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Songs of Other Vaishnava Acaryas

 

Shri Radhika-stava

(from Stava-mala)

Shrila Rupa Gosvami

(refrain)

radhe jaya jaya madhava-dayite

gokula-taruni-mandala-mahite

(refrain) O Radha! O beloved of Madhava! O You who are worshiped by all the young girls of Gokula! All glories unto You! All glories unto You!

(1)

damodara-rati-vardhana-veshe

hari-nishkuta-vrinda-vipineshe

(2)

vrishabhanudadhi-nava-shashi-lekhe

lalita-sakhi guna-ramita-vishakhe

(3)

karunam kuru mayi karuna-bharite

sanaka-sanatana-varnita-carite

(1-3) 0 You who dress Yourself in such a way as to increase Lord Damodara’s love and attachment for You! O Queen of Vrindavana, which is the pleasure grove of Lord Hari! O new moon who has arisen from the ocean of King Vrishabhanu! O friend of Lalita! O You who make Vishakha loyal to You due to Your wonderful qualities of friendliness, kindness, and faithfulness to Krishna! O You who are filled with compassion! O You whose divine characteristics are described by the great sages Sanaka and Sanatana! O Radha, please be merciful to me!

Shri Dashavatara-stotra

(from Gita-govinda)

by Jayadeva Gosvami

(1)

pralaya-payodhi-jale dhritavan asi vedam

vihita-vahitra-caritram akhedam

keshava dhrita-mina-sharira jaya jagadisha hare

(1) 0 Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a fish! All glories to You! You easily acted as a boat in the form of a giant fish just to give protection to the Vedas, which had become immersed in the turbulent sea of devastation.

(2)

kshitir iha vipulatare tishthati tava prishthe

dharani-dharana-kina-cakra-garishthe

keshava dhrita-kurma-sharira jaya jagadisha hare

(2) 0 Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a tortoise! All glories to You! In this incarnation as a divine tortoise the great Mandara Mountain rests upon Your gigantic back as a pivot for churning the ocean of milk. From holding up the huge mountain a large scarlike depression is put in Your back, which has become most glorious.

(3)

vasati dashana-shikhare dharani tava lagna

shashini kalanka-kaleva nimagna

keshava dhrita-shukara-rupa jaya jagadisha hare

(3) 0 Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a boar! All glories to You! The earth, which had become immersed in the Garbhodaka Ocean at the bottom of the universe, sits fixed upon the tip of Your tusk like a spot upon the moon.

(4)

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-shringam

dalita-hiranyakashipu-tanu-bhringam

keshava dhrita-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisha hare

(4) 0 Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiranyakashipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.

(5)

chalayasi vikramane balim adbhuta-vamana

pada-nakha-nira-janita-jana-pavana

keshava dhrita-vamana-rupa jaya jagadisha hare

(5) 0 Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of a dwarf-brahmana! All glories to You! O wonderful dwarf, by Your massive steps You deceive King Bali, and by the Ganges water that has emanated from the nails of Your lotus feet, You deliver all living beings within this world.

(6)

kshatriya-rudhira-maye jagad-apagata-papam

snapayasi payasi shamita-bhava-tapam

keshava dhrita-bhrigupati-rupa jaya jagadisha hare

(6) 0 Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Bhrigupati [Parashurama]! All glories to You! At Kurukshetra You bathe the earth in the rivers of blood from the bodies of the demoniac kshatriyas that You have slain. The sins of the world are washed away by You, and because of You people are relieved from the blazing fire of material existence.

(7)

vitarasi dikshu rane dik-pati-kamaniyam

dasha-mukha-mauli-balim ramaniyam

keshava dhrita-rama-sharira jaya jagadisha hare

(7) 0 Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Ramacandra! All glories to You! In the battle of Lanka You destroy the ten-headed demon Ravana and distribute his heads as a delightful offering to the presiding deities of the ten directions, headed by Indra. This action was long desired by all of them, who were much harassed by this monster.

(8)

vahasi vapushi vishade vasanam jaladabham

hala-hati-bhiti-milita-yamunabham

keshava dhrita-haladhara-rupa jaya jagadisha hare

(8) 0 Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Balarama, the wielder of the plow! All glories to You! On Your brilliant white body You wear garments the color of a fresh blue rain cloud. These garments are colored like the beautiful dark hue of the River Yamuna, who feels great fear due to the striking of Your plowshare.

(9)

nindasi yajna-vidher ahaha shruti-jatam

sadaya-hridaya darshita-pashu-ghatam

keshava dhrita-buddha-sharira jaya jagadisha hare

(9) O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Buddha! All glories to You! O Buddha of compassionate heart, you decry the slaughtering of poor animals performed according to the rules of Vedic sacrifice.

(10)

mleccha-nivaha-nidhane kalayasi karavalam

dhumaketum iva kim api karalam

keshava dhrita-kalki-sharira jaya jagadisha hare

(10) O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of Kalki! All glories to You! You appear like a comet and carry a terrifying sword for bringing about the annihilation of the wicked barbarian men at the end of the Kali-yuga.

(11)

shri-jayedeva-kaver idam uditam udaram

shrinu sukha-dam shubha-dam bhava-saram

keshava dhrita-dasha-vidha-rupa jaya jagadisha hare

(11) O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed these ten different forms of incarnation! All glories to You! O readers, please hear this hymn of the poet Jayadeva, which is most excellent, an awarder of happiness, a bestower of auspiciousness, and is the best thing in this dark world.

