bandon mui sāvadhāna mate
jāhāra prasāde bhāi e bhava toriyā jāi
kṛṣṇa-prāpti hoy jāhā ha’te
“The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krishna.”
To celebrate Srila Prabhupada’s 2018 Vyasa Puja, the TOVP Fundraising Team is pleased to offer yet another sponsorship seva opportunity: the Guru Parampara Brick. We feel this is the most important of the brick sponsorships that we have offered to date, which is why we have left it for last. The guru and unmotivated service to his lotus feet are the most important elements of spiritual life for the disciple, without which he cannot please Krishna and progress on the path back to Godhead. Thus, the Parampara altar is, in effect, the most important of all the altars.
yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādo
yasyāprasādān na gatiḥ kuto ‘pi
dhyāyan stuvaḿs tasya yaśas tri-sandhyaḿ
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam
“By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krishna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.”
This very special donation option is dedicated not only to our previous acharyas, but to all the gurus of ISKCON. It has a special feature that allows you to sponsor a brick on behalf of your guru and in his name, but with your name also inscribed underneath it, to be placed under the Guru Parampara altar. Although the Guru Parampara altar consists of our previous acharyas, sponsoring a brick with your guru’s name will be a fitting way to simultaneously honor both your guru and the purva acharyas of our disciplic succession. 1008 bricks are available for this seva opportunity.
guru-mukha-padma-vākya cittete koribo aikya
ār nā koriho mane āśā
śrī-guru-caraṇe rati ei se uttama-gati
je prasāde pūre sarva āśā
“My only wish is to have my consciousness purified by the words emanating from his lotus mouth. Attachment to his lotus feet is the perfection that fulfills all desires.”
The purpose of this sponsorship is to specifically help fund the production of all the acharya murtis and their altar. The sponsorship cost for one Guru Parampara brick is USD 1600 / INR 1 lakh and it can be paid in monthly installments over the next 3 1/2 years and completed by 2022, the year of the Grand Opening, or sooner, or paid in full at the time of making your pledge. The name of your choice will be inscribed on the brick along with your guru’s name and it will be placed under the Guru Parampara altar to remain for hundreds, if not thousands of years.
For those who wish to offer this special service to the TOVP Parampara altar this is also a wonderful opportunity to simultaneously participate in the MISSION 22 MARATHON to complete the TOVP by 2022. Together we can all cooperate together to make Srila Prabhupada’s dream a reality.
Please go to the Seva Opportunities link at the TOVP website and make your pledge today: https://tovp.org/donate/seva-opportunities/
Become a TOVP Ambassador and ask all your devotee friends and relatives to also participate in this historic project by donating to help complete the TOVP by 2022.
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