Vyasa Puja Message 2015

Vyasa Puja Message from His Holiness Jayapataka Swami

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What is Vyasa Puja

On this auspicious day, disciples gather to glorify their spiritual master, sharing remembrances of the great soul who guides their lives back home, back to godhead. This collection of offerings are presented at the lotus feet of HH Jayapataka Swami Guru Maharaj as a humble tribute, to remind us of our eternal debt towards our spiritual master.



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Greetings from Radhanath Swami

I feel your encouragement upon me is Srila Prabhupada’s priceless blessing.
Your are a great inspiration in my life.

Greetings from Kavichandra Swami

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami is an extremely empowered representative of His Guru Maharaja, His Divine Grace A C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Greetings from Devamrita Swami

Upon this auspicious celebration of your appearance in this world, I would like to inform you that for the past few months I have been meditating on your compassion.

HH Bhaktisiddhanta Swami

It is amazing to watch you in another year in seva, another chapter in
loving relations with your unlimited dependents in service to Srila

Greetings from BVV Narasimha Swami

Thank you for all your glorious preaching activities. It is awesome to think how you are able to dedicate yourself to the mission of Srila Prabhupada and Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

Greetings from Vedavyasapriya Swami

You have been the first predessor Guru maharaj of all of us, appointed by Srila Prabhupada as evidenced by the conversation tape of May 23rd 1977.

nama om visnu-padaya krsna-presthaya bhu-tale srimate bhaktivedanta-svamin iti namine

namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarie nirvisesha-sunyavadi-parcatya-desa-tarine

mukam karoti vacalam

pangum langhayate girim

yat-krpa tam aham vande

sri gurun-dina tarinam


sri-caitanyam isvaram

Today is the adivas day of the Vyasa Puja. so I am sending an advance message to the disciples who are in some distant places. We know that it is difficult to see Lord Krishna. In the conditioned state of life, we don’t have the vision to see. Under the guidance of the spiritual master we are able to see the Lord, through the process of bhakti yoga. So the process of bhakti yoga is such that Krishna becomes very much indebted causelessly by his devotees, who are serving him selflessly. We try to serve Srila Prabhupada, who is our initiating guru and the primary siksha guru for all members of ISKCON. So He has given me many services to perform, so I was thinking how the devotees, we have them take take vows that they will help me fulfill Srila Prabhupada's mission but they don’t take any specific services. I thought that this year each disciple should think (aspiring, sheltered and the initiated and the shiksa and also the well-wishers) what service they like to do to help me to fulfill Srila Prabhupada mission – someone may help distributing books, some may help by making new devotees, some may help by congregation preaching and development or some may help by helping to build the Temple of Vedic Planetarium or there are many, many items which one should do, bhakti vriksha, whether helping in your local temple, it is important in addition to our material activities, we do something practical to serve Krishna, to serve Lord Caitanya and to serve the guru. The devotees who live in the ashram they usually have full plate of services. But everyone likes to do something in devotional service. In this material world we are very attached to our bodies and we think we are the bodies and we try to enjoy the body but we have to suffer old-age, disease and death. The modern science has no solution for old-age disease and death and according Bhagavad-gita we also take again rebirth, however if we can become attached to serving Krishna then naturally we will all go to Krishna

at the time of our leaving this body, so side by side while we do our material activities, we should also do something spiritual, actually the spiritual activities are extremely blissful and initially we may not understand but eventually it becomes aware to us.

The devotees like in the example of Krishna and the sages visiting the Bhulasva raja and srutadeva the poor brahmana, how both receive Lord Krishna with their utmost devotion, one was a rich king so he gave opulent gifts chappana bhoga, he bathed the Lord’s feet in golden vessel but he greeted the Lot of tears from his eyes and he was very happy that Krishna came to his palace.

Meanwhile Krishna went to the house of Srutadeva who lived in a grass hut, he was a poor brahamin and he didn’t have gold vessels, he didn’t have diamonds and jewels, he offered Krishna a flower, a lotus, he bathed Krishna's and sages' lotus feet and massaged his lotus feet and he gave them a grass mat to sit on, simple Prasad dal, rice, sabji and chapathis but he was also happy that Krishna has visited his house and he was started to dance and cry he was so happy so if we can get a little bit of

that spiritual desire to serve Krishna like the king and the poor Brahmin did or like the vraja vasis they that can’t remain even a micro second without seeing Krishna they were feeling great separation. So by practicing devotional service gradually our attachment to Krishna increases and we can feel a natural love for Krishna. So I hope on this Vyasa puja day serving the previous acaryas our disciplic line, you can taste a nectar of Krishna’s holy names and the nectar of devotion.

One thing, recently it came to my notice that some devotees are saying our disciplic succession is simply a siksha succession but that would not be correct, Lord Brahma, Narada, from Krishna down to the six gosvamis they are direct diksha line and from the six gosvamis to Srila Prabhupada may be diksha but it may be that… Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur, he would take, if someone connection with the shiksha guru is stronger can take that into consideration but still there is a direct diksha connection to Gaura Krishna das babaji to our present. But Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakur called his presentation of the parampara as a bhagavad parampara in that he presented the maha bhagavatas and he gave them the promise even though there are other diksha guru links, he would just present those who have maha bhagavads. So I think this is an important thing that we should respect all. Our siksha guru and if a siksha guru, they we have a stronger link, that is taken it into consideration, still our diksha guru connection also has value. I thank you on this Vyasa-puja day.

Your Well-wisher Always,

Jayapataka Swami
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