Prabhupadastakam: Eight Verses Glorifying Srila Prabhupada

inspired by a Sanskrit poem by Sriman Kusakratha dasa – Versification by Dravida dasa

1) sri-sri-navadvipa-para-pradipah
sandipyamanah satato bhuviha
cetas-tamo hanti hi yasya yatnat
tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

The transcendental lamp of Navadvip, Gaurangadev,
He took with great endeavor ’round the world the souls to save
Who long had dwelt in darkness, never chanting Krsna’s name
The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim.

2) sri-bhaktisiddhanta-pracoditah sri-
vyasadya-kosam kusalam krpaluh
san mleccha-vag-desa-caye ‘dadhad yas
tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

The sacred treasure left by Vyas and other learned saints
He rendered into English free of speculation’s taints,
And thus he mercif’lly fulfilled Sri Sarasvati’s aim
The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim.

3) acchadyate yat-para-tarka-drsya-
govinda-murty-ujjvala-bhaskarena
advaiti-khadyota-kulam jagatyam
tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

The brilliant sun of Lord Govinda’s form is shining bright
Throughout this world because of his sharp logic’s awesome might.
That sun makes all the Mayavadi glowworms hide in shame
The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim.

4) yasyaiva yatnena purana-raja-
gangamala kesava-keli-hamsa
sat-stotra-ratna vahatiha loke
tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

The pristine Ganges of the Bhagavat flows everywhere
Because of his great effort. In that stream, the sages’ prayers
Are gems, and Krsna’s pastimes are swans sporting unrestrained
The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim.

5) sri-radhika-krsna-padaravinde
sahasra-hrtsu sata-mandiresu
aropayad yo madhure prthivyam
tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

Ensuring that his mission’s victory would be complete,
He planted Sri Sri Radha-Krsna’s charming lotus feet
In temples by the dozen and in countless hearts unchained
The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim.

6) kausalyadair yasya sahasra-sastra-
sastrativarsaih pratihanyate hi
canda kaler moha-camur hathena
tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

The fierce and formidable army led by wicked Kali
Is being slain by arrow showers, volley upon volley.
Those arrows are his all-auspicious books of spotless fame
The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim.

7) nana-lasad-gaura-sudha-prakasa-
phalah ksitau sthapita eva yena
krsnanucinta-jana-sangha-vrkso
tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

The Hare Krsna movement’s a desire tree, whose fruits
Are all the splendid ways Lord Gaura’s army wins recruits.
To plant that tree upon the earth, from Krsna’s realm he came
The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim.

8) yo nityada jivati daivikisu
nijasu siksasu sahanugami
krpambudhir nanda-sutasritatma
tam kirtayamah prabhupadadevam

An ocean of compassion, he has taken shelter of
Sri Nanda’s Son with all his being in everlasting love.
He lives on by his words, with him his followers remain
The vast renown of Srila Prabhupada I now proclaim.

I pray that those who hear this hymn, which shines the brilliant light Of Srila Prabhupada’s renown in Kali-yuga’s night, Will soon attain firm faith in his instructions so that they May one day join him in Golok, and there with Krsna stay.


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