Don’t Tell Yourself Goodbye

A Poem

Sri Krishna

Note: On a mobile phone, this poem is best viewed by holding the phone sideways.

Life Unending

The soul lives on forever, so we know.
It’s nice to think that I will never die.
Forevermore, I’ve countless lives to go.
I’ll never have to tell myself goodbye.

But look both ways—ahead, behind—my friends,
Repeated birth, disease, old age, and death.
I shudder just to think it never ends:
Anxiety and fear with every breath.

And yet I’ve no one but myself to blame.
I know that Maya’s charm is all deceit.
I should be chanting Krishna’s holy name,
And find my deathless life at Krishna’s feet.

But still I look for joy in Maya’s hand,
When life unending waits in Krishna’s land.


Krishna’s land: Kusum Sarovara, Vrindaban, India photo: Rasacharya Das

Eternally touching my head to the lotus feet of my spiritual master, Srila Prabhupada,

⁓Umapati Swami December 3, 2018

Photo top: Naughty Krishna holding a piece of candy (Jishnu Das)>

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Srila Prabhupada

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is the teacher who brought Krishna Consciousness from India to the West and then to the rest of the world. He is the founder of  the worldwide Hare Krishna Movement as well as the author and compiler of many works of Vedic knowledge. He left this world in 1977.

Umapati Swami

One of the first American devotees of the Hare Krishna Movement, he became Srila Prabhupada’s disciple in 1966. Since then, he has preached Krishna Consciousness in many countries and is the author of “My Days with Prabhupada,” available from Amazon. Now 84 years old, he has started this blog to share what he has learned.

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