Dear Srila Prabhupada,
Please accept my humble repeated obeisances at the dust of Your lotus feet,
All glories to Sri Guru & Gouranga!
All glories to You!
I had so many ideas, so many things I wanted to say, to glorify and express my gratitude to You, Srila Prabhupada, and the occasion is so gigantic and grand, but now thinking how I’m supposed to write it all in one homage makes me lose my breath and leaves me dumbfounded, unable to write a single word. Rarely do I find myself speechless, but in front of You, Srila Prabhupada, I am.
In the past year Sravanam Diaries Podcast have read 20 books, published 376 episodes that were played 7080 times in 49 countries. As they say “it’s not much, but it’s honest work.”
Today I would like to humbly present the Telegram Channel of Sravanam Diaries (t.me/sravanamdiaries), where we uploaded the first 100 episodes, categorized by books in different channels (more to be uploaded later). In this way anyone can “stumble” upon Your books on Telegram through searching & immediately have an opportunity to listen or buy your books.
When I think of this small initiative of ours, Sravanam Diaries, I am in double mind. On one hand it is a very personal project, as the name suggests, it’s my personal reading diary, as I really want to nicely study and know all of Your books. And I don’t feel comfortable advertising it much, it’s like coming up to random people telling them “Please read my diary!” It’s uncomfortable in one sense:)
But on the other hand it is very much a preaching project. I am aware that these episodes are published for anyone and everyone to listen, that articles I write on the website are to be read by anyone and everyone, my husband’s brilliant idea to include links to buy the books turns it into somewhat book sankirtana experience. And I know for sure that I have few grateful regular listeners who are appreciating this podcast. And as statistics say, many people do come across our podcast or click the link to buy the book. Yet, this is more of an unexpected blessing, rather than a calculated strategy.
The way my life has changed in the past year is unbelievable. Thank You, Srila Prabhupada.
As long as I remember I always wanted to please and serve my Guru Maharaja. And one of the first instructions he gave me was to study Your books. And on the day of my initiation, he instructed me to study and teach the science of Krishna consciousness & dedicate my life in serving in Your movement, just like he did, just like his glorious godbrothers did. And the more I try to follow this instruction the more I realize that it all goes back to You, to reading Your books & following Your instructions, fulfilling Your vision and developing Your movement which is meant to save and uplift the entire world for the next 10 000 years.
I know that I can’t do anything myself, I am highly incompetent, useless, I often refer to myself as being “pathetic”. But I pray and will always pray to be Your instrument, to be my Guru Maharaja’s instrument, and I’m sure by the inconceivable power of Your mercy, one day, I would be blessed to actually act as Your fine instrument and thus please You, really please You with my endeavors.
Your aspiring servant,
Sulalita Devi Dasi