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Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! All glories to Shrila Bhaktivinoda, Shrila Prabhupada, my most beloved Shrila Gaurangapada and all Vaishnavas. Please accept my humble obeisances and blessings. I pray that this meets you well and in the service/mercy of Shri Guru and Shri Gauranga. More »« Less

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shrila Prabhupada! Jai Shrila Gaurangapada, who in His mercy has brought me out of the nescience of despair into the service of Shri Shri Nitai-Gauranga and Shri Shri Radha-Krishna. Please accept my most humble, but unworthy obeisciences. I pray the blessings of Shri Shri Nitai-Gaurahari, and all Vaishnavas to bless this wonderful day of the holy appearance day of Shrila Tridandi Swami Bhaktiratna Sadhu Gaurangapada Maharaj.

om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya caksur unmilitam yena

tasmai shri-gurave namah

I offer my respectful obeisances unto my spiritual master, who has opened my eyes, which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the torchlight of knowledge.

vande’ham shri-goroh shri-yuta-pada-kamalam shri-gurun vaishnavams’ ca

shri-rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunathanvitam tam sa jivam sadvaitam

savadhutam parijana-sahitam Krishna-chaitanya-devam shri-radhe-Krishna-padan

saha-gana-lalita-shri-visakhanvitams’ ca

I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and of all the other preceptors on the path of devotional service. I offer my respectful obeisances unto all the Vaishnavas and unto the six Gosvamis including Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shrila Sanatana Gosvami, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami, and their associates. I offer my respectful obeisances unto Shri Advaita Acarya Prabhu, Shri Nityananda Prabhu, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and all His devotees, headed by Shrivasa Thakura. I then offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Shri Shri Krishna, Shrimati Radharani, and all the gopis, headed by Lalita and Visakha.

nama om visnu-padaya Krishna-presthaya bhu-tale shrimate

bhaktivendanta-svamin iti namine

namas te sarasvate 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 Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Chaitanyadeva and delivering the Western Countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.

nama om gaurangapadaya nitai-presthaya bhutale;

shrimate bhaktiratna sadhu iti namine.

gaura-nama-dhama-bhakta-lila-tattva pracarine;

Nityananda-Gauranga-nama-gaura-sahitya vitarine.

“I offer my humble obeisances unto His Holiness Tridandi Bhikshu Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada, who is very dear to Lord Shri Nityananda, having taken shelter at Lord Shri Gauranga’s lotus feet.” “He is constantly broadcasting the glories of the transcendental Names, Abode, Associates and Pastimes of Their Lordships Nityananda-Gauranga especially through the regular chanting of the `Nityananda’ and `Gauranga’ Mantra Rajas (Gauranga-Kriya) along with the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra and by the mass paper and electronic publication and distribution of spiritual literature on the glories of Lords Nityananda-Gauranga in different languages of the world and through different mediums like the internet, television, press, videos, audios, books, satsangs, Gauranga-Kriya-Seminars, Chaitanya-Bhagavata saptahas, Navadvipa Dhama Yatras, etc.”

How can I begin to offer my humble obeisances to your lotus feet for the immense mercies that you have bestowed upon the lowest of your servants? I continually thank Shri Nityananda Prabhuji for bringing you into my life as my most beloved Spiritual Master. How I am so unworthy for such mercies is beyond words, for I have done nothing to deserve such mercy.

I have hurt you time and again with my disobedience and hesitations to your orders and sanctions, yet you continue to be patient with me, just as a beloved Father is with his young son. While your words of discipline hurts my soul, I continue to count myself honored that you would discipline such a hard hearted devil such as myself. Your patience with my behavior in the past shows your immense love for even the lowest of the Lord’s creatures, how much more for one who is aspiring to become a devotee. Your mercy to allow your continued association brings nothing less than tear to my eyes as I dwell upon your supreme mercy and tolerance for my spiritual advancement and eternal condition.

Words cannot express how much your pure association and leadership means to me. I have learned such exalted knowledge from your lotus feet, something I would have learned no where else. You entrusted with me your teachings, and your heart here in America, trusting me to farther your teachings on the American soil so that others can learn of your great mercy and knowledge. It is through your strength that I rise every morning and have the courage to approach the lotus feet of Shri Shri Nitai-Gaurahari, Whom you named yourself, serving them as I would serve you.

I pray that your Vyasa Puja is the greatest so far in the brief time that the Lord Himself has given you to all of your disciples. I pray for another hundred years in your most beautiful service, so that I to may attain a little knowledge and gain a small glimpse of Their Lordship’s lotus feet. My heart always dwells at your lotus feet, praying for the day that I may come to you to render the service required to push this Gauranga Dharma around this material world.

My heart rejoices in the Gayatris, and the chanting of the Holy Mantra-Rajas. Your strength to preach farther a field gives only the slightest of pleasures, but all is done as an offering to your lotus feet. Without you in my heart, none of this has meaning, but only the mantra-rajas give me purpose and your most sublime Pranama which eternally dwells closest to my heart.

May Their Lordships continue to bless you with the spiritual riches that certainly dwell in your heart. I pray that the strong arms of Shri Nityananda Prabhuji continue to shelter you in His supreme mercy. I pray that Shri Gaurahari continues to lead and inspire you as you lead me into Their eternal service.

Your eternal servant;

Nitaipada Maharaja