Purushottam Nitai Das: There are millions of unfortunate souls who leave the abode of Krishna to pursue their personal ambitions. They don’t want to serve Krishna but they want to be served like Krishna. They don’t want to love Krishna but want to be loved liked Krishna. They don’t want to worship Krishna but want to be worshipped like Krishna. When they see cowherd girls and boys singing and dancing to give pleasure to Krishna they think why Krishna should be the only enjoiner.
The seed of envy soon fructifies and they leave their spiritual homes, their spiritual family members and come to this ephemeral world. Krishna being very kind and caring makes all arrangement for them to pursue their separatist goal but they are warned that away from the spiritual world in all abodes suffering is inevitable.
Krishna accompanies the souls wherever they go and he also appears in this world again and again to reclaim the lost souls. Not just that he sends his chosen representatives to illuminate the heart of ignorant masses who is suffering terribly and have got so accustomed to suffering that they do not realize they are suffering.
So, just after Krishna appeared he asked you, Srila Prabhupada, to come to this world to save the suffering souls like us. It is not mere a chance that you appeared on the day of Nandotsav, you came as per Krishna’s plan to invite us to celebrate our life with Krishna.
One of the most important qualities of yours which attracted me initially is that you never claimed you are God but always said Krishna is God. You made Krishna so popular that today Janmashtami and Rath Yatra is celebrated in almost all the major cities of the world. You made love of Krishna accessible to anyone and everyone and so today holy names of Krishna is chanted by millions of people all across the world.
You made the transcendental teachings of Vedic literatures accessible to all.
Srila Vyasdeva wrote in Sanskrit to illuminate the world with the message of Krishna. Feeling compassion on spiritually illiterate people you not just translated the verses in English, the most popular language of Kaliyuga, but gave elaborate purport to give us complete import of the verses.
Wherever and whenever your books are read without prejudice people irrespective of their religious affiliation begin appreciating it.
Wisdom words of your transcendental literature have the potential to unite the warring nations.
Your sublime message enlightens those who foolishly shed blood in the name of their God.
Your teachings forces those who exploit others to see all living beings as children of the same God.
If your purports are read with an open heart then it floods the hearts of lesser mortals with love for all.
Your books are revolutionary and if people read it with an open mind it can unite entire humanity.
During your physical presence in this world you frantically travelled to each and every corner of the world not caring for yourself to wake up the sleeping souls suffering in ignorance. Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5 says, “O my lord, great philanthropic souls travel on the earth on behalf of the Supreme Personality of Godhead to show compassion to the fallen souls who are averse to the sense of subordination to the Lord.” Once when one of your godbrothers remarked, “So you are going to America?” You immediately replied, “No, Srimad Bhagavatam is going to America. I am accompanying Srimad Bhagavatam as a servant.”
I have also realized the extent of love and affection that you have given to your disciples. They are working wholehearted with dedication to spread the Krishna conscious movement after you left the planet. Without caring for their life their only and only desire is to please you by their services. It is only the magic of your empowerment that we have such exalted Vaisnav acharyas with us who are inspiring us to surrender and commit to your mission. So you as a spiritual master have set such an example which holds true to the saying mukam karoti vachalam. pangum langhayate girim. yat-kripa tam aham vande. sri-gurum dina-taranam. “I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, the deliverer of the fallen souls. His mercy turns the dumb into eloquent speakers and enables the lame to cross mountains.”
The more I study your life I develop more appreciation for you. In the history of humanity there would rarely been a person who sacrificed to such an extent selflessly to give Krishna to others.
On this auspicious occasion of your appearance day I pray at your lotus feet to give me shelter of your lotus feet.