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Shri Prema-bhakti-candrika

Introduction

Text 1

om ajnana-timirandhasya

jnananjana-shalakaya

cakshur unmilitam yena

tasmai shri-gurave namah

I was born in the darkest ignorance, and my spiritual master opened my eyes with the torch of knowledge. I offer my respectful obeisances unto him.*

Text 2

shri-chaitanya-mano 'bhistam

sthapitam yena bhutale

svayam rupah kada mahyam

dadati sva-padantikam

When will Shrila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada, who has estabished within this material world the mission to fulfill the desire of Lord Chaitanya, give me shelter under his lotus feet?*

Text 3

akhila-rasamrita-murtih

prasrimara-ruci-ruddha-taraka-palih

kalita-shyama-lalito

radha-preyan vidhur jayati

Let Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, be glorified! By virtue of His expanding attractive features, He subjugated the gopis named Taraka and Pali and absorbed Syama and Lalilta. He is the most attractive lover of Shrimati Radharani and is the reservoir of pleasure for all devotional mellows.*

Song 1

Text 1

shri-guru-carana-padma,kebala-bhakati-sadma,

bando mui sabadhana mate

jahara prasade bhai, ei bhava toriy a jai,

krishna-prapti hoy jaha ha'te

To the lotus feet of my spiritual master, which are the abode of pure devotional service. I who am very fallen bow down with great care and attention in my heart. O brother, crossing the realm of repeated birth and death by his mercy, we will attain Krishna.

Text 2

guru-mukha-padma-bakya,cittete koriba aikya,

ar na koriho mane asha

shri-guru-carane rati,ei sei uttama-gati,

je prasade pure sarba asha

I will make the words from my spiritual master's lotus mouth one with my heart. I do not want the desire for any other thing to stay in my heart. Love for the spiritual master's lotus feet is the highest goal. By his mercy all desires are fulfilled.

Text 3

cakhu-dan dilo jei,janme janme prabhu sei,

dibya-jnan hride prokashito

prema-bhakti jaha hoite,abidya binasha jate,

bede gay jahara carito

He who gave me eyes to see is my lord, birth after birth. He made divine knowledge shine in my heart. From him has come prema-bhakti, which destroys ignorance. The Vedic scriptures sing of his character.

Text 4

shri-guru karuna-sindhu,adhama janara bandhu,

lokanath lokera jibana

ha ha prabhu koro doya, deho more pada-chaya,

ebe jasha ghushuk tribhuvana

O spiritual master, O ocean of mercy, O friend of the fallen, O Lokanatha, O life of the world, O master, be merciful to me. Give me the shade of your feet. May your glories be proclaimed in the three worlds.

Text 5

baishnaba-carana-renubhushana kariya tanu

jaha haite anubhaba haya

marjjana haya bhajanasadhu-sange anukshana

ajnana-abidya-parajaya

By making the dust of the Vaishnavas' feet the ornament of my body, ecstatic love comes. Washing the Vaishnava's lotus feet is my method of worship. By always associating with the Vaishnavas, I shall overcome the darkness of ignorance.

Text 6

jaya sanatana rupaprema-bhakti-rasa-kupa

jugala-ujjwala-rasa-tanu

janhara prasade lokapasharila saba shoka

parakatala kalpa-taru janu

O Shrila Sanatana Gosvami and Shrila Rupa Gosvami, who are two deep wells of the nectar of pure love, two personifications of the splendid nectar of the Divine Couple, and two desire trees by whose mercy the entire world is free from suffering, all glories to you!

Text 7

prema-bhakti-riti jatanija-granthe su-byakata

kariyachena dui mahashaya

jahara shrabana haiteparananda haya cite

jugala-madhura-rasashraya

 In your books you two great souls clearly described prema-bhakti. You are reservoirs of the sweet nectar of the Divine Couple. Hearing about you brings bliss to the heart.

Text 8

jugala-kishora-premajini' laksha bana hema

hena dhana prakashila janra

jaya rupa sanatanadeha' more sei dhana

sei ratana mora gela hara

You are fabulously wealthy, possessing ecstatic love for the youthful Divine Couple, a love more precious than gold purified in ten thousand flames. O Rupa and Sanatana Gosvami, all glories to you! I beg you, please give me in charity some of these jewel necklaces.

Text 9

bhagabata-shastra-marmanaba-bidha bhakti-dharma

sadai kariba su-sebana

anya-devashraya naitomare kahinu bhai

ei bhakti parama-bhajana

I shall eternally engage in the nine-fold process of devotional service, which is the essential message of Shrimad-Bhagavatam, and I shall not worship the demigods. O brother, I say to you: Devotional service is the most exalted kind of worship.

Text 10

sadhu-shastra-guru-bakyacittete kariya aikya

satata bhasiba prema-majhe

karmi jnani bhakti-hinaihare karibe bhina

narottama ei tattwa gaje

Making the words of the guru, sadhus, and shastras one with my heart, I constantly float and swim in the ocean of pure love. I am different from the karmis and jnanis, who have no devotion for Krishna. Narottama speaks the truth.

Song 2

Invocation

shrimad-rupa-gosvami-prabhupadenoktam’-

anyabhilashita-shunyam

jnana-karmady-anavritam

anukuleyna krishnanu-

shilanam bhaktir uttama

Shrila Rupa Gosvami Prabhupada has said (Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu 1.1.11):

"Uttama bhakti, or unalloyed devotion unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna, involves the rendering of devotional service in a way that is favorable to the Lord. This devotional service should be free from any extraneous motive and devoid of fruitive karma, impersonal jnana and all other selfish desires."*

Text 1

anya-abhilasha chadi'jnana karma parihari'

kaya mane kariba bhajana

sadhu-sange krishna-sebana pujiba devi-deva

ei bhakti parama-karana

Rejecting all other desires, and abandoning philosophical speculation and fruitive work, in the company of the devotees I will worship and serve Lord Krishna with my body and mind. I will not worship the demigods and demigoddesses. Devotional service is reason for my life.

Text 2

mahajanera jei pathatate habe anurata

purbapara kariya bicara

sadhana-smarana-lilaihate na kara hela

kaya mane kariya susara

Devotedly follow the path of the great devotees in the past. Properly using your body and mind, don't neglect either the regulative devotional practices or the rememberance of the Lord's pastimes.

