Sri Vyasa Puja Offering
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
On Gurudev's appearance day in 1997, the devotees were making a Vyasa Puja book and somebody asked me suddenly, "Can you write something for Gurudev?" So, when Gurudev was starting his 69 year, in 1997, I wrote a Vyasa Puja offering.
On that day, I gave this offering to Gurudev, and after he read it he gave me the paper back and said, "You can read it." I read it in front of everybody instead of a lecture, and I remember Gurudev said, "It is too much..."
I wrote that offering in Bengali and it is hard for me to give the explanation in English, but I will try to tell something. Actually, I am not actually a literature man—sometimes something comes, and this is how I wrote it, but Gurudev was very happy.
Before I read the offering, I remember I first recited this sloka,
"I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of Sri Guru, who is said by all the scriptures to be the Lord Himself, and considered to be so by the sadhus, yet is also the Lord's beloved devotee."
(Sri Sri Gurvastakam, 7)
আপনাকে জানাই কোটি দণ্ডবতৎ নতি ।
apanake janai koti dandavat nati
I offer you ten million prostrate obeisances. My desire is to forever remain at your feet.
I am offering crores and crores, millions and millions of dandavats at your lotus feet. My whole life, birth after birth, I want to pray to you that I may keep my mind, my heart and soul—my everything!—at your lotus feet. That is my desire. Only give me that kind of energy that all my life, until death, my mind may be at your lotus feet.
মায়া পাশে যদি ফাঁসি যে কোন সময় ।
maya pase yadi phamsi ye kona samaya
I can be strangled by the noose of maya at any time, but I am calling out to you for help.
If I have any problem, if I fall into the illusory environment, I will call you so much, "Please rescue me from this kind of illusory environment!"
সাধু, গুরু, বৈষ্ণবের গানে, সুখ পাই ।
sadhu, guru, vaisnavera gane, sukha pai
The glories of the sadhu, gurus, and Vaishnavs bring so much happiness. When I feel this joy, I suddenly start to sing myself.
I always want to glorify the sadhus, gurus, Vaishnavs, and at that time I feel pleasure, I become so happy that I have become like crazy—I am just singing whatever comes to my mind, some crazy things.
পাপ পুণ্য লাভ ক্ষতি, নাহিক বিচার ।
papa punya labha ksati, nahika vichara
I know nothing about piety or sin, gain or loss. I know that by the mercy of Vaishnavs, all bad things will go away.
I do not think about anything, I know nothing about any sin or piety, profit or loss. All I know is that by the mercy of the Guru and Vaishnavs all kinds of bad elements, all anachar, is removed from the heart.
তাঁদের গুণগান-শক্তি, মোর কভু নাই ।
tandera guna-gana-sakti, mora kabhu nai
I will never be able to glorify their qualities. Still, like a madman I am singing whatever comes to my mind.
I have no power to sing your glorification, but I am crazy, so I am trying to sing something.
সাধু, গুরু, বৈষ্ণব, কৃষ্ণের প্রাণধন ।
sadhu, guru, vaisnava, krsnera prana-dhana
My mind prays for the foot dust and the water that washed the feet of the sadhus, Gurus, Vaishnavs, who are life and soul of Krishna.
Sadhu, Guru, and Vaishnavs are the heart of Lord Krishna, and I always pray for the water that washed their feet.
মনের পিপাসা বড় সাধু সনে বাস ।
manera pipasa bada sadhu sane vasa
My mind thirsts for living in the association of sadhus. Giving up everything, I long for this only.
I always desire, always ask in my mind that I may stay with the sadhus, so that I may hear Hari-katha from the sadhus, and for that I have renounced everything, for that I have come to your lotus feet. This is my only desire.
তাঁদের চরণে কত কোটি পাপ করি ।
tandera charane kata koti papa kari
How many millions of sins do I commit at you feet? Still, you keep me at your lotus feet, and I am clasping them.
We make so many offences, but still you keep us at your lotus feet...
আরও কত বলে মন, কোটি দুঃখ সহি ।
arao kata bale mana, koti duhkha sahi
My mind also prays that no matter how many millions of miseries I have to tolerate I may still be at your feet birth after birth.
I suffer so much, tolerate so much, but in my mind I always pray that I may stay at your lotus feet birth after birth.
First was this prayer, and then I wrote something in glorification of Gurudev, about his appearance day.
হঠাৎ দেশে উঠল সারা, শহর থেকে সকল পাড়া,
hathat dese uthala sara, sahara theke sakala pada,
All of a sudden, throughout the land, in all wards of the town, there arose a peculiar delight. Today everybody is filled with bliss and all together dances and sings in many crowds.
Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami wrote something about the time when Mahaprabhu appeared, and here it is something like that—everybody was affected, in all towns and villages, all over the world. It was so much. When Gurudev was born in Bamunpara, everything suddenly changed as if some mystical power appeared. Everybody was very happy and they were glorifying, singing. When that boy was born, something suddenly changed, just like it was when Mahaprabhu appeared.
ভক্তগণ সব অবিরত, শ্রদ্ধাঞ্জলি দিচ্ছে কত,
bhakta-gana saba avirata, sraddhanjali dichchhe kata,
The devotees keep bringing so many offerings, coming to the holy temples. That day, in the heart of Gaura-desh, morning, noon, and evening as if merged and there sounded a stupefying song of flute.
