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Shrila Prabhupada Arati
Shri Shrimad Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami Maharaja
jaya jaya prabhupadera arati nehari
All glories, all glories to the arati ceremony of Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
Prabhupada, which bestows eternal service at the Yoga-pitha in Mayapura upon those
who observe it.
sarvatra pracara-dhupa saurabha manohara
baddha-mukta alikula mugdha caracara (2)
The enchanting fragrance of the incense spreads everywhere, just like his preaching
which astonishes all liberated and conditioned devotees, as well as all moving and
bhakati-siddhanta-dipa jvaliya jagate
panca-rasa-seva-shikha pradipta tahate (3)
He lit up the entire world with the lamp of the perfect conclusions of shuddha-bhakti.
This lamp is composed of five brilliantly glowing flames which represent service in
the five primary rasas.
panca mahadipa yatha panca mahajyotih
triloka-timira nashe avidya durmati (4)
Those five radiant lights destroy the darkness of ignorance and crooked intelligence
throughout the three worlds.
niravadhi vahe taha rodha nahi ara (5)
The water in the arati conchshell is the conception of Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
which flows continuously and which cannot be checked by anyone.
sarva-vadya-mayi ghanta baje sarva-kala
brihat-mridanga-vadya parama rasala (6)
Krishna-kirtana, which is accompanied by karatalas, bells, and other instruments,
resounds for all time in all directions, but really it is the printing press, known as the
brihat-mridanga, which distributes the supreme rasa.
vishala-lalate shobhe tilaka ujjvala
gala-deshe tulasi-mala kare jhalamala (7)
Resplendent tilaka adorns his broad forehead, and around his neck a necklace of
tulasi beads shines.
ajanu-lambita-bahu dirgha kalevara
tapta kancana-varana parama sundara (8)
With his long arms extending to his knees, his towering figure, and his complexion
like molten gold, he is supremely beautiful.
lalita-lavanya mukhe sneha-bhara hasi
anga-kanti shobhe jaiche nitya purna-shashi (9)
His charming, lovely face displays a smile which is full of affection, and the beauty
of his bodily complexion is like a perpetually full moon.
yati-dharme paridhane aruna-vasana
mukta kaila meghavrita gaudiya-gagana (10)
Attired in daybreak-coloured cloth which signifies the religious principles of sannyasa,
he nullified the misconceptions which were like clouds covering the clear Gaudiya
sky and established the doctrine of pure bhakti.
bhakati-kusume kata kunja viracita
saundarye saurabhe tara vishva amodita (11)
His many temples are like luxuriant kunjas filled with aromatic bhakti flowers (his
devotees). By their preaching they spread the beauty and fragrance of these kunjas
throughout the entire universe to the delight of all.
sevadarshe narahari camara dhulaya
keshava ati anande nirajana gaya (12)
As Narahari Prabhu, the ideal servant, fans Shrila Prabhupada with a camara, with great
delight Keshava dasa sings this arati song.