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vande ’ham shri guroh shri-yuta-pada-kamalam shri gurun vaishnavamsh ca
shri rupam sagrajatam saha-gana-raghunathanvitam tam sa-jivam
sadvaitam savadhutam parijana-sahitam krishna-chaitanya-devam
shri-radha-krishna-padan saha-gana-lalita-shri-vishakhanvitamsh ca
I offer pranamas to the lotus feet of Shri Gurudeva (who includes shri diksa-guru and
bhajana-shiksha-guru), guru-varga (our entire disciplic succession) and all other
Vaishnavas, to Shri Rupa Gosvami, his elder brother Shri Sanatana Gosvami, Shri Raghunatha
Dasa Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami and their associates, to Shri Advaita Prabhu, Shri Nityananda
Prabhu, Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates, and to the lotus feet of
Shri Radha and Krishna accompanied by Shri Lalita and Vishakha and all the other sakhis.
Shri Guru pranama
om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-shalakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai shri gurave namah
O Gurudeva, you are so merciful. I offer my humble pranama to you and am praying
from the core of my heart that, with the torchlight of divine knowledge, you open my
eyes which have been blinded by the darkness of ignorance.
Shrila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami vandana
nama om vishnu-padaya radhikayai priyatmane
shri-shrimad-bhaktivedanta-narayana iti namine (1)
I offer pranama to om vishnupada Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, who
is very dear to Shrimati Radhika.
shri-krishna-lila-kathane sudaksham audarya-madhurya-gunaish ca yuktam
varam varenyam purusham mahantam narayanam tvam shirasa namami (2)
Shrila Narayana Maharaja is expert in describing krishna-lila. He is endowed with the
qualities of magnanimity and sweetness, and he is the best of the great souls. Because
he is always relishing Krishna’s sweetness, he is able to freely distribute that sweetness
to others. I bow down and place my head at his lotus feet.
tridandinam bhakta-shiromanim ca shri-krishna-padabja-dhritaika-hridi
chaitanya-lilamrita-sara-saram narayanam tvam satatam prapadye (3)
Tridandi-sannyasi Shrila Narayana Maharaja, the crown-jewel of devotees, always
keeps in his heart the lotus feet of Radha and Krishna, especially when Krishna serves
Shrimati Radhika. He deeply meditates on Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the internal
reasons for His descent. I bow down to the lotus feet of Shrila Narayana Maharaja, who
possesses innumerable transcendental qualities.
Shrila Bhaktivedanta Swami vandana
nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhutale
shrimate bhakti-vedanta-svamin iti namine
I offer pranama unto om vishnupada Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja, who
is very dear to Krishna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.
namas te sarasvate deve gaura-vani-pracarine
Our respectful obeisances unto you, O servant of Sarasvati Gosvami. You are kindly
preaching the message of Gaurasundara and delivering the Western countries which
are filled with impersonalism and voidism.
[If Shrila Prabhupada is your diksha guru, his pranama should be sung first.]
Shrila Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami pranama
nama om vishnu-padaya acarya-simha-rupine
shri-shrimad-bhakti-prajnana-keshava iti namine
atimartya-caritraya svashritanam ca paline
jiva-duhkhe sadartaya shri-nama-prema-dayine
I offer pranamas unto the most worshipable lion-like acarya, jagad-guru om vishnupada
ashtottara-shata Shri Shrimad Bhakti Prajnana Keshava Gosvami Maharaja, who nurtures
with extreme, divine affection as a parental guardian those who take shelter of him,
who is always genuinely unhappy to see the suffering jivas who have turned away
from Krishna, and who is bestowing upon them shri nama along with prema.
He is the manifestation of the receptacle of Mahaprabhu’s prema, the topmost preacher
of prema-bhakti in the line of Shrila Rupa Gosvami, and his name is Vinoda because he
is very skillful in giving pleasure (vinoda) to Vinodini Radhika and to Mahaprabhu.
