akṣṇoḥ phalaṁ tvādṛśa-darśanaṁ hi
tanoḥ phalaṁ tvādṛśa-gātra-saṅgāḥ
jihvā-phalaām tvādṛśa-kīrtanaṁ hi
sudurlabhā bhāgavatā hi loke
“My dear Vaiṣṇava, to see a person like you is the perfection of one’s eyesight, touching your lotus feet is the perfection of the sense of touch, glorifying your good qualities is the tongue’s real activity for in the material world it is very difficult to find a pure devotee of the Lord.” (CC Madhya-līlā 20.61)
My dear Śrīla Ācāryapāda, Please accept my most humble obeisance’s at your lotus feet. All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda.
My dear spiritual master, you are that pure devotee of the Lord who is very difficult to find in this world.
Śrīla Ācāryapāda, I remember the first time when that, by a great mercy of Kṛṣṇa, I had the great good fortune to see your powerful figure, radiant as the sun appearing at the airport. To see a person like you causes great shivering in the heart of all living beings, even more in that of your servants.
Your lotus feet are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service, and to touch them is the perfection of the sense of touch. I prostrate myself unto your lotus feet with great respect and reverence.
Thanks to your mercy, I could find the true sense of living in this material world, thanks to your mercy I can now listen from your lotus mouth the merciful pastimes of Lord Gaurāṅga, which you tell us so vividly filling the atmosphere with the cry of Haribol! Haribol! Rousing karatālas which make us wake up to our true identity.
Dear Śrīla Ācāryapāda, to glorify your great qualities is to taste pure spiritual nectar and the perfection of the real activity of the tongue. Jaya, Śrīla Ācāryapāda! All glories to you, my dear spiritual master, on the day of your transcendental appearance for the pleasure of Lord Gaurāṅga. Please give me a drop of your mercy so that I can serve you better.
You accepted me as your disciple, but I am so fallen that I do not represent at all the true meaning of a disciple, I am an unworthy servant of yours that begs to be able to serve you. When will I be able to serve you and meditate upon you constantly? Please forgive all my offenses at your lotus feet.
Your most foolish servant,
Matureśa Dāsa Brahmacārī