Text 3

asat-sanga sada tyagachada anya gita-raga

karmi jnani parihari' dure

kebala bhakata-sangaprema-katha-rasa-ranga

lila-katha braja-rasa-pure

Always reject the company of the impious. Give up attraction to non-devotional songs. Leave the karmis and jnanis far away. Only associate with the devotees. Take pleasure in hearing the nectar descriptions of pure love for Krishna. Become flooded by the nectar of the narrations of the Lord's pastimes in Vraja.

Text 4

jogi nyasi karmi jnanianya-debata-pujaka dhyani

iha-loke dure parihari'

karma dharma duhkha shokajeba thake anya joga

chadi' bhaja giribara-dhari

Putting the yogis, svamis, karmis, jnani’s, demigod-worshipers, and meditators far away, and rejecting the torments that are fruitive work, ordinary religion, and the other yogas, worship Lord Giridhari.

Text 5

tirtha-jatra parishramakebala manera bhrama

sarba-siddhi gobinda-carana

dridha-bishwasa hride dhari'mada-matsarja parihari'

sada kara ananya bhajana

The struggle to travel to various holy pilgrimage places is simply the mind's mistake, because to make spiritual advancement all one actually needs is the lotus feet of Lord Govinda. Abandoning pride and envy, and with firm faith in your heart, always worship Lord Govinda without deviation.

Text 6

krishna-bhakta sanga kari'krishna-bhakta anga heri'

shraddhanbita shrabana-kirtana

arcana bandana dhyananaba-bhakti maha-jnana

ei bhakti parama-karana

See the devotees of Lord Krishna, associate with the devotees of Lord Krishna. Faithfully engage in the nine-fold process of devotional service, which includes hearing about the Lord, chanting His glories, worshiping Him, offering obeisances to Him, and remembering Him. Following these activities enlightens the devotees with spiritual knowledge.

Text 7

hrishike gobinda-sebana pujiba devi-deva

ei ta' ananya-bhakti-katha

ara jata upalambhabishesha sakali dambha

dekhite lagaye mane byatha

I shall use these senses to serve Lord Govinda, and I shall decline to worship the various demigods and demigoddesses. I shall only speak about pure devotional service. The numberless different philosophies and conceptions of life are all products of the conditioned soul's pride. Trying to understand them brings no real benefit but only a pain within the mind.

Text 8

dehe baise ripu-ganajateka indriya-gana

keha kara badhya nahi haya

shunile na shuna kanajanile na jane prana

dridhaite na pare  nishcaya

The insubordinate senses are like enemies that live within the body. Tell the ear to hear and it may rebel, refusing to hear. Tell the mind to understand a particular point, or become firm in a certain way, and it may very well disobey.

Text 9

kama krodha moha lobhamada matsarja dambha-saha

sthane sthane nijukta kariba

ananda kari' hridayaripu kari/ parajaya

anayase gobinda bhajiba

I shall fight with lust, anger, bewilderment, greed, madness, envy and pride. Defeating them, I will become blissful at heart, and I will easily become able to worship Lord Govinda.

Text 10

kama krishna-karmarpanekrodha bhakta-dweshis-jane

lobha sadhu-sange hari-katha

moha ishta-lablha-binemada krishna-guna-gane

nijukta kariba jatha tatha

Lust I will engage in offering the fruits of my work to Lord Krishna. Anger I will direct towards the enemies of the devotees. Greed I will engage by being greedy to hear the topics of Lord Hari in the association of the saintly devotees. Bewilderment will be manifested because I cannot immediately attain my worshipable Lord. Madness will be there when I madly glorify the transcendental attributes of Lord Krishna. In this way I will engage each of these in the service of Lord Krishna.

Text 11

anyatha swatantra kamaanrthadi jara dhama

bhakti-patha sada deya bhanga

kiba ba karite parekama-krodha sadhakere

jadi haya sadhu-janara sanga

If lust is not controlled, then it becomes the breeding ground for a host of vices and checks one's advancement on the path of devotional service. However, if one stays in the association of the saintly devotees, then that association will carry him beyond the influence of lust, anger, and their friends.

Text 12

krodha ba na kare kibakrodha-tyaga sada diba

lobha moha ei ta' kathana

chaya ripu sada hinakariba manera adhina

krishnacandra kariya smarana

I shall not become angry. I shall renounce anger. I shall become free from my six enemies, such as greed and bewilderment. I shall control my mind, and always remember Lord Krishnacandra.

Text 13

apani palabe sabashuniya gobinda raba

simha-raba jena kari-gana

sakala vipatti jabe mahananda sukha pabe

jara haya ekanta bhajana

When lust and his friends hear the word Govinda" they immediately begin to flee, as a herd of elephants flees when it hears a lion's roar. If one engages in single-pointed devotional service to Lord Krishna, then the worshiper attains transcendental bliss, and all kinds of calamities flee from him.

Text 14

na kariha asat-ceshtalabha puja pratishtha

sada cinta' gobinda-carana

sakala santapa jabeparananda sukha pabe

prema-bhakti parama-karana

Don't sin. Take no interest in profit, adoration, and distinction. Instead meditate on the lotus feet of Lord Govinda. In this way all sufferings will go far away, and transcendental bliss and pure love for Lord Krishna will spontaneously come.

Text 15

asat-sanga kutinatichada anya paripati

anya debe na hariha rati

apana apana sthanepiriti sabai tane

bhakti-pathe padaye bigati

Give up the association of the impious non-devotees. Give up the tendency to find fault in others. Don't follow any spiritual path other than devotional service. Don't worship the demigods. If one takes to the worship of the demigods, he becomes deviated from the path of devotional service.

Text 16

apana bhajana-panthataha habe anurata

ishta-deva-sthane-lila-gane

naishthika bhajana eitomare kahila bhai

hanuman tahate pramana

O brother, please become attached to your worshipable Lord alone. Serve Him without deviation and sing the glories of His pastimes. I will now quote the words of Hanuman, who demonstrates this exclusive devotion to one's worshipable Deity. Hanuman said:

Text 17

shrinathe janaki-nathe

abhedah paramatmani

tathapi mama sarvasvam

ramah kamala-locanah

Although He is not different from Lord Narayana, lotus-eyed Lord Rama alone is the be-all and end-all of my life.

