Hare Krishna, Dear devotees.
I created this group because i saw many people are submitting their work on this site, and it would be good to have it all in one place. Poetry is to me very important because it is a form of expression that can convey our emotions in a very powerful, direct way. Being poetic is one of the 26 qualities of a devotee, and we can see that throughout history many great devotees and acharyas have composed beautiful prayers in praise of the Lord. Of course, we should not get carried away and become proud of our writing, but we definitely can take time to praise the Lord according to our realization.
I found a nice quote from Srila Prabhupada yesterday on this topic. In a lecture given in New Vrindavan on June 6, 1969, Prabhupada said -
"You write something; the aim should be simply to glorify the Supreme. Then your literature is pavitra, purified. And however nicely, either literally or metaphorically or poetically, you write some literature which has nothing to do with God, or Krsna, that is vayasam tirtham. That is pleasure spot for the crows.
This is the version of Narada Muni. We should be taking note of this. And for the Vaisnava there is one qualification: poetic. You should... Everyone should be poetic. So... But that poetry, that poetry language, should be simply to glorify the Lord. Then it is... Just like Narottama dasa Thakura, Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Locana dasa Thakura, they are poets. They have produced so many songs. But about whom? About Krsna.
Anything written with no connection to the Lord has no value, however poetic, while anything written about Krsna sincerely is perfect, despite any seeming mistakes. In the purport of Adi 16.102, Prabhupada says -
"In explaining the glories of the Lord, inexperienced men may compose poetry with many faults, but because it contains glorification of the Lord, great personalities read it, hear it and chant it." Despite its minute literary discrepancies, one must study poetry on the merit of its subject matter. According to Vaiṣṇava philosophy, any literature that glorifies the Lord, whether properly written or not, is first class. There need be no other considerations.
So I encourage everyone to join in the eternal glorification of Lord Krishna, who is known as Uttamasloka, the one who is praised by the choicest poetry.