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Appreciations for Vanipedia
Appreciations for Vanipedia from Visitors
Advaita Candra dasa (Torchlight Publishing), Mayapur - This is just a short note to give you my appreciation for the wonderful service you and your staff are doing on Vanipedia. It truly is a work for future generations and preserving Prabhupada in this way makes it so easy to get clarity on any issue or situation that we might find ourselves in. It truly is the Vaishnava equivalent of “What would Jesus do?” Your good work means we always know “What Prabhupada would do.” Thank you, and keep up this wonderful work.
Ajamila dasa (acbsp), Mayapur - Vanipedia's mission is a facility that allows devotees to swim in the ocean of Srila Prabhupada's instructions like swans seeking immortal nectar. Enough said, I'm going back to swim there in that vast ocean. See you there. :-))
Alex, Cleveland - Vanipedia is an interactive database which is directly linked to the divine consciousness of our spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada. By utilizing Vanipedia, devotees of Srila Prabhupada are capable of developing a most intimate relationship with Sri Guru (Srila Prabhupada). All the knowledge (Veda) and essence (Rta) of Srila Prabhupada is contained in Vanipedia like burning hydrogen in the heart of a star. In effect, Vanipedia is like a transcendental second sun which will burn up the ignorance of the world until it is all vaporized in one final supernova some day. Truly this is the Golden Age of Caitanya Mahaprabhu and as far as devotional life goes, we have lifetimes more of it to experience and look forward to. Look! Lord Caitanya's Moon is Rising! And look! Here Comes Srila Prabhupada's Sun! I say, Vanipedia ki jaya!
Amala-bhakta Swami (acbsp), Los Angeles - I have had occasion to use your Vanipedia service and have found it to be an excellent tool for finding and amassing specific information from Srila Prabhupada's various books. So many sources of information are presented. It's a truly great service. I want to send a donation to Vanipedia.
Balarama-lila dasa, ??? - Thank you very much for the excellent services by Vanipedia. I am personally very grateful. Vanipedia truly is one of the very sublime offerings at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada and is an invaluable service to the devotee community and the world at large. Thank you very much for your very benevolent inspiring service.
Badarayana dasa (acbsp), New York - That is a foundational component for a healthy ISKCON for generations to come - Srila Prabhupada's vani - plus his mood, his mission/vision and how he practically implemented these. We must study all these together if we are to be balanced and mature in our understanding and application. I am inspired by what you are doing there @ vanipedia.
Bhima dasa (asbsp) (BBT trustee), India - For all those interested in understanding Srila Prabhupada's books in depth, the Vanipedia is a wonderful resource.
Brahma Muhurta (BBT trustee), Sweden - Superb! Addictive! I prefer the layout and ease of use of Vanisource over any other online reading experience.
Devavrata dasa, Slovenia - I wanted to share with you, that we have recently started watching Srila Prabhupada's lectures from the multi-language subtitle project. About once a week we have in our temple Srila Prabhupada's Srimad Bhagavatam lectures, but last week I suggested something new to our temple president Ananta prabhu. So we connected a laptop to the projector and voila! - nectar started flowing. What was especially nice is that the devotees who don't understand English could finally connect to Srila Prabhupada without someone else "being in the middle" so to speak. About 9 lectures equals one SB class (time-wise). We will continue with this in the future because the devotees responded positively to the first 18 lectures and specially the devotees that don't speak English were very appreciative. Thank you for such a wonderful project.
Gary Stevason - The Vanipedia site is beyond imagination. I just stumbled upon the new Prabhupada Timeline and was in awe of the effort and result of the endeavor. I never really allowed myself to feel the full crush of November 14th because there seemed no end, but I am hoping the timeline will help me eventually embrace that final pastime without returning to that bottomless well of sorrow. We are all so very fortunate indeed. Thank you for your offering to Prabhupada's Vani. But I am sure the effort itself will be your reward, as every day he comes closer and closer to your heart of hearts. Jaya Prabhupada!
Gaura Hari dasa (acbsp), USA - After doing a Google search for 'tatastha' I chanced to find the Vanipedia site. I was so very pleased beyond words, and impressed and joyful and uplifted to see such an amazing meaningful project. I am now old and poor, but I would like to extend all my good wishes for all success with this endeavor and indeed with your relationship with Lord Sri Krishna. Lord Caitanya has created this gigantic mridanga, the internet, to save this sad sad world. Your efforts are completely aligned with His vision and He is undoubtedly very pleased with your service. Me, I am still in awe. Thank you again.
