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Srila Prabhupada's Poetry - Viraha Astastaka - If Only You Would Come Again

caitanyera seva nahe nirjana bhajane
bujhaile bara bara tava nija-jane

Lord Caitanya's method of devotional service is not performed by solitary worship. You stressed this point again and again when training your disciples.

jagai-madhai uddhari' prabhu daya kare
sei se-pracara karya bujhale sabare

You explained to us all that our preaching method is in the mood of Lord Caitanya when He showed mercy to deliver the rascals Jagai and Madhai.

jagat bhariya geche jagai-madhai
saba-i heriche bata caitanya-nitai

The world has now filled up with many Jagais and Madhais to deliver. Everyone is anxiously awaiting the arrival of Caitanya-Nitai's mercy.

hena kale tumi yadi abara asite
punar-bara sei-bhave kirtana gahite

If, at such times as these, you were personally to return to this world, once more chanting the holy names and preaching in the same merciful mood of the Lord...

punah yadi dik-digante pracara haita
anande loka saba ha'ta uchalita

And if there were enthusiastic preaching activities again taking place in every direction, then all the people, as before, would be stirred up in blissful excitement.

gambhira hunkare tava pasandi pala'ta
caitanya-kathaya jivera hrdaya bharita

Your profound roaring would cause demons and atheists to flee, and your narrations of Lord Caitanya's message would fill the hearts of sincere souls.

punah prthivite saba pade' yeta sada
tomara virahe aja saba mani-hara

Again the whole world would be excitedly bustling with good tidings. But now, in your absence, everyone is mourning the loss of the most precious treasure.

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.

tomara virahe prabhu! vidare hrdaya
viraha-vedana kichu prakase abhaya

O Master! In your absence, my heart is broken. Abhay is hereby revealing only a small glimpse of his wretched sorrow in separation.

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