Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Mathajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. All glories to Srila Gurudeva.
By the causeless mercy of Gurudev and Vaishnavas, we had the fortune of participating in the Vyasa Puja celebrations of our beloved spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj in Shree Shree Radha Neel Madhav dham, Rajkot on Dec 21st 2010. For all of those who have met Gurudev in the past, they can say from their hearts that visiting Radha Neel Madhav dham is a special transcendental experience, which can bring wonderful transformations, experiences and realisations in us due to the transcendental touch of Gurudev. This year, after Gurudev's apparent disappearance from this mortal world, the effect is still more doubled as Gurudev is still very much alive there in his samadhi.
Remembering Mahabhagavata's glories purifies us and so for our own self-purification and for the pleasure of Vaishnavas, we shall make a humble effort to share with all of you the celebrations and glorifications that took place on Gurudev's appearance day. The day began with Mangala-arathi, followed by group chanting of Japa, followed by recitation of few chapters of first Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. Then Gurudev along with his Vyasasan was carried by the devotees to his bhajan kutir with ecstatic kirtans both by the devotees and the children of Sri Prahlad International School. Then from there Gurudev was taken to the divya samadhi which is built of pure white marble. It is a small exquisite structure reminding us of the purity and beauty of Gurudev and his transcendental qualities. There the students of Sri Prahlad International School recited their assembly prayers which includes shlokas from Isopanishad, Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam along with the rhymes - "Maharaj Maharaj, Please hear us" and "We must always remember Krishna". These rhymes which were composed by our God-brother, HG Atmaprasad Krishna Prabhu from Minneapolis are very dear to Maharaj and we are sure that Maharaj would have been extremely pleased to hear the prayers and rhymes from the school children. Giving bhakti to the younger generation in particular was something very dear to Gurudev and definitely he would have been very thrilled to hear the prayers from them. After the prayers came the best part of the program - Vyaasa Pooja offerings by the students of Sri Prahlad International school, glorifying Gurudev and as to what they learnt from him. I shall make a humble effort to write down the same. I seek forgivance for not noting down the names of children though. Five students made their offerings to Gurudev. These were simple one-liners, but were very powerful offerings coming from their hearts. Below are their offerings.
Student 1: Maharaj has taught us to be kind to all as kindness is the way to Krishna.
Student 2: Before joining Sri Prahlad school we didn't know to even read or write. But now we are reciting Sanskrit shlokas and speaking fluently in English, only because of Maharaj.
Student 3: Maharaj taught us that when we say Hare Krishna, it becomes good - be it morning or evening. So we need not tell anything else other than Hare Krishna.
Student 4: Maharaj always insisted that we should be a good human being first.
Student 5: Whenever we go back from school to home, our parents keep waiting at home to see us. But do you know there was someone special who was waiting to see us whenever we came to school? Whenever we came to school in the morning our dear Maharaj was eagerly waiting to see us in the school. He will touch each of our cheeks and encourage us. Now I miss that transcendental touch. But yes definitely whenever I come and stand near his samadhi here, I feel his touch on my cheeks and thereby can see goodness present everywhere in the world around, even now after his apparent physical absence. He is indeed present very much alive here.
H H Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj ki Jai ! Vyasa Puja Maha utsav ki Jai ! Srila Prabhupada ki Jai !
We pray that some day we get the simplicity of heart like these wonderful sages of Sri Prahlad International School and learn to remember and appreciate the glories of Mahabhagavata, Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj and lead our lives for the pleasure of Gurudev.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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