Giriraja Swami (acbsp), USA - I have been immersing myself in Srila Prabhupada's Vani at Vanipedia. You have undertaken a most significant and monumental undertaking, and from what I have seen, you are executing it with great conviction, intelligence, and skill. We are deeply indebted to you. I wanted to congratulate you and express my appreciation and gratitude for the amazing job you have done with Vanisource. It is most comprehensive and detailed and extremely intelligently designed, an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to know Srila Prabhupada and know about him--or, like me, who want to write about him. Thank you very, very much.
Hari Sauri dasa (acbsp), Mayapur - Vanipedia offers the most comprehensive and versatile access to the most important database of knowledge on the planet. Literally years of dedication, hard work and careful mapping have resulted in a mind-dazzling array of options for entering more and more deeply into the ocean that is Srila Prabhupada's legacy. This is truly a remarkable offering of love to His Divine Grace and his followers - akin to his own singular, super-normal efforts to present the Srimad Bhagavatam - a gargantuan task accomplished with skill and vision for the propagation of Lord Caitanya's yuga-dharma. My heartfelt congratulations and thanks to everyone involved.
Hrdaya Caitanya dasa (GBC), Belgium/Mayapur - Very well done Visnu Murti prabhu, congratulations to you and your team of devotees, who are able to bring Srila Prabhupada to everyone in the world. This is a wonderful achievement and great preaching.
Hridayananda dasa Goswami (acbsp), USA - I send my personal thanks to Visnu Murti Prabhu for his outstanding service. Vanipedia, as we see from the many enthusiastic appreciations, is an invaluable resource for so many devotees and friends of Lord Krishna. There is nothing more spiritually powerful than the words of Krishna’s pure devotee, Srila Prabhupada. With best wishes!
Indradyumna Swami (acbsp), Global - I wanted to take a minute in my busy schedule to congratulate you on receiving the award you did the other night in Mayapura for your work with Vanipedia. You certainly deserved it. Vanipedia is a wonderful and enduring offering on your part to our beloved Srila Prabhupada. I often use Vanipedia in my studies and in preparing for my lectures and talks. I am sure that is the same for many others now - and in the future. Along with many others, I very much appreciate all the service you have rendered to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu!
Isvara Dasa (Touchstone Media), Kolkata - The work of Visnumurti Prabhu and his team at Vanipedia is godsent. It offers such wonderful opportunities for the devotees to have the entire gamut of Srila Prabhupada's teachings at the touch of their fingers. This is especially useful for the preachers who need to answer varieties of questions from the inquiring public. Vanipedia has made the cultivation of Srila Prabhupada's teachings in such systematic ways on each subject that a preacher can feel evermore confident to represent his message. Vanipedia is the perfect spiritualisation of modern technology for Krishna's service. We are certainly grateful to the Vanipedia team for this wonderful opportunity of delving deeply into the teachings of our founder-acharya, Srila Prabhupada. And to put some icing on the cake, it is now becoming available in all important languages of the world! Hare Krishna.
Jason Sullivan, UK - Hello Vanipedia, Hare Krishna. What a great website! Neat, tidy and just bursting with information, it is very nicely done. HDG AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is very pleased with you, I am sure!
Jnana Balakriya, UK - Vanipedia has turned into something wonderful. Great for research!
Krishna Kshetra Swami (acbsp), Oxford - UK - The several ways that Vanipedia facilitates research and remembrance of Srila Prabhupada's words and wisdom serve in compelling ways to show us the full possibility and necessity to live by and represent his teachings to our best ability. Vanipedia generates such a high degree of accessibility to Prabhupada's teachings that it is sure that these teachings will increasingly benefit the entire world, as Prabhupada so much intended and as is so much needed.
Krodhesvara dasa (acbsp), Australia - Today I discovered the Vanipedia web site and was greatly encouraged by your teams service. It is certainly valuable work that you are all doing and a great resource and tool for preaching. Thank you to all devotees participating in this wonderful project.
Kunjapriya devi dasi, Croatia - I would like to thank you for the gorgeous Vanipedia Project. Today, I had a nice experience in the library where I am working. I had a request from one library member about spiritual sources and I showed him Vanipedia and several search options. That was a really nice experience. I am inspired to put Vaniquotes on my Facebook profile in order to share with devotees Srila Prabhupada´s inspirational quotes. So, I would like to better learn and connect more deeply with Vanipedia, a great gift and grace of Srila Prabhupada. I would like to do more and perform vaniseva to please Srila Prabhupada. Thank you for your great inspiration.
