for ISKCON News on Aug. 10, 2012
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Each year on A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami's Appearance Day the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust presents a Vyasa-puja book, a collection of homages written by his followers from all over the world.
In the Introduction Dravida Das, the book's editor remarks:
"The present Vyasa-puja book is the forty-fourth in an unbroken series, beginning in 1969. That first book (booklet, really, consisting of all of twenty-eight hand-numbered pages) gives an address list of the centers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. All seventeen centers, almost all in the USA. The only international centers listed are Hamburg, London, and Montreal. It seems that any devotee who wanted to could write an offering to Çréla Prabhupäda, and it was printed in the booklet.
Today the 304-page, large-format, hardbound Vyasa-puja book represents only a small fraction of the hundreds of centers and many thousands of devotees who make up ISKCON. Yet the central feature remains the same: a genuine outpouring of love, devotion, prayers, and glorification directed toward Srila Prabhupada. Like the devotees in 1969, those of today regard Srila Prabhupada as their guru-devatatma— their guru, worshipable deity, and very life and soul (Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.2.37 and 11.3.22). Through his books, his disciples and granddisciples, his audiovisual recordings, and his Society as a whole, Srila Prabhupada can be as present today for his sincere followers as he was forty-four years ago for ISKCON’s pioneers."
Srila Prabhupada's 2012 Vyasa-puja book could be downloaded from here: