In all humility I prostrate myself before you on this most glorious day that we celebrate your appearance in this troubled world.

I contemplate the occasion, the 50th anniversary of your Iskcon, which you birthed from a lifetime of profound devotion and immense sacrifice solely for the benefit of others.

What comes to me in this contemplation, is the metaphor of childhood. From the perspective of world religions, ISKCON is still in its infancy.
Little children have temper tantrums, falldowns, accidents, they catch colds, are even subject to abduction if left unattended. They need constant care and nurturing, loving acceptance, patience and guidance.

You created ISKCON to give shelter to the world. It has, through the consistent dedication and surrender of your followers, opened over 600 centers including farms, schools and restaurants spanning the 7 continents, distributed millions of your books in over 62 languages, exposed countless millions to the sacred sound of Hare Krsna! This is just the tip of the transcendental iceberg. Incredible that this has transpired after your departure, when the tendency is towards chaos after the passing of the acarya.

You ordered your disciples on no less than 5 occasions before you departed this world, "your love will be tested by how you work together cooperatively to keep this institution going". Prophetic words. Most Worthy of our contemplation.

As any parent knows, it is not easy raising a child. There is a requisite amount of self sacrifice and attitude adjustment needed to foster healthy growth in the newborn. If a child does something wrong, that is natural. It must be guided by a loving voice and hand.

Your Iskcon has had its share of anomalies over the course of its inception and infancy. We know then all too well - philosophical deviation, fall downs, neglect of devotee care, misappropriation of money and power, lack of transparency and checks and balances, fanaticism on both ends of the spectrum, lack of keeping your divine grace in the center, failure to properly follow through on your directives & initiatives etc.

Many devotees express grief and anger over these, understandably so to a degree. And yet, isn't it the natural trajectory of infancy? Growing pains.

While we as a society must address these issues with full transparency and attention, it is so crucial that we also attend to ISKCON as a child with the unconditional acceptance and patience of a parent.

If a child falls, we don't scream at it. When a child breaks something, we don't freak out. There are times when chastisement is obviously in order and absolutely necessary. However, I am referencing an overall attitude to foster healthy growth.

Thus, while we attend to those things which need focus or redirection, our attitude need be more like a watchful yet understand parent towards baby ISKCON. Less reactive and anger driven finger pointing - more acceptance, understanding and pro active problem solving. It's like when the child enters puberty - becoming a friend is the more effective tactic.

We are a family. We have diverse points of view as a collective whole. That is unity in diversity. Everyone has their own unique genius, SP once said. That should be encouraged, not stifled. Everyone has their vision of spreading the mission of Lord Caitanya according to their own internal inspiration. That should be celebrated, not denigrated. Even in this city, NYC, we see variegated styles of preaching and approaches Everyone is trying to please you Srila Prabhupada, and please your dedicated devotees. That is in itself such a thing of transcendental beauty.

Individually, We may not resonate with this or that approach in the spreading of your mission, but like a parenting adult, we can genuinely and lovingly appreciate and encourage the efforts of the fledgling children. We can appreciate the efforts and genius of many diverse approaches within the community of devotees. That will bring great empowerment to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. Applied Unity in diversity. Applied right here in New York City. This would bring a massive radiant smile to Srila Prabhupada's face - to see the family he created becoming so bound together in acceptance, love and appreciation. Let that vision guide us over the next years.

Speaking of love and appreciation, I want to give special mention to Yogesvara prabhu, for his magnificent accomplishment in the form of the powerfully poignant, insightful and transcendentally comprehensive biography of your divine grace - Swami In A Strange Land - How Krsna came to the West. I emphatically recommend that every Iskcon guru, leader and temple president make this mandatory reading for all their students and disciples. As Ambarish prabhu, aka Alfred Ford, so succinctly states:

"A beautifully written, enthralling and scrupulously researched book about an extraordinary personality. Full of detail and spiritual resonance. A must-read for those who know nothing about the founder and preceptor of the Hare Krsna movement, and all those who think they already know".

When Srila Prabhupada is in the center, then his ISKCON MISSION thrives. To bring him into center, we need to cultivate a deep and consistent appreciation for his stature, mission and sacrifice. Thus, it is so vitally important that all new men and women be encouraged in this way. Without that foundation, we run the risk of slipping into sentimental understandings of what it means to be part of this great spiritual society. Yogesvara's biography of Srila Prabupada, gives us such an foundation - it truly is a masterpiece that will be treasured for untold generations.

With Srila Prabhupada in the center, and genuine appreciation for all the wonderful activities of the manifold Vaisnavas ensconced deeply in our mind and hearts, we have a real shot at saving the world.



I beg to remain,

your eternally aspiring insignificant servant,

Badarayan dasa
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