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Pranams by the Author



First of all, I beg to submit

to the lotus feet of my spiritual master,

Om Vishnu-pada Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta

Saraswati Goswami Maharaja,

who has opened my spiritual vision

and eradicated the darkness of ignorance

 by his forceful message of the transcendental world.

It is only by the mercy of His Divine Grace

that I have been able to remove

the impersonal calamity.


I offer my most sincere obeisances

unto the lotus feet of the Lord of Lords,

 who is the protector of all surrendered souls.

The Supreme Lord is always anxious to bestow

upon us the fortune of unalloyed love of God,

untouched by such deviating processes

as dry speculative empiric knowledge

or the unsatiated desire for fruitive activities

meant only to acquire temporary material gains.

 He is the supreme leader of the chain of disciplic succession

in the line of Shrila Ananda Tirtha.

 He is worshiped by Shri Shriman Adwaita Prabhu

and Shri Shriman Haridasa Thakura,

 who are incarnations of Maha-Vishnu

and Brahma respectively.

He delivers His devotees, such as

the brahmana leper Vasudeva,

from all ailments.


He is the deliverer

of Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya

and King Prataparudra,

who were suffering from the pangs

of material renunciation

and enjoyment respectively.


I offer my most sincere obeisances

unto the lotus feet of the Lord of Lords

who superficially accepted

the renounced life of a sannyasi

to make the brahmana's curse effective.

In the garb of a sannyasi, He initiated

the transcendental ecstasy of spontaneous love of God

as was felt by Shrimati Radharani

in Her amorous desire to meet Shri Krishna.

In the quest of such spontaneous love of God,

the Lord relinquished the association

of His eternal consort Shri Lakshmi Vishnupriya Devi,

who was dearest to Him and whose mercy is most ardently

sought after by all true devotees of God

and even by the denizens of heaven.

The Lord accepted the renounced order of life

in accordance with the foretelling inculcated

in the Mahabharata, the Vedas, and the Shrimad Bhagavatam

in order to bestow His causeless mercy upon us,

who are addicted to the false enjoyment of

 fame, glory, the opposite sex, and wealth

in this material world.