"Pada Seva means to serve the lotus feet of Guru and Krishna.You cannot serve Krishna without Guru, or serve just Guru without serving Krishna. They must be served or offered pada seva simultaneously." - Srila Prabhupada

  • "A highly advanced Vaisnava lives in such a way that no one can understand what he is or what he was." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.3.14, Purport)
  • "... there is nothing as profitable as the association of pure devotees." (Teachings of Lord Caitanya, Page 341)
  • "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." (Sri Sri Gurv-astaka, Verse 8)
  • "A pure devotee cannot forget the Supreme Lord for a moment, and similarly, the Supreme Lord cannot forget His pure devotee for a moment." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 8.15, Purport)
  • "The Spiritual Master is present wherever his sincere disciple is trying to serve his instructions. " (Srila Prabhupada letter, 12/01/73)
  • "I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torchlight of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him." (Sri Guru Pranama)
  • "My dear Partha, one who claims to be My devotee is not so. Only a person who claims to be the devotee of My devotee is actually My devotee." (Lord Krsna, Adi Purana)
  • "Pure devotees of the Lord are more powerful than the waters of the sacred river Ganges. One can derive spiritual benefit out of prolonged use of the Ganges waters. But one can be sanctified at once by the mercy of a pure devotee of the Lord." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 1.1.15, Purport)
  • "No one can approach the Supreme Personality of Godhead directly. One must approach Him through His pure devotees." (Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 12)
  • "Real knowledge can be obtained from a person who is in perfect Krsna consciousness. Therefore, one has to seek out such a bona fide spiritual master and, under him, learn what Krsna consciousness is. The spiritual master can drive away all nescience, as the sun drives away darkness." (Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 5.16, Purport)
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The Most Blessed Moment

I cannot understand how it could happen, because I know all my limitations very clearly.

Srila Prabhupada, it could be possible by only Your's and Your Servant's causeless mercy, that I came in contact with Your teachings, through the commentaries of Bhagavad Gita As It Is which is the nectar of all the sastras. That was the most significant moment in my millions of lifetimes. After coming in this movement of Krishna Consciousness, I understood that someone is praying for us, that is why I am here, in this Vaishnava Community and getting a chance to perform Bhakti in the association of devotees.

Kali-Yuga is rapidly progressing and everything around us is degrading due to the influence of Maya and Kali. Srila Prabhupada, I am always fearful that my limitations and conditionings may again pull me down and I may lose this most valuable opportunity. From the day I came in contact with your teachings, Srila Prabhupada, my inquisitiveness has increased exponentially. Srila Prabhupada, the gifts that you have given to this world is immense and I am also one amongst thousands to receive it.

In Bhagavad Gita, Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that people of the world, observes and then follows the actions of great souls in this world.
Whatever action a great man performs, common men follow. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.

- Bhagavad Gita 3.21

You have shown by your own personal example, by serving your Spiritual Master and Lord Caitanya – against all odds – is the foremost duty of a devotee. Today, we all can see that all your disciples and grand disciples are trying to follow your instructions and propagating this Krishna Consciousness movement across the world.  It is wonderful to see so many people practicing Krishna Consciousness today and thus thousands, including myself, are relishing this precious association of the devotees.

Krishna clearly says to Arjuna that there is no truth superior to Him
O conqueror of wealth, there is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread.
Bhagavad Gita: 7.7
and also mentions that the ultimate goal of Vedic Knowledge is to know Him

By all the Vedas, I am to be known.
Bhagavad Gita: 15.15

The same truth is mentioned in all Vedic Scriptures and was widespread by Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his associates. Still with the passing of time and lacking the systematic scriptural studies,  most people became ignorant about the ultimate goal of Vedas, hence, misunderstood that Sanatan Dharma (or Hinduism) supports polytheism. But now, people across the world know that all the revealed scriptures and all the religions of the world speak about only one God - Krishna, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

How has it become possible?

Only because of Your mercy and efforts. How determined you were to fulfill your Spiritual master’s desires! Hope someday even we can get this mood by Your mercy. You are the original Torchlight with which, thousands of blown out candles like me, are getting lightened up with the treasure trove of Spiritual Knowledge.

I always feel the most blessed moment of my life is when I came into this Krishna Consciousness movement.

Glorifying Your Divine Grace, Srila Prabhupada is like showing lamp to the sun but for my own purification, with all my humility, I am attempting to write this poem. Humbly beg to please forgive my offenses.

Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
Conditioned souls have forgotten;
Thereby all of them fell into material ocean,
Suffering here terribly, full of lamentation.

Srila Prabhupada, Your Divine Grace came here to save us,
The matchless gift of Krishna Consciousness, you gave us;
In old age with no wealth, you went to the West,
To deliver the most fallen souls by giving them the Best.

For His pure devotee, Krishna made all arrangements,
Many youths came to help with great encouragement;
Because of your mercy, many got this wonderful chance,
I am also one, who got your merciful glance.

To spread glories of Krishna, is your life’s only goal,
Undoubtedly, spiritual master’s instruction is your life and soul.
Please bless me that I can follow your instruction as my life and soul,
Without your causeless mercy, no hope of achieving this ultimate goal.

Your's most insignificant servant, always in the queue to serve you, life after life,
Lokanath Gaura Das.


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Pada Seva is a blog of ISKCON Dumdum and is maintained by the ISKCON Dumdum congregational devotees.

Pada-Sevanam means to serve the lotus feet of the Lord and His devotees. It is one of the nine different processes of executing Krishna consciousness. This website is an offering from us to Srila Prabhupada in the same mood of Pada Sevanam, hence the name.

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