Langaganesh dasa (acbsp), USA - The “BEST” book distributor cannot possibly personally distribute all the Vani that is being presented in any of the 3 ‘Vani” links: Pedia, Quotes or Source! However the same distributor can distribute these 3 links to multitudes of persons WORLDWIDE in a single day!!! This is intelligent service… Out of those multitudes, MANY will learn “bhakti” principles, buy books online in growing numbers, and apply devotional principles in their own home town or village –in every corner of the globe…
Lono Kalama, Hawaii - Your site is invaluable to researchers such as myself. I was very excited to discover a letter written by A.C. Bhaktivedanta on February 18, 1977 and addressed to Mike Gabbard. Is it possible to locate the letter mentioned in the text (Letter to A.C. Bhaktivedanta from Mike Gabbard dated January 28, 1977)? It would greatly augment my research. Thank you.
Mayapura dasa, London - UK - Over the years I have seen that those who commit to extensively distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books become recipient of his special mercy. Vanipedia is, to me, the manifestation of Srila Prabhuapada’s mercy upon Visnu Murti prabhu. It is the seva that has opened his path to Godhead. My sincere prayer is that he stays cautious and safe on this path and I am grateful for the quarterly opportunities to move a few dust-pixels in support of this project.
Nagapatni devi dasi (acbsp), USA - The most comprehensive, accurate and user friendly way to associate with Srila Prabhupada at this time.
Nrsimhananda dasa (acbsp), ITV, USA - Vanipedia - the prasadam of enlightenment for heart and soul. Spiritual knowledge is holistic and synergistic. Just as the body requires varieties of nutrients in the form of various tasty foodstuffs, so the mind requires variegated nourishment from the words of the pure devotee. As tasting salt and the dahl separately will impart different experiences, so hearing only a part of the teaching cannot compare to a full meal of various instructions. Vanipedia delivers the obvious and subtle flavors of spiritual knowledge as explained by Srila Prabhupada. Thus, the door to a complete understanding is opened wide when referencing all the pearls of wisdom which are placed on the divine plate of explanation, purport, and example. Let's just say that Vanipedia offers a full-course meal of a seemingly endless number of sagacious condiments, savories, subjis, and desserts. The menu keeps offering new insights into the meaning of being a devotee of Krishna. Thank you to all the Vanipedia organizers and contributors.
Praghosa dasa (GBC chairman, 2015-2016) Ireland - Even though Vanipedia is, as yet, not completed, I still experience it regularly as an amazing resource that lets me feel Srila Prabhupada's presence. The way that Srila Prabhupada's practical instructions are arranged in Vaniquotes helps me to understand what Srila Prabhupada expects of us. I think Vanipedia is a wonderful project and hope that it will be able to complete its vision of building a glorious Vani-temple of Srila Prabhupada's teachings. I would urge anyone who is able to help with this glorious effort to contact the Vanipedia team.
Prahladananda Swami (acbsp), GBC, USA - Srila Prabhupada wanted his followers to know his books just like a lawyer knows the law books. Vanipedia is a world-wide effort in multiple languages to assist Srila Prabhupada's followers in hearing, understanding and assimilating the immense inheritance of spiritual knowledge that our previous acaryas through the mercy of Srila Prabhupada have bestowed upon us. Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu has advised His followers that they should serve others by explaining to whomever they meet about Lord Krishna. Vanipedia is certainly an extraordinary tool to assist the devotees in fulfilling this most important desire of Lord Caitanya.
Rocana dasa (acbsp), Canada - This inconceivably invaluable service to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is beyond our level of advancement to fully appreciate. But one can be sure that for generations of Vaisnavas to come, this Vanipedia service will be an indispensable asset for their spiritual advancement. The dedication of Visnu Murti das in his day-to-day service on this project is the sign of a true brahmana. He and the Vanipedia team are setting a great example for us all, and we can see that by the results. Vanipedia is ever expanding, improving the facility for devotees to access the vani of our most recent topmost sampradaya Acarya. We should all take a page out of Vanipedia's book, literally, in applying ourselves to whatever service we are inclined to, on behalf of the Vaisnavas and His Divine Grace.
