This stotram was composed by Sri Ananta Dasa Sastri, a Vaishnava Sanskrit scholar who was requested by Srila Prabhupada to assist him in the translation of the Srimad-Bhagavatam commentaries of the various acaryas. It was composed and first sung directly in the presence of Srila Prabhupada at Sri Candrodaya Mandira, Mayapur Dhama at Gaura Purnima just before daily Guru puja in 1976.
In late 1976, Srila Prabhupada stated to a Gurukula teacher in Vrindavana that this stotra should be recited daily, and that by such recitation the children and devotees would develop strong faith [nistha] towards him.
Srila Prabhupada Stotram
(Composed by Ananta Dasa Sastri)
Ananta Dasa Sastri was a disciple of Srila Prabhupada. He used to travel with Srila Prabhupada in India and he was in the Sanskrit department assisting Srila Prabhupada in translation work. He compiled five slokas which describe much of Srila Prabhupada’s divine character and his divine mission also. Prabhupada very much liked these five slokas. We used to sing them every morning before Guru Puja by his vyasasana, so some of you may remember them.
mad-drsti-gocara prabho prabhupada-svamin
sancintayami caranau tava bhakti-hetoh
“O Lord, O Prabhupada, may you always be the object of my vision. Only the name of Krishna can destroy my pride and illusion. Although my mind and intelligence are contaminated by wicked inclinations, I nevertheless take shelter of Your Divine Grace by constant meditation upon your lotus feet in causeless devotion.”
jnanam param parama-krsna-sudharmity uktam
dantas tu deva prabhupada namo namas te
“In the most holy land of Vrindavana, in Ramana Reti, at the lotus feet of Sri Krishna-Balarama, you are preaching the topmost knowledge of Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead who is the fountainhead of religion. O master of the senses, O my Lord, Srila Prabhupada, let me offer my obeisances unto you.”
namas te namas te krpa-purna-drsti
namas te namas te mahananda-dhatri
namamo namamah punar raksa raksa
prasiddha-prabho pahi mam daksa daksa
“I offer my obeisances unto the spiritual master of the entire world, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, whose glances are full of mercy and who is the bestower of transcendental bliss. O renowned Lord, protect me and kindly shower your compassion on me again and again.”
tasmai sri-gurave namah
“Let me offer my obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master, who is a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, who is always calm and joyful, and who is known by the name of Bhaktivedanta Swami.”
ananda-rasi prabhupada namo namas te
“The land of Bengal is worshipable by the whole world because Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu performed His pastimes there. I offer my obeisances unto my divine master, who is full of bliss. He is always in the ecstasy of Lord Gauranga and is therefore immersed in the lotus feet of Sri Sri Radha-Mukunda.”