(12)

vedan uddharate jaganti vahate bhu-golam udbibhrate

daityam darayate balim chalayate kshatra-kshayam kurvate

paulastyam jayate halam kalayate karunyam atanvate

mlecchan murchayate dashakriti-krite krishnaya tubhyam namah

(12) O Lord Krishna, I offer my obeisances unto You, who appear in the forms of these ten incarnations. In the form of Matsya You rescue the Vedas, and as Kurma You bear the Mandara Mountain on Your back. As Varaha You lift the earth with Your tusk, and in the form of Narasimha You tear open the chest of the daitya Hiranyakashipu. In the form of Vamana You trick the daitya king Bali by asking him for only three steps of land, and then You take away the whole universe from him by expanding Your steps. As Parashurama You slay all of the wicked kshatriyas, and as Ramacandra You conquer the rakshasa king Ravana. In the form of Balarama You carry a plow with which You subdue the wicked and draw toward You the River Yamuna. As Lord Buddha You show compassion toward all the living beings suffering in this world, and at the end of the Kali-yuga You appear as Kalki to bewilder the mlecchas [degraded low-class men].

Shri Guru-parampara

by Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada

(1)

krishna hoite catur-mukha, hoy krishna-sevonmukha,

brahma hoite naradera mati

narada hoite vyasa, madhwa kohe vyasa-dasa,

purnaprajna padmanabha gati

(1) In the beginning of creation the science of devotional service was received by the four-headed Brahma from the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna. Devarshi Narada’s understanding of this divine science was obtained from Brahma. The great sage Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa who was empowered to compile the Vedic literatures, became a disciple of Devarshi Narada. Shripada Madhvacarya, the founder of the shuddha-dvaita school of Vedanta-philosophy, who visited Vyasadeva at Badarikashrama in the thirteenth century to learn from him Vedanta philosophy, calls himself a servant of Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa. Purnaprajna Tirtha [Madhva] is the guru and sole refuge of Padmanabha Tirtha.

(2)

nrihari madhava-bamshe, akshobhya paramahamse,

shishya boli’ angikara kore

akshobhyera shishya jaya-tirtha name paricaya,

tara dasye jnanasindhu tore

(2) The two other principal disciples of Madhva are Nrihari Tirtha and Madhava Tirtha. Madhava Tirtha accepted the great paramahamsa Akshobhya Tirtha as a disciple. The principal disciple of Akshobhya Tirtha was known as Jayatirtha. Jayatirtha’s service was for his disciple Jnanasindhu.

(3)

taha hoite dayanidhi, tara dasa vidyanidhi,

rajendra hoilo taha ha’te

tahara kinkora jaya-dharma name paricaya,

parampara jano bhalo mate

(3) Dayanidhi received the science of devotional service from Jnanasindhu, and the servant of Dayanidhi was Vidyanidhi [Vidyadhiraja Tirtha]. Rajendra Tirtha became a disciple of Vidyadhiraja Tirtha. Rajendra Tirtha’s servant was known as Jayadharma or Vijayadhvaja Tirtha. In this way you should properly understand this disciplic succession.

(4)

jayadharma-dasye khyati, shri purushottama-jati,

ta ha’te brahmanya-tirtha suri

vyasatirtha tara dasa, lakshmipati vyasa-dasa,

taha ha’te madhavendra puri

(4) The great sannyasi Shri Purushottama Tirtha received his knowledge in the service of his guru, Vijayadhvaja Tirtha [Jayadharma]. The principal disciple of Purushottama Tirtha was Subrahmanya Tirtha. His servant was the great Vyasatirtha [Vyasa Raya]. Vyasatirtha’s servant was Lakshmipati Tirtha whose disciple was Madhavendra Puri Gosvami.

(5)

madhavendra puri-bara, shishya-bara shri-ishwara,

nityananda, shri-adwaita vibhu

ishwara-purike dhanya, korilen shri-chaitanya,

jagad-guru gaura mahaprabhu

(5) The chief disciple of Madhavendra Puri was Ishvara Puri, and two of his other disciples were the renowned incarnations of Godhead Shri Nityananda and Advaita Acarya. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the spiritual preceptor of all the worlds, made Ishvara Puri greatly fortunate by accepting him as His spiritual master.

(6)

mahaprabhu shri-chaitanya, radha-krishna nahe anya,

rupanuga janera jivana

vishwambhara priyankara, shri-swarupa damodara,

shri-goswami rupa-sanatana

(6) Mahaprabhu Shri Chaitanya is nondifferent from Shri Shri Radha and Krishna and is the very life of those Vaishnavas who follow Shri Rupa Gosvami. Shri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, Rupa Gosvami, and Sanatana Gosvami were the givers of great happiness to Vishvambhara [Shri Chaitanya].