Text 18

devaloka pitrilokapaya tara maha-sukha

sadhu sadhu bale anukshana

jugala bhajaye jarapremanande bhase tara

tandera nichani tri-bhubana

If one attains the planets of the demigods or Pitas and enjoys celestial happiness there, then I congratulate him, saying: well done, well done. However, I myself would never strive to attain such a thing. For myself I am content simply to worship the Divine Couple and swim and float in the bliss of pure love for Them. This pure love is the most valuable object in the three worlds.

Text 19

prithak ayasa-jogeduhkhamaya-bishaya-bhoge

braje basa gobinda-sebana

krishna-katha krishna-namasatya-satya rasa-dhama

braja-jane-sange anukshana

Although I have taken great trouble to try to enjoy the miserable sense-gratification available in this world, I shall now give it up. I shall now reside in Vraja, serve Lord Govinda, hear and chant the topics of Lord Krishna, chant the holy names of Lord Krishna, and at every moment relish the transcendental mellows of devotional service in the association of the residents of Vraja.

Text 20

sada seba-abhilashamanete kari' bishwasa

sada-kala haiya nirbhaya

narottama dasa bolepadinu asat-bhole

paritrana kara mahashaya

I shall always aspire to serve the Lord, and great faith in the Lord will become manifested in my mind. In this way I shall remain always fearless in all situations. Narottama dasa says: Somehow or other I have accepted the role of a non-devotee. O my master, O great soul, please deliver me.

Song 3

Text 1

tumi ta' dayara sindhuadhama-janera bandhu

more prabhu kara abadhana

padinu asat-bholekama-timingile gile

ohe natha kara paritrana

O Lord, You are an ocean of mercy. You are the friend of the fallen souls. Please notice me. I have become like a non-devotee, swallowed by the timingila fish of lust. O Lord, please protect me.

Text 2

javat janama moraaparadhe hainu bhora

nishkapate na bhajinu toma

tathapi ha tumi gatna chadiha prana-pati

mora sama nahika adhama

In every birth I repeatedly offended You. In every birth I failed to worship You sincerely. No one is as fallen as I. Nevertheless, You are the only goal of my life. O Lord of my life, please do not abandon me.

Text 3

patita-pabana namaghoshana tomara shyama

upekhile nahi mora gati

jadi hana aparadhitathapiha tumi gati

satya satya jena satyira pati

O Lord, You are known as Patita-pavana, the deliverer of the fallen, and You are also known as Syamasundara. Please do not ignore my appeal. Even if I am an offender, I think that You are the real goal of life. That is the truth.

Text 4

tumi ta' parama debanahi more upekhiba

shuna shuna pranera ishwara

jadi karon aparaadhatathapiha tumi natha

seba diya kara anucara

O Supreme Personality of Godhead, please do not neglect me. O master of my life, please hear my words. Even if I have committed offenses to You, I always think of You as my master. Please allow me to serve You as Your associate and follower.

Text 5

kame mora hata citanahi jane nija hita

manera na ghuce durbasana

more natha angikurutumi bancha-kalpa-taru

karuna dekhuka sarba-jana

Lust has destroyed my mind. I do not know what is actually beneficial for me. O Lord, You glance mercifully on all living entities and You are like a desire tree fulfilling the desires of everyone. Please accept me as Your servant.

Text 6

mo-sama patita naitribhubane dekha cai

narottama-pabana nama dhara

ghushuka samsare namapatita-uddhara shyama

nija-dasa kara giridhara

O Lord, You will not see anyone in these three planetary systems who is as fallen as I. O Lord, please accept the name Narottama-pavana" (the Deliverer of Narottama), and let that name be broadcast throughout the material world. O Lord Syamasundara, O lifter of Govardhana Hill, O Deliverer of the fallen, please accept me as Your servant.

Text 7

narottama bada duhkhinatha more kara sukhi

tomara bhajana sankirtane

antaraya nahi jayaei sei parama bhaya

nibedana kari anukshana

Narottama dasa is very unhappy. O Lord, please engage him in Your sankirtana movement and thus make him happy. O Lord, I am very afraid that I will not be able to overcome the many obstacles that stop me from advancing in devotional service. O Lord, at every moment I beg You to remove all those obstacles.

Song 4

Text 1

ana katha ana byathanahi jena jai tatha

tomara carana smriti-majhe

abirata abhikalatuya guna kala-kala

gai jena satera samaje

O Lord, I do not perform the painful activity of talking about anything other than You, but instead I only talk and think about Your lotus feet. O Lord, I constantly and without deviation glorify Your transcendental attributes in the assembly of devotees.

Text 2

anya-brata anya-dananahi karon bastu-jnana

anya-seba anya-deba-puja

ha ha krishna bali balibedara ananda kari'

mane ara nahe jena duja

I shall not perform any vows not related to You. I shall not give in charity except as a service to You. I shall not acquire knowledge except to serve You. I shall not worship the demigods. I shall not serve anyone except You. I shall blissfully wander about repeatedly calling out: O Krishna! O Krishna!" No one but You will stay in my mind.

Text 3

jibane marane gatiradha-krishna prana-pati

donhara piriti-rasa-sukhe

jugala bhajaye janrapremanande bhase tanra

ei katha rahu mora buke

During the life of this body and after its death, Shri Shri Radha-Krishna will always remain my goal, and the two master's of my life's breath. I worship the Divine Couple and I swim and float in the nectarean ocean of love for Them. I pray that the description of Their forms, qualities, and pastimes may always remain within my heart.

Text 4

jugala-carana-sebaei dana more diba

jugalete manera piriti

jugala-kishora-rupakama-rati-guna-bhupa

mane bahu o' lila-piriti

Please give me the service of the lotus feet of the Divine Couple. Please give this charity to me. My mind is filled with love for the Divine Couple, whose youthful forms are like the beautiful forms of King Kamadeva and his queen Rati.

