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Nama Om Vishnu-Padaya Krsna-Prestaya Bhu-Tale,Srimate Bhaktivedanta-Svamin Iti Namine

Namas Te Sarasvate Deve Gaura-Vani-Pracarine Nirvisesa-Sunyavadi- Pascatya-Desa-Tarine.


Dear Srila Prabhupada, My eternal Spiritual Master,

Your Mercy is all that we are made of! Since joining you in 1970, at 17 years old, I have never regretted surrendering at Your Lotus Feet- not even for a second.
Our love for you was unfathomable, deep and wide as the ocean. It is still - only deeper and stronger.
In your ISKCON, our faith in your preaching was as broad, deep and unshakable as Mt.Everest. No one ever questioned your Authority, or Siddhanta - at most perhaps, we felt exasperation at our inability to understand everything.

Nowadays, I am dismayed, and pained at increasing infidelity heard, in the guise of " Rational Sweetening ", actually, ' Watering - Down the Milk ' , known as " Bridge Preaching". Rather, you told us to " Boil The Milk".
If ever there was an ideal time and place for a case to be made to support this " Rational Sweetening " preaching idea, it was exactly when Your Divine Grace, came to the shores of N. America.
With so-called intelligentsia, teachers, and the ' Hippy Movement' , the bastion of Drugs, Rock-N-Roll, and "Free- Love" / rampant promiscuity, you taught, ' No illicit sex, No intoxication, No gambling, and No meat-eating '.
You were adamant, and you taught us to be, as well, that you would Never compromise on these/ your principles. And you never did!
You taught us that you would preach to the 4 walls, if necessary. That that was your duty, and whether people came to receive them, or not, was in The hands of Sri Krsna.
If Krsna was pleased with us, then He would send people, and He did!
Another trend is that we must not preach like you did- that we should not quote Sanskrit in class to people that do not study your books very much, if at all. I tell them that you were always preaching and quoting Sanskrit Shlokas, and discussing Sanskrit words even before the disciples knew any Shlokas. You are always our Acharya, and your style is the 1st class standard!

Your beloved disciple and my dear God-brother, Kusakratha Dasa wrote much poetry glorifying you and your divine teachings. While exquisitely beautifully, it is also pregnant with fully accurate expressions of transcendental truth.
I will quote from his, " Sonnets - I. 108 Flower-Offerings at the Feet of My Spiritual Master".

93." Handsome and sublime beyond description, His two lotus feet the glorious object of all the sages' reverent adoration, with forest flowers gracefully bedecked, with virtues all within His humble heart, with sweet smile within His graceful lips,
with expert skill in every glorious art, within His hand a blooming lotus - prize, His graceful form like a bright sapphire-palace, with teenage charm that makes the Gopis tremble, His every motion filled with charm and grace,
and with gestures playful, youthful, sweet and nimble, Sri Krsna at the reader looks from within Srila Prabhupada's books."

No disciple, grand-disciple, great- grand disciple, or even follower of your ISKCON has any excuse to be disloyal. Nor should the youth express defiant doubts about whatever is repeated from your direct teachings, by your direct disciples. This is how Kali's forgetfulness may come about. Without this cultural basis and strong family traditions, there can be no continuum.

94. " From within Srila Prabhupada's books smiling Sri Krsnachandra steps. The reader is surprised. He looks and looks. A yellow garment rests on Sri Krsna's hips. A friendly glance is in His lotus eyes. Around His neck a bright red gunja-necklace and a flower garland rests with graceful ties. A full moon seems to shine within His face. The reader's world is now at once transformed. Sri Krsnachandra, like a sapphire, nectar- cascading, sweetest-honey, glorious storm cloud, playfully smiles as now He stands before the reader. Only a devotee can understand. Sri Krsna touches him with His flower-twig hand."

Promoting your books as The Law Books for the next 10,000 years of your Movement is our Duty. Surely Sri Krsna, Sri Chaitanya, and Your Divine Grace would be pleased.

97. " Sri Krsnachandra's sweet command, Srila Prabhupada firmly carries, with a firm and unwavering hand. He carries it within the lotus- breeze that the people call his graceful words. To it he bends his pure and saintly Will.
It is the sharpness of the glistening sword of his polemic. Its sweetness fill his every action and his every thought. It is his secret, priceless sapphire-treasure. Within his raptures his heart is now caught. It is his smiling and never-ebbing pleasure.
As merciful Sri Krsnachandra speaks, so saintly Srila Prabhupada walks."

