RELIGION OF THE HEART : PREFACE
Your Fearless Lotus Feet
Vyasa-puja offering for His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar
Dev-Goswami Maharaj written by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda
Dev-Goswami Maharaj, in 1957.
1)|| They come from such faraway lands|
Bearing gifts of worship in their outstretched hands,
Fervently they hasten—your kinsmen in bands
To greet you on this, your Holy Birthday.
2)|| At your Fearless Lotus Feet they happily rejoice|
With streaming eyes and stuttering voice,
Horripilating body and a love that's choice—
Considering themselves most fortunate.
3)|| O most Magnanimous Master, gracefully forgiving,|
On this Holy Day to offer I have practically nothing,
What little I have is sullied and trifling,
Not worthy of offering to thee.
4)|| Burning in repentance for my one time thoughtlessness,|
Your feet's shelter I beg in all repentance
May I not ever lose you from inadvertence,
Please grant only fearlessness to me.
5)|| Having lost myself in Maya's delusion|
I've found only flickering pleasure and convulsion
On the giant wheel of virtue and indiscretion—
And a garland of cradles and sepulchers.
6)|| Absorbed in a great purposeless search|
Away I have pushed the true wealth of this birth,
And tossed between heaven and earth,
I've gotten only a burning fever.
7)|| An abysmal hellfire ignites all around|
Projecting its snout while flames leap and bound,
Expanding a huge cavernous mouth—
Intending only to devour me.
8)|| World-engulfing and world-scorching flames|
Cause me to run hither and thither in torment
And wearied I drop into a slumbering suspense
In Mahamaya's dense trickery.
9)|| This great sinner, this fallen outcaste|
Infatuated by the six enemies is aghast
As lust and greed propel him fast—
To the shore of the ocean of death.
10)|| My uncontrolled mind—a will o' the wisp|
Takes no good counsel, though I give it the whip
Carrying its burden in a subconscious grip—
Hastens me to doom's doorstep.
11)|| Please save me Lord! Out of your own kind goodness|
Your glance alone defeats Maya's madness
O shelter of all the poor and helpless
May the world behold your grace.
12)|| Maya's bonds I cannot break|
Your Lotus Foot Dust for to take
Do sever these bonds and forever make Your
Holy Lotus Feet my serving place.
13)|| Many a helpless wretch has found|
Shade and shelter 'neath your ground
But this fallen soul by Maya bound—
Can only heave long sighs.
14)|| The Nectar Ganges Name you brought|
Saved many helpless souls distraught
And yet this worthless slave is caught—
Deceived by day and night.
15)|| My self-surrender is just a farce|
To call my own, my wealth is sparse
O Redeemer Lord! Do make me yours
And call me your very own.
16)|| Your Lotus Feet I humbly entreat|
May Forever be my Object Sweet Lord,
Bind and nourish me with daily service
And the rope of your kind compassion.
Part One: The Glories of Devotional Service
1 The Service of
2 The Lord is not Impersonal
3 Evidence of the Conception of a Personal God
in the Scriptures of India
4 Preparing to Understand Krsna's Transcendental Pastimes
Part Two: Krishna's Four Super-excellent Qualities
1 Krishna's Sweet Pastimes
2 Krishna's Wonderful Associates
3 Krishna's Transcendental Flute
4 Krishna's Unparalleled Beauty and Opulence
"HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS | HUMILITY, TOLERANCE, GIVING HONOUR TO OTHERS"