26 October 2020
Inspiring memories of HG Yasomatinandan Prabhu
Hare Krishna . Today we have devotees chanting from 734 locations.
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna
Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Ram Hare Ram
Ram Ram Hare Hare
Srila Prabhupada ki Jai ! Yasomatinandan Prabhu ki Jai !!
Yasomatinandan Prabhu is my dear god brother. He reached Prabhupada wherever Prabhupada is. This is our hope and prayer also, or he must have received shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Radha Govind. He will further increase his services towards Sri Sri Radha Govind.
In our morning session yesterday I introduced you to Yasomatinandan Prabhu and discussed some of his qualities. Then throughout the day the whole universe of ISKCON was engrossed in deep sadness in separation of Yasomatinandan Prabhu. It was like.
adhama janāra bandhu,
lokanāth lokera jīvana
hā hā prabhu koro doyā, deho more pada-chāyā,
ebe jaśa ghuṣuk tribhuvana
Our spiritual master is the ocean of mercy, the friend of the poor, and the lord and master of the devotees. O Lokanatha Goswami! O master! Be merciful unto me. Give me the shade of your lotus feet. Your fame is spread all over the three worlds.
(Guru Vandana verse 4)
Yesterday the world was glorifying Yasomatinandan Prabhu. His qualities, achievements and accomplishments were presented by various devotees. During the day we had a remembrance session in which we had so many leaders of ISKCON from all over the world around 400 to 500 were present. Also GBC’s members , sannyasis, Bureau members, temple presidents , leaders of various congregations, many devotees and leaders from ISKCON Gujarat, general followers gathered together and discussed the glories of Yasomatinandan Prabhu. Children of Yasomatinandan Prabhu were present along with his wife HG Radha-kunda Mataji. Everyone was expressing and at that moment we received a message from Prime Minister Sri Narendra Modi. He knew Yasomatinandan Prabhu so he tweeted his condolences. We read that also. Now I wish that during this Japa talk , I am already discussing, but I also want you to express your feelings. The devotees who were familiar with Yasomatinandan Prabhu or the devotees who associated with Yasomatinandan Prabhu, or those who were inspired by him and those who followed his teachings should speak about him. Yasomatinandan Prabhu was a siksa guru. He had not given initiation. He was a Brahman by birth. Srila Prabhupada increased his qualifications by making him a pure Vaishnav. He was popular for taking bliss in discussing the scriptures. He was a scholar. His lectures and preaching were very scholastic. I want devotees to speak their feelings very soon. Be prepared.
We can have only one Spiritual Master but we can have multiple siksa gurus. Actually all my god brothers and god sisters are qualified siksa gurus. All of them can be the siksa gurus, for all of you. You should learn from all of them. Be quick, because we are preparing to go back home, Back to Godhead. This is the last chance for you as they are departing. Time is short so you should take advantage. Learn more and more from these siksa gurus.
Prabhu has disappeared and we are celebrating his disappearance and we are glorifying him. I want to know what you have learnt from him or how he has inspired you. Probably you met him personally or not or you must have learnt about him. I would like to read out a letter that he had written to Srila Prabhupada in the beginning days of his spiritual life. Krishnabhakta Prabhu has forwarded this letter to me. This letter was written 50 years ago, a few days after he was initiated and became Yasomatinandan. HH Radhanath Swami Maharaja has mentioned that he liked this name Yasomatinandan which Srila Prabhupada has given. He said it is a beautiful name. I was also very influenced by this letter when I read it. When Srila Prabhupada read that letter he was very happy and pleased. I will read the first part of that letter and then I will share what Prabhupada had replied to him.
This letter is in English, which goes as follows - [ sentences from letter are in italics]
Most worshipable Srila Prabhupada
Please accept my most humble obeisances.
Since you are also new you should also learn from this: How to write letters? You have no idea.
It has been more than two months since Janmashtami and I am still cherishing the vision of your lotus face while seeing you off at Pittsburg airport. After hearing you for six days and seeing you everyday my ears and eyes have become lusty. Ears do not want to hear anything but your transcendental voice. Eyes do not want to see anything but your lotus face. I have been living in a Chicago temple since Janmashtami. Everyday I keep looking at your picture on the vyasasana. Thinking that some day you will speak. It has not happened yet. And I have become impatient. I decided to write to you , so that you can hear me more distinctively. All my desires to work as an engineer seems to have dwindled by seeing your lotus face in New Vrindavan.
I am enjoying the Nectar of Devotion more and more everyday. I have been going on sankirtan everyday for an average of six to eight hours, sometimes even fifteen hours. I love to go out on Sankirtan and distribute your books. Krsna is rewarding me with unaccepted pleasure. Everyday I am realising the magnanimity and the potency of your sankirtan movement. This gives me strength to resist the attack of dense forests of the material world with wild animals of karmies and materialistic. The people in general are taking one major step everyday towards degradation. I cannot understand their royal march towards hell. Even though I would have been one of them had you not pick me up from this rolar coast. This is more true with Indians then anybody else, especially those present in this country. They do not know anything about Vedic philosophy. They do not have any religion but Charvak only eats, drinks and be happy. Varnasharam is existing only in skeleton form. The Brahman class has almost become extinct.
