Sri Vyasa-Puja

Today marks The Most Blessed Event:
Sri Vyasa-Puja
The Appearance Day of Our Beloved Spiritual Master.
Sri Srimad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Founder and Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
by Vyasasan das

On this Blessed day, we celebrate your auspicious appearance it this material world.  It is with deep heartfelt gratitude, I offer my humble obeisances at your Divine Lotus feet.

Dear Srila Prabhupada

Whenever I am tasked with the privilage of writing a Vyasa-puja offering, I always go to past homages that you have written to your Spiritual Master, homages of other devotees, and previous offerings I have written to you. This sets in my mind, the proper mood of humility and respect.

In the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, there is one verse I would like to use to describe my mood and feelings.

“Indeed, I am just like a dwarf who wants to capture the moon. Although I am completely unfit, a desire to receive Your mercy is awakening within my mind.”

This is my position, I am completely unworthy, and most fallen, therefore by showing me your mercy, your mercy is most successful. For you are patita-pavana, the savior of the fallen souls, and who is more fallen than me? I have no good qualities; born of low birth, without good intelligence, without beauty, or wealth, I am a fallen soul, desiring only for your causeless mercy to be bestowed upon me.

In writing this homage, I am reminded of a dream I had recently. In my dream you were reclining on your right side, propped up on your elbow and I was kneeling down in front of you. I said “Srila Prabhupada, my Krsna Consciousness is still very child-like”. Your face lit up and your Lotus eyes became very large. “Oh!” You said.

“My favorite picture of you is still the very first one I ever saw”, I replied. And I then began to cry. You leaned forward and very gravely but kindly said “Yes, it is alright to have love and affection for your Spiritual Master”.

I awoke from the dream and offered my obeisances thinking of your extraordinary kindness and your ability to ease our suffering and allow us to love you even more.

In writing this homage, I went through my library and found my very first Hare Krishna journal that I began as a young brahmacari. One of the very first entries I read when I opened it was:

“My Dear Lord, any person who is constantly awaiting Your causeless mercy to be bestowed upon him, and who goes on suffering the resultant actions of his past misdeeds, offering you respectful obeisances from the core of his heart, is surely eligible to become liberated, for it has become his rightful claim.”

I don’t know why this particular verse was so important to me, so many years ago, or why it was one of the first entries in my journal. But it is still my child-like wish that your causeless mercy be bestowed upon me, as I continue to offer you my respectful obeisances from the core of my heart. You have stolen my heart, and I cannot help, but to love you.

In writing this homage, I also went to an offering that you wrote to your Spiritual Master; Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaja,. Your writing is so wonderfully profound, and brilliant. You wrote:

“On this auspicious day I have come with this offering just to worship you, remembering your lotus feet.”

Just from reading this one line, I understand the meaning of writing a Vyasa-Puja offering. Remembering you in love, is worshiping you.

I bow down at your lotus feet and pray that someday I will become a worthy disciple of your Divine Grace.

Begging to remain forever in Your Divine Service

Vyasasan das

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lunesoleil
    Sep 05, 2018 @ 04:29:27

    Hare Kṛṣṇa Hare Kṛṣṇa
    Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa Hare Hare
    Hare Rāma Hare Rāma
    Rāma Rāma Hare Hare
    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

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  2. Lunesoleil
    Sep 05, 2018 @ 04:31:23

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