Dear disciples and well-wishers,
accept my blessings.
glories to Srila Prabhupada.
received from around the world many Vyas Puja homages, words
of appreciation, worship, and love for my humble effort to
bless you with Krishna consciousness. Although I feel
myself most unworthy of such words of praise, it is fitting
and proper for you all the glorify the spiritual master in
this way. How this is so has very nicely been explained by
September of 1972 I was in the presence of His Divine Grace
Srila Prabhupada on the occasion of his Vyas Puja
celebration in New Vrindavan. On that day he told us the
following regarding Sri Vyas Puja:
this Vyasa-puja means one day in a year, on the birthday of
the spiritual master, because he is representative of Vyasa,
he is delivering the same knowledge which has come down by
disciplic succession without any change, he is offered the
respect. This is called Vyasa-puja. And the spiritual master
receives all honor, all contribution, on behalf of the
Supreme Personality of Godhead, not for his person. Just
like in our country when there was British rule, there was a
viceroy, a king's representative. So naturally, when the
viceroy used to go to some meeting, many people used to
present valuable jewels, valuable, because just to honor
him. But the law was that not a single of the jewels or
contribution the viceroy could touch. It was going to the
royal treasury. The viceroy could accept on behalf of the
king all contribution, but it goes to the king.
"Similarly, this day, Vyasa-puja day, whatever honor,
contribution and feelings is being offered to the spiritual
master, it is being offered to Krishna. Again, as we have
received the knowledge from upwards, similarly, this respect
also goes from downward to the upward. This is the process.
So as the spiritual master is teacher of the student, he has
to teach the disciple how to send back his respect and
contribution to God. This is called Vyasa-puja.
spiritual master is respected as good as God. Why?
Saksad-dharitvena samasta-sastraih. They have already
chanted this song. Samasta-sastraih, in all Vedic
literatures. Samasta, all. Samasta means all. Sastra means
Vedic literature. The all the sastras in Vedic literature,
they have declared that spiritual master is as good as God.
Not God, but as good as God. The Mayavadi, they think that
the spiritual master is also God. No. We Vaisnava, we don't
accept that theory. But actually how a man can become God?
No. But because he is God's representative, he is honored as
God, not that he has become God. Kintu prabhor yah priya eva
tasya. Just like you have got a dear son. If somebody pats
your son, even pats your dog, you become pleased. So the
spiritual master is very confidential servant, dog of God.
Therefore if you can please him, yasya prasadad
bhagavat-prasadah **. If you can please the spiritual
master, then God is pleased. Just like your small child. If
somebody pleases that child, you become automatically
pleased. You can please that child with a two-cent-worth
lozenges. But to please you it may require thousands of
dollars. So you can finish the business by offering a
this is the position of a spiritual master. Don't
misunderstand that "This person is sitting very comfortably
and taking all honors and contribution." It is needed just
to teach them how to respect the representative of God. This
is the sum and substance of Vyasa-puja.
Srila Prabhupada's Sri Vyasa-puja address-- New Vrindavan,
September 2, 1972
Prabhupada has so wonderfully blessed us with the perfect
understanding of what is a guru and what is a disciple and
how the disciple can achieve spiritual perfection by
completely surrendering himself unto Krishna through the
medium of the bona fide spiritual
master. By taking full advantage of Srila Prabhupada's
spotless teachings we will quickly and easily achieve the
perfection of human existence. We will develop pure love of
hoping this meets you in the best of health and in
an ecstatic mood.
wishing you the very best,
Sankarshan Das Adhikari