Our dear Srila Prabhupada
Please accept our prostrated obeisances at your lotus feet.
In the Caitanya-caritamrta [Madhya-lila 19.1] you wrote “Before the creation of this cosmic manifestation, the Lord enlightened the heart of Lord Brahmā with the details of the creation and manifested the Vedic knowledge. In exactly the same way, the Lord, being anxious to revive the Vṛndāvana pastimes of Lord Kṛṣṇa, impregnated the heart of Rūpa Gosvāmī with spiritual potency. By this potency, Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī could revive the activities of Kṛṣṇa in Vṛndāvana, activities almost lost to memory. In this way, He spread Kṛṣṇa consciousness throughout the world.”
You wrote in 1970: “Now I am hopeful that our New Vrindaban will be an exact replica of Vrindavan in India. I think that it was ordained by Krsna that you went there, took your sannyasa order of life in the presence of Rupa Goswami and Jiva Goswami, and now you have the opportunity to execute their will.” From these two passages it appears Rupa and Jiva Goswamis had this desire for a “New” Vrindavan, and it came to us through you.
We residents of New Vrindaban community are so grateful to you for what you have given to the world, and especially to us here. Your vision for everyone to become happy and Krsna conscious is the highest welfare work, and your desire and intention to create a replica of Vrindavan here in the west will provide an opportunity for millions of conditioned souls to discover Krsna, devotional service to Him, and their own unique individual relationship with Him. May we someday soon realize the necessity to fulfill these instructions.
Srila Prabhupada your instructions, teachings, compassion and personal examples guide us. Our desire to please you motivates us to serve. Our greatest impediments come from within, and the obstacles are contributed by Kali himself. Our only possibility for success comes from His Divine Grace, through you.
Srila Prabhupada, by your grace and compassion we inmates have been able to accomplish some meager tasks this past year that we hope and pray actually please you, and thereby satisfy the transcendental senses of Radha Vrindavanchandra Themselves. Our desire is to work together more and more, in the hope this spirit of cooperative service will attract your blessings, and those of the previous acharyas, the entire parampara and Srimati Radharani Herself. In this way our lives can become successful.
It is only by your causeless mercy and grace that all living entities have the opportunity to know and serve Krsna, through you and your sincere representatives.
You are the ideal, and real, example of a true leader. Through your words, writings, and countless examples, we all have a master plan to guide us through the chaotic mental battlefield of Kali-Yuga. We sing daily during guru-puja, “he opens my darkened eyes and fills my heart with transcendental knowledge. He is my Lord birth after birth. From him, ecstatic prema emanates; by him ignorance is destroyed.” We have no need for any other shelter but your lotus feet. Srila Prabhupada, through your strength, you have created a house suitable for all, and uniting creed for the entire world: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Srila Prabhupada, thank you for your courage and selflessness. Thank you for bringing Krsna into our lives, and thank you for making the long trip across the ocean into the unknown to try and teach us the truth of the spirit soul. Without your personal sacrifices this world would be entirely lost to Kali, engulfed in even more terrible works meant to destroy everything sacred.
Thank you for all you are giving to us, and thank you for your protection. May we receive more and more.
Your humble servants of New Vrindaban.