Text 5

dashanete trina kari'ha ha kishora-kishori

caranabje nibedana kari

braja-raja-suta shyamabrishabhanu-suta nama

shri-radhika-nama manohari

I place a straw between my teeth, and place the following appeal before the lotus feet of the Divine Couple; O Shri Shri Kishora-Kishori, O Lord Syamasundara, O price of Vraja, O beautiful girl named Shri Radhika, O daughter of Maharaja Vrishabhanu,

Text 6

kanaka-ketaki raishyama marakata taya

kandarpa-darapa karu cura

nata-bara-shiromaninatinira shikharini

dunhu-gune dunhun-mana jhura

O Shrimati Radharani, as beautiful as a golden ketaki flower, O Lord Syamasundara, as splendid as a blue sapphire, O Lords whose transcendental glory crushes Kamadeva's pride into fine powder, O two crest-jewels of all expert dancers, please allow my mind to remain rapt in thinking of Your transcendental qualities.

Text 7

abharana manimayaprati ange abhinaya

tachu paye narottama kahe

diba nishi guna ganaparama ananda pana

mane ei abhilasha haya

O Lords whose limbs are decorated with many jewel ornaments, Narottama dasa approaches Your lotus feet and says: My Lords, I wish that I may attain transcendental bliss by singing the glories of Your transcendental qualities both day and night. That is my mind's desire.

Song 5

Text 1

ragera bhajana-pathakahi ebe abhimata

loka-beda-sara ei bani

sakhira anuga hanabraje siddha-deha pana

ei bhabe judabe parani

I shall now describe the path of spontaneous love for Krishna, which is glorified by the exalted devotees and the Vedic literatures. By traversing this path of spontaneous love one becomes a follower of the gopis and attains the perfect  spiritual body of a liberated soul.

Text 2 and 3

shri-radhikara sakhi jatataha ba kahiba kata

mukhya sakhi kariye ganana

lalita bishakha tathasucitra campakalata

rangadevi sudevi kathana

tungabidya indurekhaei ashta-sakhi lekha

ei kahi narma-sakhi gana

ihon seba-shacaripriya-preshtha nama dhari'

prema-seba kare anukshana

I shall now describe the most important of Shrimati Radharani's gopi-friends. Lalita, Vishakha, Sucitra, Campakalata, Rangadevi, Sudevi, Tungavidya, and Indulekha, are the eight most important gopi-friends of Shrimati Radharani. Her other gopi-friends are divided into groups; the narma-sakhis, priya-sakhis, and preshtha-sakhis. All these gopis constantly render loving service to Shrimati Radharani.

Text 4

shri-rupa-manjari arashri-rati-manjari sara

labanga-manjari manjunali

shri-rasa-manjari-sangekasturika-adi range

prema-seba kare kutuhali

Shri Rupa-manjari, Shri Rati-manjari, Lavanga-manjari, Manjunali, and Shri Rasa-manjari eagerly and lovingly serve Shrimati Radharani, supplying her musk and various other articles.

Text 5

ei-sabara anuga hanaprema-seba niba cana

ingite bhujiba saba kaje

rupa guna dagamagisada haba anuragi

basati kariba sakhi majhe

I am the follower of all these gopis. I shall serve them with great love. I will completely understand their orders, even when couched in casual hints or gestures. I shall become immersed in wonder at their transcendental virtues and beauty, and I shall dearly love them. I shall always remain in their company.

Text 6

bridabane du janacari-dike cakhi-gana

samayera seba rasa-sukhe

sakhira ingita habecamara dhulaba tabe

tambula jogaba canda-mukhe

Immersed in the happiness of serving the Divine Couple surrounded by Their gopi-friends in Vrindavana, I will understand the gopis' hints, and, taking up the camara wisk I will fan the Divine Couple, and after than I will place betel-nuts in Their moonlike mouths.

Text 7

jugala-carana sebinirantara ei bhabi

anurage thakiba sadaya

sadhane bhabiba jahasiddha-dehe paba taha

raga pathera ei sei upaya

Someday I will constantly serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple with great love. At present I will follow the rules of sadhana-bhakti until I attain a perfected spiritual body and am able to love the Divine Couple spontaneously.

Text 8

sadhane je dhana caisiddha-dehe taha pai

pakwa pakwa matra sei bicara

pakile sei prema-bhaktiapakwe sadhana khyati

bhakati-lakshana-anusara

That treasure of pure love of God for which I hanker while I follow the regulative practices of sadhana-bhakti, I will attain when I have the spiritual body of a liberated soul. Actually sadhana-bhakti and prema-bhakti are the same devotional service. Sadhana-bhakti is the stage where love for Krishna has not fully ripened yet, and prema-bhakti is the same devotion where love of Krishna has reached the mature, ripened stage. That is the description of devotional service.

Text 9

narottama dasa kaheei jena mora haye

braja-pure anurage basa

sakhi-gana-gananateamare ganibe tate

tabahun puriba abhilasha

Narottama dasa says: I hope that I may attain the stage of spontaneous love for the Divine Couple in the town of Vraja. I hope that I will be counted among the gopi-friends of the Divine Couple. O Divine Couple, in this way I will be able to serve You and satisfy all Your desires.

Text 10

tatha hi’-

sakhinam sangini-rupam

atmanam vasana-mayim

ajna-seva-param tat-tat-

kripalankara-bhushitam

The stage of prema-bhakti is described in the following statements of Vaishnava literature:

One should meditate on one self as being the maidservant of the gopis, and in this way one will attain their mercy."

Text 11

krishnam smaran janam casya

preshtham nija-samihitam

tat-tat-katha-ratash casau

kuryad vasam vraje sada

The devotee should always think of Krishna within himself, and one should choose a very dear devotee who is a servitor of Krishna in Vrindavana. One should constantly engage in topics about that servitor and his loving relationship to Krishna, and one should live in Vrindavana. However, if one is physically unable to go to Vrindavana, he should mentally live there."

Song 6

Text 1

jugala-carana-pratiparama-ananda tati

rati-prema hau para-bandhe

krishna-nama-radha-namaupasana rasa-dhama

carane padiye paranande

Love for the lotus feet of the Divine Couple is the resting place of transcendental bliss. Radha and Krishna's holy names are the reservoir of transcendental sweetness. I happily fall down to offer my respectful obeisances to Radha  and Krishna's lotus feet.

Text 2

manera smarana pranamadhura madhura nama

bilasa jugala smriti-sara

sadhya sadhana eiara nai iha bai

ei tattwa sarba-tattwa-sara

The Divine Couple's sweet, sweet holy name is life of the mind's memory. Their pastimes are the best remembering. Remembering Them is the both goal and the way to attain it. That is the truth of all truths. This book is not the only place that is said.

