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Sva-niyama-dvadasakam

 

 

Text 1

 

 

gurau shri-gaurange tad-dita-subhakti-grakarane

sacisunor lila-vikasita-sutirthe nija-manau

harer namni presthe hari-tithisu rupanuga-jane

suka-prokte sastre pratijan mamastam khalu ratih

 

 

    May I develop constant transcendental love and devotion towards my spiritual master, to golden-complexioned Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and to Lord Chaitanya's words which deliver the highest form of devotional service to the hearers, to the Holy abode of Shri Mayapur, where Lord Chaitanya, the Son of Saci- devi manifested His transcendental pastimes, to the very dear Holy Name of Lord Hari, to the Sacred days commemorating the Lord's pastimes and devotees, to the great devotees who follow the footsteps of Shrila Rupa Gosvami, and to the sacred Shrimad-Bhagavatam, spoken by Sukadeva Gosvami.

 

 

Text 2

 

 

sada vrndaranye madhura-rasa-dhanye rasa-mayah

param saktim radham parama-rasa-murtim ramayati

sa caivayam krsno nija-bhajana-mudram upadisan

saci-sunur gaude praaaatijani mamastam prabhu-varah

 

 

 

    May Lord Krishna be my supreme worshipable Lord at every moment. The forest of Vrndavana is full of the great treasure of the most exalted mellows of devotional service (madura-rasa), and in that forest Lord Krishna, full of the mellows of transcendental love, delighted Shrimati radharani, the supreme goddess of fortune whose form is full of the most exalted mellows of ecstatic love. That very same Lord Krishna appeared as the Son of Shrimati Saci-devi in Bengal, and taught the actual nature of His own devotional service.

 

 

Text 3

 

 

na vairagyam grahyam bhavati na hi yad bhakti-janitam

tatha janam bhanam citi yadi visesam na manute

sprha me nastange hari-bhajana-saukhyam na hi yatas

tato radha-krishna-pracura-paricarya bhavatu me

 

 

    I shall not accept renunciation outside the scope of devotional service, and I also reject transcendental knowledge and realization devoid of that service. I reject any desire to rise to a higher post in the law court or the government, and I even reject the happiness attained by serving Lord Hari. May I only have the intense devotional service of Shri Shri radha and Krishna.

 

 

Text 4

 

 

kutire 'pi ksudre vraja-bhajana-yogye taru-tale

saci-sunos tirthe bhavatu nitaram me nivasatih

na canyatra ksetre vibudha-gana-sevye pulakito

vasami prasade vipula-dhana-rajyanvita iha

 

 

    I shall reside in even a small cottage at the base of a tree. A small cottage, suitable for performing the same devotional service performed by the residents of Vrajabhumi, situated at the base of a tree in Shri Mayapura, the Holy place of Lord Chaitanya, the Son of Saci-devi, shall be my continual residence. The hairs of myt body shall not stand upright with joy if I must reside in any other holy place, even if it is worshiped by many learned devotees, and even if I am provided with a palace, great wealth and kingdom.

 

 

Text 5

 

 

na varne saktir me na khalu mamata hy asrama-vidhau

nadharme nadharme mama ratir ihaste kvacid api

param tat-tad-dharme mama jada-sariram dhrtam idam

ato dharman sarvan subhajana-sahayan abhilase

 

    I do not feel attached to any specific occupational duty, I do not identify myself as a member of one of the four spiritual asramas, and I am not attached to any pious or impious activity. I engage in different occupational duties only to maintain this inert material body. I actually desire only those duties which will lead me to pure devotional service.

 

 

Text 6

 

 

sudainyam saralyam sakala-sahanam manada-danam

dayam svi-krtya shri-hari-carana-seva mama tapah

sad-acaro 'sau me prabhupada-parair yah samuditah

prabhos chaitanyasyaksaya-carita-piyusa-krtisu

 

 

 

    I shall accept the mercy of Lord Chaitanya, and the devotional service of the lotus feet of Lord Hari shall become my austerity, humility, honesty, welfare work for others, patience, tolerance and rspect towards others. My pious activities shall be those described by the exalted devotees, and those deeds which have arisen from the nectar of the eternal pastimes of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

 

 

Text 7

 

 

na vaikunthe rajye na ca visaya-karye mama ratir

na nir/vane mokse mama matir ihaste ksanam api

vrajanandad anyad dhari-vilasitam pavanam api

kathancin mam radhanvaya-virahitam no sukhayati

 

 

 

    I am not attracted to live in Vaikuntha, nor to possess a kingdom, nor to enjoy happiness of the senses meeting with the material sese-objects. My mind never desires impersonal liberation, even for a moment. Even the purifying pastimes of Lord Hari performed away from Vrajabhumi do not please me. Anything which has no relation to Shrimati radharani does not give happiness to me.