(7)

rupa-priya mahajana, jiva, raghunatha hana,

tara priya kavi krishnadasa

krishnadasa-priya-bara, narottama seva-para,

jara pada vishwanatha-asha

(7) The great souls Jiva Gosvami and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami became very dear to Rupa Gosvami. Jiva Gosvami was a disciple of Rupa Gosvami, and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, a disciple of Advaita Acarya’s disciple Yadunandana Acarya, was accepted by Rupa and Sanatana as their third brother. Raghunatha dasa Gosvami’s beloved student was Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami. Krishnadasa Kaviraja was an intimate friend of Lokanatha Gosvami. They lived together in Vrindavana and always discussed the topics of Krishna with one another. Lokanatha Gosvami, a disciple of Gadadhara Pandita, had only one disciple, whose name was Narottama dasa. Narottama dasa was always engaged in the service of his guru, and he also engaged himself in the service of his guru’s intimate friend. Thus he became very dear to Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami. To serve the feet of Narottama dasa Thakura was the only desire of Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, who was the fourth acarya in disciplic succession from Narottama dasa.

(8)

vishwanatha-bhakta-satha, baladeva jagannatha,

tara priya shri-bhaktivinoda

maha-bhagavata-bara, shri-gaurakishora-bara,

hari-bhajanete ja’ra moda

(8) Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura was the shiksha-guru [instructing spiritual master of Baladeva Vidyabhushana, to whom he taught the precepts of Shrimad-Bhagavatam. Jagannatha dasa Babaji was a very prominent acarya after Shri Baladeva Vidyabhushana and was the beloved shiksha-guru of Shri Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s intimate friend and associate was the eminent maha-bhagavata Shri Gaurakishora dasa Babaji, whose sole joy was found in hari-bhajana.

(9)

i*  ihara paramahamsa, gaurangera nija-bamsha

tadera carane mama gati

ami seba-udasina, namete tridandi dina

shri-bhaktisiddhanta saraswati

(9) These great saintly Vaishnavas are all paramahamsas, or devotees of the highest order, and they are all part of Lord Gauranga’s own spiritual family. Their holy feet are my refuge. I have no real interest in devotional service, and I am a poor and lowly tridandi sannyasi named Shri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.

shri-varshabhanavi-bara, sada sevya-seva-para,

tahara dayita-dasa-nama

tara pradhan pracarako, shri-bhaktivedanta namo,

patita-janete doya-dhama

The renowned Shri Varshabhanavi-dayita dasa [the initiated name of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati] is always engaged in the service of his spiritual master, Shrila Gaurakishora dasa Babaji. His foremost disciple-preacher is Shri A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who has spread the message of Lord Chaitanya throughout the world and is thus a reservoir of mercy and compassion for all fallen souls.

 

Shri Shri Gaura-Nityanander Daya

The Mercy of Shri Gaura and Nityananda

(from Dhamali)

by Locana Dasa Thakura

(1)

parama koruna, pahu dui jana

nitai gauracandra

saba avatara-sara shiromani

kevala ananda-kanda

(1) The two Lords, Nitai-Gaurachandra, are very merciful. They are the essence of all incarnations. The specific significance of these incarnations is that They introduced a process of chanting and dancing that is simply joyful.

(2)

bhajo bhajo bhai, chaitanya nitai

sudridha bishwasa kori

vishaya chadiya, se rase majiya,

mukhe bolo hari hari

(2) My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda with firm conviction and faith. If one wants to be Krishna conscious by this process, one has to give up his engagement in sense gratification. One simply has to chant, "Hare Krishna! Hari Hari!" without any motive.

(3)

dekho ore bhai, tri-bhuvane nai,

emona doyala data

pashu pakhi jhure, pashana vidare,

shuni’ janra guna-gatha

(3) My dear brother, just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Chaitanya or Lord Nityananda. Their merciful qualities are so great that upon hearing them even birds and beasts cry and stones melt.

(4)

samsare majiya, rohili poriya,

se pade nahilo asha

apana karama, bhunjaye shamana,

kahoye locana-dasa

(4) But Locana dasa regrets that I am entrapped by sense gratification. Since I have no attraction for the lotus feet of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda, then Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, is punishing me by not allowing me to be attracted by this movement.

Purport

by His Divine Grace

A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

This is a song by Locana dasa Thakura. Pahu means "Lord," and dui jana means "two." Locana dasa Thakura declares that the two Lords, Nitai-Gaurachandra—Lord Nitai and Lord Chaitanya—are very merciful (parama koruna). Saba avatara-sara shiromani. Avatara means "incarnation," and saba means "all." They are the essence of all incarnations. The specific significance of these incarnations is that prosecuting Their way of self-realization is simply joyful (kevala ananda-kanda), for They introduced chanting and dancing. There are many incarnations, like Lord Rama and even Krishna, who taught Bhagavad-gita, which requires knowledge and understanding. But Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda introduced a process that is simply joyful—simply chant and dance. Therefore, Locana dasa requests everyone, bhajo bhajo bhai, chaitanya-nitai: "My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda with firm conviction and faith." Don’t think that this chanting and dancing will not lead to the desired goal. It will. It is the assurance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu that one will get all perfection by this process. Therefore one must chant with firm faith and conviction (bishwasa kori’).

But what is the process? The process is vishaya chariya, se rase majiya. If one wants to be Krishna conscious by this process, one has to give up his engagement in sense gratification. That is the only restriction. If one gives up sense gratification, it is sure that he will reach the desired goal. Mukhe bolo hari hari: one simply has to chant, "Hare Krishna! Hari Hari!" without any motive of sense gratification.