Rupavati devi dasi, Singapore - Vanipedia is an incredible resource for Śrila Prabhupada's vānī. What's great is that one is able to search specific topics according to relevance. This especially helps me when I post on Twitter. When questions, comments & arguments about various situations, are put forth by people, as well as when there's a particular incident that trends, Vanipedia makes is so easy to search for and the present Śrila Prabhupada's, transcendental point-of-view. Very grateful to Visnu Murti prabhu and his team for creating this valuable library that's easy to access.
Sagar Sharma, India - I am a regular user of Vaniquotes and I find the website very useful in understanding the teachings of Srila Prabhupada because of its searching capability across important scriptures and conversations. But at times I missed Vaniquotes, because of my limited connectivity of internet. It would be better if Vaniquotes has offline facility as we have with Wikipedia and similar wiki-sites. I would really appreciable if you can please provide the latest dump of site & tools to access them.
Sesa dasa (acbsp), GBC - Minister of Education, USA - (GBC Chairman 2016 - 2017) We, and future generations, owe Visnu Murti Prabhu, and the team he has organized, our deepest gratitude for unlocking and making accessible the goldmine of Srila Prabhupada's teachings through the Vanipedia project. Srila Prabhupada once said, "that in the future, historians will study this period of world history, how this movement has changed the world." He said in the future they will just note this period, how the world is being changed. And using Vanipedia such future historians will not only be able to get the authentic quote, but the date, place, and persons to whom he spoke when saying this. This is the value of Vanipedia for now and the future.
Shaunaka Rishi dasa, Oxford - UK - Vanipedia is an incredible effort proving what team spirit, and cooperative work can produce. The platform offers great potential for researchers and students of Prabhupada's works, and provides open access to every aspect of his writings and talks. My thanks to Vishnu Murti and his large team of volunteers for their dedication.
Shyamasundar1967 dasa (acbsp), USA - I have turned to Vanipedia many times in my research for preparing my book, CHASING RHINOS WITH THE SWAMI, and will return again and again. Thank you so much for this wonderful service.
Steven Gelberg/ Subhananda dasa (acbsp), USA - First, I want to thank whomever I should thank for the kind acknowledgement at the bottom of the "About" page. I am Steven Gelberg, formerly Subhananda das, who Srila Prabhupada approved to compile the encyclopedia of his teachings all those years ago. I'm glad to see that such work has been carried on to the high point of development evinced in the Vanipedia site.
Suresvara dasa (acbsp), USA - Reading your Brazilian translator's deep appreciation of Srila Prabhupada, I'm struck by the similarity to the experience I'm having reading the books about our late, great Yamuna Devi. In both cases, I'm having a direct experience of Srila Prabhupada through sound. Gauri Gopika's experience is all through vani, and Yamuna's is both vani and vapu, but the experience is the same. For me this is amazing and ultimate testimony of the power of Prabhupada's everlasting vani, as well as how vital the Vanipedia project is to increase Prabhupada's legacy for the millennia to come. Obeisances again and again...
Swarup dasa (acbsp), USA - Visnu Murti, thanks for giving that link. I'm so used to using the Vedabase for my reading and references that I never properly explored Vaniquotes. I remember when they first began putting the website together and were giving samplings of how it would work. I was excited about it but once it was up and running I never really went back but I think now I'll begin using it more and more. Hey -- wherever the nectar is flowing -- that's where to go, right? after... - I spent a few hours today examining and exploring Vaniquotes. So that's your baby. Wow. One helluva job, Prabhu. You win first prize in the "Best Use of the Internet" category.
Tatjana Stankovic, Macedonia - As we know Wikipedia is a very popular Internet encyclopedia and using a similar name and method to present the Treasure and Knowledge that Srila Prabhupada left to us is very intelligent. People are now used to Wikipedia and its way of presenting information, so when you give to a person knowledge with a similar method of presenting, the person accepts it right away or faster than usual. Also presenting Vedic Knowledge given to us by Srila Prabhupada, in so many languages, makes the speed of spreading Krishna Consciousness so fast & effective. And that was what he wanted. Vanipedia is one of the best and smartest projects, I've ever seen on the Internet. Jaya Srila Prabhupada! Jaya Vanipedia!