Text 3

jalada-sundara-kantimadhura madhura bhati

baidagadhi-abadhi subesha

su-pita-basana-dharaabharana mani-bara

mayura-candrika karu kesha

Shri Krishna is splendid like a monsoon cloud, very sweet and charming, expert, gracefully dressed in yellow garments, decorated with jewel ornaments, and crowned with a peacock feather placed in His hair.

Text 4

mrigmada su-candanakunkumadi bilepana

mugdha-kari murati tri-bhanga

nabina-kusumabalishri-ange shobhaye bhali

madhu-lobhe phire matta bhringa

He is decorated with musk, sandal paste, kunkuma, and other fragrances. His three-fold bending form is sweet and charming. His transcendental body is decorated with garlands of flowers so fresh they draw swarms of maddened bumblebees eager for honey.

Text 5

ishat madhura-smitabaidagadhi-lilamrita

lubadhala braja-badhu-brinda

carana-kamala-paramanimaya su-manjira

nakha-mani jini' bala-candra

His gentle smile is sweet. He is expert at tasting the nectar of transcendental pastimes. He is surrounded by the amorous girls of Vraja. His lotus feet are decorated with jewel anklets. His toenails eclipse the glory of the crescent moon.

Text 6

nupura-marala-dhwanikula-badhu-maralini

shuniya rahite nare ghare

hridaye barhaye ratijena mile pati sati

kulera dharama jara dure

When they hear the warbling of the male swan that is Krishna's anklets, the female swan gopis can no longer remain peacefully in their homes. Love for Him growing in their hearts, they run, leaving their household duties far behind, to meet Him, their lover.

Text 7

krishna-mukha-dwija-rajesarala-bamshi-biraje

jara dhwani bhubana mataya

shrabane patha diyahridaye prabesha hana

prana adi akarshi anaya

The music of the straight flute placed to Krishna's lips enchants the world. Entering first the ear and then the heart, that music attracts all living beings

Text 8

gobinda-sebana satyatanhara sebaka nitya

brindabana-bhumi tejomaya

tahate jamuna-jalakare nitya jhalamala

tara tire ashta kunja haya

Devotional service to Lord Govinda is eternal. They who serve Him are His servants eternally. The land of Vrindavana is glorious. There the Yamuna's water glitters eternally. Eight forests are on the Yamuna's shore.

Text 9

shitala-kirana-karakalpa-taru-guna-dhara

taru-lata shad-ritu-seba

purna-candra-sama jyoticid-ananda-maya murti

mahananda-darashana-lobha

Vrindavana is splendid with cooling moonlight and glorious with kalpa-vriksha trees and kalpa-lata‘ vines blossoming in all six seasons. Full of transcendental bliss and glorious as the full moon, it makes everyone eager to see its blissful form.

Text 10

gobinda anandadamayanikate banita-caya

bihare madhura ati shobha

dunhu prema dagamagidunhu donha anuragi

dunhu rupa dunhu manolobha

Surrounded by the gopis and very handsome and charming, Lord Govinda is full of transcendental bliss. The Divine Couple is beautiful, charming, and overcome with passionate love.

Text 11

braja-pura-banitaracarana ashraya sara

kara mana ekanta kariya

anya bola gandu-golanahi shuna utarola

rakha prema hridaye bhariya

O mind, take shelter of the lotus feet of the Vraja-gopis. Don't listen to the useless din of the materialists' words. Fill my heart with pure love for the Divine Couple

Text 12

krishna prabhu eka-barakaribena angikara

jena' mana e satya bacana

dhanya lila brindabanaradha-krishna-shri-carana

dhanya sakhi manjarira gana.

O mind, just this one time accept Lord Krishna as your supreme master. I tell you the truth. Shri Shri Radha and Krishna's lotus feet are supremely glorious, Their pastimes are glorious, Their land of Vrajapura is glorious, and their friends, the sakhi-gopis, and manjari-gopis, are glorious.

Text 13

papa-punya-maya dehasakala anitya eha

dhana jana saba micha dhanda

marile jaibe kothatahate na pao byatha

tabu karja kara sada manda

This material body, which one attains because of his previous pious and impious deeds is temporary, and the foolish attempt by all conditioned souls to accumulate more and more wealth is a clever trick of the illusory potency maya. When the material body dies, what will happen to all the carefully collected wealth? Where will it go? O mind, don't work day and night with a great struggle simply to collect money. You are so foolish that you constantly work for such a fleeting goal.

Text 14

rajara je rajya-patajena natujara nata

dekhite dekhite kichu naya

hena maya kare jeiparama ishwara sei

tanre mana sada kara bhaya

A monarch's kingdom is just like the dramatic performance of an actor: although one sees them, they are never actually real, but only a pretense arranged by the illusory energy maya. O mind, don't pay attention to these false material things. Fix your mind always on the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Fear His displeasure. Don't be concerned with other things.

Text 15

pape na kariha manaadhama sei papi-jana

tare mana dure parihari'

punyaje sukhera dhamatara na laio nama

punya mukti dui tyaga kari'

O mind, don't sin. Stay far away from sinful persons. Don't work to attain material piety, the resting place of material happiness. Don't strive for the false liberation imagined by the impersonalists.

Text 16

prema-bhakti-sudha-nidhitahe du/ba nirabadhi

ara jata kshara nidhi praya

nirantara sukha pabesakala santapa jabe

para-tattwa karile upaya

Dive into the shoreless nectar ocean of pure love for Krishna, larger than the largest salt-water ocean. If one swims in that nectar ocean of love for Krishna, Lord Krishna will make all his sufferings disappear, and he will attain endless transcendental bliss.

Text 17

anyera parasha jenanahi haya kadacana

ihate haibe sabadhana

radha-krishna nama ganaei se parama dhyana

ara na kariha paramana

Take great care only to serve the Divine Couple, and don't let any other activity touch you. Know that the chanting of the holy names of Shri Shri Radha and Krishna is the supreme spiritual meditation. Please don't try to raise any objections to this, or try to present evidence confirming any other view.

