Submitted by Shashikala didi
All Glories to the Sri Brahma Madhva-Gaudiya-Saraswat-Sampradaya (lineage). All Glories to my beloved Grand Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada and my beloved Spiritual Master His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaja.
All Glories to His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Goswami Maharaja and his two dear-most disciples His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Vaman Goswami Maharaja and His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja.
As far as International preaching is concerned, after the physical departure of our revered Siksha-Guru, His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, the founder President of ISKCON, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaj’s dedication is most prominent in spreading the message of Sriman Mahaprabhu’s loving mission. Therefore, now, wherever I am preaching abroad, I mostly see the gathering of the followers of these two exalted personalities. It is in our lineage to follow and act according to the will of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur Prabhupada, Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur and Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
We know that Srila Prabhupada’s last instruction for us was: “All should be together under one shelter (Srimati Radharani) in order to spread the message of Sri Rupa and Sri Raghunatha das Goswamis with full enthusiasm“. So we can see how much, Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja greatly endeavored to establish Srila Prabhupada’s last instruction. In order to reach their spiritual goal, Vaisnavas are always following the footsteps of their previous teachers (Acharyas), Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja firmly established this principle amongst his congregational members.
In order to attain such qualities, I am humbly begging today to Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayan Maharaja as well as to our Guru-Varga (our previous spiritual masters), that they may always bestow their mercy upon me.
I remember that whenever I had the opportunity to meet personally with Srila Narayan Goswami Maharaja, I felt a lot of respect from his side, although I was really not qualified to deserve it. Whenever I visited his Divine Grace, he used to order his personal assistant to bring a chair for me. I felt unqualified to sit like this in front of this exalted personality and was requesting him, “Please Maharaja do not force me to sit on a chair in front of you because when you joined Sriman Mahaprabhu’s loving Mission, at that time I was not even born on this earth, so in this way you are just like my father.” After hearing my comments Srila Bhakivedanta Narayan Goswami Maharaja used to smile and was mercifully allowing me to sit on the floor and he used to explain different pastimes of our Divine Couple. Nowdays, there is a great scarcity of such type of Harikatha (durviksha), and this makes me feel separation in the absence of his physical presence.
Dear Maharaja, it is my heartfelt desire that one day, in the Spiritual Abode of the Divine Couple, you will be merciful to me and reveal your eternal form and help me there, to be connected with my Spiritual Master, in order to serve Srimati Radharani under the guidance of Sri Rupa-Manjari in Lalita Devi’s Kunja.
Today, I am humbly requesting you also, to please forgive all my offenses, committed knowingly and unknowingly, and allow me to offer this handful of flowers to your Lotus-Feet and give me enough strength to carry Sriman Mahaprabhu’s loving Mission with purity for the rest of my life.
Your Unworthy Spiritual brother and Servant in the service of His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaja.
(President of Sri GopinathGaudiya Math).