On that day so many devotees came over and brought so many gifts. Everybody went to the temple. It happened in Bamunpara, the heart of Gauda-desh, and at that time everything became one—there was no morning, no evening, no sun, nothing. People kept coming and going; and they could hear somebody playing the flute.
শুভ ১৮ ই ডিসেম্বর, কৃষ্ণ-দ্বিতীয়া বুদ্ধবার,
subha atharoi disembara, krsna-dvitiya buddhabara
On the auspicious day of December 18, on the second night of the waning moon (Krishna-dvitiya), Wednesday, a ray of light fell from the sky. In the district of brahmans (Bamunpara), in a house of a brahman, for the sake of jiva souls there took birth an unprecedentedly beautiful child, attracting all good.
That day was Wednesday, 18 December, and Gurudev's tithi is Krishna-dvitiya, a beautiful baby boy was born in Burdwan district, in a town Bamunpara ('a brahmans' town'), in a brahman's house. He did not take birth for himself but to rescue the jiva souls all over the world.
শ্রীতরঙ্গিণী দেবী মাতা, নিতাই পদ, নিত্য পিতা,
sri tarangini devi mata, nitai pada, nitya pita,
Mother Sri Tarangini Devi and eternal father Nitaipad are like Sri Devaki and Vasudev. The youthful son of Nanda came in the form of a Guru to bestow His mercy and destroy the ignorance and passion in the jiva souls.
He came just like Lord Himself, Nanda Kumar Krishna, to rescue us, to remove the raja guna and tamo guna.
সেই শিশু আজ মহাজন, ভক্তি সুন্দর গোবিন্দ ধন,
sei sisu aja mahajana, bhakti sundara govinda dhana,
That child is now a great soul, the treasure named Bhakti Sundar Govinda, the never-ending glory of the world. You revealed Goloka Dham in this universe; my Lord, your name is now renowned everywhere, and there can be felt a sweet fragrance of your service.
That boy has now become a Visva Guru!
তোমার কোমল মুরতি আজ, গাঁথা রয় যেন হৃদয় মাঝ,
tomara komala murati aja, gamtha raya yena hrdaya majha,
Your present form is very soft and graceful, and I keep it as if tied within the core of my heart. I will eternally meditate upon your feet. So many great souls and devotees will come and compose hundreds of verses, but how many of your glories is one able to describe?
পাইয়া তব শীতল চরণ, মঙ্গলাকাঙ্ক্ষী করিবে বরণ,
paiya tava sitala charana, mangalakanksi karibe varana,
Attaining your cooling lotus feet, those who desire true welfare will worship and garland them. You accepted a body for the sake of the jiva souls. Seeing you, maya will flee in fear, and the burning fire of this world will be soothed.
You feet are very cool, and when you were born in this human body, Maya ran away in fear and all world became pure.
রাজাসনের রাজা যেমন, তোমার শোভা আজকে তেমন,
rajasanera raja yemana, tomara sobha ajake temana,
Your beauty and lustre are such that you resemble today a king sitting on a royal throne. However, a king is false, useless, but you are eternally true. Your knowledge of the scriptures is unfathomable, and you distribute this eternal wealth of Goloka and fill the distressed minds of the souls with it.
You are sitting here today like a king, but a king is false, and you are eternal, you are true. You have so much knowledge, and you have brought the eternal wealth of Goloka through the Guru parampara and you are distributing it now to all souls like myself, going door to door.
পরম্পরার সূত্র ধরে, আসিয়াছ মোদনী পরে,
paramparara sutra dhare, asiyachha modani pare,
You have come in this world in this disciplic succession to manifest your pastimes of delivering the souls. Srila Guru Maharaj, a fountainhead of mercy, passed all his potency onto you and made you sit on his own throne.
চির পঙ্কিল ধরণীতলে, শুদ্ধ ভকতি প্রকট করিলে—
chira pankila dharani-tale, suddha bhakati prakata karile—
On this ever covered with mud surface of the earth, you have revealed pure devotion which is like an extraordinary transcendental lotus. Its extremely sweet smell has borne a desire within you to distribute the divine love of Vraja to everybody.
তব কৃপাতরু-শীতল ছায়ায়, এ দুঃখীজন যেন ঠাঁই পায়,
tava krpa-taru-sitala chhaya, e duhkhi-jana yena thami paya,
My Lord, you are so merciful to the poor, and this miserable man has got a place in the cool shade under the tree of your mercy. You are the spotless newly risen sun! O merciful Lord, Sri Bhakti Sundar, please consider me your dog.
শ্রীভক্তিরক্ষক প্রভু শ্রীশ্রীধর, তোমাকে বানাল ভব কর্ণধার,
sri bhakti-raksaka prabhu sri sridhara, tomake banala bhava karna-dhara,
Lord Sri Bhakti Raksak Sridhar made you the helmsman of the world for the sake of such fallen, degraded souls like me. So, on the auspicious day of your appearance, there is no other refuge for me other than your feet, and this fallen soul is crying and begging you for mercy.
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