Urmila devi dasi (acbsp), USA - Vanipedia offers devotees of Krishna, and the world in general, Srila Prabhupada’s teachings all in one place, thematically organized. Srila Prabhupada's teachings are his act of compassion upon his followers and the lost souls of this world. The thematic arrangement helps one to understand the full scope of Prabhupada’s teachings, in context, and so really allows readers and researchers to access his “voice.” I pray that Vanipedia can come to completion soon. If they continue following Prabhupada's formula of cooperating together, I am sure they will.
Vikas Sinha, India - Recently I was on Vanipedia, such a wonderful work by the devotees, I fall at their feet and ask for their blessings.
Visvambar Caitanya dasa, London UK - I think there is no better foundation to build ones life upon other than Srila Prabhupada's teachings. Vanipedia is the foundation of that foundation upon which monumental projects, buildings, societies and the greatest people spring from. We might see the saying change into "Vani is the basis, purity is the force..." all the while not changing its meaning.
Visvambara Krpa dasa, India - Recently, I visited your famous web site vanipedia.org. I am amazed to see such valuable vast systematic information about Srila Prabhupada. This Vanipedia is “Simply Wonderful”. I do not know what it would become like in upcoming 10-12 years. Your spirit of dedication is very inspiring.
Yadubara dasa (acbsp), ISKCON Cinema, USA - Vanipedia is an incredibly valuable resource in understanding and accessing Srila Prabhupada's teachings that will be used more and more widely as time passes. Vishnu Murti prabhu ranks at the top of those devotees who are 100% dedicated to their service and his project shows it.
Yadunandana Swami, Spain - Vanipedia is a magnificent offering to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada and to all his dedicated followers. If there is a way how Srila Prabhupada's followers are going to be united in a common mission, it is going to be through deep understanding and realization of his instructions. Vanipedia provides multiple resources to churn the ocean of nectar emanating from Srila Prabhupada's lotus mouth and manifested in printed form. By conscientiously studying Srila Prabhupada's instructions, both leaders and general members of the Krsna Consciousness movement would receive clarity and inspiration in order to preserve and further expand the Sankirtana movement around the world. My deepest gratitude to Visnu Murti Prabhu and to each and every devotee who is contributing to this wonderful project.
Appreciations for Vanipedia from Volunteers
Here are some testimonials from a few devotees sharing their experiences.
Surabhi Kumari - Kuwait
The way I got service with Vanipedia is the surest evidence of Sri Sri Radha Vaninatha’s and Śrīla Prabhupāda’s mercy. Earlier in 2012 I was looking for seva and Srimati Radharani heard me! Through Parthasarathy Prabhuji, I got in touch with Visnu Murti Prabhuji and since then Visnu Murti Prabhuji has kindly guided me into the wonderful world of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Vani. I’m not pure to understand his Vani but the seva has helped me realize that Śrīla Prabhupāda is still here - with us - through his Vani and that he has mercifully made it so easy for us to associate with him. I’m thankful for the wonderful opportunity to serve. I’m also grateful to be able to learn from and associate with a dynamic and inspiring international Vani team that is striving to familiarize the world with Śrīla Prabhupāda and his mission of spreading Krsna consciousness. Here is a quote from one of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s letters that both metaphorically substantiates and encourages the vision of a moving temple - a Vani temple
“I once had a dream like this; that we would have a moving temple on the water, going from town to town. So you are making that dream come true. Thank you very much. Do it nicely and maybe I will come and join you also.” Letter to Abhirama 1971,
It is said that through giving, we receive - I've still to give to Vaniquotes but through the few attempts I've received much more than I hoped for and deserved - Śrīla Prabhupāda's personal association. He really meant it when he mentioned "I will come and join you also" :-)
Śrīla Prabhupāda ki Jai, Sri Vanipedia ki Jai!
Acyutananda Caitanya dasa - Colombia/ Croatia
My experience serving Śrīla Prabhupāda has always been blessed by great association; I have found in the Vanipedia team wonderful persons who are very intelligent, dedicated, humble and personal. Now my service has become the perfect arrangement, with the mix of great sanga with Śrīla Prabhupāda himself (through his teachings), sanga with his servants, and the fact that in Kṛṣṇa Consciousness you can (and should) be engaged according to your abilities and qualities. My abilities are in computer systems and technology, and Vanipedia offers to Śrīla Prabhupāda the most advanced, influential and interactive medium to propagate his teachings: the internet. I am very happy and honored to have this opportunity to render service and at the same time grow intellectually and spiritually.
