When proper assessment to take,
What in Vishnu-worship unique to make?
On future impact to assess,
Not always to accept request.
For God’s personal welfare praying,
That associates always by His side staying.
If understanding of Him I have got,
Then automatically rebirth to stop.
Like with Arjuna changing over time,
Someone else source of strength of mine.
Krishna in Bhagavad-gita Himself to say,
From Prahlada’s testimony another way.
Not everyone same result achieving,
Only after material nature’s favor receiving.
To use properly Lord’s strength the key,
Like with Daitya-king’s son to see.
Ultimately choice by me is made,
Whether happy or in suffering to wade.
Knowledge of reincarnation helping me,
Imperishable life, the changing bodies to see.
Much more even beyond there,
Of complete picture to become aware.
How can stop rebirth’s spinning wheel attack,
Worshiping Krishna and never coming back.
Guru knowledge from experience brought,
Including also what parampara has taught.
People in stiff competition with one another,
Hatred everywhere, even family disliking each other.
By thought of food to go mad,
Over changing body becoming sad.
Only in bhakti-yoga happiness real,
With progress, more of Krishna to reveal.
Through years passing in evolutionary chain,
Finally auspicious human form to gain.
For connecting with the Divine is meant,
Not for in angst and unhappiness spent.
To reawaken spiritual consciousness the best,
Welfare work, proper understanding the test.
Finite resources, helping one then another to ignore,
Not so in bhakti, room always for more and more.
Despite every opulence to see,
Still unsatisfied was he.
Hiranyakashipu, to Brahma praying,
Blessed with boons, save immortality saying.
Since over senses victory not gained,
Precious contentment never attained.
Offensive when attack on son forced upon,
Through Narasimha instantly everything gone.
Into intelligent species of human sent,
For austerity that life is meant.
Avoiding certain foods is way one,
Meat, fish and eggs consumed none.
With meat in future karma reaction,
Yogi sleeps and eats in moderation.
For Krishna’s benefit best reason of all,
Returned offering prasadam to call.
Atonement for sins is salvation,
Root cause removed in liberation.
To the spiritual world then to go,
Where only Shri Krishna to know.
In shanta with distance appreciative to be,
Also servants and good friends there to see.
Parents for Him loving and caring,
Gopis dance while into His eyes staring.
Not perceived directly by you,
But still things with Him can do.
From sages get definition clear,
Sit passively, sacrifice time to hear.
The same done by book reading,
Or sumptuous food to Lord feeding.
Even something simple as a name,
Chanted purely, brings association the same.
That bhakti something special to be,
From example of saints can see.
No more standing, loss of fame,
Not much money from it to gain.
Interest in things no longer there,
Since constantly of Krishna aware.
The positive everything else outweighing,
Higher taste from just Lord’s name saying.