Poem for Gurudeva

Gurudeva

An Offering to His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami
on his Vyasa-puja 28-08-1995 Bhubaneswar 
by Senan prabhu
 
 

Dearest Srila Gurudeva,

Greatest among the great, you are as good as God, and
Goloka’s your abode where you goad us to go! go! go!
Gentle as a lamb, yet gutsier than great grizzly bears!
Giver of Gauranga’s mercy, roaring, “Gaura–Haribol!”
 
Urgent is your mission, unenviable your task –
Saving useless urchins like me from Maya’s ugly clutch.
Universes shrink under your wide umbrella of compassion.
Unlimited love you give your undeserving, untamed, underlings
 
Renowned redeemer of kali–yuga’s remorseless rogues;
Relisher rare of repeated renderings of Radharani’s Krsna–lila;
Re-establisher of bhakti–yoga, the real karma–free dharma;
Resounding reverberator of SRI HARINAM – ‘RE KRSNA! ‘RE RAM!!
 
Unprincipled vagabonds like me roam unchecked, uncouthed,
Upon this planet under Maya’s sinfully sweet urgings.
But unannounced, you pounced, undermining her strangle-hold on me,
Thus unbelievingly unleashing my unrequited love for thee!
 
Dearest Gurudeva, dearer than diamonds or demigods!
Demons, devils and debauchees like me deserve only damnation.
Yet, like Lord Nityananda delivering degraded drunkards Jagai and Madhai,
You’ve decided to deliver this diehard demon despite dangers to yourself!
 
Empowered emissary of Truth Eternal! O Krsna’s own expansion!
Endeavour i shall to earn that trust you earnestly emplaced on me.
By embracing words and glances you encourage and endear yourself to me.
Your every song-like word, every dancing step, enslave me to sing and dance to your tune eternally.
 
Venerable vaisnava thakura, O sweetest breath of Vrndavan air,
Ventilator of this void, stale, vicious, heartless heart of mine,
Please fill the veins of this villainous vilifier of Vedic values
With volumes of victorious vibrations of Krsna-katha gushing forth from the voice of your loving heart.
 
Armed with the Absolute Truth, armies of our anarthas you annihilate!
Armed with Krsna-prema, you freely distribute it from the Arctic to Antarctic!
Astounding are your ardour-filled achievements as a bona fide acarya!
O astronomical anuga of Srila Prabhupada, O Gurudeva, please amend my absolutely conditioned, condemned atma.
 
Your aspiring dasanu dasanu dasanu das, bhakta g s senan – 28th Aug, 1995 / BBSR
Sent in by Ramachandra dasa 

5 Responses to Poem for Gurudeva

  1. Mahesh Pandit das December 23, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    AT FIRST WHEN I READ THE OFFERING I CAN’T PROPERLY UNDERSTAND THE LANGUAGE HE USE BEC. OF MY POOR ENGLISH. BUT WHEN I START TO READ AGAIN AND AGAIN IT IS INDEED A MARVELOUS OFFERING.
    ALL GLORY TO SENAN PRABHU!!!

    M.Pandit das

  2. Ramachandra das December 20, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    HAR KRSNAA

    Oh Srila Gurudeva!
    ALL GLORIES unto YOU! What a most heart-wrenching offering. Senan Prabhu said he sat in front of Sri Nityananda Prabhu – that Prema Datta and merely penned this rendition. Sri Nitai writing on Sri Nitai. Srila Gurudev ki Jai! Sri Gour Govinda Sevaka Sathya Senan ki Jai. HARE KRSNAAAAAA.

  3. jagadish pandit das December 14, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    I WAS THERE IN BHUBANESWAR WHEN SRILA GURUDEVA IN FRONT OF SRILA PRABHUPADA AND LORD JAGANNATH ,BALADEVA SUBARDA DIDI., TOLD TO SENAN AFTER READING THE LETTER REQUESTING SRILA GURUDEVA TO ACCEPT HIM AS HIS DISCIPLE .

    ” SENAN I GOT YOUR LETTER , YES I ACCEPT YOU ”
    SENAN PRABHU KI JAI WE HOPE YOU RECOVER SOON FROM YOUR HEART CONDITION

    BROTHER JAGADISH PANDIT DAS

    • Nimai Pandit dasa December 15, 2012 at 6:20 am #

      NIce response Jagadish Prabhu, Gurudeva said it should be priti dharma not apriti dharma.

      Gurudeva said that we should see our own faults before we see the faults of others.
      No one can really chastise anyone unless he is our Guru, that is Guru’s position not Godbrother, Godsister or anyone else for that matter..

      I really pray that Senan gets well soon so as he can finish his very important seva of building that temple in Jagannthapur. Big seva. He should be able to, as he was one of the most sought after Architect/Engineers in Singapore!

      lowly servant,
      npdasa.

  4. Nimai Pandit dasa December 13, 2012 at 6:04 am #

    Great poem Senan.
    Thanks.
    npdasa.

Dedicated to the Life and Teachings of Srila Gour Govinda Swami