Sunday, August 20th, 2023
After a long ride on teh road, I received a book, Tributes. Here is my tribute to Srila Prabhupada, our guru.
YOU ARE NEAR
It does occasionally come to mind
That is you were to drop in at any time
Would you be pleased with what you see?
Is the house in order as it should be?
I’m sure you would witness some growth
The standing in queue for many taking their oath
Numbers have always been important to you
Whether people, land, schools, books, buildings anew
You may be informed many people have come and gone
At the same time so many have just stayed on
Apostasy is a reality that would stir in you a reaction
For you are as thoroughly a person of compassion
You taught us to always take note of figures
Because it means we duly reflect on mirrors
Deserving our count are sacred wisdom, food, and sound
These items identify our three stakes in the ground
Another gauge that would indicate we are moving
In our expansion that maya is disapproving
Is the happy faces destroy duress
Happy servants are a clear indication of success
Conversely you would not be proud of us when we fight
When the tyranny of “either/or” declare “I am right”
You made it known that bhakti is cooperation
A harmony of honey-coated hearts in collaboration
Frankly it is odd to think you are not already here
Your laser perception breaks barriers, keeping you near
Our love for you is shown through our surrender
When we drop the tendency to be a big self-defender
We love you because you are the emblem of acceptance
Prabhupada, in your equal vision you make all of us dance.
MAY THE SOURCE BE WITH YOU!