obscured

bother

it
is

only

a bother when i look back on

it

i
am
beside myself with

feeling

i feel like i am

of
course

being

obscured it is

a

real

bother
to

go

back

on

it i feel

obscured

it

is
the only time
yes
dear
it

is
the

only
time

that
makes

me feel like

i
am
doing
time
looking
back on it
yes

i

feel

like
i

am

going back on

my

word

oh
my word it is a long time
ago
now
or

it
was

you

see
what i am
trying
to
say

it

feels
like it yes
without
a
single

doubt
i

feel

obscured
looking
back
on
it

dear mind you

there

is
no

other way to remember what

happened
by
the

look
of

it bother no

bother

i
feel

like

it
is
doing
time to go
back
on

it

my dear mind

look

i

am
without a single
doubt
feeling
obscured
by
what

happened
yes

it is without

a

single

doubt
making

me

think

twice

in a way that is

a

bother

you
know

what

never mind let

it

go
yes
it is that

which
is
not

for
me
it

was
always
obscured

so

far
as that goes
it
is
in

the
past
the way it feels or

felt

like
i

would

go

back
on
my

word

for

some

strange reason simply

by

looking

back
on

it

yes dear simply let it

go

pitfalls no pitfalls

pitfalls
no

pitfalls

pitfalls no pitfalls

who

put an emphasis

on

rejection

surely
to God not
you
my
dear

mind after all

i

expect
you
feel like behaving

in

an

acceptable

manner yes no

yes

no

yes
no speaking of
pitfalls
which
one

of us so

to

speak
shot

each

other

in the foot

like

right

out

of
nowhere
dear

mind is that

you
to

whom
does

this
pertain

as

we entertain a

specific

concept

of
life

to

whom does the

rather

isolated

and
no
doubt

reluctantly

famous

thing

belong metaphorically speaking tell me

about

it

and
how

there

can be only
one
by

way

of
referencing

an

unknown

quantity

yes
dear
tell
me
about

it i am

real

interested to know

the
ways
of

the
mind

too
yes
i
mean
to

task

you know who

i

mean

to
put
you
know who so
to
speak

i

mean to put

you

know

who
to the task
as
this
is
next
yes

you know the

task

is

just

right for you

know

who

at
this

juncture

yes

dear

tell me about

it

lest

i
feel
like

kind

of
mating
with
an
unknown

yes dear tell

me

about

it

86 to 86

that

is
the

score if you try and forget feeling

like

one

of
us left it
at
that
only

to kind of

start

all over again

dear

i

know
that

is

not very funny but hey that is

the

score

and
yes

one

will

remember
if
you

try

and forget feeling like one of us

left

it

at
that
only

to
kind

of

start

all over again dear i know that

is

not very funny

but

hey

that
is

the

score and yes

one

will

remember

nothing is all there for

nothing
you
know

there

is
a reality of
course
there
will
be
one

you

remember

how nothing is

all

there
for

nothing you know
there
is

a
reality
of

course there will be one

you

remember

as

time
and
time again nothing

keeps

one

away
from

the

way there is

a

reality

i
hear you go
with
the
feeling

of

being
real

interested

as

there

is

a

reality nothing is there for

nothing
you

know

wonder no wonder

mind

the kicker in

need

of whatever that

was

all about and forgive me as she

listens

but

i
can

never

help but wonder

who

would

be
the

one

to kick who

were

you

the
kind

to

make something of

it

out

over
where

there

is

no

way this is all there

happiness

is
realized
joy

is

realized
bliss
is great news

this
is
kind

of

repetitive
without

a

second thought it

is

realized
as

a
little

more
time

i like the

sound

of

realized
memory

seeing

it

realized

keeps it separate

from

any

measure
and

this

is

so

spontaneous
but
then

you can't have

everything

going

away
either you know
what
i
am

saying
dear

you
can't

always
get

what you want

out
of
going

as fast as can be as this is next

mind

you is it

any

wonder

who
you

imagine

should

get

around whatever that

was
all

about
at

first
i

wonder

every now and

again

one

feels
to
be
real
careful

at any rate

my
dear
she
never
tells
or
forgets

everyone for some

reason

associated
with

whatever

will

be you know

she

never
tells
or

forgets

us all for

some

reason

and
one
might

have known in

a

way

one

might
have

known

who

wonder no wonder

mind

the kicker in

need

of whatever that

was

all about and forgive me as she

listens

but

i
can

never

help but wonder

who

would

be
the

one

to kick who

were

you

the
kind

to

make something of

it

out

over
where

there

is

no

way this is all there

happiness

is
realized
joy

is

realized
bliss
is great news

this
is
kind

of

repetitive
without

a

second thought it

is

realized
as

a
little

more
time

i like the

sound

of

realized
memory

seeing

it

realized

keeps it separate

from

any

measure
and

this

is

so

spontaneous
but
then

you can't have

everything

going

away
either you know
what
i
am

saying
dear

you
can't

always
get

what you want

out
of
going

as fast as can be as this is next

see

then it is just too

you

feel like it
perpetually
enough

and
then
it

is
just
too

much
like
i

hardly know you

you
feel

like
it

breaks
form

and
bitterly
lose
the nerve enough
to

feel

like

one

will enslave your

barely

employed

enough
heart

by

way of irresistible
ruth
yes

it

is
enough
to

make

us all weepingly

antipathize

with

unrest
and then it
is
just
too

raw
to

bring
yourself

around
to

singing real pretty

words

of

outreaching
love

on

high
in
a

great
way and we
lose
the
balanced

chip

on
our

shoulder
to
a
patronizing
lout

somehow

or other like

it

is
all
being

put
on

air
and getting fair
to
middling
ratings

oh

my
and

then
it

is
just

too

wicked for me

dear

listen

do
you

seriously

mind
if
i

kind
of sigh in
an
instant
without
heavily
giving
a
nod
to

an
unknown

quantity as this is next

happiness

is
realized
joy

is

realized
bliss
is great news

this
is
kind

of

repetitive
without

a

second thought it

is

realized
as

a
little

more
time

i like the

sound

of

realized
memory

seeing

it

realized

keeps it separate