We should never neglect your instructions regarding your disciples and your temples. Who would dare - when you gave us everything- accepting and loving us unconditionally- saving us and the whole wide world?

98. " Saintly Srila Prabhupada walks upon this wide-world's everywhere-going path. To the poor people of this world he talks. Sri Krsna's name he places on their breath. The people of this world are startled all to see the gift they suddenly attained, Sri Krsna's name now earnestly they call. They smile to see the treasure they have gained. The people of the world now dance and sing. They tremble with bliss in every limb and part. Sri Krsna, like a lotus blossoming,
stays within each fortunate person's heart. The people of the world are not the same, attaining the mercy of Sri Krsna's name."

One ought not ignore you and lack respect when you were and are beyond compare in every way. The first thing we learned about spiritual life is, ' Do Not Mess with The Formula! ' - " NO Addition and No Subtraction!"- Follow The Parampara! Maha Jana Yena Gatah Sa Panthah!
Maya and Kali offer no hope- only ' Smoke & Mirrors', obstacles and despair. In reality, it is You alone who is our ' Guiding Pole Star Light'.

99. " Attaining the mercy of Sri Krsna's name, the fortunate smiling people of the world now sing and dance and laugh in bright sublime, trembling, overcome with glorious, wild sweet blisses. A jubilant, colorful festival of all-encompassing, like-a-sweet-monsoon-of-ecstasies sweet love for lotus - petal delicate, cooling like a sweet full moon, playful, witty, charming, sweet, delightful, enchanting with the bud of newest youth, all-knowing, attractive, all-insightful, Sri Krsna with bimba lips and jasmine teeth. Why is the world transformed? Ah. Why? Because of Srila Prabhupada's mercy."

What ' Kali's Fool ' could minimize, marginalize, rationalize and relativise your unlimited, pure, merciful and incomparable gifts?

102. " Merciful Srila Prabhupada's mercy has brought a priceless gift to this dark world. The eager people crowd around to see the gift. They gaze now at the million-petaled lotus flower of Sri Krsna's name. "What kind of fathomless gift is this?"
they think. Each person takes in to his home the gift. Each home is filled with sweetest bliss. In each home now the smiling people shout Sri Krsna's holy name and wildly dance. You ask, my friend, how did this come about?
This came from the Hare Krishna chants. This came from Srila Prabhupada's work, work stamped with love-for-Krsna's sweetest mark."

Your direct disciples should naturally be seen as leaders in your Mission. You ordered us to preserve your Movement.
So, they should be sought out for guidance, and preaching, as well as be offered shelter in their own Father's House- Home is where we all belong.
In Srimad Bhagavatam, 4. 28. 50 - Purport :
" As The Supreme Personality of Godhead comes down upon this Earth to reestablish Principles of Religion, so His representative, The Spiritual Master, also comes to reestablish Religious Principles.
It is the duty of the disciples to take charge of the Mission of the spiritual master and execute it properly. Otherwise, the disciple should decide to die along with the spiritual master.
In other words, to execute The Will of The Spiritual Master, the disciple should be prepared to lay down his Life, and abandon all personal considerations."

103. " Work stamped with love-for-Krsna's sweetest mark, tongue anointed with the sweetest nectar of words describing like-a-raincloud-dark Vrajabhumi's-playfully-smiling- master
Sri Krsnachandra's form and sweet pastimes and glorious and eternal attributes and charm and playfulness sweet and sublime, and lilting music of the bamboo flute and constant protection of the devotees and handsomeness like a wave-filled nectar-ocean and holy names splashed with sweet ecstasies, and rarest gift of sweetly divine devotion, Srila Prabhupada, working in this world, Sri Krsna's sweet magnificence unfurled."

You described how you were constantly" compressed, depressed, and suppressed by your God-brothers", with Kali never resting. It seems that we, may also sometimes be fated to undergo the same.

104." Sri Krsna's sweet magnificence unfurled, within his eloquent and graceful speech, as he traveled in this sad and dark wide world, merciful Srila Prabhupada preached the glories of Sri Krsnachandra's mercy, pinnacle of perfection, supreme completeness, over-everything supremacy, dizzying and intoxicating sweetness, bliss, omniscience, eternity, like-a-budding-flower, tender teenage-charm, untouched-by-matter purity, with-His-devotees affectionate exchange-of-love, and beyond-darkened-matter's- time, graceful,and handsome form sweet and sublime."

