From Mañjumedha devi dasi


My dear Śrīla Gurudeva,

Please accept my innumerable dandavat-pranams at your lotus feet.

The Ganges is a sacred river along every fragment of her length, which is 2,525 km. All along her course, pilgrims bathe in her waters, and pay a seemingly insignificant homage to her by cupping her water in their hands, lifting it and letting it fall back into her as an offering; they offer flowers and rose petals and float shallow clay dishes filled with oil and lit with wicks (diyas).

Similarly, my dear Gurudeva, the sacred river of your glories flows far and wide, and spreads all over the three worlds. The Gaṅgā consists of water and has the beautiful calming sound of flowing water, but your pink coloured river, consisting of floating lotus flowers, has a loud and roaring sound to wake up all distressed jīvas and gives us shelter along it’s course. Your Padma-Gaṅgā nourishes us with that rare guru-pada-padma-madhu, the special honey emanating from your lotus feet that cleanses the impurities in our eyes as well as in our hearts.


You are a lotus floating in an ocean of bhakti-rasa. Your lotus feet are my only shelter. My hearts desire is to always bathe in the waters of that sacred pink river of your glories, and pay an insignificant homage by cupping a lotus in my hands, lifting it and placing it very gently back into that sacred river’s flow as a humble offering at your lotus feet.

Your lowly aspiring to be your disciple,

Mañjumedhā devi dasi