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INVOCATION

TO A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA[1].

Who so boldly and confidently said,

“Every Thing Is in My Books”

“My books will be the law-books for the next 10,000 years.”

He lives Forever by His Divine Instructions. And his Follower Lives with Him.

I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him. When will Srila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada[2], who has established within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Caitanya[3], give me shelter under his lotus feet?

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and unto the feet of all Vaisnavas[4]. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami along with his elder brother Sanatana Gosvami[5], as well as Raghunatha Dasa[6] and Raghunatha Bhatia[7], Gopala Bhatia[8], and Srila Jiva Gosvami[9]. I offer my respectful obeisances to Lord Krishna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda[10] along with Adwayta acharya[11], Gadadhara[12], Srivasa[13], and other associates. I offer my respectful obeisances to Srimati Radharani[14] and Sri Krishna[15] along with Their associates Sri Lalita and Vishaka.

O my dear Krishna, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the gopis[16] and the lover of Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

I offer my respects to Radharani, whose bodily complexion is like molten gold and who is the Queen of Vrindhavan[17]. You are the daughter of King Vrsabhanu, and You are very dear to Lord Krishna.

I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord. They can fulfill the desires of everyone, just like desire trees, and they are full of compassion for the fallen souls.

I offer my obeisances to Sri Krishna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all others in the line of devotion.

Srimad-bhagavatam[18] 4.31.7,

“Dear master, kindly enlighten us in transcendental knowledge, which may act as a torchlight by which we may cross the dark nescience of material existence.”

Srimad-bhagavatam 6.16.16,

“Because you are great personalities, you can give me real knowledge. I am as foolish as a village animal like a pig or dog because I am merged in the darkness of ignorance. Therefore, please ignite the torch of knowledge to save me.”

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna,

Krishna Krishna Hare hare,

Hare Rama, Hare Rama,

Rama Rama, Hare Hare.

 Upendranath Dasa. January 29,      2022

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[1] Srila Prabhupada— (1896-1977) His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is the tenth generation from Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The founder-acarya, spiritual master of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). Srila Prabhupada was the widely-acclaimed author of more than seventy books on the science of pure bhakti-yoga, unalloyed Krishna consciousness. His major works are annotated English translations of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, and the Bhagavad-gita As It Is. He was the world’s most distinguished teacher of Vedic religion and thought. Srila Prabhupada was a fully God conscious saint who had perfect realization of the Vedic scriptures. He worked incessantly to spread Krishna consciousness all over the world. He guided his society and saw it grow to a worldwide confederation of hundreds of ashrams, schools, temples, institutes, and farm communities.

[2]  Rupa Gosvami—chief of the six great spiritual master Gosvdmis of Vrndavana who were authorized by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to establish and distribute the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. He extensively researched the scriptures and established the philosophy taught by Lord Caitanya on an unshakable foundation. Thus Gaudiya Vaisnavas are known as Rupanugas, followers of Rupa Gosvami. He is also known as the rasacarya, or the teacher of devotional mellows, as exemplified by his book, Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. It is the duty and the aspiration of every Gaudiya Vaisnava to become his servant and follow his path.

[3]  Caitanya Mahaprabhu, (1486-1534)—Lord Krishna in the aspect of His own devotee. He appeared in Navadvipa, West Bengal, and inaugurated the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord to teach pure love of God by means of sankirtana. Lord Caitanya is understood by Gaudiya Vaisnavas to be Lord Krishna Himself; The Golden Avatara of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who descended into the material world 500 years ago at Sridhama Mayapur. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu inaugurated the yuga-dharma of sankirtana. Together with His associates Nityananda, Advaita, Gadadhara and Srivasa, Lord Caitanya is worshiped by the Gaudiya Vaisnavas as the Panca-tattva (five-fold Absolute Truth). Within the Panca-tattva, Mahaprabhu is the isa-tattva, the Supreme Lord. Nityananda is the prakasa-tattva, the feature of isvara who controls the kriya-sakti, out of which the kala and karma potencies expand. Advaita is the avatara-tattva, the incarnation. Gadadhara is sakti-tattva, a feature of the original, spiritual prakrti. Srivasa is jiva-tattva.

[4] Vaisnava—a devotee of the Supreme Lord, Visnu, or Krishna.

[5]  Sanatana Gosvami—one of the Six Gosvamis of Vrndavana who was authorized by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to establish and distribute the philosophy of Krishna consciousness. He was the older brother of Rupa Gosvami and was accepted by Rupa Gosvami as his spiritual master. He and Rupa Gosvami were both ministers in the Mohammedan court in Gauda, but renounced everything for the service of Lord Caitanya. The two brothers were ordered by Sri Caitanya to write books establishing the philosophy of Gaudiya Vaisnavism and to excavate the holy places in Vrndavana.+

[6]  Raghunatha dasa Gosvami—one of the Six Gosvamis of Vrndavana. He appeared in 1495. He was the son of the fabulously wealthy Govardhana Majumdara, the younger brother of the then Zamindar Hiranya Majumdara in the village of Krishnapura in West Bengal. His forefathers were Vaisnavas, and when he was a boy he got the association and blessings of Srila Haridasa Thakura. He was mad with the desire to join Lord Caitanya in Jagannatha Puri, but every time he ran away from home his parents would have him captured and brought back. Finally, he was successful. He received the mercy of Lord Caitanya and served for many years as the assistant of Svarupa Damodara. He was thus known as the Raghu of Svarupa. Later, he was sent to Vrndavana and lived in Radha-kunda, performing severe austerities. In his later years he subsisted on just a few drops of buttermilk each day. He wrote important texts on devotion, his only concern being the chanting of the Holy Name. He ascended in 1571 at the age of 76.

