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The Lord's Plan


by Lokanath Swami, Centennial Minister


His Divine Grace A. C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the founder-acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. There is no room or need in this world for another International Society for Krishna Consciousness with yet another founder-acarya. There are no seconds. That is it. Srila Prabhupada established this Society for the purpose of spreading Krishna consciousness during the present age of Kali. We cannot create anything new. The only thing we can do is work on some of the details and further expand his movement to more towns and villages. As time passes, Srila Prabhupada's fame will spread to all the towns and villages of the world as the one who made Krishna consciousness widely available worldwide.Lord Krishna declares in Bhagavad-gita (4.8): "To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to re-establish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, milleimium after milleimium." The Lord also sends His empowered messengers to do the same. We understand from Srila Prabhupada's activities that he carried out those very three aspects of the Lord's mission. He delivered the pious by offering them shelter and engagement in transcendental activities in the Society he created for that purpose. He annihilated the miscreants by delivering his enlightened commentaries on Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-gita, which are meant to destroy the demoniac ignorance of this age. And he re-established the principles of religion by emphasizing devotional service as the eternal occupation of all living entities and promoting the chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, the dharma for the age. This work is now being perpetuated by Srila Prabhupada's

ISKCON.By establishing ISKCON, Prabhupada became "bhurida," the most munificent worker. We take this word from the authoritative statement of the gopis, who, overwhelmed by feelings of separation from Krishna, sat down on the bank of the Yamuna and prayed for His audience while singing the glories of one who spreads Krishna's glories: "Certainly those who spread the message of Godhead are the most munificent workers." (S/jag. 10.31.9)


Such a munificent worker deserves to be glorified in an appropriate and unprecedented way.Krishna, who always desires to glorify His devotees is instigating us during this Centennial celebration. And to the degree we are pure, He reveals to us His plans for glorifying Sril^ Prabhupada. Indeed, the matchless idea of bathing His Divine Grace with 1008 sacred waters descended upon us by the Lord's causeless mercy.While all the other Centennial events are mostly attempts to inform as many people as possible who Srila Prabhupada is and to distribute the gifts he gave to the world—the holy name, his books andprasadam and so on—his Maha-Vyasa-puja ceremony is unique. On this blessed day, all those who received and benefitted from His Divine Grace's gifts will assemble at his lotus feet to thank him, appreciate him and remember his qualities and activities. In an unprecedented event, which has been defined as "na bhuto, na bhavisyati" or that which has never happened in the past and may never happen again—they will bathe him with the sacred waters of 1008 holy places. Among all the Centennial events, we have designed the Sahasra Tirtha Jala maha-abhiseka ceremony as the most significant.Our target was big from the beginning. The task seemed monumental. We drew up a list of 1,500 places to travel to throughout 20 states of India and five neighboring countries. The water collectors planned to go up Himalayan peaks, down into remote valleys, across plains, through forests and the Rajasthani desert. Initially, everyone wondered whether we would ever accomplish what we had set out to do. And without completing the water collection, there was no question of going ahead with the project. But once the water collectors set into action, they amazed us by repeatedly returning with dozen of tirthas' waters, sometimes 50 or 100 at a time. We soon realized that collecting the water was relatively easy. It seemed as if the tirthas were as eager to take part in the abhisheka as we were to find them. We ended up collecting more that 1008 sacred waters. All glories to the sacred waters! All glories to the sacred-water collectors!I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few of the many devotees who were instrumental in achieving the goals. My thanks go to Naveen Krishna Prabhu for directing the global fund-raising effort, to Tukarama Dasa for helping the temples implement the fund-raising