Unreleased Works and Unsung Songs of Srila Prabhupada
BY: SUN STAFF
Dec 21, CANADA (SUN) Excerpts of an article on Srila Prabhupada's literary pearls, from Krishna Kirtana Songs (KKSongs.org).
Following yesterday's beautiful 'Sharagrahi Vaishnava' by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, today we offer the first of a two-part introduction to the songs written by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. While the author's name is unknown, we commend him for writing this excellent and inspiring narration on Srila Prabhupada's transcendental poetic works.
"By the order of his spiritual master, Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami, Srila Prabhupada has preached Krsna Consciousness to the Western world, created many preaching centers and temples, initiated thousands of disciples, given thousands of lectures, and has written a Vedic library of literature, which is not only read by devotees of Krsna, but academic scholars have even accepted them as textbooks.
While Srila Prabhupada put the highest focus on chanting the Hare Krsna mahamantra, he encouraged his disciples to travel to India and collect Vaisnava bhajans, learn them and use them for preaching. He constantly sang songs of Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Narottama Dasa Thakura, and other great Vaisnavas, while offering useful purports and commentaries to allow better understand of these songs.
A devotee once requested Srila Prabhupada if singing his two famous poems, "Boro Krpa Koile Krsna" and "Krsna Tava Punya Habe Bhai", were acceptable. Prabhupada agreed and said that they may be sung in kirtan like any kirtan or bhajan by Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Narottama Das Thakura, etc.
Nearly twenty-nine years after Srila Prabhupada's disappearance, the glories of Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Narottama Das Thakura, and other Vaisnava acarya songs are sung and popularized very nicely. However, Srila Prabhupada's bhajans have not been sung too often. Prabhupada never forced anyone to sing his bhajans, as he enforced four regulative principles, chanting Hare Krsna, and reading books on Krsna Conscious philosophy which came from his predecessor acaryas. He never forced anyone to read his original works. To glorify the overflow of devotional feelings Srila Prabhupada had, it is not only important to examine his works, but take the time to understand his devotion.
The two most common songs Srila Prabhupada wrote were "Boro Krpa Koile Krsna" and "Krsna Tava Punya Habe Bhai." These two were specifically written during his trip on the Jaladuta. The former was written while reaching upon Commonwealth Pier in Boston. This song explains the spirit of preaching Krsna Consciousness to a group of people who had no knowledge of Krsna. Krsna Tava Punya Habe Bhai is more philosophical in nature, with the refrain saying that Krsna will bestow virtue, if Srimati Radharani is pleased. These two have been favorite songs to bhajan enthusiasts.
Srila Prabhupada certainly wrote more songs than these. He has written a song "Sri Guru Vandana Kori'" which has the same style of writing as Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Narottama Dasa Thakura. The common thing is that he has mentioned his spiritual master in all three of the preceding works. He was very close to his spiritual master and took his final instructions seriously that his Krsna Conscious inspirations were all centered on him. For instance, whenever "Bhaja Hu Re Mana" was sung, he would begin to cry, because the word "abhaya-caranaravinda" found in the song was the same name his spiritual master initiated him as.
Amongst the disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura's, Srila Prabhupada came later, but as Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura predicted, Srila Prabhuapda would do much more than anyone has done before. On his Vyasa Puja in 1935, Srila Prabhupada has written a very short poem which has touched Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura so much that he posted it on the magazine of the Gaudiya Matha, The Harmonist. The poem had the first words "Adore Adore Ye All The Happy Day Blessed." Likewise, Srila Prabhupada has written a poem in 1959 on the anniversary of the disappearance of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. The poem was eight poems bounded together known as the "Virahastakam", or the eight prayers of separation.
Sri Guru Vandana Kori (Gitar Gan)
By HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(Written in Bengali)
sri-guru-vandana kori', tanhara carana dhori,
ara jata siksa-guru, sabe vańca-kalpa-taru,
krpa koro ghucuka visada
rupa-sanatana prabhu, gaudiya-acarya vibhu,
ara sei bhatta-raghunatha
sri-jiva-gopala-bhatta, vrndavana je samghatta,
mile prabhu dasa raghunatha
gosvami prabhura gana, asraya sei sri-carana,
anya mora kichu asa nai
tanra madhye je sri-jiva, ujjvala acarya-dipa,
diyachena caranete thai
ami se durmati ati,visaya-bhogete mati,
krpa kori' anilo taniya
murkha mui nica ati, sri-siddhanta saraswati
krpa-vari dilo se sińciya
patita pavana prabhu, nityananda-gaura vibhu,
srivasadi-gadadhara, krpa koro e kinkara,
bhujhilama tava krpa sara
1) Touching the lotus feet of my spiritual teacher Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada, I offer my respectful obeisances and orations to him, as well as the instructions of my spiritual masters, who are desire-trees.
2) Srila Rupa Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami are the acaryas between all the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. With them, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami and Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami formed in assembly and were intimate associates in Sri Vrindavana dhama.
3) I do not long for another thing more than the exclusive protection and refuge of the lotus feet these Gosvamis. Between all acaryas, Srila Jiva Gosvami stands out as a shining torch of knowledge. It has much mercy when giving me residence next to his lotus. (In the temple of Radha-Damodara)
4) I am a person of very evil and injurious mentality because I am always engrossed in the allowance of the senses with the material benefit, although this is the condition of my mind, by the mercy of my Guru Maharaja, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati is kind with me removing to me and retiring to me of this dark. I am simply an idiot and I am extremely fallen and of low birth, but even so my Guru Maharaja has kindness to sprinkle on my heart the rain of its divine compassion.
5) Oh lifter of the fallen souls, Oh Lord! Oh omniscient Lords Nityananda and Goura! Oh Advaita Prabhu, the ocean of mercy, Oh Srivasa and Gadadhara, heads of the disciplic succession! Please they show mercy to this servant. I wish to understand that Their mercy, alone, is solely the real essence of the life.
For more information on these and many other Vaisnava songs, please visit the Krishna Kirtana Songs -- KKSongs.org For many songs, the site editors have included a wealth of supplemental information, including audio clips, instructions on how the song is to be sun, musical notations, Srila Prabhupada purports on the song, foreign translations, synonyms, Bengali scripts, etc.
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