APPEARANCE DAY OF PUJYAPAD SRI SRIMAD B.P. PURI
Sri Guru Gauranga Jayatah!
Our humbles obeisances to all Vaisnavas,
All glories to Pujyapad Sri Srimad B.P. Puri Goswami
on this most auspicious occasion of his divine advent.
The following is an excerpt from the unforgettable, deeply
touching speech, Srila B.P. Puri Goswami delivered on
occasion of his Centennial, on 5 th October 97 in Sri
Mayapura Dham at Sri Gopinatha Gaudiya Math.
" The devoted servants of Gopinath Gaudiya Math have arranged
a grand festival. I am truly unqualified to accept all
such honours and worship offered to me by the devotees
at this function. But, you may all observe the two portraits
of my Gurupad Padma, His divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada on either side of me. The
reality is, all godly consciousness rests in him. In
other words, my Gurupad Padma is the real delegate of
the Supreme Divine Lord Krishna. Therefore, it is He
who deserves to receive all honours and worship. It is
He who is most qualified to receive this great honour
and tribute. Indeed, it is He who is unquestionable the
transcendental delegate of the Supreme Lord. I am but
the servant of my Gurupad Padma. In this connection,
I am reminded of one beautiful song by Srila Thakura
1) sarvasva tomar, carane sampiya,
podechi tomara ghare
tumi to' thakur, tomara kukur,
boliya janaho more
2) bandhiya nikate, amare palibe,
rohibo tomara dware
pratipa-janere, asite na dibo,
rakhibo gadera pare
3) tava nija-jana, prasad seviya,
ucchista rakhibe jaha
amara bhojan, parama -anande,
prati-din ha'be taha
4) bosiya suiya, tomara carana,
cintibo satata ami
nacite nacite, nikate jaibo,
jakhona dakibe tumi
5) nijera posana, kabhu na bhavibo,
rohibo bhavera bhore
bhakativinoda, tomare palaka,
boliya varana kore
1) Now that I have surrendered all that I possess unto
Your lotus feet, I throw myself down before Your house.
You are the master of the house; kindly consider me Your
2) Chaining me nearby, You will maintain me, and I shall
lie at Your doorstep. I will not allow Your enemies to
enter, but will keep them outside the bounds of the surrounding
3) Whatever food remnants Your devotees leave behind
after honoring Your prasad will be my daily sustainance.
I will feast on those remnants in great bliss.
4) While sitting up or lying down, I will constantly
meditate on Your lotus feet. Whenever You call, I will
immediately run to You and dance in rapture.
5) I will never think for my own nourishment, and will
remain absorbed in ever cherishing love for my Master.
Bhaktivinoda now accepts You as his only maintainer.
(Saranagati, Goptrtva-Varana (3))
Srila Thakura Bhaktivinoda, the Guru of my Guru Maharaja
has specifically taught us this song. Actually, my position
and my life is that of a dog. I am the dog of my Guru
I do not have any qualifications to accept such honours
and worship from you all. Simply like a dog I am sitting
at the lotus feet of my Guru Maharaja whom you all are
actually worshipping through this Vyasapuja. You are
actually worshipping the principle of my Guru Maharaja
on this Vyasapuja - therefore, you are directly engaged
in the worship of Him.
When a master receives worship, if his dog sits at his
feet, then that dog also receives the same honour and
it also appears as if the dog is receiving honour because
he is so closely sitting at the feet of his master. In
other words, my place is like the dog at the lotus feet
of my divine master. And as you are offering flowers
to my Guru Maharaja in order to worship Him, because
I am sitting so close to His lotus feet, the flowers
are actually coming in contact with my body. Due to this
it appears like I am receiving them and that I am being
worshipped. But actually, my Guru Maharaja is being worshipped,
and in relation to my Guru Maharaja, I am also receiving
some honour as his dog because this is natural.
There is a saying: "Love me, love my dog."
When one loves a dog in relation to his master, that
is not direct worship of the dog but it is actually the
worship of the master. In relation to the master, one
also loves his dog, because that dog belongs to the master.
Similarly, you all love my supreme masters and my Guru
Maharja. You all love the Supreme master Sriman Mahaprabhu,
the divine couple and also my divine master, my Guru
Because you love him, you want to give some worship to
him. You want to worship Their Lordships and as he is
their devotee, you want to worship my Guru Maharaja.
It is your love for him, that makes you love me. You
worship me as his dog due to my being related to Him.
Actually, you are worshipping and loving Him. And if
you really love the divine master, you must also love
his dog. In this way, today I am receiving the worship
of so many of you.
When you came to worship my Gurudeva you saw a dog sitting
at his lotus feet. You offered flowers to the Guru and
those flowers also touched his dog. So, my worship is
like that. I can never think that all such honor and
worship offered to me is actually meant for me. But is
is directly the offering to my Guru Maharja. I am simple
the via medium for that. I am accepting all offerings
on his behalf - accepting everything as his honor, his
worship, his offering from all of you, because my position
is known as such.
So, it is my distinct pleasure, I am very happy here
today to have come to worship my Guru Pad Padma and His
divine principle of Guru Puja.
Please understand the significance of such Gurupuja.
If you all understand the deep significance of Guru Puja,
then my pleasure will increase more and more.