Text 18

karmi jnani micha-bhaktana ha'be taya anurakta

shuddha-bhajanete kara mana

braja-janera jei matatahe habe anugata

ei se parama tattwa-dhana

O mind, please engage in pure devotional service, which  cannot be followed by the fruitive workers, speculative philosophers, or pseudo-devotees. Just accept that the opinion of the exalted devotees in Vraja is the perfect explanation of the Absolute Truth.

Text 19

prarthana kariba sadashuddha-bhave prema-katha

nama-mantre kariya abheda

astika kariya manabhaja range shri-carane

granthi-papa habe pariccheda

I shall continually offer prayers to the Divine Couple, and I shall describe the pure love of the Lord and His devotees. With my words I shall prove that the Supreme Lord is not different from the chanting of His holy names. O mind, have firm faith in Lord Krishna, and worship the reddish soles of His lotus feet. Do this, and the karmic results of all your past sins will be smashed.

Text 20

radha-krishna-shri-caranamatra paramartha-dhana

sa-jatane hridayete lao

dunhu nama shuni' shuni'bhakta-mukhe puni puni

parama ananda sukha-pana

O mind, please place in my heart Shri Shri Radha Krishna's lotus feet, which are my only treasure. Again and again hear the holy names of the Divine Couple from the mouths of the devotees, and in this way attain transcendental bliss.

Text 21

hema-gaura-tanu raiankhi darashana cai

rodana karaye abhilashe

jaladhara dhara dharaanga ati manohara

rupete bhubana parakashe

Shrimati Radharani's transcendental form has the splendor of gold. Weeping, I pray to attain the glance of Her lotus eyes. Shri Krishna's handsome form is splendid as a monsoon cloud. From it the entire material cosmos is manifested.

Text 22

sakhi-gana cari-pasheseba kare abhilashe

parama se shobha-sukha dhare

ei mane asha moraaiche rase hana bhora

narottama sada-i bihare

I yearn to engage in devotional service with the gopis at my four sides. That service is my great happiness. Again and again Narottama says: This is the desire in my heart.

Song 7

Text 1

radha-krishna karon dhyanaswapane na bala ana

prema binu ara nahi cana

jugala-kishora-premajini' laksha-bana hema

arati-piriti-rase dhana

Meditate on Shri Shri Radha-Krishna. Don't desire anything else, even in your dreams. The treasure of love for the youthful Divine Couple is more valuable than gold purified in ten thousand flames.

Text 2

jala binu jena minaduhkha paya ayu hina

prema binu ei-mata bhakta

cataka jalada-gatie-mati ekanta-rati

jei jane sei anurakta

As a fish without water suffers and dies, so a devotee perishes without love for the Divine Couple. As a cataka bird carefully follows the clouds, so a devotee loves the Divine Couple.

Text 3

saroja-bhramara jenacakora-candrika tena

pati-brata stri-lokera pati

anyatra na cale manajena daridrera dhana

ei-mata prema-bhakti-riti

As a bumblebee yearns for lotus flowers, a cakora bird yearns for moonlight, a chaste wife yearns for her husband, and a pauper yearns for money, a devotee yearns to attain love for the Divine Couple.

Text 4

bishaya garala-mayanahe mana sukha-caya

sei na sukha duhkha kari' mana

gobinda-bishaya-rasasanga kara tanra dasa

prema-bhakti satya kari' jana'

The happiness of the senses is full of poison. Pride does not bring happiness. These things do not being happiness. They bring only pain. Taste the nectar of serving Lord Govinda. Associate with His devotees. Learn the truth of loving devotional service.

Text 5

madhye madhye ache dushtadrishti kari' haya rushta

gunahi biguna kari' mane

gobinda-bimukha-janesphurti nahe hena dhane

laukika kariya saba jane

The treasure of divine love does not present itself before the demons, whose turn their backs on Lord Govinda, become angry when they see the devotees, and think the devotees are ordinary people.

Text 6

ajnana abhaga jatanahi laya sata-mata

ahankare na jane apane

abhimani bhakti-hinajaga-majhe sei dina

britha tara ashesha bhabana

These unfortunate fools cannot understand the truth. Proud, bewildered by false-ego, and empty of devotion for the Lord, they are the poorest and most wretched people in the world. All their thoughts are empty and without meaning.

Text 7

ara saba parihari'parama ishwara hari

seba mana prema kari' asha

eka braja-raja-puragobinda rasika-bara

karaha sadai abhilasha

O mind, renounce everything and desire only to love and serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Hari. Lord Govinda, the best of they who taste transcendental nectar, stays in King Nanda's house. Desire Him alone.

Text 8

narottama dasa kahesada mora prana dahe

hena bhakta-sanga na paiya

abhagyera nahi oramicha-mohe hainu bhora

duhkha rahe antare jagiya

Narottama dasa says; Because I cannot attain the association of devotees, my life is like a burning fire. No one is unfortunate as I. I am overcome by material illusion, and great pain is beginning to waken in my heart.

Song 8

Text 1

bacanera agocarabrindabana dhama-bara

swaprakasha premananda-ghana

jahate prakata sukhanahi jara-mrityu-duhkha

krishna-lila-rasa anukshana

Vrindavana is beyond the descriptive power of words. It is the best of all holy places. It is self-manifest, filled with most intense transcendental bliss, free from the touch of the material miseries of old-age and death, and the place where Lord Krishna eternally enjoys nectar pastimes.

Text 2

radha-krishna dunhu premajini' laksha-bana hema

donhara hillole rasa-sindhu

cakora nayana-prema kama-rati kare dhyana

piriti sukhera dunhu bandhu

Radha and Krishna's love is more glorious than gold purified in ten thousand flames. Radha and Krishna make great waves in the ocean of nectar. The love in Their eyes is like a cakora bird. Kama and Rati meditate on Them. Their love and happiness are the closest of friends.

Text 3

radhika preyasi-barabama ange manohara

kanaka-keshara-kanti dhare

anuraga-rakta sarinila-patta manohari

pratyange bhushana shobha kare

Charming Shrimati Radharani, the best of the gopis, stays on Lord Krishna's left side, Her complexion the color of the filament of a golden flower, clothed in the garment of ecstatic love for Krishna and a blue silk sari, and Her limbs are beautiful with many ornaments.

