To Serve – To Fly

The other day King Goodwill flew several religious leaders, including myself, to his program in Zululand in a helicopter. During the one-hour flight over Zulu territory I was remembering Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati who introduced many innovations to expand preaching. All over India he staged free theistic exhibits and dioramas depicting the pastimes of Sri Krishna and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Employing the latest technology, he even had animated dolls. To commemorate the many holy places visited by Lord Caitanya he installed marble impressions of the Lord’s lotus feet. Breaking tradition, he let his sannyasis wear tailored kurtas and overcoats, ride in cars and motor-boats, and carry Mahaprabhu’s message across the sea to Europe. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saravati’s revolutionary preaching ideas sprang from the sastric principle of yukta-vairagya set forth by the rasa acarya, Srila Rupa Gosvami. Being an eternally liberated soul, Srila Sarasvati Thakura knew how to perfectly engage Maya (the illusory energy) in the service of Lord Krishna. May he always watch over and protect me as I strive to serve the mission of Sri Caitanya in this modern world.

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