Dekho ore bhai, tri-bhuvane nai. Locana dasa Thakura says, "My dear brother, you just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Chaitanya or Lord Nityananda, because Their merciful qualities are so great that They make even birds and beasts cry, what to speak of human beings." Actually, when Lord Chaitanya passed through the forest known as Jharikhanda, the tigers, elephants, snakes, deer, and all other animals joined Him in chanting Hare Krishna: It is so nice that anyone can join. Even the animals can join, what to speak of human beings. Of course, it is not possible for ordinary men to induce animals to chant, but if Chaitanya Mahaprabhu could inspire animals to chant, at least we can encourage human beings to adopt this path of Hare Krishna mantra chanting. It is so nice that even the most stonehearted man will be melted. Pashana means "stone." It is so nice that even stone will melt.

But Locana dasa Thakura regrets that he is entrapped by sense gratification. He addresses himself, "My dear mind, you are entrapped in this sense gratification process, and you have no attraction for chanting Hare Krishna. Since you have no attraction for the lotus feet of Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityananda, what can I say? I can simply think of my misfortune. Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, is punishing me by not allowing me to be attracted by this movement."

Bhajahu Re Mana Shri Nanda-nandana

by Govinda Dasa Kaviraja

(1)

bhajahu re mana shri-nanda-nandana

abhaya-caranaravinda re

durlabha manava-janama sat-sange

taroho e bhava-sindhu re

(1) O mind, just worship the lotus feet of the son of Nanda, which make one fearless. Having obtained this rare human birth, cross over this ocean of wordly existence through the association of saintly persons.

(2)

shita atapa bata barishana

e dina jamini jagi re

biphale sevinu kripana durajana

capala sukha-laba lagi’ re

(2) My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda with firm conviction and faith. If one wants to be Krishna conscious by this process, one has to give up his engagement in sense gratification. One simply has to chant, "Hare Krishna! Hari Hari!" without any motive.

(3)

e dhana, yaubana, putra, parijana

ithe ki ache paratiti re

kamala-dala-jala, jivana talamala

bhajahu hari-pada niti re

(3) What assurance of real happiness is there in all of one’s wealth, youthfulness, sons, and family members? This life is tottering like a drop of water on a lotus petal; therefore you should always serve and worship the divine feet of Lord Hari.

(4)

shravana, kirtana, smarana, vandana,

pada-sevana, dasya re

pujana, sakhi-jana, atma-nivedana

govinda-dasa-abhilasha re

(4) It is the desire and great longing of Govinda Dasa to engage himself in the nine processes of bhakti, namely hearing the glories of Lord Hari and chanting those glories, constantly remembering Him and offering prayers to Him, serving the Lord’s lotus feet, serving the Supreme Lord as a servant, worshiping Him with flowers and incense and so forth, serving Him as a friend, and completely offering the Lord one’s very self.

Shri Damodarashtaka

(found in the Padma Purana of Krishna Dvaipayana Vyasa,

 spoken by Satyavrata Muni in a conversation with Narada Muni

 and Shaunaka Rishi)

 

"In the month of Kartika one should worship Lord Damodara and daily recite the prayer known as Damodarashtaka, which has been spoken by the sage Satyavrata and which attracts Lord Damodara. "

(Shri Hari-bhakti-vilasa 2.16.198)

(1)

namamishvaram sac-cid-ananda-rupam

lasat-kundalam gokule bhrajamanam

yashoda-bhiyolukhalad dhavamanam

paramrishtam atyantato drutya gopya

(1) To the Supreme Lord, whose form is the embodiment of eternal existence, knowledge, and bliss, whose shark-shaped earrings are swinging to and fro, who is beautifully shining in the divine realm of Gokula, who [due to the offense of breaking the pot of yogurt that His mother was churning into butter and then stealing the butter that was kept hanging from a swing] is quickly running from the wooden grinding mortar in fear of mother Yashoda, but who has been caught from behind by her who ran after Him with greater speed—to that Supreme Lord, Shri Damodara, I offer my humble obeisances.

(2)

rudantam muhur netra-yugmam mrijantam

karambhoja-yugmena satanka-netram

muhuh shvasa-kampa-trirekhanka-kantha-

sthita-graivam damodaram bhakti-baddham

(2) [Seeing the whipping stick in His mother’s hand,] He is crying and rubbing His eyes again and again with His two lotus hands. His eyes are filled with fear, and the necklace of pearls around His neck, which is marked with three lines like a conchshell, is shaking because of His quick breathing due to crying. To this Supreme Lord, Shri Damodara, whose belly is bound not with ropes but with His mother’s pure love, I offer my humble obeisances.

(3)

itidrik sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde

sva-ghosham nimajjantam akhyapayantam

tadiyeshita-jneshu bhaktair jitatvam

punah prematas tam shatavritti vande

(3) By such childhood pastimes as this He is drowning the inhabitants of Gokula in pools of ecstasy, and is revealing to those devotees who are absorbed in knowledge of His supreme majesty and opulence that He is only conquered by devotees whose pure love is imbued with intimacy and is free from all conceptions of awe and reverence. With great love I again offer my obeisances to Lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.

(4)

varam deva moksham na mokshavadhim va

na canyam vrine ’ham vareshad apiha

idam te vapur natha gopala-balam

sada me manasy avirastam kim anyaih

(4) 0 Lord, although You are able to give all kinds of benedictions, I do not pray to You for the boon of impersonal liberation, nor the highest liberation of eternal life in Vaikuntha, nor any other boon [which may be obtained by executing the nine processes of bhakti]. O Lord, I simply wish that this form of Yours as Bala Gopala in Vrindavana may ever be manifest in my heart, for what is the use to me of any other boon besides this?

