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In this 53rd annual Vyäsa-püjä book, some of the prominent themes include honoring the 125th anniversary of Srila Prabhupäda’s appearance, the challenges and triumphs that ISKCON has experienced in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the urgent need to always keep Srila Prabhupäda’s mood and mission in the forefront of our consciousness as ISKCON continues to transition to a new generation of leadership.
This is the first Vyäsa-püjä book since 1988 without an homage from His Holiness Bhakti Chäru Swami, who succumbed to COVID-19 in July of last year. Since the homages are submitted from January to May, the 2020 book contained his last offering, and in honor of this extraordinary devotee who was so dear to Srila Prabhupäda and to thousands of devotees in ISKCON, we reproduce that offering here:
Dear Srila Prabhupäda,
Please accept my most humble obeisances unto your divine lotus feet. As I am trying to compose my Vyäsa-püjä offering, I cannot help but reflect on the world situation today. The whole world is in the grip of intense fear caused by a pandemic, and practically everything has come to a standstill. The whole of India is on lockdown, and no one is allowed to go out of his house. For the first time in history, all the places of worship—temples, mosques, churches, and synagogues—have been shut down. No one could have ever imagined that such a situation would arise. Nevertheless, I can see the foresight of Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu. Knowing that such a situation would arise, when no one would be able to go to the temple to see the Deities of the Lord and worship Him, He gave us the process of chanting His holy name.
At a time like this, I also wonder whether this is His divine arrangement to force this world to surrender unto Him and accept the process of congregational chanting. After all, He sent you to fulfill His prediction, and very systematically you have made all the arrangements by creating the institution of ISKCON and training an army of dedicated devotees worldwide, an army that is marching forward equipped with the most powerful weapons of your books to defeat the misdirected, atheistic civilization of this world.
On this auspicious day of your Vyäsa-püjä, please bless us so that we can become valiant warriors in Sri Caitanya Mahäprabhu’s army and fight against the enemy that has vitiated the whole world with sinful activities. Please lead us, as our glorious general, to lay siege to meateating, intoxication, illicit sex, and gambling. Under your divine leadership, we are confident that victory will be ours, that we will defeat the eternal enemy of this world, which corrupts everyone’s mind with the poison of atheism. Once again, under your expert guidance, let us establish the kingdom of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in this world.
When we have a pure devotee like you to lead us and the Supreme Personality of Godhead with us, then who can ever doubt our victory? Who can ever doubt that the ominous influence of Kali will be defeated and that absolute peace and ultimate prosperity will prevail again, bringing the spiritual world down to this beautiful planet of ours.
Your humble servant eternally,
Bhakti Chäru Swami
We’re sure Bhakti Chäru Swami, certainly one of Srila Prabhupäda’s foremost valiant warriors, is with him now, helping to spread the rays of Lord Caitanya’s benediction moon.[ 125 ] [ 125th ] [ ac-bhaktivedanta-swami-prabhupada ] [ prabhupada ] [ puja ] [ srila ] [ srila-prabhupada ] [ srila-prabhupada-vyasa-puja ] [ vyasa ] [ vyasa-puja ]