Vyāsa-pūjā ~ 2014
It is stated in Śrīla Prabhupada’s purport to Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 17.16 that Vyāsa-pūjā means ‘guru-pūjā’ through the agency of Vyāsadeva. “Since Vyāsadeva is the original guru (spiritual master) of all who follow the Vedic principles, worship of the spiritual master through the agency of Vyāsadeva is called Vyāsa-pūjā.”
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Prabhupāda Mahārāja introduced the ceremony of Vyāsa-pūjā in our line on his 50th birthday. From that day, every year it has been observed. On his 52nd birth anniversary, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Prabhupāda Mahārāja gave a lecture on Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, describing the meaning of Vyāsa-pūjā. He said, “Vyāsa-pūjā means the pūjā of all gauḍīya-vaiṣṇava-ācāryas.” From this statement we can understand the purport of Vyāsa-pūjā. It is not only the pūjā of Vyāsadeva, or of Kṛṣṇa, or of Gaurasundara, or of guru. That is not real Vyāsa-pūjā. Vyāsa-pūjā means the pūjā of all pure gauḍīya-vaiṣṇava-ācāryas. That is real Vyāsa-pūjā. [Excerpt from The Meaning of Vyāsa-pūjā.]
The Beauty of a Premī-Bhakta
The Tattva Vicara Publications team presents a booklet with a wonderful lecture given by Śrī Śrīmad Gour Swami Mahārāja, as a humble offering on this most auspicious day.
All the great virtues manifest in a Vaiṣṇava’s body, for it is said that all of Kṛṣṇa’s virtues are transferred to His devotee. These transcendental qualities are the characteristics of pure Vaiṣṇavas and though they cannot be described fully, I shall try to give some indication of them. Devotees are compassionate; they never deliberately create enmity; they are truthful in words and deeds and without prejudice; they are blameless, magnanimous, mild, clean, and uninterested in material possessions or ambition. Engaged in welfare work for everyone, they are peaceful; they have taken complete shelter of Kṛṣṇa and are not influenced by lust. They are harmless, steady, and have overcome the six cardinal sins – lust, anger, greed, envy, illusion, and jealousy. They eat only as much as required, and are not inebriated. Devotees are respectful and without false prestige; they are grave, compassionate, friendly, poetic, expert, and silent.”
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