(5)

idam te mukhambhojam atyanta-nilair

vritam kuntalaih snigdha-raktaish ca gopya

muhush cumbitam bimba-raktadharam me

manasy avirastam alam laksha-labhaih

(5) 0 Lord, Your lotus face, which is encircled by locks of soft black hair tinged with red, is kissed again and again by mother Yashoda, and Your lips are reddish like the bimba fruit. May this beautiful vision of Your lotus face be ever manifest in my heart. Thousands and thousands of other benedictions are of no use to me.

(6)

namo deva damodarananta vishno

prasida prabho duhkha-jalabdhi-magnam

kripa-drishti-vrishtyati-dinam batanu

grihanesha mam ajnam edhy akshi-drishyah

(6) 0 Supreme Godhead, I offer my obeisances unto You. O Damodara! O Ananta! O Vishnu! O master! O my Lord, be pleased upon me. By showering Your glance of mercy upon me, deliver this poor ignorant fool who is immersed in an ocean of worldly sorrows, and become visible to my eyes.

(7)

kuveratmajau baddha-murtyaiva yadvat

tvaya mocitau bhakti-bhajau kritau ca

tatha prema-bhaktim svakam me prayaccha

na mokshe graho me ‘sti damodareha

(7) 0 Lord Damodara, just as the two sons of Kuvera—Manigriva and Nalakuvara—were delivered from the curse of Narada and made into great devotees by You in Your form as a baby tied with rope to a wooden grinding mortar, in the same way, please give to me Your own prema-bhakti. I only long for this and have no desire for any kind of liberation.

(8)

namas te ’stu damne sphurad-dipti-dhamne

tvadiyodarayatha vishvasya dhamne

namo radhikayai tvadiya-priyayai

namo ’nanta-lilaya devaya tubhyam

(8) 0 Lord Damodara, I first of all offer my obeisances to the brilliantly effulgent rope which binds Your belly. I then offer my obeisances to Your belly, which is the abode of the entire universe. I humbly bow down to Your most beloved Shrimati Radharani, and I offer all obeisances to You, the Supreme Lord, who displays unlimited pastimes.

Shri Jagannathashtaka

(1)

kadacit kalindi-tata-vipina-sangitaka-ravo

mudabhiri-nari-vadana-kamalasvada-madhupah

rama-shambhu-brahmamara-pati-ganesharcita-pado

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

(1) Sometimes in great happiness Lord Jagannatha makes a loud concert with His flute in the groves on the banks of the Yamuna. He is like a bumblebee tasting the beautiful lotuslike faces of the cowherd damsels of Vraja, and great personalities such as Lakshmi, Shiva, Brahma, Indra, and Ganesha worship His lotus feet. May that Jagannatha Svami be the object of my vision.

(2)

bhuje savye venum shirasi shikhi-puccham kati-tate

dukulam netrante sahacara-kataksham vidadhate

sada shrimad-vrindavana-vasati-lila-paricayo

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

(2) In His left hand Lord Jagannatha holds a flute, on His head He wears peacock feathers, and on His hips He wears fine yellow silken cloth. From the corners of His eyes He bestows sidelong glances upon His loving devotees, and He always reveals Himself through His pastimes in His divine abode of Vrindavana. May that Jagannatha Svami be the object of my vision.

(3)

mahambhodhes tire kanaka-rucire nila-shikhare

vasan prasadantah sahaja-balabhadrena balina

subhadra-madhya-sthah sakala-sura-sevavasara-do

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

(3) On the shore of the great ocean, within a large palace atop the brilliant, golden Nilacala Hill, Lord Jagannatha resides with His powerful brother Balabhadra and His sister Subhadra, who sits between Them. May that Jagannatha Svami, who bestows the opportunity for devotional service upon all godly souls, be the object of my vision.

(4)

kripa-paravarah sajala-jalada-shreni-ruciro

rama-vani-ramah sphurad-amala-pankeruha-mukhah

surendrair aradhyah shruti-gana-shikha-gita-carito

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

(4) Lord Jagannatha is an ocean of mercy and as beautiful as a row of blackish rain clouds. He is the storehouse of bliss for Lakshmi and Sarasvati, and His face resembles a spotless fullblown lotus. The best of demigods and sages worship Him, and the Upanishads sing His glories. May that Jagannatha Svami be the object of my vision.

(5)

ratharudho gacchan pathi milita-bhudeva-patalaih

stuti-pradurbhavam prati-padam upakarnya sadayah

daya-sindhur bandhuh sakala jagatam sindhu-sutaya

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

(5) When Lord Jagannatha moves along the road on His Rathayatra car, at every step large assemblies of brahmanas loudly chant prayers and sing songs for His pleasure. Hearing their hymns, Lord Jagannatha becomes very favorably disposed toward them. He is the ocean of mercy and the true friend of all the worlds. May that Jagannatha Svami, along with His consort Lakshmi, who was born from the ocean of nectar, be the object of my vision.