You underwent and tolerated so many inconceivable hardships and deprivations above and beyond all human- call. I guess its only fair and right that we too suffer. Our debt to you can never be repaid in full.

105." Graceful and handsome form sweet and sublime, heart filled with sweetest gentleness and kindness, and sweet, playful, and divine Vraja pastimes, and splashed by nectar waves of smiling bliss, charming Sri Krsnachandra gives to Srila Prabhupada the glorious power to give sweet Krsna-consciousness alive with dizzying and colorful sweetness like a flower, of ten million, million, million petals, to give it to the suddenly fortunate people of this dark and saddened world.
To Srila Prabhupada I bow and prostrate. Upon the ground I lay and speak prayers sweet. I bow before Srila Prabhupada's feet."

Due to your perfection - the anointed, blessed, and empowered disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj Thakur, he and the entire Parampara are pleased. Because of your pure love and your determined Mission, Nityananda Rama, Who is Sri Balarama, and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Who is Sri Sri Radha Krsna Himself, licensed you, and filled you with Their blissful, Shakti and their unalloyed, golden love.

106." I bow before Srila Prabhupada's feet. I bow to Srila Prabhupada, the ideal disciple of his wise, exalted, great, very-dear-to-Krsna spiritual - master. With sublimest reverence Srila Prabhupada served his master, served sincerely, served without pretense, served with purity's effulgent luster. Srila Prabhupada served with great humility Om Vishnupada Paranahamsa Pari-vrakacharya Astottara-Sata Sri Shriman Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Srila Prabhupada was a perfect disciple. Srila Prabhupada was an ideal example."

Sri Sri Guru and Krsna accompanied and enveloped you everywhere and in everyway throughout Your wide world travels. Sri Krsna danced upon your tongue, as in your heart and mind, for you were a veritable Cintamani Touchstone, They walked in your every step, spoke through your every word, and infused your every action, word, and song with Their own All attractive, Godliness, Majesty and Love.

Dearest Srila Prabhupada, please excuse my faults, and weaknesses, accept my heartfelt glorification, and my confidential pleading and praying, for guidance and empowerment to make some significant contribution in preserving your Mission. .

Begging to remain your servant eternally,
Sevananda Das
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Nama Om Vishnu-Padaya Krsna-Prestaya Bhu-Tale,Srimate Bhaktivedanta-Svamin Iti Namine

Namas Te Sarasvate Deve Gaura-Vani-Pracarine Nirvisesa-Sunyavadi- Pascatya-Desa-Tarine.


Dear Srila Prabhupada, My eternal Spiritual Master,

Your Mercy is all that we are made of! Since joining you in 1970, at 17 years old, I have never regretted surrendering at Your Lotus Feet- not even for a second.
Our love for you was unfathomable, deep and wide as the ocean. It is still - only deeper and stronger.
In your ISKCON, our faith in your preaching was as broad, deep and unshakable as Mt.Everest. No one ever questioned your Authority, or Siddhanta - at most perhaps, we felt exasperation at our inability to understand everything.

Nowadays, I am dismayed, and pained at increasing infidelity heard, in the guise of " Rational Sweetening ", actually, ' Watering - Down the Milk ' , known as " Bridge Preaching". Rather, you told us to " Boil The Milk".
If ever there was an ideal time and place for a case to be made to support this " Rational Sweetening " preaching idea, it was exactly when Your Divine Grace, came to the shores of N. America.
With so-called intelligentsia, teachers, and the ' Hippy Movement' , the bastion of Drugs, Rock-N-Roll, and "Free- Love" / rampant promiscuity, you taught, ' No illicit sex, No intoxication, No gambling, and No meat-eating '.
You were adamant, and you taught us to be, as well, that you would Never compromise on these/ your principles. And you never did!
You taught us that you would preach to the 4 walls, if necessary. That that was your duty, and whether people came to receive them, or not, was in The hands of Sri Krsna.
If Krsna was pleased with us, then He would send people, and He did!
Another trend is that we must not preach like you did- that we should not quote Sanskrit in class to people that do not study your books very much, if at all. I tell them that you were always preaching and quoting Sanskrit Shlokas, and discussing Sanskrit words even before the disciples knew any Shlokas. You are always our Acharya, and your style is the 1st class standard!

Your beloved disciple and my dear God-brother, Kusakratha Dasa wrote much poetry glorifying you and your divine teachings. While exquisitely beautifully, it is also pregnant with fully accurate expressions of transcendental truth.
I will quote from his, " Sonnets - I. 108 Flower-Offerings at the Feet of My Spiritual Master".