Shrila Prabhupada vandana
nama om vishnu-padaya krishna-preshthaya bhutale
krishna-sambandha-vijnana-dayine prabhave namah
I offer pranama unto om vishnupada Shri Shrimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami
Thakura Prabhupada, who is very dear to Krishna, who is most beloved to Shri
Varshabhanavi-devi Radhika, who is an ocean of mercy and who is kindly bestowing
realization (sambandha-vijnana) of our eternal relationship with Shri Radha and
shri-gaura-karuna-shakti-vigrahaya namo ’stu te
Again and again I offer obeisances unto Shrila Sarasvati Thakura, who is the mercy
incarnate of Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu (who descended upon the earth to bestow
ujjvala-madhurya-rasa, full conjugal prema), and who is the embodiment of the line
of shri rupanuga-bhakti.
namas te gaura-vani-shri-murtaye dina-tarine
I offer obeisances unto Shrila Sarasvati Thakura, who is the embodiment of Shri Gauranga
Mahaprabhu’s teachings (vani). You deliver the fallen souls and you annihilate the
darkness arising from misconceptions (apasiddhanta) which are opposed (viruddha)
to the precepts enunciated by Shrila Rupa Gosvami.
Shrila Gaura-kishora vandana
namo gaura-kishoraya sakshad-vairagya murtaye
vipralambha-rasambhodhe! padambujaya te namah
I offer pranama unto the lotus feet of Shri Gaura-kishora, who is renunciation personified
and an ocean of vipralambha-rasa, always being absorbed in the mellow of divine
separation from Shri Radha and Krishna.
Shrila Bhaktivinoda vandana
namo bhaktivinodaya sac-cid-ananda-namine
gaura-shakti-svarupaya rupanuga-varaya te
I offer pranama unto Saccidananda Shri Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who is the foremost
of rupanugas and the embodiment (prakasha) of Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu’s shakti,
Shrila Jagannatha vandana
gauravirbhava-bhumes tvam nirdeshta sajjana-priyah
vaishnava-sarvabhauma shri jagannathaya te namah
I offer pranama unto the topmost Vaishnava, Shri Jagannatha dasa Babaji Maharaja,
who verified the appearance place of Shri Gaurasundara and who is so dear to all saintly
Shri Vaishnava vandana
vancha-kalpa-tarubyash ca kripa-sindhubhya eva ca
patitanam pavanebhyo vaishnavebhyo namo namah
I offer pranamas unto the Vaishnavas, who are just like wish-fulfilling desire trees, who
are an ocean of mercy, and who deliver the fallen, conditioned souls.
Shriman Mahaprabhu vandana
namo maha-vadanyaya krishna-prema-pradaya te
krishnaya krishna-chaitanya-namne gaura-tvishe namah
I offer pranama unto Shri Krisna-Chaitanya, who is Shri Krishna Himself. Having assumed
the golden hue of Shrimati Radhika, He is munificently bestowing krishna-prema, the
rarest of all gifts.
Shri Krishna pranama
he krishna! karuna-sindho! dina-bandho! jagat-pate!
gopesha! gopika-kanta! radha-kanta! namo ’stu te
I offer my unlimited pranamas unto You, O Krishna! You are the ocean of mercy, friend
of the fallen, Lord of creation, and master of the cowherd community! You are Gopi-
kanta, beloved of the gopis, and above all You are Radha-kanta, the beloved of
Shri Radha pranama
tapta-kancana-gaurangi! radhe! vrindavaneshvari!
vrishabhanu-sute! devi! pranamami hari-priye!
O Gaurangi, whose complexion is like molten gold! O Radhe! Queen of Vrindavana!
O daughter of Vrishabhanu Maharaja! O Devi! O dearmost of Hari! Pranamas unto You
again and again!
Shri Sambandhadhideva pranama
jayatam suratau pangor mama manda-mater gati
mat-sarvasva padambhojau radha-madana-mohanau
All glories to the all-merciful Shri Radha-Madana-mohana! Although I am lame,
foolish and devoid of intelligence, Your lotus feet are my refuge and my everything!
