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2017: Submit a Tribute : Entry # 399
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Bhojadeva_Dasa-1973-Mar-21-Laguna
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Dear Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my most humble dandavat pranams at your lotus feet. All Glories to your Divine Grace!

At about age 17, before being blessed your divine association, I would sometimes pray to Lord Jesus for spiritual guidance. Somehow I had a little faith that both that both God and Jesus were real, but had not yet met anyone who could grow my mostly sentimental and fragile faith. Nor had I met anyone who had intimate personal knowledge of God, or found someone who represented God as being transcendental to limited sectarian dogma.

I had wished at that age, that I could have been alive at the time of Jesus, so I could witness everything firsthand and thus solidify my faith. I also wondered why so many things had gone wrong in the name of religion over time.

If it was to be believed that God had “only one begotten son” it seemed that God was now content not to reach out to humanity again and remain basically silent for the next 2,000 years, at least as far as most of the western world was concerned.

We now understand by your mercy, how the Supreme Lord appears personally or sends His representative, from time to time throughout eternity, to re-establish the principles of religion as needed, and to protect and enliven His devotees.

Your Divine Grace also revealed how the Guru is one. The original guru is Sri Krishna Himself and He continually expands Himself in that role, in different capacities and also empowers different personalities throughout time for the same purpose.

After living in your temple for a few years, one day I realized that my earlier wish had been granted - I found myself in the personal presence of a revolutionary, pure loving servant of the Supreme Lord.

Who knew that pure loving devotional service unto the Supreme Lord was each soul’s eternal occupation and the source of ever-increasing spiritual joy? You did. You effulgently lived it and breathed it, and shared it freely.

By your love, kindness and causeless mercy, so many bewildered and misguided souls, such as this foolish boy, have been blessed and propelled towards the perfection of life, by your divine appearance in this world. For this I am eternally and personally, extremely grateful.

I pray to forever use any minute independence properly under your guidance and thereby come under the direct order of Krishna, as described in the last lines of your purport to the final verse in the Bhagavad Gita. “Thus he attains his normal condition in the pleasure giving potency.”

Your loving son, student and aspiring servant,
Bhojadeva Dasa
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Dear Srila Prabhupada,

Please accept my most humble dandavat pranams at your lotus feet. All Glories to your Divine Grace!

At about age 17, before being blessed your divine association, I would sometimes pray to Lord Jesus for spiritual guidance. Somehow I had a little faith that both that both God and Jesus were real, but had not yet met anyone who could grow my mostly sentimental and fragile faith. Nor had I met anyone who had intimate personal knowledge of God, or found someone who represented God as being transcendental to limited sectarian dogma.

I had wished at that age, that I could have been alive at the time of Jesus, so I could witness everything firsthand and thus solidify my faith. I also wondered why so many things had gone wrong in the name of religion over time.

If it was to be believed that God had “only one begotten son” it seemed that God was now content not to reach out to humanity again and remain basically silent for the next 2,000 years, at least as far as most of the western world was concerned.

We now understand by your mercy, how the Supreme Lord appears personally or sends His representative, from time to time throughout eternity, to re-establish the principles of religion as needed, and to protect and enliven His devotees.

Your Divine Grace also revealed how the Guru is one. The original guru is Sri Krishna Himself and He continually expands Himself in that role, in different capacities and also empowers different personalities throughout time for the same purpose.

After living in your temple for a few years, one day I realized that my earlier wish had been granted - I found myself in the personal presence of a revolutionary, pure loving servant of the Supreme Lord.

Who knew that pure loving devotional service unto the Supreme Lord was each soul’s eternal occupation and the source of ever-increasing spiritual joy? You did. You effulgently lived it and breathed it, and shared it freely.

By your love, kindness and causeless mercy, so many bewildered and misguided souls, such as this foolish boy, have been blessed and propelled towards the perfection of life, by your divine appearance in this world. For this I am eternally and personally, extremely grateful.

I pray to forever use any minute independence properly under your guidance and thereby come under the direct order of Krishna, as described in the last lines of your purport to the final verse in the Bhagavad Gita. “Thus he attains his normal condition in the pleasure giving potency.”

Your loving son, student and aspiring servant,
Bhojadeva Dasa
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