93." Handsome and sublime beyond description, His two lotus feet the glorious object of all the sages' reverent adoration, with forest flowers gracefully bedecked, with virtues all within His humble heart, with sweet smile within His graceful lips,
with expert skill in every glorious art, within His hand a blooming lotus - prize, His graceful form like a bright sapphire-palace, with teenage charm that makes the Gopis tremble, His every motion filled with charm and grace,
and with gestures playful, youthful, sweet and nimble, Sri Krsna at the reader looks from within Srila Prabhupada's books."

No disciple, grand-disciple, great- grand disciple, or even follower of your ISKCON has any excuse to be disloyal. Nor should the youth express defiant doubts about whatever is repeated from your direct teachings, by your direct disciples. This is how Kali's forgetfulness may come about. Without this cultural basis and strong family traditions, there can be no continuum.

94. " From within Srila Prabhupada's books smiling Sri Krsnachandra steps. The reader is surprised. He looks and looks. A yellow garment rests on Sri Krsna's hips. A friendly glance is in His lotus eyes. Around His neck a bright red gunja-necklace and a flower garland rests with graceful ties. A full moon seems to shine within His face. The reader's world is now at once transformed. Sri Krsnachandra, like a sapphire, nectar- cascading, sweetest-honey, glorious storm cloud, playfully smiles as now He stands before the reader. Only a devotee can understand. Sri Krsna touches him with His flower-twig hand."

Promoting your books as The Law Books for the next 10,000 years of your Movement is our Duty. Surely Sri Krsna, Sri Chaitanya, and Your Divine Grace would be pleased.

97. " Sri Krsnachandra's sweet command, Srila Prabhupada firmly carries, with a firm and unwavering hand. He carries it within the lotus- breeze that the people call his graceful words. To it he bends his pure and saintly Will.
It is the sharpness of the glistening sword of his polemic. Its sweetness fill his every action and his every thought. It is his secret, priceless sapphire-treasure. Within his raptures his heart is now caught. It is his smiling and never-ebbing pleasure.
As merciful Sri Krsnachandra speaks, so saintly Srila Prabhupada walks."

We should never neglect your instructions regarding your disciples and your temples. Who would dare - when you gave us everything- accepting and loving us unconditionally- saving us and the whole wide world?

98. " Saintly Srila Prabhupada walks upon this wide-world's everywhere-going path. To the poor people of this world he talks. Sri Krsna's name he places on their breath. The people of this world are startled all to see the gift they suddenly attained, Sri Krsna's name now earnestly they call. They smile to see the treasure they have gained. The people of the world now dance and sing. They tremble with bliss in every limb and part. Sri Krsna, like a lotus blossoming,
stays within each fortunate person's heart. The people of the world are not the same, attaining the mercy of Sri Krsna's name."

One ought not ignore you and lack respect when you were and are beyond compare in every way. The first thing we learned about spiritual life is, ' Do Not Mess with The Formula! ' - " NO Addition and No Subtraction!"- Follow The Parampara! Maha Jana Yena Gatah Sa Panthah!
Maya and Kali offer no hope- only ' Smoke & Mirrors', obstacles and despair. In reality, it is You alone who is our ' Guiding Pole Star Light'.

99. " Attaining the mercy of Sri Krsna's name, the fortunate smiling people of the world now sing and dance and laugh in bright sublime, trembling, overcome with glorious, wild sweet blisses. A jubilant, colorful festival of all-encompassing, like-a-sweet-monsoon-of-ecstasies sweet love for lotus - petal delicate, cooling like a sweet full moon, playful, witty, charming, sweet, delightful, enchanting with the bud of newest youth, all-knowing, attractive, all-insightful, Sri Krsna with bimba lips and jasmine teeth. Why is the world transformed? Ah. Why? Because of Srila Prabhupada's mercy."

What ' Kali's Fool ' could minimize, marginalize, rationalize and relativise your unlimited, pure, merciful and incomparable gifts?

102. " Merciful Srila Prabhupada's mercy has brought a priceless gift to this dark world. The eager people crowd around to see the gift. They gaze now at the million-petaled lotus flower of Sri Krsna's name. "What kind of fathomless gift is this?"
they think. Each person takes in to his home the gift. Each home is filled with sweetest bliss. In each home now the smiling people shout Sri Krsna's holy name and wildly dance. You ask, my friend, how did this come about?
This came from the Hare Krishna chants. This came from Srila Prabhupada's work, work stamped with love-for-Krsna's sweetest mark."

