Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev.
It is exactly 2 years now, since we started this email group - Granthraj. I just thought it may be good to recap a little about the last two years, since in the last few months we have got quite a few new members.
We started this group on the 26th Feb, 2002 with an initial group of around 40 members. But with the unbelievable enthusiasm of all the devotees, now the group possesses almost 200 members from all over the world. When we started this group in the beginning we really did not know how far this will continue, it was just a simple desire to introspect, understand and share the beautiful instructions from the scriptures. But over the last two years devotees have been regularly, if not frequently, shared their invaluable realizations for the benefit of all of us. The true reason behind the success of this group is the enthusiastic spirit of our members and of course the constant guidance of our loving spiritual master H H Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj. It is impossible for us to foresee what will happen in the future, but pure devotees due to their constant association with the Lord, can always look ahead. I would like to share a perfect example with you..., last year when we all continued with our contributions to Granthraj, Maharaj urged me to collect those wonderful realizations and put them in the form of a book. Believe it or not, Maharaj personally spend days together sitting with me and scrutinizingly going through all our mails and gave me instructions with every nitty-gritty detail about the book. It is truly his unbelievable enthusiasm that pushed us to edit and print the Granthraj book and release it as an offering to His Holiness on the eve of his vyasa puja celebration on Dec 7th 2003. Of course, not to forget the magnanimity and constant encouragement of HG Radhajivan prabhuji, who financed the entire printing and shipping cost of a 1000 copies of the book. When we distributed that book during the festival, everybody was so eager to receive them and soon many of them joined our group.
Several devotees who received this book told me how the realizations were so perfectly instructive to the different difficult situations they were going through. This is of course a credit to you all dedicated devotees in the forum, who are so merciful to share your beautiful realizations. Maharaj has mercifully instructed that we should come up with a new book of Granthraj every year as a service to Srila Prabhupada and Srimad Bhagavatam. I hope with the sincere effort of you all wonderful devotees, we may be able to serve his sincere desire!
While there are so many things good to say about, we can also delve a little bit on the areas where we can improve. Some devotees gave me a feedback that at times Granthraj is not very active. If we consider that with the no.of members in our group, even if each devotee decides to write one mail a month, there should be at least a mail sent everyday to the forum. So if we can all make a little decision in our minds to write at least one or two mails a month, then we can definitely increase the frequency of our postings. Of course, before that, we must try to make our reading habit more regular and more deeper. Srila Prabhupada has left behind a ocean of nectar in the form of his books and there are innumerable pearl-like instructions inside that ocean. As we constantly dive deep into this ocean, Krsna as paramatma in our hearts will help us find those pearls and also the enthusiasm to distribute it to everybody.
In reality, when we write our realizations, we are the first person to reap the benefit. One of the devotees who writes to the forum told me that before writing to Granthraj, he was finding faults very much, but after beginning to write to Granthraj, he is only meditating upon what to read/write next and this way he has no time for fault-finding. I have also seen to myself that every time I write to Granthraj, the message primarily helps me to gain more knowledge of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and a subsequent taste to serve Him more.
One more important fact if we can note and ponder over, it will be really useful in our devotional service. In the initial two years we had more devotees sharing their nice mails frequently. But over the last few months, we do not have that luxury. Of course, it happens in any form of devotional service that our enthusiasm dies down over time due to various reasons. Once one senior devotee told me how to keep up the enthusiasm fresh always. He said, First of all there must be desire. And then the desire must be intense. Then the intensity must be consistent. This way, we can relish our devotional service with full enthusiasm - Always!.
So dear devotees, I humbly beg you all to read Srila Prabhupada's transcendental books regularly and scrutinizingly and also share it will the rest of us. We all will be benefitted. It is my humble and sincere desire that through this Granthraj forum we will all help each other in our march back home, back to Godhead.
Please forgive me if I had committed any offense.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.
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