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Satsvarupa Goswami's Love for the Vaisnavas

by Prema-bhakti das

Posted May 30, 2004

Dear Prabhus,

I remember being a new bhakta living in an ashrama full of young, exuberant, enlivened, staunch devotees of Lord Krishna. During those early years there were three things that motivated us unlike anything else; coming off the road for the Temple Festivals with its loud, energetic kirtanas and sumptuous prasadam; the association of gurus, sannyasis and enlightened older devotees; and the arrival of the latest copy of Srila Prabhupada's Lilamrita.

If a single volume of Srila Prabhupada's Lilamrita were the only act of devotional service His Divine Grace Satsvarupa Goswami carried out in his lifetime, he would have accomplished greater service to the Vaisnnava devotees of the Lord than most devotees can hope to accomplish in many lifetimes. The breadth and effectiveness of Satsvarupa Goswami's monumental literary pursuits on the spreading of Krishna Consciousness are immeasurable. Satsvarupa Goswami has selflessly dedicated his life to serving Srila Prabhupada longer than most devotees on this planet. His dedication to his service is out of love for Srila Prabhupada and those who aspire to be Vaisnavas.

Maharaja humbly provides: "In the Bhagavad-gita it says that even a person who commits a bad mistake should still be seen as a pure devotee, provided he is determined in his Krsna consciousness." The determination of Satsvarupa Goswami in his Krishna Consciousness has exceeded most of those who claim to be Vaisnava devotees of the Lord. Those who disparage his committment to Lord Chaitanya's Sankirtana movement or question his qualification to maintain and instruct his disciples in light of some apparent momentary lapse, should beware, because they have committed a great offense to a Vaisnava.

As I reflect on the service rendered by His Divine Grace and many of the senior devotees of ISKCON I am greatly humbled and offer my heartfelt gratitude for his love and sincere efforts in carrying out Srila Prabhupada's instructions.

Your servant,
Prema Bhakti dasa