From Dānavīr Goswami to Çréla Prabhupäda

nama oà viñëu-pädäya kåñëa-preñöhäya bhü-tale
çrémate bhaktivedänta-sväminn iti nämine

namas te särasvate deve gaura-väëé-pracäriëe
nirviçeña-çünyavädi-päçcätya-deça-täriëe

My dear beloved Guru Mahäräja, Oà Viñëupäda Paramahaàsa Parivräjakäcärya 108 Çré Çrémad A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupäda, 

Please allow me to offer my most respectful obeisances and this little poem in the dust of your lotus feet. All glories, all glories, all glories to Your Divine Grace on this most auspicious day! 

To Prabhupäda with Love*

Those early days of morning walks and garden talks are gone,
But in my mind I know they will still live on and on;
But how do you thank someone who has taken you from mäyä to Kåñëa?
It isn’t easy, but I’ll try.

If you wanted the sky, I would write across the sky in letters
That would soar a thousand feet high,
“To Prabhupäda, with Love.”

Those awkward years have hurried by—where did they y away?
When will we all grow up and become pure devotees one day?
Why do I always misspend time and keep my mind in the world outside?
What is there for you I can buy?

If you wanted the world, I’d surround it with a wall,
I’d scrawl these words with letters ten feet tall,
“To Prabhupäda, with Love.”

The time did come,
You left us books, and long last looks did end,
And when you left
I knew that I was losing my best friend,
A friend who taught me right from wrong,
And weak from strong—
That’s a lot to learn.
What, what can I give you in return?

If you wanted the moon, I would try to make a start,
But I would rather you let me give my heart,
“To Prabhupäda, with Love.”

Your most insignicant, eternal servant,

Dänavér Goswami

*This is my adaptation of a song written by Don Black and Marc London in 1967 about students’ love for their teacher.

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