Uddharan dasa – “Krishna Karuna virus”

On Mar 28, 2020, Uddharan dasa wrote:

Dear Sripada Bhakti Kanan Giri Maharaja,

Please accept my humble obeisances.

Will you please post the letter below my signature?

The post is now done.

I pray all is well with you and all residents of our UK ashram.

All is well in the UK ashram. The spring is arriving and we are taking yellow flowers from the garden to worship our Deities.
Lilavati Devi is planting potatoes today and I have been painting and repairing fences.

At least this is one place in the UK where there is no fear of Coronavirus and it is not being chanted on a daily basis.
To refer to it, we have adopted your brilliant devotional idea and call it the Krishna Karuna virus.

he krishna karuna-sindho dina-bandho jagat-pate
gopesa gopika-kanta radha-kanta namo ’stu te

O my dear Krishna, ocean of mercy, You are the friend of the distressed and the source of creation. You are the master of the cow herd men and the lover of the gopis, especially Radharani. I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

May Lord Krishna deliver me from the fear of birth, death, disease and old age.

Your servant,

Uddharan dasa

On 29 Mar 2020, Srila B.K. Giri wrote:

My dandavats to you Sriman Uddharan das,

we . . . call it the Krishna Karuna virus.

Brilliant! Better than my idea.

Karuna- “let Him do” or ‘mercy/merciful’. The virus that devotees will see as Krishna’s mercy. Or Krishna, let Him do this virus, let Him do whatever He likes with me:

āśliṣya vā pāda-ratāṁ pinaṣṭu mām
adarśanān marma-hatāṁ karotu vā
yathā tathā vā vidadhātu lampaṭo
mat-prāṇa-nāthas tu sa eva nāparaḥ

“ ‘Let Kṛṣṇa tightly embrace this maidservant who has fallen at His lotus feet, or let Him trample Me or break My heart by never being visible to Me. He is a debauchee, after all, and can do whatever He likes, but still He alone, and no one else, is the worshipable Lord of My heart.’

Very nice.

Please post your letter. You may do under my name if you like or whichever byline you choose.

Enlivened by your Krishna katha,

Giri Maharaja