Shri Abhidheyadhideva pranama
preshthalibhih sevyamanau smarami
I meditate upon Shri Shri Radha-Govinda-deva, who are seated beneath a kalpa-vriksha
tree on an effulgent bejeweled simhasana in the supremely beautiful land of Vrindavana,
where They are always being served by Their beloved sakhis, headed by Lalita and
Shri Prayojanadhideva pranama
shriman rasa-rasarambhi vamshivata-tata-sthitah
karshan venu-svanair gopir gopinathah shriye ’stu nah
Shri Gopinatha, who originated the transcendental mellow of the rasa dance, always
stands beneath the Vamshi-vata tree, attracting all the kishori-gopis with the sound of
His flute, thereby showering me with auspiciousness.
Shri Tulasi pranama
vrindayai tulasi-devyai priyayai keshavasya ca
krishna-bhakti-prade devi! satyavatyai namo namah
I offer pranamas again and again to Tulasi-devi, who is most dear to Shri Krishna, and
who is also renowned as Vrinda-devi and Satyavati (the embodiment of pure truth).
O Devi, you are the bestower of krishna-bhakti!
Shri Panca-tattva pranama
panca-tattvatmakam krishnam bhakta-rupa-svarupakam
bhaktavataram bhaktakhyam namami bhakta-shaktikam
I offer pranama unto Shri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in His five features as bhaktar
upa (Mahaprabhu), bhakta-svarupa (Nityananda Prabhu), bhakta-avatara (Advaita
Acarya), bhakta (Shrivasa) and bhakta-shakti (Gadadhara Pandita).
Shri Panca-tattva mantra
shri krishna-chaitanya prabhu-nityananda
shri advaita gadadhara shrivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrinda
hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare
Shri Nama vandana
jayati jayati namananda-rupam murarer
katham api sakrid attam muktidam praninam yat
paramam amritam ekam jivanam bhushanam me (1)
(Shri Brihad-bhagavatamrita 1.9, Sanatana Gosvami)
All glories, all glories to the name of Krishna-Murari, the enemy of lust and the
embodiment of divine bliss! It halts the cycle of birth and death and relieves one of
all painful endeavors in practicing religion, meditation, charity, deity worship and
austerity. It awards liberation to one who utters it even once. Krishna-nama stands
alone as the supreme nectar and sole treasure of my life.
madhura-madhuram etan mangalam mangalanam
sakrid api parigitam shraddhaya helaya va
bhrigu-vara! nara-matram tarayet krishna-nama (2)
(Shri Hari-bhakti-vilasa 11.234)
Krishna-nama is the sweetest of the sweet and the most auspicious of all that is
auspicious. It is the fully-ripened fruit of the Veda’s flourishing creeper (Shrimad-
Bhagavatam) and the embodiment of knowledge, cit-shakti. O best of the Bhrigu
dynasty, even if someone chants the holy name only once, with faith or indifference
(hela), he is immediately delivered from this ocean of birth and death!
Shri Guru vandana
nama-shreshtham manum api shaci-putram atra svarupam
rupam tasyagrajam uru-purim mathurim goshthavatim
radha-kundam giri-varam aho! radhika-madhavasham
prapto yasya prathita-kripaya shri gurum tam nato ’smi (1)
(Shri Mukta-carita, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)
I am fully indebted to Shri Gurudeva, because he is giving me so many things. He is
giving me the holy name containing the highest form of thought, aspiration, and
ideal, and he is giving me the service of that great savior, the son of Mother Shaci, Shri
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is like a golden mountain indicating the way to krishnali
la. And Shri Gurudeva has brought me to Svarupa Damodara, who is Lalita-devi,
Shrimati Radhika’s closest friend. Then he has brought me to Shri Rupa, who was
ordered to distribute rasa-tattva, and then to Shri Sanatana Gosvami, who adjusts our
position in relation to raganuga-bhakti. Gurudeva has brought me to Mathura
Mandala, where Radha and Govinda have their pastimes, where the forests, hills, and
every creeper, shrub and grain of sand are uddipana (stimuli) to help me remember
Radha and Govinda. He has given me Radha-kunda and Giriraja Govardhana, and
aho! he has given me assurance of all these, so I bow my head with deep respect unto
his lotus feet.
