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2019 Vyasa Puja Offering on behalf of the Vaishnavi Ministry North America

Nama Om Vishnu Padaya Krishna Presthaya Bhutale

Srimate Bhaktivedanta Swamin Iti Namine

Namas Te Saraswati Deve Gaura Vani Precarine

Nirvisesha Sunyavadi Pascatya Desa Tarine

Dear Srila Prabhupada.

In your early childhood, your parents impressed upon you that, “if a grain of rice falls on the floor, you must pick it up and touch it to your head to show respect…” (Room Conversation, Melbourne, June 29, 1974). Later, you drew upon this early life lesson to instruct your disciples saying, “We are teaching how to utilize everything for Krishna, how to understand Krishna in everything. That is our mission... Krishna says, ‘Anyone who sees Me everywhere, and everything in Me, is perfect.’ This simple, yet profound message holds within it the entire philosophy of Bhakti Yoga. Not just perceiving everything as Krishna’s property, but utilizing it all in Krishna’s service. (Morning Walk, May 14, 1973, Los Angeles. Also quoted in BTG #28-05, 1994, Srila Prabhupada Speaks Out, "We Worship Everything.)"

After risking your life to obey the order of your glorious Spiritual Master to preach in English, you arrived on the shores of New York, aghast at what you saw; a mis-guided nation with an ever-increasing disrespect for human, plant and animal life. You almost turned back several times until finally, after much endeavor you glimpsed a flicker of hope for their salvation.

Later, as you reflected with your disciples’ after they inquired how you boldly single-handedly shouldered the task of transforming a culture so buried beneath the darkness of ignorance, you humbly replied “I simply obeyed the order of my Guru” relentlessly praying to him and Lord Gauranga, “How can I do it? How can I do it? How can I do it?” Strictly following the insights and guidance that emerged as a result of your heart-felt prayers, you wracked your brain how not to waste a single drop of energy, a single moment, a single talent, a flicker of potential, whatever resources came to you in any form: money or human-power, you understood this one principle, that because everything is Krishna’s property it must be used in His service. In doing so, the otherwise fallen world of darkness, becomes redeemed.

For all the blood, sweat and tears you poured out in your efforts, you were not interested in merely teaching people how to be clean, dress modestly, or eat vegetarian food, although along the way doing so became an obvious response to your message of love. You were not interested in simply creating a new religious group of do-gooder moralists, who conformed to a mundane standard of religious piety although those who understood and followed your teachings automatically became “good” and “moral” people . You were aiming for the impossible; handing down that one simple instruction your parents gave you and getting all people to practice that in every area of their lives; “see Krishna in everything, and use everything in His service.”

Over and over you beat your drum in your letters to your disciples saying, “"Simply offer all your talents and energies in this service of the Lord and know that Krishna promises that for one who surrenders fully unto Him, He fully protects such devotees from all kinds of material distresses and sinful reactions." (Srila Prabhupada Letter, February 4, 1971); and “Krishna says, svakarmana, ‘Whatever talent you have got, you can serve Me and be perfect.’ That is the program”. (Srila Prabhupada Conversation, January 16, 1976).

When you observed your disciples’ hearts light up with even the tiniest spark of enthusiasm to preach, you fanned it until it blazed with the same fearless joy you knew as an ambassador of The Holy Name. You utilized everything and everyone in the sankirtan mission regardless of their bodily designation. Men, women, children, householders, business wo/men, artists, educators, scholars, builders, crafts persons, carpenters, etc. Everyone was urged to join the war effort to kill the demonic mentality of this age of Kali.