Srila Prabhupada Lives in Sound
BY: VAMSI VADANA DAS
When I occasionally get the opportunity to come online I like to read the Sampradaya Sun. I enjoy the many informative articles about Vaishnavism and the history of the Bhakti movement. I also read the editorials section. Just now I have been catching up with the soapbox style pontificating of one Vraja Vilasa dasa, who seems to have taken offence at select teachings of Srila Prabhupada that don't tally with his understanding.
If that were not bad enough, after reading through the many wonderful quotes about the essential nature of accepting a pure uttama-adhikari Spiritual Master, the glory of Sadhu, Shastra, and Guru, and the chain of Spiritual Masters since time immemorial, Vraja Vilasa dasa leaves out the most important part: he doesn't tell us who this presently manifest person (or persons) is/are.
[PADA: WHAT we said ALL ALONG -- ROCANA, KAILASH, and his GHOST WRITERS, never "name" their living guru's name because -- THEY DO NOT HAVE ANY LIVING GURU! Dusyanta also says he HAS NOT ACCEPTED a living guru. These people are all BLUFFERS!]
VVD: Surely if he is going to go to all the trouble of writing on the subject day after day it is the least he could do to enlighten those who take the trouble to read.
After all, isn't that what Vaishnavas do - loudly broadcast the glory of Sri Guru for everyone's benefit? It is a time honoured practice in the tradition that Vraja Vilasa dasa claims to belong to. Why is he not following that most important step? Srila Prabhupada's followers repeatedly tell anyone and everyone about their perfect Spiritual Master, verbally, in print, and on video. Srila Prabhupada himself told everyone, initiated devotees and newcomers, about the perfect glory of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada. From the Six Goswamis to Lord Krishna Himself, all happily and joyfully broadcast the name of their Spiritual Master. Why has this Vaishnava tradition suddenly stopped with Vraja Vilasa dasa, who prefers instead to deny everyone the opportunity?
Surely prabhu, after all your voluminous verbiage on the subject your credibility is on the line unless you yourself do as you claim, and follow the tradition of the disciplic succession by naming the presently manifest uttama-adhikari Spiritual Master of whom you speak. It would, after all, be for the benefit of the whole world. Are you honestly going to write so much on the subject and then leave out the most important part? It makes no sense to keep others in the dark when you yourself have seen the light. Please light the way for us Vraja Vilasa dasa. It is your chance to shine and help save the world. But only if you want to. Only if you care. Anything less will be seen as a cop-out, a flowery rationalisation, and a dereliction of duty.
...Meanwhile, every morning in every bona fide ISKCON temple worldwide, and in the homes of sincere followers, a song is being sung for the pleasure of His Divine Grace A.C Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada, that most rare and most recent Sampradaya Acharya appearing on an exalted list of only 32 Sampradaya Acharyas since the beginning of time. While the song is being sung, an arati is simultaneously being performed. Auspicious items such as pure water and incense are being offered to His Divine Grace. Devotees and visitors come forward offering flowers to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, then bow down in full obeisances before their beloved guide and master. At around this time delicious foodstuffs are being offered to Srila Prabhupada who enjoys his transcendental sense of taste. The foodstuffs are transformed by the tasting of Srila Prabhupada in a spiritual process, becoming sanctified prasadam which has the ability to purify even the most sinful wretch. After the song is sung a class will be given by a sincere devotee, relishing the translations and purports of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada. Oftentimes the speaker and audience experience tears of happiness, gratitude, humility, and other transcendental symptoms which can only be experienced by the mercy of the Spiritual Master or Lord Krishna Himself. That most pure servant, Srila Prabhupada, the Lord's emissary whose responsibility it became to spread Krishna consciousness to every corner of the globe, is available always and to everyone, for transcendental reciprocation.
By the end of the song the devotees are often bounding and leaping in joy, loudly singing Jaya Prabhupada!, Jaya Prabhupada!, tears flowing and faces beaming in the association of fellow Vaishnavas. Quite often these days there are no directly initiated disciples of Srila Prabhupada in earshot during this most happy occasion, but it certainly doesn't stop the flow of transcendental vibration reaching the sincere participants. The glories of Srila Prabhupada are certain to be vibrated well into the distant future, after the rest of us are all gone and mostly forgotten. The great fortune for those who hear from Srila Prabhupada, or hear about Srila Prabhupada, in humility and surrender, is inestimable.
The song we sing every day to Srila Prabhupada is called Sri Guru-vandana, and this is the English translation: The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can obtain pure devotional service. I bow down to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krishna.
My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth. Attachment to his lotus feet is the perfection that fulfills all desires.
He opens my darkened eyes and fills my heart with transcendental knowledge. He is my Lord birth after birth. From him ecstatic prema emanates; by him ignorance is destroyed. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.
Our spiritual master is the ocean of mercy, the friend of the poor, and the lord and master of the devotees. O master! Be merciful unto me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet. Your fame is spread over the three worlds.
All glories to Srila Prabhupada
All glories to all the Vaishnava Acharyas
Your fallen servant,