(6)

para-brahmapidah kuvalaya-dalotphulla-nayano

nivasi niladrau nihita-carano 'nanta-shirasi

rasanando radha-sarasa-vapur-alingana-sukho

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

(6) Lord Jagannatha, whose eyes resemble full-blown lotus petals, is the ornament on Lord Brahma's head. He resides on Nilacala Hill with His lotus feet placed on the heads of Anantadeva. Overwhelmed by the mellows of love, He joyfully embraces Shrimati Radharani's body, which is like a cool pond. May that Jagannatha Svami be the object of my vision.

(7)

na vai yace rajyam na ca kanaka-manikya-vibhavam

na yace 'ham ramyam sakala jana-kamyam vara-vadhum

sada kale kale pramatha-patina gita-carito

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

(7) I do not pray for a kingdom? nor for gold, rubies, or wealth. I do not ask for a beautiful wife. as desired by all men. I simply pray that Jagannatha Svami, whose glories Lord Shiva always sings, may be the constant object of my vision.

(8)

hara tvam samsaram druta-taram asaram sura-pate

hara tvam papanam vitatim aparam yadava-pate

aho dine 'nathe nihita-carano nishcitam idarn

jagannathah svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

(8) 0 Lord of the demigods, please quickly remove this useless material existence I am undergoing. O Lord of the Yadus, please destroy this vast, shoreless ocean of sins. Alas, this is certain: Lord Jagannatha bestows His lotus feet upon those who feel themselves fallen and have no shelter in this world but Him. May that Jagannatha Svami be the object of my vision.

(9)

jagannathashtakam punyam yah pathet prayatah shucih

sarva-papa-vishuddhatma vishnu-lokam sa gacchati

(9) The self-retrained, virtuous soul who recites these eight verses glorifying Lord Jagannatha becomes cleansed of all sins and duly proceeds to Lord Vishnu's abode.

Shri Vraja-dhama-mahimamrita

The Nectarean Glories of Vraja-dhama

(1)

jaya radhe, jaya krishna, jaya vrindavan

shri govinda, gopinatha, madana-mohan

(1) All glories to Radha and Krishna and the divine forest of Vrindavana. All glories to the three presiding Deities of Vrindavana—Shri Govinda, Gopinatha, and Madana-mohana.

(2)

shyama-kunda, radha-kunda, giri-govardhan

kalindi jamuna jaya, jaya mahavan

(2) All glories to Shyama-kunda, Radha-kunda, Govardhana Hill, and the Yamuna River (Kalindi). All glories to the great forest known as Mahavana, where Krishna and Balarama displayed all of Their childhood pastimes.

(3)

keshi-ghata, bamshi-bata, dwadasha-kanan

jaha saba 1ila koilo shri-nanda-nandan

(3) All glories to Keshi-ghata, where Krishna killed the Keshi demon. All glories to the Vamshi-vata tree, where Krishna attracted all the gopis to come by playing His flute. Glories to all of the twelve forests of Vraja. At these places the son of Nanda, Shri Krishna, performed all of His pastimes.

(4)

shri-nanda-jashoda jaya, jaya gopa-gan

shridamadi jaya, jaya dhenu-vatsa-gan

(4) All glories to Krishna’s divine father and mother, Nanda and Yashoda. All glories to the cowherd boys, headed by Shridama, the older brother of Shrimati Radharani and Ananga Manjari. All glories to the cows and calves of Vraja.

(5)

jaya brishabhanu, jaya kirtida sundari

jaya paurnamasi, jaya abhira-nagari

(5) All glories to Radha’s divine father and mother, Vrishabhanu and the beautiful Kirtida. All glories to Paurnamasi, the mother of Sandipani Muni, grandmother of Madhumangala and Nandimukhi, and beloved disciple of Devarshi Narada. All glories to the young cowherd maidens of Vraja.

(6)

jaya jaya gopishwara vrindavana-majh

jaya jaya krishna-sakha batu dwija-raj

(6) All glories, all glories to Gopishvara Shiva, who resides in Vrindavana in order to protect the holy dhama. All glories, all glories to Krishna’s funny brahmana friend, Madhumangala.

(7)

jaya rama-ghata, jaya rohini-nandan

jaya jaya vrindavana-basi jata jan

(7) All glories to Rama-ghata, where Lord Balarama performed His rasa dance. All glories to Lord Balarama, the son of Rohini. All glories, all glories to all of the residents of Vrindavana.

(8)

jaya dwija-patni, jaya naga-kanya-gan

bhaktite jahara pailo govinda-caran

(8) All glories to the wives of the proud Vedic brahmanas. All glories to the wives of the Kaliya serpent. Through pure devotion they all obtained the lotus feet of Lord Govinda.

(9)

shri-rasa-mandala jaya, jaya radha-shyam

jaya jaya rasa-lila sarva-manoram

(9) All glories to the place where the rasa dance of Shri Krishna was performed. All glories to Radha and Shyama. All glories, all glories to the divine rasa dance, which is the most beautiful of all Lord Krishna’s pastimes.

(10)

jaya jayojjwala-rasa sarva-rasa-sar

parakiya-bhave jaha brajete pracar

(10) All glories, all glories to the mellow of conjugal love, which is the most excellent of all rasas and is propagated in Vraja by Shri Krishna in the form of the divine parakiya-bhava [paramour love].

(11)

shri-jahnava-pada-padma koriya smaran

dina krishna-dasa kohe nama-sankirtan

(11) Remembering the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda’s consort, Shri Jahnava Devi, this very fallen and lowly servant of Krishna sings the sankirtana of the holy name.

