As we reflect on the meaning of Srila Prabhupada's mission, let us meditate on some of the amazing excerpts from his prayers to Krsna on the Jaladuta travelling to America.
"How will I make them understand this message of Kṛṣṇa consciousness? I am very unfortunate, unqualified and the most fallen. Therefore I am seeking Your benediction so that I can convince them, for I am powerless to do so on my own".
"O spiritual master of all the worlds! I can simply repeat Your message, so if You like You can make my power of speaking suitable for their understanding.
"O Lord, " I am just like a puppet in Your hands. So if You have brought me here to dance, then make me dance, make me dance, O Lord, make me dance as You like".
"I have no devotion, nor do I have any knowledge, but I have strong faith in the holy name of Kṛṣṇa."
" I have been designated as Bhaktivedānta, and now, if You like, You can fulfill the real purport of Bhaktivedānta."
He came to offer us a hand up to the Spiritual World. Let us be brave and grasp that hand with all our might!
OUR ANNUAL TRIP TO COSTCO
Bindu Madhava and Campakalata Prabhus arrive without fail to whisk us off the farm and into the aisles of Cosco. They tell us to take three of what Sri Sri Radha Damodar need to facilitate our service to them. Cart after cart is filled to the brim with opportunities to create gifts to their lordships. We are shy to take advantage of their kindness, but they encourage us to bring more supplies to Gita Nagari. All we can do is pray for the humility to accept their generosity and learn what using everything in Krishna'sservice really means. Prabhus, please accept our humble thanks and know that you are in our prayers. You exemplify the spirit of giving that Srila Prabhupada brought with him to America.
Govardhan Lal Returns Home
Our dear friend Goverdan Lal left his body a few days ago. He was the leader of all the herds at Gita Nagari for many years, and he ruled with gentleness and an even hand. He protected the retired mommies from bullying, kept the younger oxen in line with a glance, and had a special affection for the "babies" and their enthusiasm for farm life. Lal seemed so pleased with the newest babies who joined the herd this spring. He would glance lovingly at their endless playful games and naughty behavior. When he could no longer raise his magnificent body to eat or drink, Mother Parijata, Dhruva, and Nandi Prabhus would lift him to a more comfortable position at the end. Gita Nagari's cowherds came to his shed and serenaded him with Krishna's Holy Names the night before he left. At the end, his head bobbed with the kirtan, and his eyes opened wide when Srila Prabhupada's name was sung. He received one last visit from Hari and his pals from the three year old herd. When Nandi went to check on him the next morning, he was gone. Lal will remain in our hearts and minds as we share his glories in our cow blog.