Śrī Vṛndāvana-dhāma, July 30, 2019
All glories to Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī, who established within this world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Caitanya! Śrīla Prabhupāda coined him the supervisor of the Kṛṣṇa Consciousness Movement. He wrote in his preface to the Upadeśāmṛta that, “To understand the mission of Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu and follow in His footsteps, one must very seriously follow in the footsteps of the six Gosvāmīs—Śrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Bhaṭṭa Raghunātha, Śrī Jīva, Gopāla Bhaṭṭa and Dāsa Raghunātha.” The Six Gosvāmīs of Vṛndāvana preached through their writings and their intense absorption in the eternal service of Śrī Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. We are dependent on their mercy, which Śrīla Prabhupada distributed freely all over the world.
The founders of the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education chose to serve under the auspices of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s glance. His attractive figure on the VIHE logo reminds us all of our eternal debt to him. We are thus immensely pleased to announce the yearly return of his disappearance day festival, an occasion steeped in feelings of separation as well as joy as we get to associate with him through remembrance, glorification and service.
We would like to invite you to take part in the celebrations, either by your direct presence, by supporting the events or simply by sending your good wishes for the success of the festival.
The program is as follows:
August 9: Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī Samādhi Darśana at the Sri Sri Radha Damodara Temple
August 10: Kīrtana, Kathā, Bhoga offering and Mahā-prasāda at the VIHE
August 11: Kīrtana and Drama at the Śrī Śrī Rādhā Govinda Temple
August 12: Kīrtana, Bhoga Offering, Mahā-prasāda and Mahā- sankīrtana at Ter Kadamba
Please let us know whether you are able to come. We are looking forward to your association on this auspicious occasion.
On behalf of your servants at the VIHE,
Praśāntā Devī Dāsī.