An offering to Srila Prabhupada
by Gangamayee devi dasi
caksur unmilitam yena
tasmai sri gurave-namah
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto my Spiritual Master who has opened my eyes, blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the torchlight of knowledge."
No moment I've lived in nor emotion I've shared ever found any real meaning before I learnt of the existence of your most blessed and treasured Movement. No laughter I'd ever uttered, nor tears I'd ever shed could have so completely captured my very soul than those I'd experienced by just dancing, singing, and chanting before the Deities in the temple. From a heart so bound up with materialistic yearnings, I've now learnt how to free myself from all my embittered entanglements and immerse myself instead within the eternal beauty which I've found pervades my very being.
But for you Srila Prabhupada, I would have fallen into the deepest well of my false ego and would have remained blinded forever from all the most wonderful ecstatic feelings that I have now learnt to experience. There are no words that would befit my lips, nor deeds fine that I could impart that would ever express my eternal gratitude for your having saved me from this ocean of material existence.
By your mercy Lord Krishna may I never again fall, but continue to rise ever upward pursuing the pathways to the Spiritual Planets.
Gangamayee devi dasi (1973)
(Note from Annada devi dasi: Gangamayee prabhu left our world six years ago on Srila Sanatana Goswami's disappearance day, Vyasa Purnima. She chanted loudly for seven and a half hours, and left this world with the Lord's Holy Name on her tongue. The Supreme decoration for a valiant soul! All Glories to Srila Prabhupada's mercy and to his loving daughters and sons.)