from

any

measure
and

this

is

so

spontaneous
but
then

you can't have

everything

going

away
either you know
what
i
am

saying
dear

you
can't

always
get

what you want

out
of
going

as fast as can be as this is next

it

needs a little

more

work

to
get
out

the way i

mean
you

can't

always

get

what you want

either

way

rushing
the

kicker

anywho here is the kicker

and
one
might

have known in

a

way

one

might
have

known

who

works with the

kicker
without

a
single

doubt
yes

dear
one

might
have

known

by the look of it

how

it

is
getting out by
way
of
needing

a
little

more more work as this

is

next you need

a

little

more
work

too

so

there

is the kicker at any

rate

hello

mind
the kicker dear
it
needs
a

little
more

work
so

mind
the

kicker and don't

go
back
on
your
word

mahāprabhoḥ kīrtana-nṛtya-gīta-
vāditra-mādyan-manaso rasena
romāñca -kampāśru-taraṅga-bhājo
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing
musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the
saṅkīrtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Because he is
relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes
his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow
from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the
lotus feet of such a spiritual master.

Śrī Śrī Gurv-aṣṭaka

Eight Prayers to the Guru
by Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura

Śrīla Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura, who appeared in the middle of
the seventeenth century, is a great spiritual master in the Kṛṣṇa
conscious chain of gurus and disciples. He says, “One who, with
great care and attention, loudly recites this beautiful prayer to the
spiritual master during the brāhma-muhūrta obtains direct service to
Kṛṣṇa, the Lord of Vṛndāvana, at the time of his death.”


saṁsāra-dāvānala-līḍha-loka-
trāṇāya kāruṇya-ghanāghanatvam
prāptasya kalyāṇa-guṇārṇavasya
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of
mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so
the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by
extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my
respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master,
who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.



mahāprabhoḥ kīrtana-nṛtya-gīta-
vāditra-mādyan-manaso rasena
romāñca -kampāśru-taraṅga-bhājo
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing
musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the
saṅkīrtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Because he is
relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes
his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow
from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the
lotus feet of such a spiritual master.



śrī-vigrahārādhana-nitya-nānā-
śṛṅgāra-tan-mandira-mārjanādau
yuktasya bhaktāṁś ca niyuñjato ’pi
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

The spiritual master is always engaged in the temple worship of Śrī
Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa. He also engages his disciples in such
worship. They dress the Deities in beautiful clothes and ornaments,
clean Their temple, and perform other similar worship of the Lord. I
offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual
master.



catur-vidha-śrī-bhagavat-prasāda-
svādv-anna-tṛptān hari-bhakta-saṅghān
kṛtvaiva tṛptiṁ bhajataḥ sadaiva
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

The spiritual master is always offering Kṛṣṇa four kinds of delicious
food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked].
When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by
eating bhagavat-prasāda, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful
obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.



śrī-rādhikā-mādhavayor apāra-
mādhurya-līlā guṇa-rūpa-nāmnām
prati-kṣaṇāsvādana-lolupasya
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

The spiritual master is always eager to hear and chant about the
unlimited conjugal pastimes of Rādhikā and Mādhava, and Their
qualities, names, and forms. The spiritual master aspires to relish
these at every moment. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the
lotus feet of such a spiritual master.



nikuñja-yūno rati-keli-siddhyai
yā yālibhir yuktir apekṣaṇīyā
tatrāti-dākṣyād ati-vallabhasya
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

The spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting
the gopīs, who at different times make different tasteful
arrangements for the perfection of Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa’s conjugal
loving affairs within the groves of Vṛndāvana. I offer my most humble
obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.



sākṣād-dharitvena samasta-śāstrair
uktas tathā bhāvyata eva sadbhiḥ
kintu prabhor yaḥ priya eva tasya
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord,
because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is
acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all
authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus
feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representative of
Śrī Hari [Kṛṣṇa].



yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādo
yasyāprasādān na gatiḥ kuto ’pi
dhyāyan stuvaṁs tasya yaśas tri-sandhyaṁ
vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam

By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of
Kṛṣṇa. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make
any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise
the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my
respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.

Prema-dhvani Prayer

jaya oṁ viṣṇu-pāda paramahaṁsa parivrājakācārya aṣṭottara-śata śrī
śrīmad a.c. bhaktivedānta svāmī mahārāja prabhupāda—kī jaya.

All glories to the ācārya Oṁ Viṣṇu-pāda 108 Tridaṇḍī Gosvāmī A. C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, who travels everywhere,
preaching the glories of Hari, and who is situated on the highest
platform of sannyāsa.
the renounced order of life