Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept my prostrations at Your holy lotus feet.
I am fortunate to be sanatha, with master, and am happy to report that 2014 was one of my best book distribution years.
Sometimes however, we may get a little discouraged when we see that some changes in your books are contradicting both Your own instructions and those of Lord Caitanya.
By regularly hearing Your message, the progressive bhakti-yogi, as mentioned in BGAII 6.47, purport, derives regular and solid spiritual realizations.
“The yogi who is progressive is therefore on the true path of eternal good fortune. One who sticks to a particular point and does not make further progress is called by that particular name: karma-yogi, jnana-yogi or dhyana-yogi, raja-yogi, hatha-yogi, etc. If one is fortunate enough to come to the point of bhakti-yoga, it is to be understood that he has surpassed all other yogas. Therefore, to become Krishna conscious is the highest stage of yoga, just as, when we speak of Himälayan, we refer to the world’s highest mountains, of which the highest peak, Mount Everest, is considered to be the culmination.”
Not only does he derive new realizations, but by passing on these precious words to others, he will cause others to have similar realizations and advance on the path back home, back to Godhead. This is the parampara process in action. There is no greater welfare activity in this world than this. Just before a full day of book distribution, I discovered the following passage about the repetitive nature of the chanting. If someone challenges or simply asks about the repetitive nature of the chanting, we can very nicely quote from this passage.
“Similarly, we repeat Krishna—Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Why we repeat? The more we repeat means we learn to love. That is required. Anything which you do not love, you cannot repeat. It will be disgusting. Anything, any word you take, if you simply repeat, you’ll feel disgusted. Sometimes those who are not in Krishna conscious life, they also feel this repetition as disgusting, hackneyed, because they have not developed love. Rupa Gosvami says that “What shall I chant with one tongue and what shall I hear with two ears? If millions of tongue I would have possessed, then I could chant little.” And they’re tasting… Because they have got love for Krishna, they are tasting the nectar of chanting. They cannot give up. In the material world also, there are many slogans. We repeat because we love. So real thing is to develop love for Krishna. That is the Vrindavan standard.” 690210Le.LA
Shri Krishna says in BGAII 9.5 and 11.8:”pasya me yogam aishvaram”, “Just behold my mystic opulence.” But Your own mystic opulence, Srila Prabhupada, is factually second to Sri Krishna only, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, because You have taken full shelter of His lotus feet.
I miss U Srila Prabhupada in the sense that I cannot find anyone who can explain the philosophy of Krishna consciousness the way U do, nor can anyone answer Krisna conscious questions as well as U do.
Thank You very much, Srila Prabhupada, for Your constant inspiration.
Your insignificant servant,