Anasuya dasi - Belgium
I have been very fortunate to come upon this ecstatic service of compiling quotes. Due to physical difficulties it has been hard for me to find some service I can perform for Sri Sri Radha Krishna. Vanipedia gives me that opportunity. Not only does Vanipedia make my study of Srila Prabhupada's books more intense and deep, it makes that exact study a service. Thank you, Visnu Murti prabhu, for giving me an opportunity to serve the lotus feet of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha and of Srila Prabhupada. Vanipedia has been the light at the end of the tunnel for me.
Archana devi dasi - Sinpapore
Vanipedia is one of the best and most interesting ways to serve Śrīla Prabhupāda. I found that I can actually feel Śrīla Prabhupāda speaking to me while I am doing this service. This means that this service is making me more and more Prabhupāda conscious.
To compile Śrīla Prabhupāda's teachings into Vaniquotes is a great joy. A sense of pride and achievement is easily attained by performing this unique service. 'Joy' because you intensely read up a lot of different quotations from Śrīla Prabhupāda's nectarine books and compile them according to different categories. I feel that Śrīla Prabhupāda will be very pleased with the launching of this project because it provides easy access to His Divine Grace's teachings to countless generations of people at a touch of a finger. All intelligent persons should join in this service and make their lives successful. Thank you once again for engaging me in this service.
Chris Fellingham - UK
When I was first asked to take part in the Vanipedia project, I did not know what to expect. I soon found what a joy it is to be a part of such a monumental project and at the same time immersed in the nectar of Śrīla Prabhupāda's books. This project will truly give Śrīla Prabhupāda to the world, unlike anything that has gone before. It will also, being thematically arranged, serve as the ultimate reference/resource tool for generations of Iskcon devotees. Śrīla Prabhupāda ki jaya!
Kanupriya Agarwal - Delhi, India
I came to know about Vanipedia from “Back to Godhead” magazine. As a computer science student I always wanted to serve Krishna through computer and one of the powerful communication tools, Internet. By the mercy of HG Visnu Murti Prabhuji (my tutor) my desired has got fulfilled. Although I had no skills in compiling and editing but Visnu prabhu’s patience and guidance has made me a good compiler. I have got the affection and motivation regularly from my tutor. And I am feeling Prabhupada’s presence as we have to read Prabhupada’s books, lectures, conversations to compile them. Whenever as a beginner I have some problems and questions, my tutor is always available to solve them in spite of his busy schedule. This site is really very innovative and providing sanga, seva and sadhana to devotees. My tutor has asked to me to take care of Vanipedia like mother Yashoda takes care of Lord Krishna. I pray to Prabhupada that I serve this site for whole of my life. Prabhupada ki Jaya !!!
Laksmipriya devi dasi - Slovakia/Radhadesh
I have been serving with BLS for the last 6 years and from the very beginning I have loved every part of it . What can be better than being surrounded by all the wonderful books every day? When I came in, I said: "I want to learn everything about BLS," and over time I did. By now I have mastered quite a few things and am always eager to be fully engaged. The nature of the service with BLS is wavelike, which means that it comes in waves - sometimes I don’t know what to start first and sometimes I am wondering how to be engaged.
Assisting from the sideline, I have seen the conception and birth of Vanipedia, understanding the potential and the greatness of the whole project. In spite of that, I felt hesitant to become engaged in compiling, thinking that its not really for me. After all, I already spend so much time in front of a computer and I am more of a physical person, even though I love reading Śrīla Prabhupāda's books every day.
When the last wave of wondering how to keep myself engaged came, Visnu Murti suggested that he train me in compiling in Vaniquotes, so being unengaged I agreed. After the initial training session I started to explore the whole world of Vanipedia and Vaniquotes in detail. I have become awestruck. Diving deeper and deeper into the different compilations and finding the pearls of exquisite beauty of Śrīla Prabhupāda's usage of language was such a soul refreshing shelter, that I couldn’t hold my happiness for myself. We discussed, and brainstormed on everything we can compile and how we can organize things to develop better the project.
My first steps in making the different compilations on my own felt a little insecure, but with each and every new push of the save button, I became more confident to continue on. I realize how Śrīla Prabhupāda is calling us again and again to assist him in his service and how these compilations are such a treasure for every devotee and for all people.
I am very much gladdened by and grateful to Acyuta, who made the compiling process so easy and automated by creating the compiling form. It is really simple and everyone can learn it, if so desired. Hare Krishna.
