Today is the Vyasa-puja day for my spiritual master, Bhaktimarga Swami. I remember many years ago admiring his humility in offering respect given for him to Srila Prabhupada, his desire to see Srila Prabhupada glorified instead of himself, and that was when I first thought of him as a potential spiritual master for me. In that spirit I would like to take the opportunity to post something I happened to write today upon seeing someone criticizing Srila Prabhupada, apparently in favor of yata mata tata patha or something like that. In fact it was because of Srila Prabhupada that I found Bhaktimarga Swami, so these two spiritual masters are like a team of two great lifeguards who have come to save me from my helpless struggle in an ocean of unlimited ignorance. I am forever in debt to both of them. Hare Krishna…
Before I ever heard of Srila Prabhupada and had not the faintest idea Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, I was a liberal atheist, environmental science major, with a side interest in yoga. I understood based on science that the world needed to stop raising animals for slaughter in order to accommodate population growth. However I soon realized that achieving that would be practically impossible. I didn’t know if there were a God, but I thought unless there is, the world is in serious trouble.
That was when I found _Bhagavad-gita As It Is_ and began to see that what he was teaching is perfect, practical and ideal. He was trying to make anyone in the world able to understand Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Who else could do that?
When I was a child I understood that people at church didn’t seem to really know God, and thought if I could ever find out about God, that would be the most important thing. I didn’t know yet, but Srila Prabhupada had recently gone all over the world teaching his expert knowledge of who really is God, Krishna, and how Krishna should be understood and served. It’s how to actually achieve liberation from repeated birth and death, something inconceivably rare and great, and that is only mentioned because the real treasure of Krishna consciousness is inconceivable.
I am so thankful that Srila Prabhupada did not waiver to satisfy any critics and very masterfully stuck to his mission of giving the way of Krishna consciousness to a world sorely in want of it but too ignorant to know. Srila Prabhupada must be forgiven for distinguishing his knowledge from other proposed solutions because his teachings reveal the real solution to all problems, the making it clear that service to Krishna and His devoted servants is the perfection and ultimate goal of life. I am not even fit to glorify Srila Prabhupada, but thanks to him that is something I hope to someday achieve. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Hare Krishna.