nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhu-tale
srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine
namas te saraswate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who is very dear to Lord Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet. Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanyadeva and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.
O Master, Srila Prabhupada. On this very auspicious day of your divine appearance in this world, I, your insignificant disciple, beg for your mercy as I try to my capacity to describe just a glimpse of your glory and magnanimity.
You appeared within this world to execute the desire of Lord Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the golden avatara incarnation and inaugurator of the great Sankirtana movement, meant for the deliverance of all the fallen conditioned souls. Being His unalloyed, eternal confidential associate, you have successfully fulfilled His purpose that the holy name of Krishna, the maha-mantra, be spread in every town and village around the world.
You have taught us that unless specifically empowered by Lord Krishna, one cannot spread the holy name of Krishna all throughout the world. Therefore, only due to your mercy in revealing this to us, we can understand your actual exalted position; we can understand how Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has invested his full mercy in you and is directly acting through you in every single activity you perform and every instruction you give.
Your disciples find it most fitting to praise you in accordance with what you have so kindly taught us, as we are completely incapable of understanding your activities from our own perspective. Therefore, we are actually just like your puppets. Indeed, without depending on your teachings it has been practically observed that attempts to describe your activities have completely failed and have, on the contrary, caused chaos and havoc all around, bewildering the minds of devotees. Therefore, we take great pleasure in completely depending on your instructions in every regard.
Dear Srila Prabhupada, you have acted most wonderfully in your preaching activities. In order to spread Lord Chaitanya’s mission around the world you have made so many nice arrangements according to the specific time, place and circumstances, enabling the fallen souls to take full shelter of the holy name, all while keeping in line with the essential principles of Vaishnavism and pure devotional service to Krishna. This is surely a wonderful act. Although you have acted perfectly in this regard, Srila Prabhupada, still there are some unscrupulous persons who dare criticize your activities, challenging their validity – refusing to recognize the obvious fact that you are an empowered preacher of Lord Chaitanya, and not understanding that the methods which you have prescribed are most essential in the propagation of the sankirtana movement through a unified society with yourself, a bona fide, authorized and infallible spiritual master in the center.
Srila Prabhupada, today we have the most fortunate opportunity to associate with you through your transcendental books and teachings, which you are nondifferent from. Through rendering service to you by following your instructions and applying them in our lives, while inquiring submissively from you by consulting with the many books which you have written, you bless us with transcendental knowledge – genuine spiritual understanding – and in that way guide us back home, back to Godhead. This process you have described as automatic, and that is your inconceivable mercy upon the whole world – the great accommodation given to us in this age. Those who refuse to accept all of this are not being blessed by you with genuine spiritual understanding. As you have written in your Bhagavad-gita As It Is – (original, unedited/revised) – it would require submissive service and inquiry on their part.
Srila Prabhupada, remembering your instructions on this most auspicious day of your appearance, we beg for your causeless mercy and guidance in pushing forward this movement of yours under your actual instructions, in spite of all opposition.
Your eternal servant,
Vidura Mahatma dasa