Matea Zajec - Croatia
From the first year of living in Radhadesh and studying at the Bhaktivedanta College, I have found a true well-wisher, mentor and a spiritual guide in Visnu Murti Prabhu. I have considered myself to be a small part of the Vanipedia team even before I actually started offering service, because I have tracked the project's creation and advancement through it's senior team members. If one spends time with and takes knowledge and association from the devotees engaged in Vanipedia, and listens to their incredibly enthusiastic testimonies, I think the natural step is to become very amazed and interested in the service as the project is becoming so fruitful and fulfilling to others. In this way I decided to offer some service to the Vanipedia and presented myself for professional training and instruction.
Every day it is as if a whole new world is revealing itself before me. I know the depth of Śrīla Prabhupāda's wisdom and instructions is immeasurable, but I never imagined there would be one place where the whole ocean of knowledge could be accessed. What really amazes me is that each devotee in the Vaniteam naturally experiences a completely individual adventure working on this project. This has definitely been one of the most pragmatic and intriguing experiences I have had in ISKCON, I perceive working on this project to be very helpful for deepening my understanding of Vaishnava philosophy, and I will carry the experience gained working on Vanipedia throughout my life. And thanks to the Internet, Vanipedia will be available for active access and engagement for a very long time.
Radha Madan Gopal Das - Mumbai, India
As sadhana, I think everyone whose conditions are favorable to serve through Vaniseva should do so. Through Vaniseva we get more hands-on with the authority of the scriptures and their practical application. This seva is also very good for preachers because it reflects different moods and intricate issues which Prabhupada resolved from time to time in a very simple way.
As for me, I enjoy doing this seva. In terms of content, I think it will definitely come up in the first page of any web search like Wikipedia does, and it will enlighten users to dive into its deep Vedic knowledge and application.
As sanga, it's a great experience to associate with all the devotees to serve Prabhupada's mission, as it lets us know the true happiness of giving and being generous in a true sense that will help mankind. It is also like associating with Prabhupada.
My only lamentation is that I am not able to spread this to more devotees and not able to contribute more to compiling and editing Vaniquotes.
Rati - 14 years old / Hungary
I joined Vanipedia because I wanted to know what Srila Prabhupada really meant when he was telling us how to love Krsna and all the other things. I think that by serving Vanipedia I finally know my nature better, and now I know which path to follow. I know now what Srila Prabhupada wants from me.
The compiling is really interesting and I think that everyone should at least try it out because I think it will help everyone to get closer to Prabhupada. Thank you Visnu Murti for introducing me to Vanipedia.
Sahadeva dasa - UK/Vrndavana
At the beginning of this year Visnu Murti prabhu introduced me to a wonderful way of glorifying Śrīla Prabhupāda and Krsna lila! This Vanipedia project offers a new way to study and research with a computer and Internet connection. I'm very interested in seeing who's who in Krsna lila and Gaura lila and so started researching the Vedabase for all references Śrīla Prabhupāda makes to different personalities. This seva is an absorbing way of reading i.e. to choose a subject and fully research it over hours and sometimes days and then to present the results of that work on the Web for others to benefit is very satisfying. Vanipedia allows for anyone to contribute on subjects that interest them and as Śrīla Prabhupāda wrote and spoke about so many different things, we now have a place on the Web to collect, preserve and refer to all of his vani nectar.
Serene Ramasamy - Singapore
When reading the letters by Srila Prabhupada to the devotees I came to know the hardship he went through as a single man at the beginning, and I couldn’t stop admiring his courage and determination. We have the chance to learn a lot, not only about the scriptures and the material and spiritual worlds, but also about Prabhupada’s commitments. It is very impressive and inspiring. My only wish now is that, if I’m given the opportunity, I would like to work with Vanipedia until the last day of my life in this world. I’m sure all the Vanisisters and brothers will have the same feeling after reading about Srila Prabhupada.
Visnu Murti dasa - NZ/Radhadesh
My enthusiasm for Vanipedia is truly inspiring me, and my prayers to develop the abilities needed to help the whole project to be realized are more intense and focused than in any other project I have ever been involved with. Serving in Vanipedia means directly serving Prabhupāda's heart, and I have experienced some very special mercy, so I just keep diving into the ocean of Vani with full faith and continual experience that Śrīla Prabhupāda lives in his teachings and that we can all live with him. I am convinced that inside of Śrīla Prabhupāda's teachings is the key for people to actually become successful in attaining the goal of human life.