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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.