(translation by Shrila B.R. Shridhara Maharaja)
namas te gurudevaya sarva-siddhi-pradayine
sarva-mangala-rupaya sarvananda-vidhayine (2)
I offer pranama unto Shrila Gurudeva, who is the embodiment of all auspiciousness
and who bestows all spiritual perfection and happiness.
yam pravrajantam anupetam apeta-krityam
dvaipayano viraha-katara ajuhava
putreti tan-mayataya taravo ’bhinedus
tam sarva-bhuta-hridayam munim anato ’smi (3)
I offer pranama to Shri Shukadeva Gosvami, who can enter the hearts of all living
beings. When he left home without undergoing the purificatory processes, such as
accepting the sacred thread, his father Vyasa cried out, "O my son!" As if they were
absorbed in that same feeling of separation, only the trees echoed in response to his
he shri guro jnanada dina-bandho svananda-datah karunaika-sindho
vrindavanasina hitavatara prasida radha-pranaya-pracara (1)
O Gurudeva, you bestow transcendental knowledge, you are the friend of the fallen,
you bestow the spiritual bliss which exists within your own heart, you are an ocean
of mercy, you are a resident of Vrindavana, you are the incarnation of auspiciousness,
and you preach about Shrimati Radhika’s love for Krishna. Please be merciful to me.
trayasva bho jagannatha guro samsara-vahnina
dagdham mam kala-dashtam ca tvam aham sharanam gatah (2)
O Gurudeva, master of this world! Seeing that material existence is like a blazing
forest fire which resembles the devouring teeth of Yamaraja, I take shelter of you and
appeal to you for deliverance.
Shri Guru-rupa-sakhi pranama
tam aham satatam vande guru-rupam param sakhim
I forever worship my Guru, who in his form as an exalted sakhi is happily immersed
in the company of Shrimati Radhika and the other sakhis.
Shrila Sanatana Gosvami vandana
apayayan mam anabhipsum andham
kripambudhir yah para-duhkha-duhkhi
sanatanam tam prabhum ashrayami
(Shri Vilapa-kusumanjali 6, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)
I was unwilling to drink the nectar of bhakti-rasa laced with renunciation, but Shrila
Sanatana Gosvami, being an ocean of mercy who cannot tolerate the sufferings of
others, induced me to drink it. Therefore, I take shelter of Shrila Sanatana Gosvami as
Shrila Rupa Gosvami vandana
shri-chaitanya-mano ’bhishtam sthapitam yena bhutale
svayam rupah kada mahyam dadati sva-padantikam (1)
(Shri Prema-bhakti-candrika, Narottama dasa Thakura)
When will Shri Rupa Gosvami give me the shelter of his lotus feet? Because he
understood the innermost desire of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, he was able to establish
His mission in this world and is very dear to the Lord.
adadanas trinam dantair idam yace punah punah
shrimad-rupa-padambhoja-dhulih syam janma-janmani (2)
(Shri Mukta-carita, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)
Clasping a straw between my teeth, I repeatedly beg to attain the dust of the lotus
feet of Shrimad Rupa Gosvami birth after birth.
Shriman Mahaprabhu vijnapti
anarpita-carim cirat karunayavatirnah kalau
samarpayitum unnatojjvala-rasam sva-bhakti-shriyam
harih purata-sundara-dyuti-kadamba sandipitah
sada hridaya-kandare sphuratu vah shaci-nandanah (1)
(Shri Vidagdha-madhava, Rupa Gosvami)
May that Lord, who is known as the son of Shrimati Shacidevi, be transcendentally
situated in the innermost chambers of your heart. Resplendent with the radiance of
molten gold, He has appeared in the age of Kali by His causeless mercy to bestow
what has not been given in a very long time - manjari-bhava, the service of Shrimati
Radhika as Her confidential maidservant.