Your direct disciples should naturally be seen as leaders in your Mission. You ordered us to preserve your Movement.
So, they should be sought out for guidance, and preaching, as well as be offered shelter in their own Father's House- Home is where we all belong.
In Srimad Bhagavatam, 4. 28. 50 - Purport :
" As The Supreme Personality of Godhead comes down upon this Earth to reestablish Principles of Religion, so His representative, The Spiritual Master, also comes to reestablish Religious Principles.
It is the duty of the disciples to take charge of the Mission of the spiritual master and execute it properly. Otherwise, the disciple should decide to die along with the spiritual master.
In other words, to execute The Will of The Spiritual Master, the disciple should be prepared to lay down his Life, and abandon all personal considerations."

103. " Work stamped with love-for-Krsna's sweetest mark, tongue anointed with the sweetest nectar of words describing like-a-raincloud-dark Vrajabhumi's-playfully-smiling- master
Sri Krsnachandra's form and sweet pastimes and glorious and eternal attributes and charm and playfulness sweet and sublime, and lilting music of the bamboo flute and constant protection of the devotees and handsomeness like a wave-filled nectar-ocean and holy names splashed with sweet ecstasies, and rarest gift of sweetly divine devotion, Srila Prabhupada, working in this world, Sri Krsna's sweet magnificence unfurled."

You described how you were constantly" compressed, depressed, and suppressed by your God-brothers", with Kali never resting. It seems that we, may also sometimes be fated to undergo the same.

104." Sri Krsna's sweet magnificence unfurled, within his eloquent and graceful speech, as he traveled in this sad and dark wide world, merciful Srila Prabhupada preached the glories of Sri Krsnachandra's mercy, pinnacle of perfection, supreme completeness, over-everything supremacy, dizzying and intoxicating sweetness, bliss, omniscience, eternity, like-a-budding-flower, tender teenage-charm, untouched-by-matter purity, with-His-devotees affectionate exchange-of-love, and beyond-darkened-matter's- time, graceful,and handsome form sweet and sublime."

You underwent and tolerated so many inconceivable hardships and deprivations above and beyond all human- call. I guess its only fair and right that we too suffer. Our debt to you can never be repaid in full.

105." Graceful and handsome form sweet and sublime, heart filled with sweetest gentleness and kindness, and sweet, playful, and divine Vraja pastimes, and splashed by nectar waves of smiling bliss, charming Sri Krsnachandra gives to Srila Prabhupada the glorious power to give sweet Krsna-consciousness alive with dizzying and colorful sweetness like a flower, of ten million, million, million petals, to give it to the suddenly fortunate people of this dark and saddened world.
To Srila Prabhupada I bow and prostrate. Upon the ground I lay and speak prayers sweet. I bow before Srila Prabhupada's feet."

Due to your perfection - the anointed, blessed, and empowered disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj Thakur, he and the entire Parampara are pleased. Because of your pure love and your determined Mission, Nityananda Rama, Who is Sri Balarama, and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Who is Sri Sri Radha Krsna Himself, licensed you, and filled you with Their blissful, Shakti and their unalloyed, golden love.

106." I bow before Srila Prabhupada's feet. I bow to Srila Prabhupada, the ideal disciple of his wise, exalted, great, very-dear-to-Krsna spiritual - master. With sublimest reverence Srila Prabhupada served his master, served sincerely, served without pretense, served with purity's effulgent luster. Srila Prabhupada served with great humility Om Vishnupada Paranahamsa Pari-vrakacharya Astottara-Sata Sri Shriman Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Srila Prabhupada was a perfect disciple. Srila Prabhupada was an ideal example."

Sri Sri Guru and Krsna accompanied and enveloped you everywhere and in everyway throughout Your wide world travels. Sri Krsna danced upon your tongue, as in your heart and mind, for you were a veritable Cintamani Touchstone, They walked in your every step, spoke through your every word, and infused your every action, word, and song with Their own All attractive, Godliness, Majesty and Love.

Dearest Srila Prabhupada, please excuse my faults, and weaknesses, accept my heartfelt glorification, and my confidential pleading and praying, for guidance and empowerment to make some significant contribution in preserving your Mission. .

Begging to remain your servant eternally,
Sevananda Das
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