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Vyasa Puja Offering 2017

Dear Srila Prabhupada

Please accept my most humble obeisances at your glorious and most merciful lotus feet.

Another year - and I wish to honor you, on this your Appearance Day, as the most beneficent person in my life, for you have given me the greatest gift possible - the Holy Names of the Lord. What life would I have without this?

Life here in this world is not easy. There are so many desires we have, but by your grace, I realize more and more the temporary appeal for enjoyment in its many forms. As you said many times, it is chewing the chewed. If not for you, I wouldn't understand. Because of your great mercy, I come to realize little by little how fleeting it all is. And these very strong attachments to family and close friends - they too can change at any moment - one minute there, the next minute gone. Though difficult due to attachment, by your mercy it is easier. I come to realize the one great thing that is there through thick and thin - the Holy Names of the Lord - my true shelter.

How fortunate for me I met you, had your darshan, heard you chant and explain the Hare Krsna mantra back in 1966 at Tompkins Square Park. the beginning of my rebirth in this lifetime. By your miraculous power and love you brought to me the higher taste, and gave me the answers to my deepest questions.

Dear Gurudeva, you gave me my husband, my son, my opportunity to serve you by typing your books, to hear you directly on the dictaphone speaking your great wisdom coming from Krsna - Bhagavatam, Gita, Caitanya-caritamrita - transcribing your tapes - I feel greatly fortunate to have had this service. And to cook for you!!! I who couldn't do much more than boil water, your love gave me the ability to learn how to cook wonderful prasadam offerings - sukta, bhati chuchuri, and endless incredible amazing vegetarian preparations. I thank you again and again. And you sent me to Vrndavana and told me I could chant all day in front of the Deities - you made no distinction between male and female in that regard!

Your movement grows, though factions there are many - but all chant Hare Krsna - the one common factor that brings us in union on that higher level, in spite of the mental disagreements that cause separation. The Holy Names are most powerful. You have some very strong leaders and tens of thousands are being attracted to Krsna consciousness. I pray I can make a few good and serious devotees too and be of some service as older age comes. Death is coming to us all. But we know now that death is just the body - not who we truly are - the eternal soul. How fortunate to have this knowledge!

All glories to your infinite mercy. Please forgive my offenses - of which there are many. Some day I hope to be more serious and sincere. For now, I have your greatest gift, the Hare Krsna mantra - and your books. Your Lotus Feet are my ongoing protection. I love you Srila Prabhupada. And I know, in spite of everything, you love me too.

Your loving daughter,
Arundhati devi dasi
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Vyasa Puja Offering 2017

Dear Srila Prabhupada

Please accept my most humble obeisances at your glorious and most merciful lotus feet.

Another year - and I wish to honor you, on this your Appearance Day, as the most beneficent person in my life, for you have given me the greatest gift possible - the Holy Names of the Lord. What life would I have without this?

Life here in this world is not easy. There are so many desires we have, but by your grace, I realize more and more the temporary appeal for enjoyment in its many forms. As you said many times, it is chewing the chewed. If not for you, I wouldn't understand. Because of your great mercy, I come to realize little by little how fleeting it all is. And these very strong attachments to family and close friends - they too can change at any moment - one minute there, the next minute gone. Though difficult due to attachment, by your mercy it is easier. I come to realize the one great thing that is there through thick and thin - the Holy Names of the Lord - my true shelter.

How fortunate for me I met you, had your darshan, heard you chant and explain the Hare Krsna mantra back in 1966 at Tompkins Square Park. the beginning of my rebirth in this lifetime. By your miraculous power and love you brought to me the higher taste, and gave me the answers to my deepest questions.

Dear Gurudeva, you gave me my husband, my son, my opportunity to serve you by typing your books, to hear you directly on the dictaphone speaking your great wisdom coming from Krsna - Bhagavatam, Gita, Caitanya-caritamrita - transcribing your tapes - I feel greatly fortunate to have had this service. And to cook for you!!! I who couldn't do much more than boil water, your love gave me the ability to learn how to cook wonderful prasadam offerings - sukta, bhati chuchuri, and endless incredible amazing vegetarian preparations. I thank you again and again. And you sent me to Vrndavana and told me I could chant all day in front of the Deities - you made no distinction between male and female in that regard!

Your movement grows, though factions there are many - but all chant Hare Krsna - the one common factor that brings us in union on that higher level, in spite of the mental disagreements that cause separation. The Holy Names are most powerful. You have some very strong leaders and tens of thousands are being attracted to Krsna consciousness. I pray I can make a few good and serious devotees too and be of some service as older age comes. Death is coming to us all. But we know now that death is just the body - not who we truly are - the eternal soul. How fortunate to have this knowledge!

All glories to your infinite mercy. Please forgive my offenses - of which there are many. Some day I hope to be more serious and sincere. For now, I have your greatest gift, the Hare Krsna mantra - and your books. Your Lotus Feet are my ongoing protection. I love you Srila Prabhupada. And I know, in spite of everything, you love me too.

Your loving daughter,
Arundhati devi dasi
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