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Persons afflicted by the jaundice of ignorance
cannot taste the ambrosial sweetness
of the heart-transforming names of Hare, Krishna, and Rama,
And therefore they do not chant the holy Mahamantra,
Whose thirty-two syllables are like resplendent pearl-like droplets
which constitute the elixir of immortality
The very medicine for curing the disease of such persons.
One of your closest disciples
whose cup you lovingly filled to the brim
with the deathless nectar of your instructions
has ungratefully thrown away that chalice,
And his regrettable preference for infectious poison
has resulted in an epidemic of sahajiyaism.
It seems that the prize valiantly acquired by the triumphant lion
has at present been unscrupulously stolen by a jackal.
The oppressive forces of nescience have reduced everyone to tears,
And it appears that each of the young lions
is again becoming a mouse.
O Shrila Prabhupada,
Where are your pure teachings to be found at this dark hour?
Standing as we are
on the shore of the ocean of spiritual devastation,
Only your lifesaving glance of causeless mercy
can save us from certain death.
Only by your infallible grace
can we perceive a way to somehow retrace our steps:
To return to a life of divine remembrance of the Holy Name in great happiness
And implicit faith in your “Vaikuntha message.”
O blessed master, please awaken some good intelligence
in this insignificant servant of yours,
Increasing the fullness of his faith in your sublime message day by day.
You compassionately took the suffering of misguided humanity
upon your own holy head,
And I am feeling severe pangs of separation from your lotus feet
on this day upon which you disappeared from our vision.