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AN ACCOUNT OF A SAINT

Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

Mayapura, West Bengal


nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhutale

srimate bhaktisiddhanta saraswati iti namine



You are our special link to the chain

And connection to the spirit vein


You are Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati

Resident of holy Jagannatha Puri


A genius who was not a light debater

A risk-taker and proven innovator


A lecturer owing to your reading

No wonder you were competent in your leading


A ray of Vishnu, the singha (lion) guru

Caste brahmins and mayavadis you'd pursue


Yet inclusiveness was your determined theme

You thought fallen mlecchas could be part of the scheme


A lover of bhajan projecting sacred sound

But brihat mridanga was the beat to get around


The printing press was for the world

A vision beyond India you had unfurled


And shared with your dear Abhay Charan

Who later on created the benevolent ISKCON


He was a follower of Gandhi at the time

At an extraordinary social-political prime


I express from the heart a great gratitude

That later generations can find solitude


And for not excluding us from the bhakti trail

Because frankly life can be a jail


The pursuit of lust, anger, and greed

Or any other notorious inner weed


Is to be extracted at the very root

And replaced with Krishna prema, the fruit


Had you not come when you did

We would all remain on that rotting grid


MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!
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Jai Jagannath!

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Swami R
Swami R
Mar 01

Nice rhyming poem... Hari Bol ! Maharaj

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