Meditations on the Infinite Qualities and Pastimes
Om Visnu-pada Paramahamsa Parivrajakacarya
Astottara Sata Sri Srimad
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
by Paratrikananda dasa
33. Srila Prabhupada is my sankirtan leader. He commands the attention of those who’ve embraced Lord Caitanya’s mission. He is the driving force of the Sri Krsna Sankirtan movement.
So in pursuance of the order of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, following His footsteps, we are trying to introduce this sankirtana movement, Hare Krsna, and it is coming out very successful. Everywhere. I am especially preaching in the foreign countries. All over Europe, America, Japan, Canada, Australia, I am traveling. Malaysia. And anywhere I have introduced this sankirtana movement -- we have got different centers, about sixty centers -- they have been received with great pleasure. Just like you saw these boys and girls. I have not imported them from India, but they have taken this movement very seriously, and they will take it, because it appeals to the soul directly.
University of Florida, Gainesville, July 29, 1971
34. Srila Prabhupada is my optimism. From him I’ve caught the disease of not being able to think small. He declares that "impossible" is a word found in the fool’s dictionary.
For any living entity, therefore, who has taken shelter of the holy lotus feet of the Lord, nothing is impossible. Kardama Muni is special not because he was a great mystic, but because he was a great devotee. Therefore it is said here that for a great devotee like Kardama Muni, nothing is impossible.
35. Srila Prabhupada is my answer to countless atheistic postulates. His appearance and activities are all miraculous. He is proof that God exists.
One who descends from the spiritual universe into the material universe through his own will is called an avatara. Sometimes Sri Krsna descends Himself, and sometimes He sends His representative.
Knowledge of Krsna's Appearances and Activities
When God comes in incarnation or He sends His representative to reclaim, they perform wonderful acts. They are not ordinary, common men. Either God or God's representative, they act in such a way that it is not possible for any common man.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 3.87-88
New York, December 27, 1966
So people say that I have done miracle. Maybe. At least it is the first time in the history that Vedic culture in its true form is being distributed all over the world.
Speech to Devotees
Vrndavana, April 7, 1976
36. Srila Prabhupada is my desire tree. When I learn to desire purely, he will arrange the fulfillment of my wishes. He teaches to first deserve then desire.
A pure devotee is just like the Desire-Tree from whom we can have on request everything desireable. This is no myth or bluff but it is actual fact. The devotee can deliver to us the mercy of God and what is not obtainable by one who has got the mercy of God?
Devotee and the Divinity
-essay written by Srila Prabhupada before coming to America
37. Srila Prabhupada is my excitement. He employs me in his fabulous plan to make the earth Krsna conscious. Life is boring without him.
Practically speaking, our Krishna philosophy will save the whole world from the most dangerous condition, that is a fact. So now you just become convinced yourselves of this fact and help me spread this Movement for saving the world…
Srila Prabhupada letter
Delhi, December 8, 1971
38. Srila Prabhupada is my pilgrimage. He is the reason to visit sacred places. Wherever he is, Krsna is present.
Maharaja Yudhisthira told Vidura that pure devotees like him are personified holy places because the Supreme Personality of Godhead is always with them in their hearts. By their association, sinful persons are freed from sinful reactions, and therefore wherever a pure devotee goes is a sacred place of pilgrimage.
CC, Adi 1.63
I am in Vrndavana because wherever I go in my apartment or in my temple I live with Krsna and Krsna consciousness.
Los Angeles, December 16, 1968
39. Srila Prabhupada is my authority. I must surrender to him. He alone is worthy of my allegiance.
In the Caitanya Caritamrta it is said, krsna sakti vina nahe nama pracar. So, now the Hare Krishna movement is world known, and learned scholars, etc. give plaudits to me as Professor Judah has. So, then why I am not authority? Nobody says Bon Swami has done it, or Vivekananda, or any other swami. There are so many yogis and swamis coming, but nobody is giving credit to them, they are giving the credit to me. So, why I am not an authority? If Krishna accepts me as authority, then who can deny it?
Srila Prabhupada letter
Honolulu, June 4, 1975
Those who remain in the darkness of material existence due to their falsely prestigious positions -- so-called scientists and philosophers -- are actually atheists. They do not know the ultimate cause of everything. Although bewildered, they are not ready to surrender themselves to the lotus feet of a person who knows things in their proper perspective. In other words, one cannot arouse Krsna consciousness simply by his own mental speculation. One must surrender to a bona fide spiritual master. Only this process will help one.
40. Srila Prabhupada is my professor. The "knowledge" of fools will come and go. He teaches the imperishable science.
"I instructed this imperishable science of yoga to the sun-god, Vivasvan, and Vivasvan instructed it to Manu, the father of mankind, and Manu in turn instructed it to Iksvaku." This is the process of disciplic succession. Following the same process, the Krsna consciousness movement is teaching the principles of Bhagavad-gita as it is, without deviation, all over the world.
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