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Shrila Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura
vande guroh shri caranaravindam (1)
Just as a raincloud extinguishes a blazing forest fire by showering its rain upon it, Shri
Gurudeva, by his rain of divine mercy, delivers the people burning in the fire of material
existence, suffering the threefold miseries - adhyatmika, adhibhautika and adhidaivika.
I offer prayers unto the lotus feet of Shri Gurudeva, who manifests when Krishna’s mercy
becomes very thick and who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.
vande guroh shri caranaravindam (2)
Shri Gurudeva is inspired by Mahaprabhu’s sankirtana and is always dancing, singing,
and playing musical instruments. Because he is tasting Mahaprabhu’s prema-rasa in
his heart, like a madman he sometimes exhibits ecstatic symptoms - his hairs stand
on end, he shivers, and waves of tears flow from his eyes. I offer prayers unto Shri
Gurudeva’s lotus feet.
yuktasya bhaktamsh ca niyunjato ’pi
vande guroh shri caranaravindam (3)
Always worshiping Shri Vigraha and absorbed in shringara-rasa, Shri Gurudeva daily dresses
Them differently with beautiful clothes and ornaments designed to enhance Their meetings.
He cleans the temple and performs other services for Them. He also engages his disciples
in these services. I offer prayers unto the lotus feet of Shri Gurudeva.
kritvaiva triptim bhajatah sadaiva
vande guroh shri caranaravindam (4)
Shri Gurudeva is always satisfied to see Shri Krishna’s devotees relishing four kinds of
foodstuffs that have been offered, namely, those which are chewed, sucked, licked,
and drunk. Thus the devotees become satisfied by tasting maha-prasada. (That is,
by accepting prasada in the mood of service, material life is destroyed and the bliss
of divine love is awakened in the heart.) I offer prayers unto the lotus feet of Shri
vande guroh shri caranaravindam (5)
At every moment Shri Gurudeva is experiencing intense greed in his heart to taste the unlimitedsweetness of the holy names, forms, qualities, and pastimes of Shri Shri Radha-Madhava in Vrindavana. I offer my prayers unto the lotus feet of Shri Gurudeva.
ya yalibhir yuktir apekshaniya
vande guroh shri caranaravindam (6)
Shri Gurudeva is always present with the sakhis, planning the arrangements for the perfection
of yugala-kishora’s amorous pastimes (rati-keli) within the kunjas of Vrindavana. Because he
is so expert in making these tasteful arrangements for Their pleasure, he is very dear to Shri
Radha and Krishna. I offer prayers unto the lotus feet of Shri Gurudeva.
uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih
kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya
vande guroh shri caranaravindam (7)
All the scriptures proclaim Shri Gurudeva is sakshat hari, the direct potency of Shri Hari, and
is thus considered by saintly authorities to be His non-different representative. Because Shri
Gurudeva is so dear to the Lord, being His confidential servitor (acintya-bhedabhedaprakasha- vigraha, the inconceivable different and non-different worshipable manifestation of the Lord), I offer prayers unto his lotus feet.
yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto ’pi
dhyayam stuvams tasya yashas tri-sandhyam
vande guroh shri caranaravindam (8)
Only by the mercy of Shri Gurudeva can one receive the mercy of Krishna; without his grace
the living entities cannot make any advancement nor be delivered. Meditating three times
a day on the glories of Shri Gurudeva and reciting stava-stuti, I offer prayers unto his lotus
shrimad-guror ashtakam etad uccair
brahme muhurte pathati prayatnat
yas tena vrindavana-natha-sakshatsevaiva
labhya janusho ’nta eva (9)
That person who very attentively recites this ashtakam to Shri Gurudeva during the
brahma muhurta is sure to achieve direct service to the lotus feet of Shri Krishna, the
very life and soul of Vrindavana (vrindavana-natha), upon attaining his vastu-siddhi,
or pure spiritual form.