These are all realisations of Yasomatinandan Prabhu around 50 years ago. These are his thoughts. These are the thoughts of a disciple. He has total surrender with these thoughts. Srila Prabhupada has such a type of disciples. Yasomatinandan Prabhu is a special, unique example of this.
Society is a headless body. How can there be any peace and prosperity when they do not know what peace and prosperity mean. How can there be brotherhood when they do not know who their father is ? How can there be the Kingdom of Ram without Ram?
Yasomatinandan Prabhu has written a very elaborate letter. Someday I will share this letter. Then you can read further. I would like to share the reply by Srila Prabhupada to this letter, which is as follows-
My dear Yasomatinandan,
Please accept my blessings.
I am in receipt of your letter. I am so much pleased to read it.
Here Spiritual master is pleased
yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto 'pi
dhyayan stuvams tasya yashas trisandhyam
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krsna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.
(Sri Gurvastakam verse 8)
Spiritual master is saying that he is pleased. Not displeased, not disturbed. There are some letters or disciples who bring such messages that do not please the spiritual master or they behave in such a way that the spiritual master is not pleased. Here Srila Prabhupada is happy and said that, ' I am Pleased.'
Your letter is so nice that I am advising that it should be published in Back to Godhead. In the meantime you can immediately begin translating all our books into the Gujarati language.
Prabhupada is giving him special instructions. Normally a spiritual master gives general instructions to everyone, but sometimes they give special orders. Now this is a special instruction being given. Translate all my books in Gujarati language.
All these translations will be published in a series in Gujarati BTG. And if you are serious about it ; you can be the editor. You immediately begin translating and regularly publishing books is Gujarati . It would be great service for you. The more you render service the more you will be enlightened.
Prabhupada has said that by more service you will get more knowledge and realisation.
cakṣu-dān dilo jei,
janme janme prabhu sei,
divya jñān hṛde prokāśito
prema-bhakti jāhā hoite,
avidyā vināśa jāte,
vede gāy jāhāra carito
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. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character. (Guru Vandana Verse 3)
Thank you once more for understanding our philosophy very nicely. Hope you will get this in good health.
Your ever well wisher
A C Bhaktivedanta Swami
Srila Prabhupada ki Jaya! There is not much time. Actually I had planned that I will not speak much and you speak more. The devotees who are ready can speak for two to three minutes. I want to hear. And everyone else will also listen to those who are present in this forum.
Shubhangi mataji from Nagpur :
Hare Krishna. We had once met Yasomatinandan Prabhu when we had gone to Tirupati Balaji for darsana. Prabhu was also present there with his daughter and grandchildren. He was in Govindas restaurant and we also went there to honour prasada. We could not talk much with him, but at least we met him. Bhagiratha Prabhuji has shared the letter that you mentioned just now. I read it in again yesterday. It is a very long letter. After reading it I had shared it with Prabhu also. The essence of the letter is that Yasomatinandan Prabhu always remained totally surrendered to his spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. It means 100% surrendered. And in the letter he has expressed deep love for Prabhupada. He says that I am very, very eager to hear you and meet you again. It has been a long time, but the fact was that a very short time had passed after he was separated from Prabhupada. And he himself asked for service to Prabhupada. He said he wants to translate all books in Gujarati. He was an expert in Gujarati literature. He had complete knowledge of Gujarati language and its grammar and all. Prabhuji mentioned that he goes for sankirtan for eight hours and sometimes fifteen hours also. This was a huge dedication. I had never talked with him personally. I met him only once for a short time. But from this letter we understand his dedication. Here we hesitate to take up new services, but Prabhu personally requested Prabhupada and demanded more seva. Prabhupada was also very pleased to know this. Prabhupada ordered Yasomatinandan Prabhuji to translate in Gujarati and was ready to appoint him as editor. And Prabhupada said that I want your letter to be published in a magazine. Therefore I realised that the Prabhupada and the Lord will always accept such an exalted devotee who has totally surrendered to the spiritual master. Prabhuji life is an inspiration for all of us. We also get inspiration that we should also make our life exemplary like him.
Achyut Chetna mataji from Ahmedabad
I got close association of Yasomatinandan Prabhuji from when I joined ISKCON in 2011. We have experienced his total surrender and separation feeling for his spiritual master in his many lectures. He was always overwhelmed. Whenever he heard Prabhupada’s name. And we have experienced this many times very closely. He had mastered Caitanya-Caritamrta. It is a very dear topic for him. Whenever we had lectures on Caitanya-Caritamrta before Gaur Purnima he always used to be so engrossed in the class that he was unstoppable. And this we are going to miss now. He was very loving and caring to each and everyone in the temple. Now each and everyone is crying about how we will get such love again. He was so caring towards everyone. In fact he always enquired from me how I am managing my twins. He has helped us to progress in devotion and he had personal relationships with everyone. And he had asked me two to three times about my second initiation. Definitely now I will sincerely try for Brahmin initiation. Since it was his wish.