nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svaminn iti namine
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri-gurave namah
Dear Srila Prabhupada,
O Most Glorious Srila Prabhupada,
O Most Merciful Srila Prabhupada,
O The Greatest Spiritual Master,
O Most Perfect Master,
O The Greatest Vaishnava,
O The Most Important Messenger of Lord Chaitanya,
O My Gurudeva,
O Most Important Teacher to all the world in this Kali Yuga,
O Teacher of the Srimad Bhagvatam,
O Deliverer of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is to the Western World,
O Instructor of Deity Worship,
O Creator of Bhakti Inspiration within us,
O Translator of So Many Vedic Texts,
O Perfect Provider of Transcendental Knowledge,
O Saviour of Your Disciples,
O Saviour of the Most Sinful of Sinners,
O Most Dear Servant of Lord Krishna,
O Giver of Matchless Gifts,
O True Messenger of the Supreme Lord,
O Introducer of the Ratha Yatra Festival all over the world,
O Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness,
O Spreader of Harinam in Every Town and Village,
O Benefactor of Beautiful Temples all across the world,
O Giver of Krishna Consciousness Philosophy which we can understand,
O Provider of The Chanting and Hearing Process and Devotional Service,
O Flooder of Hari Nama All over the World,
O Srila Prabhupada, you have opened the door Back to Godhead for everyone,
O Gurudeva, You have given me your causeless mercy and I am always indebted to you.
O Prabhupada, I live with the memories of your personal Association and kind mercy on me and the whole family,
O Srila Prabhupada, please keep me bound to your Lotus Feet so I can serve you always.
Your worthless servant,
Srila Prabhupada giving instruction to Subhavilasa das at our home in 1976.
As you may notice, we are having a hard time keeping up with the blog but nonetheless we continue to post in hopes that we will return to more frequent posts. Guru Purnima/Srila Vyasadeva Purnima was day before yesterday on our Toronto Vaishnava calendar and below are eloquent words from Srila Prabhupada...
So Vyasadeva was a real person accepted by all authorities and any one can judge how wonderful he was to compile the Vedic literatures. He is therefore known as Mahamuni. Muni means thoughtful or great thinker or great poet and Maha means still greater. So there is no comparison with Vyasadeva with any writer or thinker or philosopher. Nobody can estimate the scholarly importance of Srila Vyasadeva. He composed many millions of Sanskrit verses and we are just trying to receive a fragmental knowledge out of them by our tiny efforts only. Srila Vyasadeva therefore summarized the whole Vedic knowledge in the shape of Srimad Bhagavatam which is known as the ripened fruit of the desire tree known as Vedic knowledge. The ripened fruit is received hand to hand through disciplic succession and anyone who does this work in disciplic succession from Srila Vyasadeva is considered as representative of Vyasadeva and as such the bona fide Spiritual Master's Appearance Day is worshipped as Vyas Puja. Not only that, the exalted seat on which the Spiritual Master sits is also called Vyasasana. In the Mayavadi Sampradaya they observe the Guru Purnima day to offer respect to the Spiritual Master. This system of offering respect to the Spiritual Master is current in all sections of Vedic followers, but so far we of the Gaudiya Sampradaya is concerned, we offer on the Appearance Day of the Spiritual Master our humble homage annually and this particular auspicious moment is called Vyas Puja.
~ Letter from His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada
So here is another beautiful and concise explanation of Guru Purnima. There is sometimes question as to why we do not celebrate it in a bigger way. In fact in a letter Srila Prabhupada wrote on August 2nd 1969 he states, "But this Guru Purnima is generally performed by the Mayavadi sects."
Srila Prabhupada is clear on the importance of Srila Vyasadeva and the fact that a bonafide spiritual master is the representative of Srila Vyasadeva. He is clear on the importance of the bonafide spiritual master. And he is also clear on the importance of Vyas puja.
Jaya Sri Vyasadeva!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada