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The intense eagerness to benefit all humankind

which was felt by Shri Advaita Acarya

and which thus brought by Lord Shri Gauranga into this world

Was similarly felt by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

And therefore, O beloved master Shrila Prabhupada,

You who are the most intimate associate of that beautiful golden Lord

graciously made your divine advent as well.

"A human birth in the land of India is intended to be utilized

for the purpose of becoming perfect in God-realization

And then compassionately sharing that realization with others."

Revealing India's spiritual glories you preached this Mahamantra

for the illumination of the Earth's ten directions.


In your absence, however,

the world has once again become plunged into darkness,

And the flowing current from your ocean of mercy

has again been stopped.

Devoid of your ambrosial dispensation of Shri Chaitanya's message,

Confusion reigns in human society,

And all the Vaishnavas are feeling the pangs of separation

from your lotus feet.

The jivas have reshackled themselves

with the heavy chains of ignorance and delusion,

And as they swim about in the vast ocean of material existence

in a frenzied attempt to reach the shore of peace,

...they perish.

This lance of misery pierces my heart

as it similarly afflicted you, Shrila Prabhupada,

who suffered so upon seeing the suffering of the misguided humanity.

I am indeed feeling lost and alone

on this day upon which you departed from our vision.