[7]  Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami—one of the Six Gosvamis of Vrndavana. He appeared in 1506 as the son of Tapana Misra. He first met Lord Caitanya in Benares when the Lord stayed at his father’s home for two months. He rendered direct service to the Lord and received His mercy. After the demise of his parents, he went to Puri and associated with the Lord, cooking for Him and taking His remnants. He was especially well-known for his sweetly singing the Bhagavatam to different tunes, his super-excellent cooking and his never hearing, or speaking about, either worldly topics or criticism of Vaisnavas. On the order of the Lord, he proceeded to Vrndavana and associated there with the other Gosvamis. He did not write books. His disciples assisted with the construction of the Govindaji Temple for Rupa Gosvami’s Deity. He disappeared in 1580 at the age of seventy-four.

[8]  Gopala Bhatta Gosvami—one of the Six Gosvamis of Vrndavana, who directly followed Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and systematically presented His teachings, born at the beginning of the 16th century near Sri Rangam in South India. He met Lord Caitanya as a child when the Lord stayed with his father, Vyenkata Bhaööa, during the four-month rainy season. On the order of Lord Caitanya he journeyed to Vrndavana to join the other Gosvamis. While on pilgrimage he obtained twelve salagrama-silas. Later, a Damodara sila manifested Himself as the beautiful Radha-ramana Deity, Who is worshiped to this day with great eclat. Gopala Bhaööa assisted Sanatana Gosvami in his writing.

[9]  Jiva Gosvami—one of the Six Gosvamis of Vrndavana and the nephew of Rupa and Sanatana Gosvamis. His father, Anupama, died when the boy was very young. He grew up absorbed in the worship of Krishna and Balarama. Lord Caitanya instructed him in a dream to proceed to Navadvipa, and there he toured that sacred place in the association of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. He then went to Benares to study Sanskrit, and from there to Vrndavana to be under the shelter of his uncles. He became a disciple of Rupa Gosvami and wrote eighteen major works on Vaisnava philosophy, comprising more than 400,000 verses. He is considered by many philosophers and Sanskritists to be the greatest scholar who ever lived.

[10]  Nityananda Prabhu—the incarnation of Lord Balarama who appeared as the principal associate of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

[11]  Advaita Prabhu—Advaitacarya-an incarnation of Lord Maha-Visnu, who appeared as one of the four principal associates of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Advaitacarya.

[12] Gadadhara—a name for the Personality of Godhead meaning “He who wields a club [in one of His four hands];” an intimate associate of Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

[13]  Srivasa Thakura—the incarnation of Sri Narada Muni in Lord Caitanya’s pastimes. An intimate associate of Lord Caitanya. His courtyard served as the birthplace of Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement, and his altar was the site of the maha-prakasa pastime (twenty-one hours of ecstatic manifestation) of Sri Caitanya.

[14]  Radharani—Lord Krishna’s most intimate consort, who the personification of the internal, pleasure potency of Lord Krishna. She appeared in this world as the daughter of King Vrsabhanu and Kirti-devi and is the Queen of Vrndavana. The most favorite consort of Krishna in Vrindavana, situated on Lord Krishna’s left on altars and pictures; The feminine counterpart of Lord Krishna. She directs the ananda potency (hladini-sakti) for the transcendental pleasure of the Lord
[15]  Krishna—the original, two-armed form of the Supreme Lord, who is the origin of all expansions.

[16]  Gopis—the cowherd girls of Vraja, who are generally the counterparts of Sri Krishna’s hladini-sakti, Srimati Radharani. They assist Her as maidservants in her conjugal pastimes with the Supreme Personality of Godhead; Gopala Krishna’s cowherd girlfriends, who are His most surrendered and confidential devotees.

[17]  Vrndavana—Krishna’s eternal abode, where He fully manifests His quality of sweetness; the village on this earth in which He enacted His childhood pastimes five thousand years ago; the topmost transcendental abode of the Supreme Lord. It is His personal spiritual abode descended to the earthly plane. It is situated on the Western bank of the river Yamuna. He was present on earth about 5,000 years ago.
[18] Srimad-Bhagavatam—the foremost of the eighteen Puranas, the complete science of God that establishes the supreme position of Lord Krishna. It was glorified by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as the amalam puranam, “the purest Purana.” It was written by Srila Vyasadeva as his commentary on the Vedanta-sutra, and it deals exclusively with topics concerning the Supreme Personality of Godhead (Lord Krishna) and His devotees. Srila Prabhupada has given Bhaktivedanta purports in English and wonderfully presented it to the modern world, specifically to give a deep understanding of Lord Krishna; Also known as the Bhagavata Purana, this is a work of eighteen thousand verses compiled by sage Vyasa as his natural commentary on the Vedanta-sutra. It takes up where the Bhagavad-gita leaves off. In Bhagavad-gita4.9, Lord Krishna says that by knowing His transcendental appearance and activities in this world, one becomes free of the cycle of repeated birth and death. Srimad-Bhagavatam recounts with great relish the details of the Lord’s appearance and activities, beginning with His purusa incarnations and their lila of cosmic manifestation, and culminating with Krishna’s own appearance in Vrndavana 5000 years ago, and His most sweet rasa-lila with the His cowherd girlfriends, the gopis headed by Radharani.