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Shri Mahaprabhor astakam

Eight Prayers Glorifying Shri Mahaprabhu

 

1

svarupa bhavato bhavatv ayam iti smita-snigdhaya

giraiva raghunatham utpulika-gatram ullasayan

rahasy upadisan nija-pranaya-gudha-mudram svayam

virajatu ciraya me hrdi sa gauracandrah prabhuh

 

“Svarupa Damodara, he is yours.”  With these words affectionately marked with a smile and making Raghunatha dasa so happy the hairs of his body stood erect, Lord Gaurachandra gave a sign of His deep love in that secluded place.  May Lord Gaurachandra eternally shine in my heart.

 

2

svarupa mama hrd-vranam bata viveda rupah katham

lilekha yad ayam patha tvam api tala-patre ‘ksaram

iti pranaya-vellitam vidadhad asu rupantaram

virajatu ciraya me hrdi sa gauracandrah prabhuh

 

“Svarupa Damodara, how did Rupa Gosvami understand the wound in My heart?  Read this verse he wrote about it on this palm leaf.”  Speaking these words, the Lord made Rupa Gosvami’s heart tremble with ecstatic love.  May Lord Gaurachandra eternally shine in my heart.

 

3

svarupa parakiya-sat-pravara-vastunasecchatam

dadhaj jana iha tvaya paricito na vetiksayan

sanatanam uditya vismita-mukham maha-vismitam

virajatu ciraya me hrdi sa gaurancandrah prabhuh

 

“Svarupa Damodara, among these aspiring devotees you have not selected one worthy to explain the most exalted parakiya-rasa.”  With a glance the Lord then singled out the astonished Sanatana Gosvami.  May Lord Gaurachandra eternally shine in my heart.

 

4

svarupa hari-nama yaj jagad aghosayam tena kim

na vacayitum apy athasakam imam sivanandajam

iti sva-pada-lehanaih sisum acikarad yah kavim

virajatu ciraya me hrdi sa gauracandrah prabhuh

 

“Svarupa Damodara, I made the entire universe chant Lord Hari’s name.  Why can I not make this son of Sivananda Sena chant?”  By speaking these words the Lord transformed that child into a great poet.  May Lord Gaurachandra eternally shine in my heart.

 

5

svarupa rasa-ritir ambuja-drsam vraje bhanyatam

ghana-pranaya-mana-ja sruti-yugam mamotkanthyate

rama yad iha manini tad api lokayeti bruvan

virajatu ciraya me hrdi sa gauracadrah prabhuh

 

“Svarupa Damodara, let the lotus-eyed gopis describe the nectar stream that flows in Vraja.  My ears yearn for that stream, which is born from intense jealous love.  Here is the jealous goddess of fortune!  Look!”  Speaking in this way, may Lord Gaurachandra eternally shine in my heart.

 

6

svarupa rasa-mandiram bhavasi man-mudam aspadam

tvam atra purusottame vraja-bhuviva me vartase

iti sva-parirambhanaih pulakinam vyadhat tam ca yo

virajatu ciraya me hrdi sa gauracandrah prabhuh

 

“Svarupa Damodara, you are a temple of nectar!  You are the home of My happiness!  Here in Jagannatha Puri you are My Vraja!”  Speaking these words and embracing him, the Lord overwhelmed Svarupa Damodara, making the hairs of his body stand up in ecstasy.  May Lord Gaurachandra eternally shine in my heart.

 

7

svarupa kim apiksitam kva nu vibho nisi svapnatah

prabho kathaya kim nu tam nava-yuva varambhodharah

vyadhat kim ayam iksyate kim u na hity agat tam dasam

virajatu ciraya me hrdi sa gauracandrah prabhuh

 

“Svarupa Damodara, what did I see?”

“Where, my Lord?”

“In a dream at night.”

“Tell me, what was it, my Lord.”

“It was a youth that was a monsoon cloud.”

“What did He do?  Do You see Him now?”

“He has not left My sight.”

May Lord Gaurachandra eternally shine in my heart.

 

8

svarupa mama netrayoh purata eva krsno hasann

apaiti na kara-graham bata dadati ha kim sakhe

iti skhalati dhavati svasiti ghurnate yah sada

virajatu ciraya me hrdi sa gauracandrah prabhuh

 

“Svarupa Damodara, why does smiling Krishna not come before My eyes?  O Friend, why does He not extend His hand to Me?”  Again and again He runs, stumbles, sighs, and trembles.  May Lord Gaurachandra eternally shine in my heart.

 

9

svarupa-charitamritam kila mahaprabhor astakam

rahasyatamam adbhutam pathati yah krti praty-aham

svarupa-parivaratam nayati tam saci-nandano

ghana-pranaya-madhurim sva-padayoh samasvadayan

 

Lord Chaitanya makes a saintly devotee who daily reads these eight wonderful and confidential verses glorifying Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and filled with the nectar pastimes of the Lord with Svarupa Damodara Gosvami taste the sweetness of deep love for His lotus feet.  He makes him a personal associate of Svarupa Damodara.