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Markine Bhagavata-dharma

by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada

at Boston Harbour, September 18, 1965



baro-kripa kaile krishna adhamer prati

ki lagiyanile hetha koro ebe gati


My dear Lord Krishna, You are so kind upon this useless soul, but I do not know why You have brought me here. Now You can do whatever You like with me.


ache kichu karja taba ei anumane

nahe keno aniben ei ugra-sthane


But I guess You have some business here, otherwise why would You bring me to this terrible place?


rajas tamo gune era sabai acchanna

basudeb-katha ruci nahe se prasanna


Most of the population here is covered by the material modes of ignorance and passion. Absorbed in material life, they think themselves very happy and satisfied, and therefore they have no taste for the transcendental message of Vasudeva. I do not know how they will be able to understand it.


tabe jadi taba kripa hoy ahaituki

sakal-i sambhava hoy tumi se kautuki


But I know Your causeless mercy can make everything possible because You are the most expert mystic.


ki bhave bujhale tara bujhe sei rasa

eta kripa koro prabhu kori nija-basha


How will they understand the mellows of devotional service? O Lord, I am simply praying for Your mercy so that I will be able to convince them about Your message.


tomara icchaya saba hoy maya-basha

tomara icchaya nasha mayar parasha


All living entities have become under the control of the illusory energy by Your will, and therefore, if You like, by Your will they can also be released from the clutches of illusion.


taba iccha hoy jadi tadera uddhar

bujhibe nishcai tabe katha se tomar


I wish that You may deliver them. Therefore if You so desire their deliverance, then only will they be able to understand Your message.


bhagavater katha se taba avatar

dhira haiya shune jadi kane bar bar


The words of Shrimad-Bhagavatam are Your incarnation, and if a sober person repeatedly receives it with submissive aural reception, then he will be able to understand Your message.

It is said in the Shrimad-Bhagavatam (1.2.17-21):


shrnvatam sva-kathah krishnah


hridy antah-stho hy abhadrani

vidhunoti suhrit satam

nashta-prayeshv abhadreshu

nityam bhagavata-sevaya

bhagavaty uttama-shloke

bhaktir bhavati naishthiki

tada rajas-tamo-bhavah

kama-lobhadayash ca ye

ceta etair anaviddham

sthitam sattve prasidati

evam prasanna-manaso



mukta-sangasya jayate

bhidyate hridaya-granthish

chidyante sarva-samshayah

kshiyante casya karmani

drishta evatmanishvare


"Shri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead, who is the Paramatma [Supersoul] in everyone’s heart and the benefactor of the truthful devotee, cleanses desire for material enjoyment from the heart of the devotee who has developed the urge to hear His messages, which are in themselves virtuous when properly heard and chanted. By regular attendance in classes on the Bhagavatam and by rendering of service to the pure devotee, all that is troublesome to the heart is almost completely destroyed, and loving service unto the Personality of Godhead, who is praised with transcendental songs, is established as an irrevocable fact. As soon as irrevocable loving service is established in the heart, the effects of nature’s modes of passion and ignorance, such as lust, desire and hankering, disappear from the heart. Then the devotee is established in goodness, and he becomes completely happy. Thus established in the mode of unalloyed goodness, the man whose mind has been enlivened by contact with devotional service to the Lord gains positive scientific knowledge of the Personality of Godhead in the stage of liberation from all material association. Thus the knot in the heart is pierced, and all misgivings are cut to pieces. The chain of fruitive actions is terminated when one sees the self as master."


rajas tamo hate tabe paibe nistar

hridayer abhadra sate ghucibe tahar


He will become liberated from the influence of the modes of ignorance and passion and thus all inauspicious things accumulated in the core of the heart will disappear.


ki ko’re bujhabo katha baro sei cahi

khudra ami dina hina kono shakti nahi


How will I make them understand this message of Krishna consciousness? I am very unfortunate, unqualified and the most fallen. Therefore I am seeking Your benediction so that I can convince them, for I am powerless to do so on my own.


athaca enecho prabhu katha bolibare

je tomar iccha prabhu koro ei bare


Somehow or other, O Lord, You have brought me here to speak about You. Now, my Lord, it is up to You to make me a success or failure as You like.


akhila jagat-guru! bacana se amar

alankrita koribar khamata tomar


O spiritual master of all the worlds! I can simply repeat Your message, so if You like You can make my power of speaking suitable for their understanding.


taba kripa ha’le mor katha shuddha habe

shuniya sabara shoka duhkha je ghucibe


Only by Your causeless mercy will my words become pure. I am sure that when this transcendental message penetrates their hearts they will certainly feel engladdened and thus become liberated from all unhappy conditions of life.


aniyacho jadi prabhu amare nacate

nacao nacao prabhu nacao se-mate

kashthera puttali jatha nacao se-mate


O Lord, I am just like a puppet in Your hands. So if You have brought me here to dance, then make me dance, make me dance, O Lord, make me dance as You like.


bhakti nai beda nai name khub daro

"bhaktivedanta" nam ebe sarthak kor


I have no devotion, nor do I have any knowledge, but I have strong faith in the holy name of Krishna. I have been designated as Bhaktivedanta, and now, if You like, You can fulfill the real purport of Bhaktivedanta.


Signed—the most unfortunate, insignificant beggar

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami,

on board the ship Jaladuta, Commonwealth Pier,

Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

dated 18th of September, 1965