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SAHASRA TIRTHA JALA
An Offering to Srila Prabhupada on His 100th Birth Anniversary
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"Bathe Srila Prabhupada with 1008 sacred waters!" This call, so familiar to us, prepared us for the Vyasa-puja maha-abhisheka celebration during the centennial of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder-ac/iarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.Since 1992 the Centennial master plan included the maha-abhisheka proposal, but it was more easily said than done. To start with, we lacked the funds and manpower to embark on that and many other Centennial projects. However, the bathing proposal not only succeeded but also became the basis of support for other Centermial projects. Lokanath Swami, Pancaratna Dasa, and Naveen Krishna Dasa introduced the plan to the GBC body as the major Centennial fund-raising scheme. It was unanimously approved, which cleared the way for the sponsorship program and the abhisheka to be undertaken by all the temples.The temple presidents welcomed the idea with enthusiasm. Said Damodar Dasa, the temple president of Bhaktivedanta Manor, "The Sahasra Tirtha Jala program perfectly combines fitting glorification of the Lord's pure devotee with unlimited scope for fund-raising and the most sublime benefits for the donor."His Holiness Lokanath Swami remembers: "In March 1994, in Mayapur, during the armual Gaura-Pumima festival, the ISKCON governors reported to Sri Sri Radha-Madhava. When my turn came to speak, I presented a Centennial report. Standing before the Lord, I felt this was my chance. Here I was, having an audience with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the husband of the goddess of fortune! I prayed, 'Dhanam dehi: O Radha-Madhava! Please give us wealth!'"I thought that because Their Lordships are part of the Centennial organization—in fact on the top—and because They always want Their pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada, to be glorified, then why not approach Them?"After the festival the Sahasra Tirtha Jala project started unfolding. As our plans progressed, the Lord revealed to us how we could turn this