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Title: Total Dedication
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2005-02-05 16:48:38
Dear Swami Gaurangapada,
Please accept my deepest appreciation for your new ebook. It is exquisitely translated and shall bring great hope and enlightenment to all of mankind. You are a burning vessel of love and compassion whose life is totally dedicated to spreading the glories of Gauranga and Nityananda. In this Age of Kali-yuga, when everyone including myself is covered with the modes of nature, it is so difficult to know anything of God. We perpetually live in sin and forgetfulness of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is our only Friend and Love. Unless we take complete shelter of Krishna in His form of Lord Gauranga, what hope is there for any happiness or peace?
Sometimes out of causeless compassion, the Lord sends forth his eternal associates to awaken the population to the transcendental plane of existence. Such was the case with our own gurudeva, Shrila Prabhupada, who was sent to fulfill the earnest request of his spiritual master Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami. He traveled the world depending fully on His dear Lord Krishna just to wake up the sleeping souls who were rotting in the modes of nature. Somehow, this poor beggar was allowed to hear the Holy Names emanate from the lips of his Gurudeva and his life has never been the same. Yet, I am insignificant and always filled with materialistic desires. Thus my life is a failure. Just as I was drowning for the last time, I heard the names of Gauranga and Nityananda emanate from your lips and felt a renewed spirit wash over my body and mind. Ecstasy filled my heart and everything my Gurudeva had taught me was again fresh. Guru is one. The pure soul who is the embodiment of Krishna's mercy utters Krishna's name and immediately awakens Krishna bhakti in the devotees heart. That is the eternal process of transferring Krishna Consciousness to others.
You are such an individual, whose heart is flowing with the mercy of Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda, where there is no room for self interest of materialistic ego, whose whole life is busy translating for Krishna and distributing Krishna on a worldwide basis, who is 100% convinced that Gauranga Krishna and His Holy Names are non-different, who knows without doubting that the best and only remedy for the society of materialistic persons is the Holy Names of Gauranga, Nityananda, then Radha and Krishna. You have no malice toward those of us who do not fully understand your simple and straightforward message because you are confident that your Lord Gauranga will convince us sometime soon. With keen spiritual vision, you can see that even to chant Hare Krishna alone is difficult for the living entities in this age, even though this is the prime benediction of the Lord. Thus, by Gauranga's mercy, He has empowered you to teach the offenseless chanting of the Nityananda Gauranga Mantrarajas, clearing the way for the living entities to easily chant the Hare Krishna mantra and realize their deepest dreams and aspirations. Unfortunately, as is common in the Age of Kali, there are many detractors who doubt your words and authority. It is ok to doubt until he who is speaking has proved himself with sincere action and sastric reference. You have done both perfectly. If you were an imposter, then your spotless character would by now have been blemished. Like a lotus sitting beautifully on the reflective pond, you are above this world of offensive behavior and sinful desire. Please go on with your sanga of mercy! Many souls owe their life to you for fearlessly distributing the only known cure for vice in the Age of Kali.
Jai Nityananda! Jai Gauranga! All glories to Shrila Prabhupada! Hare Krishna! ys, Mahashakti dasa.==================
Dearest Gaurangapada Swami and Gauranga bhaktas,All glories to Shrila Prabhupada, who I'm sure is beaming with delight as he relishes the wonderful offering you have made for the pleasure of Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda and all their devotees worldwide. You have truly created an online tirtha second to none. Now the masses of Kali Yuga residents need only click on their mouse and keyboard to enter the Holy Dhama and get relief from sinful reactions. The vision of Bhaktivinode Thakur is being carried on by your sincere desire. There is so much quality and effort being channeled through your words, graphics, ebooks, forums, etc that one feels like he is part of a huge Hare Krishna Online festival. You have proven that it is not necessary to only have Temples of brick and mortar to spread Krishna Consciousness! The internet can reach more people then any number of Temples. Krishna IS the internet and when it is properly used in His service, He gives unlimited intelligence and inspiration. I am particularly impressed with the nice organizational quality of everything. It is all so first class, well designed and well thought out. Visitors will be so impressed that they will naturally want to become a part of your community. As the moderator of one online Vaishnava forum, I posted an article from your ebook along with directions how to obtain the entire ebook. This is a first class experience and I am proud to share your website creation with others. ys,Mahashakti dasa / ACBSP
Dear Swami Gaurangapada,
Your new ebook on chanting Hare Krishna is a great contribution to Vaishnavism and the cult of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. It is so refreshing to hear that our essential time should be mainly used for chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Our spiritual master Shrila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the foremost disciple of his beloved guru Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Maharaja, always encouraged us to constantly chant Hare Krishna and distribute his books. He was also very fond of street sankirtan. Our gurudeva was empowered with the desire to spread Krishna Consciousness all over the world and he strongly engaged his disciples to do the same. Sometimes ISKCON devotees are unnecessarily criticized for their sometimes less then ingenuous ways of carrying on the orders of their spiritual master. We are foremost a preaching organization..
