[On October 31, 2003 in the Vraja village of Ucāgāon (Lalitā Sakhī’s village), Vrajācārya-pīṭha and the World Religious Parliament in Delhi jointly awarded Param Pūjyapada Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja the title Yugācārya.]
I am in no case fit for the high-class honor you have given to me. It is due to your own greatness, benevolence, and charitable natures that you are giving it to me. I feel ashamed to accept this designation because it is far too elevated for me.
One fact is true though: from the core of my heart I am always totally surrendered and dedicated to the Vrajavāsīs. My very big concern is that all the important places in Vraja-maṇḍala are vanishing and they are not being looked after correctly. Nowadays there is little concern in the people like our Śrīpāda Ramesh Bābā and others. I heard that an enormous number of rupees is allotted for the upliftment of Vraja-maṇḍala, but that the money has gone in vain, in individuals’ pockets.
This spiritual culture has degenerated now in Vraja. I would like to see that when people come from outside to look into this culture, the residents approach them in an honorable way—not to rob the Westerners’ pockets to fill their own.These days Indians don’t read Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, and certainly they don’t read it in Parliament. I don’t think that anyone in our Parliament knows these truths or has even read Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam.
October 31, 2003 Ucāgāon, India