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“Let there be congregational singing and dancing

in praise of the Supreme Lord

among the association of the Lord's devotees.”

Where can one find such sweetness and magnanimity

as could be compared with Mahaprabhu's method of attaining spiritual perfection?

If we could but perform Harinama-sankirtana

with complete faith in the words of the spiritual master,

Genuine love of Godhead would make its divine appearance.

Without true love of God,

Our intellects are merely intricate networks of delusion.

Because no one has obtained that prema-bhakti,

A great catastrophe has resulted:

The Vaishnavas have given up preaching in favor of solitary worship,

And a vast and perilous jungle of impersonalism

has grown tall and spread over the surface of the world.

Because so many devotees have given up their devotional service,

The name Patita-pavana, “Savior of the fallen”,

Has itself fallen into disrepute.


O Shrila Prabhupada,

What are we to do at this most inauspicious time?

The beautiful garden of krishna-bhakti

which you personally planted and tended with your own lotus-like hands

Has apparently been looted and destroyed.

Please awaken some good intelligence

in this insignificant servant of yours,

Increasing the fullness of his faith in your sublime teachings day by day.

You compassionately considered the suffering of misguided humanity

to be your own,

And I am indeed feeling afflicted by pangs of separation from your lotus feet

on this day of your disappearance from our vision.