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Srila Prabhupada's Poetry - Viraha Astastaka - Practical Chanting and Preaching

(1)
krsna-nama upadesi tara sarva-jana
sei mantra dile tumi karne anuksana

You instructed everyone you met to chant Lord Krsna's holy name. You showed the example by continually reciting the maha-mantra into everyone's ears.

(2)
mantra pracarite dile sabe adhikara
mayara prabhave aji saba andhakara

You empowered everyone with the further qualification to distribute that holy name. But now, by the influence of maya, there is only darkness everywhere.

(3)
bhajana-parayana jiva nrtya-gita kare
guru-pada anusari jagat nistare

The souls truly attached to worshiping the Lord always sing and dance in joyful sankirtana. Following in the footsteps of their spiritual master, they deliver the whole world.

(4)
anadhikari jana kare nirjana-bhajana
svecchacari kare saba indriya-tarpana

But those with no such qualification perform nirjana bhajana, so-called confidential worship in a solitary place. Thus acting whimsically, all of them actually remain absorbed in personal sense gratification.

(5)
"naitat samacarej jatu manasapi hy anisvarah"
bhakti-upadesa saba haila nasvara

[As stated in the Srimad Bhagavatam (10.33.30)]: "An ordinary soul should never imitate the activities of the Supreme Lord, even in his mind." For those indulging in such imitation, the teachings of pure devotional service are all spoiled.

(6)
asakti-rahita yogya-visaya vyavahara
sahaja upaya-siddhi tomara pracara

You preached that utility is the principle - one should act with detachment while using appropriate things procured by modest means in the Lord's service.

(7)
nirbandha krsna-seva ghare ghare matha
viparita sajjaya aja sarvatra prakata

In such detached devotional service to Lord Krsna, each and every house would become a temple. But these days, wherever one looks the exact opposite is evident.

(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