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. Now we shall hear further.
HG Vaishnav seva Prabhuji: We have to become nice instrument in the hands of Maharaj. Few days ago one of disciples of H H Lokanathaswami Maharaj visited Rajkot. He had met our Maharaj many years ago he was sharing with me how Maharaj had told him that, "I don't want my disciples to beg for funds. I only want them to chant nicely, attend Mangala arati daily, study Bhagavatam nicely, and to have loving dealings with each other. By following these instructions, the temple will develop automatically." This new temple indeed is shaping according to Maharaj's wish due to the complete presence of Maharaj here, even now. Even the architect involved are amazed as to how the temple is coming so wonderfully - in fact it is not like what they had pre-planned and designed.
If we have to die, let us die serving Maharaj. A few days ago I was listening to Hindi lecture of Maharaj wherein Maharaj says, "Irrespective of whether I am alive or not, I wish that Prahlad School would develop into a nice Sanskrit university in future." And it will happen. Because Maharaj's words will never go false. It is just taking some time. So with time, by Maharaj's grace, everything will get manifested. In 2001, on my birthday, Maharaj gifted me a diary with a very loving note. Conveying his best wishes Maharaj wrote - "Lord has sent you to ISKCON Dwaraka to show the personified tolerance, sincerity in Krishna's service and immaculate honesty. May Lord Krishna be always with you. I did not find enough words to praise you now. Please read in between the lines. May Lord bestow upon you long, long life to serve Krishna in Dwaraka, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Delhi, etc etc..Be always with Prabhupada and blessings will fall in your laps. Treat all young boys and girls as your brothers and sisters. What more son?"
I don't have any good qualities, but Maharaj by his kind words is blessing these qualities in me. In 2001 I never dreamt of coming to Rajkot, because I was happy to stay back in Dwaraka Dham. But Maharaj had predicted so many years ago regarding the future centers. Initially, we tried a few times in Jamnagar. One donor had agreed to give us the land. But in the last moment, he refused. I was upset when that person did not keep his initial promise. But Maharaj calmly said, "Vaishnav, Don't be angry. Krishna has better plans." And even till date - that land in Jamnagar is lying unused by anyone - but here we find how the bigger plan of Krishna is getting manifested in Rajkot.
In 2006 Maharaj gave a lecture wherein Maharaj says, - "To some extent, we do try to lord it over. But it is allowed - yāvad arthaḥ - for the required things, it is allowed. And for the rest of the thing, we are very generous. Here, we are spending for Krishna, developing the land, building the temple. As the Lakshmi (money) comes, it goes into the service for temple construction. Many times we take the thing which are very expensive. But even then, Krishna provides. We are dreaming to have a marble temple here in Rajkot. It is very costly, beyond our means. But even then Krishna is there to arrange. This is how Dwaraka temple was also built. These devotees were there and they wanted to build a small hall. But we thought that let us have a stone building. And something is already there. So this is how, if we allow the philosophy to guide us in our practical life, it is successful because it is based on the truth. And truth always everywhere, regardless of land or time or whatever, in all circumstances, these things are very possible."
Krishna says - na me bhaktaḥ pranaśyati and so Krishna willing the dream of Maharaj to offer this beautiful marble temple in Rajkot to Srila Prabhupada will come true soon. Let us pray that we remain useful instruments in this service. Hare Krishna.
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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