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Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta – Satsvarūpa dāsa Goswāmī
Vol. 7: Addendum to Śrīla Prabhupāda-līlāmṛta
“I am pleased that our desire is fulfilled by the Grace of Lord Kṛṣṇa. Your specific duty is to chant and hear the transcendental Name of the Lord, read some passages from my English version of the Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam and Śrīmad Bhagavad-gītā (Gītopaniṣad) and explain them as far as possible as you have heard from me. Any devotee who has developed genuine love for Kṛṣṇa can also explain the truth about Kṛṣṇa because Kṛṣṇa helps such sincere devotee seated in his heart.
Dayānanda and Nandarāṇī had written to Prabhupāda that people in Los Angeles weren’t as receptive as in San Francisco and New York, but Prabhupāda had assured them that if they chanted with devotion, success would come. Kṛṣṇa would help them.”
Śrīla Prabhupāda Uvaca – Śrutakīrti dāsa
“After sampling the mahā-prasadam, Śrīla Prabhupāda said, “This prasadam is horrible. The Deity worship here is not up to standard. It is important to worship the Deities very nicely.” Śrīla Prabhupāda again stressed, “It is as important to perform first- class Deity worship as it is to distribute books.
You instructed us that book distribution and deity worship must go side by side. Your books inspire and give us knowledge to serve Kṛṣṇa. Deity worship allows us to practice devotional service. Their Lordships are the original root source of this Vaiṣṇava family. Without Them, we are lost. Your books are like attractive, cordial invitations to please come and personally serve the Deity. Our duty is to remind whomever we meet that we are all servants of the Lord. Lord Kṛṣṇa’s Deity worship takes place at your temples around the world. Your books invite everyone, “Please, come and serve the Lord.” Deity worship is the zenith of loving service. Your books give us the knowledge to come to this platform. You are calling us all “Back to Godhead.”
Transcendental Teachings of Prahlāda Mahārāja
“So, Prahlāda Mahārāja says that the Supreme Personality of Godhead is identical with the all-pervading Supreme Soul, the Paramātmā. The same information appears in the Brahma-saṁhitā—that the Supreme Lord, although situated in His own transcendental abode, is all-pervading. Still, although He is present everywhere, we cannot see Him with our imperfect senses.
Prahlāda Mahārāja then says, “Although He is not seen, He can still be perceived. One who is intelligent can perceive the presence of the Supreme Lord everywhere.” How is this possible? During the daytime, even someone in a room can know that the sun is up. Because it is light in his room, he can understand that the sun is shining in the sky. Similarly, those who have received perfect knowledge in disciplic succession know that everything is an expansion of the energy of the Supreme Lord. Therefore they see the Lord everywhere.”
Let’ s welcome Śrī Śrī karuṇā Nitāi Gauracandra in Their new homes and worship Them the best we can. All glories to Guru and Gaurāṅga!
Picture: Darshan at the house of head-pujari Mukti Dhātrī devī dāsī, where Their Lordships recide while the temple is moving.