Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.
This is in continuation of the previous offering titled "Srila Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj Vyasa Puja 2016", wherein we were hearing some of the glorifications of Maharaj, which were shared by the devotees in Sri Sri Radha Neel Madhav dham, Rajkot on the auspicious occasion of his Vyasa Puja.
HG Devakinandan Prabhuji: "Maharaj specifically told me that, "After I go, do not become insulated as disciples. Don't just sit down and read Bhagavatam amidst yourselves and after your generation dies - no one to follow. Each yatra should work very hard to spread Krishna consciousness to many souls, so that everyone take up this process happily and feel enthused to follow this process." Just like how we all felt when we were with Maharaj, people also should feel happy to take up this process. They should not feel - "No. We cannot take up this process any more."
We are all from different backgrounds and different nature. But Maharaj never hated us. He never wanted us to be with whatever this material body would have given to us. Maharaj wanted us to rise above all material designations, material things and material ideas. He was very particular about this. Very particular.
We also should work the way Maharaj worked, wherever we are - we should touch the lives of people and help them to take up the process of devotional service. When Maharaj instructed us to start the center in Singapore, he said that we should bring all people together, preach and give the message of Bhagavatam. When we asked Maharaj whether we could do book distribution, Maharaj said - "Books are the basis. You have to distribute books." And this year in Singapore the devotees crossed 51000 books - because it is 51 years since Srila Prabhupada started ISKCON. In Singapore where book distribution is illegal, 51000 books were distributed. How is it possible? It is possible because Maharaj told us, "Reach out to everyone, make devotees, bring them to devotional service." I see that in Vaishnavseva Prabhu. In Rajkot there is nice growth of full time devotees under his expert guidance. That's why Rajkot temple has never died. He keeps bringing in new people, same way how Maharaj did. Maharaj was never dependent on two-three people. "If you are not there", Maharaj says, "Never mind. I will get some one else." If you want to be dynamic in devotional service, if you want to keep up this nice principle of Maharaj, then you must preach whatever you study. Maharaj says, "If you study Bhagavatam and if you don't preach, you will die. If you study Bhagavatam and you will preach it, then you will be alive." Maharaj is pleased by this."
Krishna willing, we shall continue to hear further glories of Maharaj in the subsequent offering.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.
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