Unreleased Works and Unsung Songs of Srila Prabhupada, Part 2


Dec 22, CANADA (SUN) — Excerpts of an article on Srila Prabhupada's literary pearls, from Krishna Kirtana Songs (KKSongs.org).

"It is said that one of the qualities of the Vaisnava is poetry. Vaisnavas are generally great poets. Looking at how many poetic texts and songs produced by Vaisnavas, it is certainly no surprise that spiritual forefathers such as Brahma, Narada, Vyasadeva, Madhvacarya, Krsnadasa Kaviraja, the six Goswamis, Narottama Das Thakura to more contemporary acaryas have well known songs, like Bhaktivinoda Thakura, and lesser known songs written by Gaura Kisora Dasa Babaji, Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati, and Bhakti Prajna Kesava Goswami.

Srila Prabhupada was very poetic in reflecting scriptures and devotional songs. Srila Prabhupada translated three Vaisnava songs into English verse and poetry. The songs were "Adore Thy Feet My Master", "I Wish My Eyes Flow In Tears", and "Glory To Radha and Krsna in Vrndavana", which are translations of Mangalacarana, "Gauranga Bolite Habe Pulaka Sarira", and "Jaya Radhe Jaya Krsna Jaya Vrndavana (I), respectively." These three songs were featured in Back To Godhead in 1960.

Srila Prabhupada is known all over the world for translating and giving perfect commentaries of the Bhagavad-Gita, known as Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. Srila Prabhupada did not just stop there. He took it a step further and translated all seven-hundred verses of the Gita into Bengali versification. He called this translation, "Gitar Gan" or "singing (gan) of the Gita (which literally means song in Sanskrit)." Srila Prabhupada never popularized the Gitar Gan as much as he emphasized Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, which is why it is not readily available. The Gitar Gan songs, on the other hand, will be made available to KKSongs users.

On his Vyasa Puja days, devotees all over the world have written glories, poems, offerings, and songs praising Srila Prabhupada. Kusakratha Dasa has written the Prabhupadastakam "Sri Sri Navadvipa Para Pradipau", and Dravida Dasa has written the English poetic translation, "The Transcendental Lamp of Navadvipa." Dravida Dasa has also written the English poetic translation to the Gurvastakam in the scope to glorify Srila Prabhupada, "Trapped Within Samsara's All Devouring Blazing Fire." The song "Jayore Sva Parisada Srila Swami Prabhupada" was written by B.G. Narasimha Swami. On the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of ISKCON, Kalakantha dasa wrote a profound poem for Srila Prabhupada, "You Could Have Stayed in Vrndavana."

When ISKCON had its Golden Avatar recordings, which featured artists to perform and sing bhajans, a good amount of original bhajans came out. The late Parivadi Dasa sang "We've Left The Shore, We're Sailing Forth" in the album "Ancient Hymns (1983)." The album "Prabhupada Krpa (1981)" had two famous songs, "Srila Prabhupada Gurudeva Tihare Carano Men Pranam" and "Kirtana Karake Tihara" which are featured in the Krsna Book CD. Vamsidhari Dasa sang in his album "Bhakti Kusum (1997) "Jaya Prabhupada Jaya Srila Prabhupada." Lastly, Jake Carignan sang "In Nineteen Hundred and Sixty-Five" to glorify Srila Prabhupada. On Srila Prabhupada's Centennial in 1996, a two-part CD of songs glorifying Srila Prabhupada called "Garland of Songs (1996)" came out. As more of these songs are available, they will be posted accordingly.

Certainly, this is not all of the devotional work Srila Prabhupada has written, and there are more songs out there which are either written by Prabhupada or by devotees glorifying Prabhupada. This article is an offering to Srila Prabhupada, reflecting on his life and works, and a chance to inform the web community as a whole of the unique songs by Srila Prabhupada. May Krsna be pleased by the glorification of His dear devotee and may the devotees relish the nectar of Prabhupada's glory."

Adore Thy Feet My Master (Mangalacarana)

by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

(Written in English)

Adore thy feet my Master
And those who are devotees
Rupa with elder and the other
Jiva, Advaita with societies.

Krsna, Caitanya is my Lord
Radha Krsna and Lalita accord.
Visakha is there in the midst.
That's my prayer in the gist.

I Wish My Eyes Flow In Tears (Gauranga Bolite Habe Pulaka Sarira)

by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

(Written in English)

I wish my eyes flow in tears
As my heart Gauranga it hears
Hari thy name could I say
Nitaicand thy blessings may

Curb my desire to Lord it over,
Let my body in ecstasy shiver
Let my mind freed of matter
May I see Vrndavana scatter

May I know what Rupa is
Who unfolds to me the loving pair
Let my mind fixed up in them
Narottama shall not be despair.

Glory To Radha and Krsna in Vrndavana (Jaya Radhe Jaya Krsna Jaya Vrndavana)

by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

(Written in English)

Glory to Radha and Krsna in Vrndavana
Equally to Govinda Gopinatha and Madana mohana.
Syamakunda Radhakunda hilly Govardhana
Kalindi Jamuna river and forest Mahavana.

Kesighata Bansibata and dozens of garden
The places of pastimes by Nanda's son
Glory to Nanda Yasoda and cowherdsmen
Sridama and friends who follow amen.

Glory to Vrisabhanu his wife beautiful
Glory to the full moon and the town of bull.
Glory to Gopisvara at Vrndavana fixed
Glory to the Brahmin who Krsna mixed.

Glory to Ramaghata and Rohini's son
Glory to all who reside Vrndavana.
Glory to the Brahmin's wife and mermaid
Who in devotional service respects paid.

Glory to the arena where dance performed
Radha and Syama who bumper stormed.
Glory to the zest of excellent mellow.
Paramorous feeling in-trance of kilo.

It's Krsnadasa poet who chants
Lotus feet of Jahnava he remembers.


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