Tour Report -- Kona, Hawaii: January 18, 2007
Vyasa Puja

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Srila Narayana Maharaja’s Appearance Day was celebrated with much joy and grandeur in Kona, Hawaii on January 18th. At 8:30 in the morning, Sripad Damodara Maharaja performed a fire sacrifice for the worship of the Seven Pancakas , and Jiva-priya dasa simultaneously performed the actual ceremony. When Srila Narayana Maharaja arrived at 10:30am, he expressed his pleasure that both had been performed well, under his direction and instruction.

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He then worshiped and performed arati of his guru-parampara, and then all the devotees performed his guru-puja arati. After arati, the 500 assembled devotees lined up in front of his vyasasana, to offer their flowers and other gifts to him, and to receive his blessings.

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Srila Narayana Maharaja then spoke about the meaning and significance of Vyasa-puja. He began his lecture by saying, “Today is my Vyasa-puja. MY Vyasa puja. This means it is MY duty to worship Srila Vyasadeva. It is MY duty to worship my Gurudeva, the entire guru-parampara, Krsna-tattva, Srimati Radha-tattva, Mahaprabhu-tattva, Gaura-Gadhadhara-tattva, Nityananda prabhu, Baladeva prabhu and other transcendental personalities.

I did this. The Sapta-pancakas were duly worshipped. I have seen – and I also used to organize – the Vyasa-puja celebration of my Gurudeva. I have also seen the Vyasa-puja of Parama-pujyapada Srila Bhakti Dayita Madhava Gosvami Maharaja and Parama-pujyapada Srila Bhakti Pramoda Puri Maharaja. They all used to worship their Gurudeva, then the entire guru-paramapara, and then Radha-Krsna Yugala, Gaura-Nityananda Prabhu, Gaura-Gadhadhara and all the other worshipful personalities. There are Seven pancakas: vyasa-pancaka, Krnsa-pancaka, sanakadi-pancaka, panca-tattva pancaka and upasya-pancaka, acarya-pancaka, and guru-pancaka.

Every sannyasi in our disciplic line should worship like this on his Birthday. I have seen this in my Gurudeva. On his appearance day, after his disciples worshipped the guru-parampara, they worshipped him. At that time he told them with great humility, “I am not independently qualified to take your offerings.”

Whatever qualities are in me, whatever I am doing and preaching – the credit for that belongs only to my Gurudeva and our guru-parampara. If any praise comes to me from the numerous devotees who are hearing my harikatha, that praise really does not belong to me. It belongs to my Gurudeva, parama-gurudeva (the guru of the guru), the guru-parampara, Srila Rupa Gosvami, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Krsna.”

Krsna instructed Uddhava in the 11th canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam [Uddhava-sandesh]. I am simply repeating their words like a parrot. I am nothing. If I were not preaching their words, no one would have worshipped me. Therefore, all worship goes to my Gurudeva’s lotus feet. The false ego that “I am a great acarya” should not touch me. There should be no trace of this. I also tell the sannyasis who are preaching on my behalf that they should not have any false ego.

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Srila Narayana Maharaja then called on several sannyasis and other devotees to speak, and after that he spoke a few concluding words. He said, “Those who want to worship Radha and Krsna without worshipping Guru cannot do so.”

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