(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 01 June 2015, New Govardhana, Australia, Caitanya Caritamrta Antya Lila 20.12)
Success on spiritual life does not depend only on our service. I would like to mention Srila Prabhupada’s Godbrother, Bhakti Vaibhav Maharaj, who used to visit us regularly every year for Srila Prabhupada’s Appearance Day. He spoke every year, commemorating Srila Prabhupada’s pastimes.
But the last time he came, he was very old, very weak and deeply absorbed in his own meditation. When he spoke, it was very short. He said, “Swamiji made you all vaisnavas. Vaisnavas are able to give blessings. Therefore, my request to all of you is to please bless me.”
And that was it! It was big credit to Prabhupada who made so many vaisnavas and vaisnavas are treasure houses who give blessings. At age ninety-three, a vaisnava in humility is realizing, “What service have I done? Actually, I need the blessings of all the vaisnavas.”
That is a fact. In the end, our service will not be enough. We need blessings of the vaisnavas. May we follow in the footsteps of the great personalities and also have the humility to look for the blessings of the vaisnavas.