Jaya Radha-Krishna Giti

(1)

jaya radha-madhava radha-madhava radhe

(jayadever prana-dhana he)

(1) All glories to Radha and Madhava, the treasure of Jayadeva Gosvami’s heart!

(2)

jaya radha-madana-gopal radha-madana-gopal radhe

(sita-nather prana-dhana he)

(2) All glories to Radha and Madana-gopala, the treasure of Shri Advaita Acarya’s heart!

(3)

jaya radha-govinda radha-govinda radhe

(rupa goswamir prana-dhana he)

(3) All glories to Radha and Govinda, the treasure of Rupa Gosvami’s heart!

(4)

jaya radha-madana-mohan radha-madana-mohan radhe

(sanataner prana-dhana he)

(4) All glories to Radha and Madana-mohana, the treasure of Sanatana Gosvami’s heart!

(5)

jaya radha-gopinatha radha-gopinatha radhe

(madhu panditer prana-dhana he)

(5) All glories to Radha and Gopinatha, the treasure of Madhu Pandita’s heart!

(6)

jaya radha-damodara radha-damodara radhe

jiv goswamir prana-dhana he)

(6) All glories to Radha and Damodara, the treasure of Jiva Gosvami’s heart!

(7)

jaya radha-ramana radha-ramana radhe

(gopal bhatöer prana-dhana he)

(7) All glories to Radha-ramana, the treasure of Gopala Bhaööa Gosvami’s heart!

(8)

jaya radha-vinoda radha-vinoda radhe

(lokanather prana-dhana he)

(8) All glories to Radha-vinoda, the treasure of Lokanatha Gosvami’s heart!

(9)

jaya radha-gokulananda radha-gokulananda radhe

(vishwanather prana-dhana he)

(9) All glories to Radha and Gokulananda, the treasure of Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura’s heart!

(10)

jaya radha-giridhari radha-giridhari radhe

(das goswamir prana-dhana he)

(10) All glories to Radha and Giridhari, the treasure of Raghunatha dasa Gosvami’s heart!

(11)

jaya radha-shyamasundar radha-shyamasundar radhe

(shyamanander prana-dhana he)

(11) All glories to Radha and Shyamasundara, the treasure of Shyamananda Gosvami’s heart!

(12)

jaya radha-banka-bihari radha-banka-bihari radhe

(haridaser prana-dhana he)

(12) All glories to Radha and Banka-vihari, the treasure of Haridasa Svami’s heart!

(13)

jaya radha-kanta radha-kanta radhe

(vakreshwarer prana-dhana he)

(13) All glories to Radha-kanta, the treasure of Vakreshvara Pandita’s heart!

(14)

jaya gandharvika-giridhari gandharvika-giridhari radhe

(saraswatir prana-dhana he)

(14) All glories to Gandharvika and Giridhari, the treasure of Shri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura’s heart!

Nitai Guna Mani

Nityananda, the Jewel of Virtues

(from the Chaitanya-mangala, by Locana dasa Thakura)

(1)

nitai guna-mani amar nitai guna-mani

aniya premer vanya bhasailo avani

(1) My Lord Nityananda, the jewel of all virtues, my Lord Nityananda, the jewel of all virtues, has brought the flood of ecstatic love of God that has drowned the entire world.

(2)

premer vanya loiya nitai aila gauda-deshe

dubilo bhakata-gana dina hina bhase

(2) Bringing this overwhelming deluge of prema when He returned to Bengal from Jagannatha Puri on Lord Chaitanya’s order, Nitai has inundated the assembly of devotees. The fallen nondevotees did not drown, however, but remained floating on that ecstatic ocean.

(3)

dina hina patita pamara nahi bache

brahmar durlabha prema sabakare jace

(3) Lord Nityananda freely offered this exalted prema, which is difficult for Lord Brahma to attain, even to the fallen and wretched souls who did not desire it.

(4)

abaddha karuna-sindhu niöai kaöiya muhan

ghare ghare bule prema-amiyar ban

(4) The ocean of mercy had formerly been sealed tight, but Nitai cut a channel in its boundary to allow the great flooding waves of nectarean prema to splash from house to house.

(5)

locan bole mor nitai jeba na bhajilo

janiya shuniya sei atma-ghati hoilo

(5) Locana dasa says, “Whoever has not worshiped my Nitai or taken advantage of this excellent opportunity offered by Him knowingly commits suicide.”

Shri Tulasi-arati

by Candrashekhara Kavi

(1)

namo namah tulasi maharani,

vrinde maharani namo namah

namo re namo re meiya namo narayani

(1) O Tulasi Maharani! O Vrinda! O mother of devotion! O Narayani, I offer my obeisances to you again and again.

(2)

jako darashe, parashe agha-nasha-i

mahima beda-purane bakhani

(2) By seeing you or even by touching you, all sins are destroyed. Your glories are described in the Vedas and Puranas.

(3)

jako patra, manjari komala

shri-pati-carana-kamale lapaöani

dhanya tulasi meiya, purana tapa kiye,

shri-shalagrama-maha-paöarani

(3) Your leaves and soft manjaris are entwined at the lotus feet of Narayana, the Lord of Lakshmi. O blessed mother Tulasi, you performed successful austerities and have thus become the chief consort and queen of Shri Shalagrama-shila.