Text 4

karaye locana panarupa-lila dunhu prana

anande magana sahacari

beda-bidhi-agocararatana-bedira' para

seba niti kishora-kishori

Become Their gopi-companion. Make Them more dear than life. With your eyes drink the nectar of Their beauty and pastimes. Dive in an ocean of bliss. Always serve the youthful Divine Couple, who are seated on a jewel throne and beyond the rules of the Vedas.

Text 5

durlabha janama henanahi bhaja hari kena

ki lagiya mara bhaba bandhe

chada anya kriya karmanahi dekha deba-dharma

bhakti kara krishna-pada-dwandwa

Why don't you worship Lord Hari now that you have this rare human birth? If you don't worship Him, what do you think will be your fate after death? Give up all other duties. Don't worship the demigods. Serve Lord Krishna's feet.

Text 6

bishaya bishama-gatinahi bhaja braja-pati

shri-nandanandana sukha-sara

swarga ara apabaragasamsare naraka-bhoga

sarba-nasha janama-bikara

Do not worship Lord Nandanandana, the blissful master of Vraja, and the entire world around you will become filled with pain. Become attracted to higher material realms, the attainment of liberation, or the hellish pleasures of this sphere, and your valuable human birth will become spoiled.

Text 7

dehe na kariha asthamanda rite jama shasta

duhkhera samudre karma-gati

dekhiya shuniya bhaja sadhu-shastra-mata yaja

jugala-carane kara rati

Do not put your trust in the material body. After death Yamaraja will punish you and your karma will push you into an ocean of pain. Now that you have heard and understood this, please follow the path of the saints and scriptures. Worship and love the feet of the youthful Divine Couple.

Text 8

karma-kanda jnana-kandakebala bishera bhanda

amrita baliya jeba khaya

ana joni sada phirekadarja bhakshana kare

tara janma adhah-pate jaya

The fruitive work of karma-kanda and the speculations of jnana-kanda are two pots of poison. If one drinks these two poisons, and then proclaims that they are both as sweet as nectar, he will fall from the human realm and spend a long time wandering in many species of life, eating many abominable things, and enjoying many horrible pleasures.

Text 9

radha-krishne nahi ratianya jane bale pati

prema-bhakti kichu nahi jane

nahi bhaktirasandhanabharame karaye dhyana

britha tara se chara bhabane

They who proclaim someone else as their Lord and don't love Radha-Krishna don't understand anything of loving devotional service. Not asking about devotional service, and all their thoughts placed in the illusory material world, they have wasted their lives.

Text 10

jnana karma kare lokanahi jane bhakti-yoga

nana-mate haiya ajnana

tara katha nahi shuniparamartha-tattwa jani

prema-bhakti bhakta-gana-prana

Most people know only of work and philosophy. They don't know anything about devotional service. Each with a different opinion, they are all fools. Don't listen to their talk. Learn about devotional service, the life of the devotees.

Text 11

jagata-byapaka hariaja-bhaba ajna-kari

madhura madhura lila-katha

ei tattwa jane jei parama uttama sei

tanra sanga kariba sarbatha

Lord Hari is present in every corner of the material world. Brahma and Siva are His order-carriers. Talk of His pastimes is very very sweet. One who know this is a great soul. I yearn for his association.

Text 12

parama ishwara krishnatankhe hao ati-trishna

bhaja tanre braja-bhaba lana

rasika-bhakata sangebihara nijata range

braja-pure basati karina

Thirst to attain Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Worship Him. Love Him as the residents of Vraja did. Reside in Vrajapura, where Lord Krishna eternally enjoys pastimes. Stay in the company of great souls that relish the nectar of Krishna.

Text 13

diba-nishi bhaba-bharemanete bhabana ka're

nanda-braje rahibe sadai

ei bakya satya janakabhu ithe nahi ana

paramana shri-jiba gosai

Great souls stay always in Vraja, day and night their hearts full of love for Krishna. That is the truth. It is not otherwise. Shrila Jiva Gosvami has proved it.

Text 14

shri-krishna-bhakata-jana tanhara carane mana

aropiya katha-anusare

sakhira sarbatha matahaina tanhara jutha

sada bihariba braja-pure

I will meditate on the lotus feet of the devotees, hear from them, remember Lord Krishna's gopi-friends, and always be happy in Vrajapura.

Text 15

lila-rasa-katha ganajugala-kishora dhyana

prarthana kariba abhilashe

jibane marane eiara kichu nahi cai

kahe dina narottama-dasa

I will meditate on the youthful Divine Couple and sing of Their nectar pastimes. I pray for that. In this life or after death I have no other desire. Thus speaks poor-hearted Narottama dasa.

Song 9

Text 1

ana katha na shunibaana katha na baliba

sakali kahiba paramartha

prarthana kariba sadalalasa abhishta-katha

iha binu sakali anartha

I will not hear other talk. I will not speak other talk. I will speak about the most precious thing. I always pray for this. Aside from the talk I yearn to hear, all other words are useless.

Text 2

ishwarera tattwa jatataha ba kahiba kata

ananta apara keba jane

braja-pura-prema nityaei se parama satya

bhaja sada anuraga-mane

How can I describe the Supreme Personality of Godhead? He is limitless. Who can know Him? The love the people of Vraja feel for Lord krishna is eternal. It is the true reality. Always strive to attain that love.

Text 3

gobinda gokulacandraparama ananda-kanda

paribara-gopa-gopi sange

nandishwara janra dhamagiridhari janra nama

sakhi-sange bhaja tanra range

Lord Krishna is the pleasure of the cows, land, and senses, the moon of Gokula, and the root of transcendental bliss. He stays with many gopa and gopi friends, His home is Nandishvara, and His name is Giridhari. Please, in the company of the gopis, worship Him with love.

Text 4

prema-bhakti-tattwa eitomare kahila bhai

ara durbasana parihari

shri-guru-prasade bhaiei saba bhajana pai

prema-bhakti sakhi anucari

O brother, the truth of loving devotional service has already been explained to you. O brother, I will leave all material desires behind and, by my guru's mercy I will perfectly worship Lord Krishna with pure love, and I will become His gopi-maidservant.

Text 5

sarthaka bhajana-pathasadhu-sanga abirata

smarana bhajana krishna-katha

prema-bhakti haya jaditabe haya manah shuddhi

tabe jaya hridayera byatha

Follow the path of sincere devotional service. Stay among the devotees. Remember Krishna and talk about Him. When loving devotion comes, your mind will become pure and all sufferings will flee from your heart.