 

 

Text 8

 

 

na me patni-kanya-tanaya-janani-bandhu-nicaya

harau bhakte bhaktau na khalu yadi tesam sumamata

abhaktanam anna-grahanam api doso visayinam

katham tesam sangad dhari-bhajana-siddhir bhavati me

 

 

    How shall it be possible for me to become perfect in devotional service if I accept foodstuffs prepared by materialistic non-devotees, or if I associate with mother, son, daughter, wife or band of relatives who have no devotion for Lord Hari or the Lord's devotees.

 

 

Text 9

 

 

asat-tarkair andhan jada-sukha-paran krishna-vimukhan

kunirvanasaktan satatam ati-dure pariharan

aradham govindam bhajati nitaram dambhikataya

tad abhyase kintu ksanam api na yami vratam idam

 

 

 

    I shall reject the association of those who are blinded by faulty logic, attached to the happiness of this life-less material body, averse to Krishna, and attached to the wretched state of impersonal liberation. I vow that I shall not foolishly worship Lord Govinda without Shrimati radharani, even for a moment.

 

 

Text 10

 

 

prasadanna-ksirasana-vasana-patradibhir aham

padarthair nirvahya vyavahrtim asangah kuvisaye

vasann isa-ksetre yugala-bhajananandita-manas

tanum moksye kale yuga-pada-paranam pada-tale

 

 

 

    Nourished only by milk offered to Lord Krishna, studying the Vaishnava scriptures, and avoiding the association of materialistic sense-enjoyers, I shall live in a cottage thatched with leaves at the pilgrimage place sacred to the Lord, and my mind will be always jubilant by engaging in the pure devotiona service of the Divine Couple, Shri Shri radha and krishna. At the destined time I shall give up this material body in the presence of the litus feet of those who have dedicated their lives to the service of radha and Krishna.

 

 

Text 11

 

 

sacisunor aja-grahana-caturo yo vraja-vane

pararadhyam radham bhajati nitaram krishna-rasikam

aham tv etat-padamrtam anudinam naisthika-mana

vaheyam vai pitva sirasi ca muda sannati-yutah

 

 

 

    I shall offer respectful obeisances to those great devotees who are very expert at following the instructions of Lord Chaitanya, the Son of Saci-devi, and who, residing in Vrndavana, with great intensity worship Shrimati radharani, who takes great delight in serving Lord Krishna. With an undeviating mind, and with great joy, I shall drrink the vectarean water that has washed their feet and I shall sprinkle it upon my head every day.

 

 

Text 12

 

 

harer dasyam dharmo mama tu-cita-kalam prakrtito

maha-maya-yogad abhinipatitah duhkha-jaladhau

ito yasyamy urdhvam svaniyama-suratya pratidinam

sahayo me matram vitatha-dalani vaishnava-krpa

 

 

 

    Although I am by nature a servant of Lord Hari, from a very remote time I have fallen into the ocean of misery because of contacting the Lord's illusory energy (maha-maya). By faithfully following these vows every day, I hope to rise up from that ocean. The only way I will have the strength to follow these vows is by attaining the mercy of the Vaishnava devotees. That mercy destroys the illusion of material life.

 

 

Text 13

 

 

krtam kenapy etat sva-bhajana-vidhau svam niyamakam

pathed yo visraddhah priya-yugala-rupe 'rpita-manah

vraje radha-krishnau bhajati kila samprapya nilayam

sva-majaryah pascad vividha-varivasyam sa kurute

 

These verses, which contain the vows of a certain devotee to engagte in Krishna's service, are now completed. A faithful devotee who reads these verses, worships the dear and youthful couple radha and Krishna, and places his mind upon Them, will attain the home of one of the assistants of the gopis (majaris), and bicome engaged in the Lord's service in many different ways.