Somehow or other, our duty is to maintain both a very high personal sadhana and an active program of preaching to the public. Shrila Prabhupada did not encourage us to chant constantly but rather maintain a balance of both chanting and preaching. In one of his letters in the 1970's, he stated that if we cannot go out and distribute books all day or perform street sankirtan all day, then we should stay back and read Shrimad Bhagavatam all day. I do, however, very much appreciate your ebooks because they imbibe the essence of all Vedic instructions in this age of Kal, namely constant chanting of the Holy Names. It is, however, to be noted that Shrila Prabhupada wanted many Temples, to offer a place for the common person to serve both the Deity and other Vaishnavas. No doubt that to spread Krishna Consciousness is the most challenging task for any elevated devotee of the Lord. Shrila Prabhupada felt that his literatures were like time bombs when placed in homes and libraries around the world. At some point, they would be opened and read. He referred to book distribution as the big mrdanga drum.
It is my personal opinion that we as a Vaishnava society, an arm of the Gauranga tree, must learn to appreciate and respect other Vaishnavas who are sincerely serving the Lord. ISKCON members should not be poisoned with an attitude of exclusivism or feelings of superiority thinking that their guru is bona fide while all other gurus are bogus. A real preacher should naturally feel very proud of his own spiritual master. But the correct ontological conclusion of an advanced follower is to show ALL respects to other Vaishnavas. If he does not do so, then according to sastra, such a devotee is a kanishta or third class Vaishnava. A third class devotee should never assume any position of authority within a Vaishnava society because such persons are sure to create a materialistic atmosphere and ruin everything for others.
It is high time for members of ISKCON to start boiling the milk of Krishna Consciousness. Along with their preaching zeal and missionary activities, it is very necessary for it's members to chant purely and concentrate on sadhana. Their is no subsitute for pure chanting. We must demonstrate that a life of preaching goes hand in hand with the constant chanting of the Holy Names.
Thank you for your firm conviction in the chanting process! Krishna's Holy Names are the only real shelter in this Age of Kali. Please go on with your wonderful and gifted work of spreading Krishna Consciousness. I hope we can continue to work together under the umbrella of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the six Goswami's of Vrndavana.
====================Dear Gaurangapada-ji ,The message of Lord Krishna can be repeated by anyone but depending on the realization of the speaker, then the hearer gets a similar benefit. It is so nice to receive your voice messages because you are an excellent devotional speaker. Your messages are so simple to understand, like Shrila Prabhupada, and your voice is so full of devotional compassion and ecstacy. Thank you for using the latest technology to deliver the Divine Nectar of Krishna Consciousness all over the world. Thank you for compassionately dedicating your life to saving the fallen conditioned souls. I consider you a real Acharya because you are so innovative in your preaching methods. Your sanga is so right on. There is absolutely no politics or offensive behavior to other devotees. It is 100% pure devotional nectar. Hearing you, I can freely cry out for Lord Gauranga and Lord Nityananda without reservation. Now my life is successful!Your eternal friend and humble admirer,Mahashakti dasa====================