(4)

dhupa, dipa, naivedya, arati,

phulana kiye varakha varakhani

chappanna bhoga, chatrisha byanjana,

bina tulasi prabhu eka nahi mani

(4) You engladden and shower your rain of mercy upon one who offers you some incense, a ghee lamp, naivedya, and arati. The Lord does not care for even one of fifty-six varieties of cooked food or thirty-six different curries offered without tulasi leaves.

(5)

shiva-shuka-narada, aur brahmadiko,

dhurata phirata maha-muni jnani

candrasekhara meiya, tera jasha gaowe

bhakati-dana dijiye maharani

(5) Lord Shiva, Shukadeva Gosvami, Devarshi Narada, and all the jnanis and great munis, headed by Lord Brahma, are circumambulating you. O mother! O Maharani, Candrashekhara thus sings your glories. Please bestow upon him the gift of pure devotion.

Shri Tulasi-kirtana

(1)

namo namah tulasi krishna-preyasi namo namah

radha-krishna-seva pabo ei abilashi

(1) O Tulasi, beloved of Krishna, I bow before you again and again. My desire is to obtain the service of Shri Shri Radha and Krishna.

(2)

ye tomara sharana loy, tara vancha purna hoy

kripa kori’ koro tare vrindavana-vasi

(2) Whoever takes shelter of you has his wishes fulfilled. Bestowing your mercy on him, you make him a resident of Vrindavana.

(3)

mora ei abhilasha, vilasa kunje dio vasa

nayana heribo sada yugala-rupa-rashi

(3) My desire is that you will also give me a residence in the pleasure groves of Shri Vrindavana-dhama. Thus within my vision I will always behold the beautiful pastimes of Radha and Krishna.

(4)

ei nivedana dhara, sakhira anugata koro

seva-adhikara diye koro nija dasi

(4) I beg you to make me a follower of the cowherd damsels of Vraja. Please give me the privilege of devotional service and make me your own maidservant.

(5)

dina krishna-dase koy, ei yena mora hoy

shri-radha-govinda-preme sada yena bhasi

(5) This very fallen and lowly servant of Krishna prays, “May I always swim in the love of Shri Shri Radha and Govinda.”

Shri Tulasi Pranama

vrindayai tulasi-devyai

priyayai keshavasya ca

krishna-bhakti-prade devi

satya vatyai namo namah

vrindayai—unto Vrinda; tulasi-devyai—unto Tulasi Devi; priyayai— who is dear; keshavasya—to Lord Keshava; ca—and; krishna-bhakti— devotional service to Lord Krishna; prade—who bestows; devi—O goddess; satya-vatyai—unto Satyavati; namah namah—repeated obeisances.

I offer my repeated obeisances unto Vrinda, Shrimati Tulasi Devi, who is very dear to Lord Keshava. O goddess, you bestow devotional service to Krishna and you possess the highest truth.

Shri Tulasi Pradakshina Mantra

yani kani ca papani

brahma-hatyadikani ca

tani tani pranashyanti

pradakshinah pade pade

yani kani—whatever; ca—and; papani—sins; brahma-hatya—killing of a brahmana; adikani—and so on; ca—also; tani tani—all of them; pranashyanti—are destroyed; pradakshinah—(by) the circumambulation (of Tulasi Devi); pade pade—at every step.

By the circumambulation of Shrimati Tulasi Devi all the sins that one may have committed are destroyed at every step, even the sin of killing a brahmana.

Shri Nrisimha Pranama

namas te narasimhaya

prahladahlada-dayine

hiranyakashipor vakshah-

shila-öanka-nakhalaye

namah—obeisances; te—unto You; nara-simhaya—unto Lord Narasimha; prahlada—(to) Prahlada Maharaja; ahlada—(of) joy; dayine—the giver; hiranyakashipoh—of Hiranyakashipu; vakshah—chest; shila—(on) the stonelike; öanka—chisels; nakha-alaye—whose nails.

I offer my obeisances to Lord Narasimha who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and whose nails are like chisels on the stonelike chest of the demon Hiranyakashipu.

ito nrisimhah parato nrisimho

yato yato yami tato nrisimhah

bahir nrisimho hridaye nrisimho

nrisimham adim sharanam prapadye

itah—here; nrisimhah—Lord Nrisimha; paratah—there; nrisimhah—Lord Nrisimha; yatah yatah—wherever; yami—I go; tatah—there; nrisimhah—Lord Nrisimha; bahih—externally; nrisimhah—Lord Nrisimha; hridaye—in the heart; nrisimhah—Lord Nrisimha; nrisimham—to Lord Nrisimha; adim—the origin; sharanam—the supreme refuge; prapadye—I surrender.

Lord Nrisimha is here and also there. Wherever I go Lord Nrisimha is there. He is in the heart and is outside as well. I surrender to Lord Nrisimha, the origin of all things and the supreme refuge.

Prayer to Lord Nrisimha

by Jayadeva Gosvami

(from Shri Dashavatara-stotra)

tava kara-kamala-vare nakham adbhuta-shringam

dalita-hiranyakashipu-tanu-bhringam

keshava dhrita-narahari-rupa jaya jagadisha hare

O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the form of half-man, half-lion! All glories to You! Just as one can easily crush a wasp between one’s fingernails, so in the same way the body of the wasplike demon Hiranyakashipu has been ripped apart by the wonderful pointed nails on Your beautiful lotus hands.