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Srila Prabhupada's Poetry - Viraha Astastaka - The Merciful Flood has been Stopped

(1)
advaita prabhu yemana gaura enechila
bhaktivinoda prabhu tatha nivedila

Just as Advaita Prabhu fervently prayed and thus induced Sri Gauranga to descend, your father, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, prayed for you to incarnate.

(2)
tanhara-i agrahe prabhu! esechile tumi
bujhale sakale tumi, bharata - punya bhumi

Because of Srila Bhaktivinoda's ardent desire, O Master, you came and proclaimed to everyone that India is the holy land of the Lord's divine pastimes.

(3)
"bharata-bhumite janma haila yahara
janma sarthaka kari' kara paropakara"

"One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people." [Cc. Adi 9.41]

(4)
ei maha-mantra vani sarvatra pracara
tomara virahe prabhu! saba andhakara

Everywhere you went, you boldly preached this great message of Lord Caitanya. But now in your absence, O Master, everything has fallen into darkness.

(5)
tomara karuna-sindhu punah baddha ha'la
e-sela bada-i duhkha bukete bajila

The overflowing ocean of your compassion has once again become dammed up. Seeing this, my heart has been pierced by the sharp spear of grief.

(6)
mahaprabhura katha vina saba kolahala
dekhiya vaisnava-kula viraha-vihvala

Without Caitanya Mahaprabhu's message being spread, there is confusion and upheaval everywhere. Seeing this, all Vaisnavas feel overwhelmed in the pangs of your separation.

(7)
maya-baddha jiva-kula punah andhakare
santi khunji mare saba akula pathare

The spirit souls have once again been captured by maya and covered by the darkness of ignorance. Desperately seeking relief, they are simply perishing in a fathomless ocean of anxiety.

(8)
jivera darada-duhkhi srila prabhupada!
viraha-vasare tava heri avasada

O Srila Prabhupada! You personally suffer to see the suffering of the fallen conditioned souls. On this day of your separation I am utterly despondent.



Reference: A Shower of Divine Compassion: The Collected Poems of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada