What can we do to reciprocate with Srila Prabhupada for what he has given us?

Srila Prabhupada taught us how to connect to Sri Krishna

by calling out His name in japa, and we should reciprocate by being eager to connect to Krishna by our most sincere practice of japa.

Srila Prabhupada gave us absolute knowledge in his books, and we should reciprocate by seriously studying his books.

Prabhupada asked us to distribute his books, and we should reciprocate by enthusiastically using every opportunity to distribute his books.

Prabhupada painstakingly preached the glory of love of Godhead, and we should reciprocate by glorifying Srila Prabhupada while talking about love of Godhead.

Srila Prabhupada is our main teacher, and we should reciprocate by always remembering him as our primeval spiritual master.

Srila Prabhupada built a universal shelter called ISKCON, and we should reciprocate by our personal behavior, using all our faculties to strengthen Prabhupada’s ISKCON.

Prabhupada told us that we could relate to Krishna through His pure devotee, so let us reciprocate by always offering our respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of our dear Srila Prabhupada, Lord Krishna’s pure devotee.- Govinda-nandini Devi Dasi new jersey, USA

It is impossible to fully reciprocate

with such an exalted pure devotee of Krishna as Srila Prabhupada for what he has given us. If we follow his instructions to the point, then we will have reciprocated with him to some extent in a very small, token way.

as a pure devotee of Krishna, Srila Prabhupada was full of compassion for the fallen conditioned souls. He wanted us to get out from material entanglement by bringing Krishna into our lives by strictly following the four regulative principles and engaging ourselves in devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. To that end, as an acarya Srila Prabhupada demonstrated how one is supposed to lead a saintly life of simple living and high thinking. He stressed the importance of distributing his books and preaching the science of Krishna consciousness to anyone and everyone who was receptive, regardless of cast, creed, religious faith, ethnicity, or barriers of any sorts. Therefore as a token of reciprocation for his sacrifice, we should try our level best to follow his instructions. That will please Srila Prabhupada the most.- Vaikunthenwar Balaji Dasa (V. mistry) austin, Texas, USA

We must unceasingly align our hearts

with Krishna, while keeping in our consciousness the debt of gratitude we owe always to our beloved Srila Prabhupada.- David Garvin Sugar Land, Texas, USA

When I think of Srila Prabhupada, two things first come to mind:

his love for humankind and concern for the state of humanity, and his passion for book distribution and spreading knowledge of Krishna.

We can never truly properly reciprocate with Srila Prabhupada. The gift he has given us is precious beyond words, and a few rounds of japa or words of praise seem poor in comparison.

But I think we can go some way by being good devotees, by chanting, by loving Krishna, by serving devotees, and by distributing books and knowledge of Krishna every chance we get.

If we bring even one person to Krishna, then we have helped to carry out the wishes of our wonderful spiritual leader. This I think is the best thanks we as humble ignorant souls can offer.- Anna mace maidenhead, Berkshire, UK

It is impossible to repay Srila Prabhupada

for what he has given us, and is still giving us, through his books. But whatever little we can do to please Srila Prabhupada will be to our benefit. The best thing that can be done to please Srila Prabhupada is to try to preach and distribute his books and words to whomever we meet. all glories to Srila Prabhupada!- Chirag Dangarwala mount Prospect, Illinois, USA

The reciprocation process is simple:

all we have to do to lovingly reciprocate with Srila Prabhupada is follow the instructions and teachings he has laid out for us. Srila Prabhupada repeatedly stressed that he would be pleased if we incorporate Krishna consciousness into our daily lives and depend on Krishna for our subsistence. although collectively we can never repay Prabhupada for the eternal gift he has given us, what we can do to honor Srila Prabhupada is read his spiritually enlivening books, visit the temples he established, make spiritual friends with his disciples and devotees, and so forth. If we repeatedly perform these activities, we will find that we will achieve outstanding realizations, as well as Srila Prabhupada’s reciprocation with us.

and here’s the best part: In the end, once we quit our bodies, these spiritual activities will transfer us to the eternal spiritual world, where we will live happily with Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. Therefore, if we follow Srila Prabhupada’s spiritual teachings, not only will we reciprocate with and please him, but we will also get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet him up in the spiritual world, Vrindavana.- Mohit Kapoor (age 13) Calgary, alberta, Canada

Lord Caitanya’s movement was inaugurated when He took chanting

the maha-mantra to the streets as a method for promulgating Krishna consciousness. a Vaisnava is recognized through preaching. Srila Prabhupada immediately put his disciples on this high platform of preacher by commissioning them to routinely perform congregational public chanting. Harinama-sankirtana creates a very potent magical backdrop atmosphere for book distribution also.

a familiar term in ISKCON’s heyday was “fired-up.” We can ignite the visibility and potency of the Hare Krishna movement simply by all followers increasing their sacrifice of public chanting and in doing so reciprocate with Srila Prabhupada.- Rupacandra Dasi Bonners Ferry, Idaho, USA