Just when Srila Prabhupada’s followers might have thought that all his literaty works had been gathered and published, we are surprised and pleased to receive this complete collection of his poetry, compiled and translated by Dasaratha-suta Prabhu. It is not that ISKCON has never seen these poems; Srila Prabhupada himself presented some of them to his disciples, and others have been available in the Bengali Vaisnava Songbook for years. Now, however, for the first time they have been collected in one book and presented in English.
Throughout time, pure devotees of Lord Krishna have composed poetry describing devotional service to Him. This collection of poems reveals the heart and feelings of Srila Prabhupada, the guru who first spread Krishna consciousness worldwide.
Prabhupada usually wrote in English, even before coming to the West in 1965, because his spiritual master ordered him to preach in English. Therefore it is significant that with the exceptions of the homage beginning Adore, Adore Ye All in English and the Pranama Sloka for Sri Kesava Maharaja in Sanskrit, the rest of the poems were written in Prabhupada’s native Bengali. From this we can surmise that the poems were outpourings of his heart. It is only fitting those personal emotions be recorded in the poet’s own language.