Text 6

bishaya bipatti janasamsara swapana mana

nara-tanu bhajanera mula

anurage bhaja sadaprema-bhabe lila-katha

ara jata hridayera shula

Know that sense happiness is a calamity. Know that the material world is a dream. Know that this human life is the root from which devotional service may sprout. With love always worship Lord Krishna. With love always hear His pastimes. To do anything else is to plunge a spear in your own heart.

Text 7

radhika-carana-renubhushana kariya tanu

anayase pabe giridhari

radhika-caranashrayakare jei mahashaya

tanre muni jana balihari

If one decorates his body with the dust from Shrimati Radharani's lotus feet, then it will be very easy for him to attain Lord Giridhari. I congratulate such a great soul who takes shelter of Shrimati Radharani's lotus feet and I say to him; Well done! Bravo! Excellent!

Text 8

jaya jaya radha-namabrindabana yanra dhama

krishna-sukha-bilasera nidhi

hena radha-guna-ganana shunila mora kana

bancita karila more bidhi

Glory, glory to She who is named Radha, whose home is Vrindavana, and who is Lord Krishna's treasury of blissful pastimes! Alas, destiny has cheated me, for my ears have not heard Radha's glories.

Text 9

tanra bhakta-sange sadarasa-lila-prema-katha

je kare se paya ghanashyama

ihate bimukha jeitara kabhu siddhi nai

nahi jena shuni tara nama

A person who, in the company of the devotees, again and again hears the stories of the pure love in the rasa-dance pastimes will attain Lord Krishna, who is dark as a monsoon cloud. A person averse to hearing these pastimes will never attain perfection. I refuse to hear the name of such an offender.

Text 10

krishna-nama-gane bhairadhika-carana pai

radha-nama-gane krishnacandra

sankshepe kahila kathaghucaha manera byatha

duhkha-maya anya-katha-dwandwa

 O brother, by chanting Krishna's name I will attain Radha, and by chanting Radha's name I will attain Krishna. Now I have briefly told you how to chase all sufferings from your heart. What contradicts my words will bring only pain.

Text 11

ahankara abhimanaasat-sanga asaj-jnana

chadi' bhaja guru-pada-padma

kara atma-nibedanadeha-geha-parijana

guru-bakya parama mahattwa

Abandon false-ego, pride, company with materialists, and useless material knowledge, and worship the lotus feet of your spiritual master. Offer your home, friends, relatives, body and self to him. His words are supreme.

Text 12

shri-krishna-chaitanyadebanirabadhi tanre seba

prema-kalpa-taru-bara-data

shri-braja-raja-nandanaradhika-jibana-dhana

aparupa ei saba katha

Always serve Shri Krishna Chaitanyadeva, who is a kalpa-vriksha tree giving away the treasure of pure love. He is Lord Krishna Himself, the prince of Vraja and the life of Shrimati Radharani. Talk about Him is full of wonder.

Text 13

nabadwipe abatari'radha-bhabe angikari'

tanra kanti angera bhushana

tina bancha abhilashi'shaci-garbhe parakashi'

sange lana parishada-gana

Accepting the loving emotions of Shri Radha, and accepting Her bodily luster as the ornament of His limbs, Lord Krishna descended to Navadvipa. Desiring to attain three things, He appeared in Saci's womb. He attained His desires in the company of His devotees.

Text 14

gaura-hari-abatari'premera badara kari

sadhila manera tina kaja

radhikara prana-patikiba bhabe kande niti

iha bujhe bhakata-samaja

Appearing in a fair-complexioned form, He made a great monsoon of spiritual love. In this way He attained His three desires. Why did Lord Krishna, the master of Radha, cry again and again? Only the devotees can know.

Text 15

gopane sadhile siddhisadhana nabadha bhakti

prarthana kariba dainye sada

kari' hari-sankirtanasadai bibhola mana

ishta-labha binu saba badha

In private I will practice the nine kinds of devotional service and in this way I will attain perfection. I will always humbly pray for that. In public I will perform Hari-sankirtana, my heart overcome with love. Any activity that does not lead to My worshipable Lord is an obstacle.

Text 16

samsara batojarekama-phanse bandhi' mare

phukari' kahaye haridasa

karaha bhakata-sangaprema-katha-rasa-ranga

tabe habe bipada binasha

When arrested by the highwaymen of material illusion, bound about the neck with ropes of lust, and about to take his last breath, the devotee of Lord Hari calls out for the Lord's help and is saved. O devotees, call out in this way, glorifying the nectar topics of pure love for Krishna. Then the calamity of repeated birth and death will come to an end.

Text 17

stri-putra bandhaba jatamari' jabe shata shata

apanake hao sabadhana

muni se bishaye hatana bhajinu hari-pada

mora ara nahi paritrana

Hundreds and hundreds of women, children, and other relatives will someday die. Take care of yourself. I, who am very fallen, am already killed by sense gratification. I would not worship Lord Hari's feet. Now I have no protection.

Text 18

ramacandra kabirajasei sange mora kaja

tanra sanga binu saba shunya

jadi haya janma punahtanra sanga haya jena

abe haya narottama dhanya

I desire the association of Ramcandra Kaviraja. Without his company the entire world is a desert. If I must take birth again, I would feel myself fortunate to have his association.

Text 19

apana bhajana-kathana kahiba jatha tatha

ihate haio sabadhana

na kariha keha roshana laiha mora dosha

pranamaha bhaktera carana

I will not describe the specific devotional activities of each devotee. Perform your devotional service carefully. Don't become angry. Don't find fault with others. Offer obeisances to the devotees' feet.

Text 20

shri-gauranga prabhu more bolana je bani

taha kahi bhala manda kichui na jani

Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu has enabled me to write these words. Without His mercy I am simply a fool who cannot distinguish right from wrong.

Text 21

lokanatha prabhupada hride kari' asha

rema-bhakti-candrika kaya narottama dasa

In his heart aspiring to attain the mercy of Shrila Lokanatha Gosvami Prabhupada, Narottama dasa speaks this book, Shri Prema-bhakti-candrika (The Moonlight of Loving Devotion).