Srila Prabhupada s mercy

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Title: Srila Prabhupada s mercy

Upload date: 2006-08-18

Śivarāma Swami

On Janmastami I spent the entire day reading books from Govinda Maharaja s library. I did not participate in the temple functions but read and thought mostly about New Vraja Dhama and how Radhe Syama must be. Until late afternoon I sat with Radha Damodara under a weeping willow by the lakeside, and then in my cottage with Them until midnight. The bliss of being immersed in reading Krishna s lila was only marred by the sad news of the bomb-attack upon the devotees in Manipur. What a terrible place this material world is! The only safety is in the spiritual realm.

At midnight I led the kirtana during arati and then respected ekadasi prasadam. On Srila Prabhupada s Vyasa-puja I listened to several recordings by Srila Prabhupada and then participated in the celebrations, leading a two-hour kirtana. Then there was a wonderful feast and I continued my reading. This was Srila Prabhupada s 110th birthday anniversary. All day I was thinking, “I wish Srila Prabhupada had lived past 110 years.”

Today I feel very exhausted. Perhaps that kirtana yesterday was more than what I was up to. I am reading Ananda-vrndavana-campu by Srila Kavi Karnapura and that is giving me great happiness. To chant Krishna s names and to hear His pastimes is the only sustenance of devotees. While reading this book I am chanting a favourite verse of mine written by Kavi Karnapura, which he spoke while still an infant to Caitanya Mahaprabhu,

sravasoh kuvalayam aksnor anjanam
uraso mahendra-mani-dama
vrndavana-ramaninam mandanam
akhilam harir jayati

“Lord Sri Krishna is just like a bluish lotus flower for the ears; He is ointment for the eyes, a necklace of indranila gems for the chest, and universal ornaments for the gopi damsels of Vrindavan. Let that Lord Sri Hari, Krishna, be glorified.”

May that Sri Krishna, whose topmost servant Srila Prabhupada has bestowed upon us His names and pastimes, bless you all.