samsara-duhkha-jaladhau patitasya kamakrodhadi-
chaitanya-candra mama dehi padavalambam (2)
(Chaitanya-candramritam, Prabodhananda Sarasvati)
O Chaitanya-candra, trapped in the evil net of material existence, I have fallen into
an ocean of misery where I am being devoured by the crocodiles and sharks of lust,
anger, greed, and so forth. Please give this destitute person, who is chained to wicked
desires, shelter at Your feet.
chaitanya-candra mama hrit-kumudam vikashya
hridyam vidhehi nija-cintana-bhringa-rangaih
kincaparadha-timiram nibidam vidhuya
padamritam sadaya payaya durgatam mam (3)
(Shri Stavavali, Abhishta-sucanam 11, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)
O Chaitanya-candra, I implore You to please make the lotus flower of my heart bloom
so that it will first attract and then enclose the bumblebee of remembrance of You.
O merciful Lord, my second request is that after destroying the dense darkness of my
offences, please make this miserable person drink the nectar of Your feet.
Shri Nityananda Prabhu pranama
garbhoda-shayi ca payobdhi-shayi
sheshash ca yasyamsha-kalah sa nityanandakhya-
ramah sharanam mamastu (1)
(Shri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami’s Diary)
Sankarshana, Shesha Naga and the Vishnus who lie on the Karana, Garbha, and Kshira
Oceans, are the plenary portions and portions of the plenary portions of Shri Nityananda
Rama. May He give me shelter.
nityananda namas tubhyam premananda-pradayine
kalau kalmasha-nashaya jahnava-pataye namah (2)
I offer pranama unto Shri Nityananda Prabhu who bestows the bliss of divine love,
who eliminates the filth of the age of Kali, and who is the master of Jahnava-devi.
Shri Gaura-Nityananda pranama
vishvambharau dvija-varau yuga-dharma-palau
vande jagat-priya-karau karunavatarau
(Shri Chaitanya-bhagavata, Vrindavana dasa Thakura)
I worship the incarnations of mercy, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Shri Nityananda
Prabhu, whose arms extend to Their knees, whose complexions are a resplendent
yellow and very enchanting like the hue of gold, who inaugurated the sankirtana
movement, whose eyes are large like lotus petals, who nourish the entire universe,
who appeared in the families of exalted brahmanas, who protect the yuga-dharma,
and who bestow the highest auspiciousness upon the residents of the material world.
Shri Krishna dhyana
barhapidabhiramam mriga-mada-tilakam kundalakranta-gandam
kanjaksham kambu-kantham smita-subhaga-mukham svadhare nyasta-venum
shyamam shantam tri-bhangam ravi-kara-vasanam bhushitam vaijayantya
vande vrindavana-stham yuvati-shata-vritam brahma gopala-vesham (1)
I worship that Parabrahma - whose crown is decorated with a peacock feather, whose
large forehead is marked with tilaka of musk and saffron candana, whose makarashaped
earrings cast a shadow upon His charming cheeks which themselves pulverize
the pride of sapphire, whose eyes resemble fully-blossomed lotus flowers, whose neck
tapers like a conchshell, whose lotus face is graced with a gentle smile, who holds
a flute to His bimba-fruit-like lips, whose bodily complexion is like that of a fresh
monsoon cloud, who is supremely peaceful, who stands in a delightful threefold
bending posture, whose yellow cloth is resplendent like the rays of the sun, who is
adorned with a vaijayanti flower garland, who is surrounded on all sides by thousands
of gopis, and who resides in Shridhama Vrindavana dressed as a cowherd boy.
kasturi-tilakam lalata-patale vakshah-sthale kaustubham
nasagre vara-mauktikam kara-tale venuh kare kankanam
sarvange hari-candanam sulalitam kanthe ca muktavali
gopa-stri-pariveshtito vijayate gopala-cudamanih (2)
His forehead is decorated with musk tilaka, upon His chest rests the Kaustubha jewel,
an exquisite pearl adorns the tip of His nose, His lotus hand holds the flute, bracelets
adorn His wrists, His entire form is anointed with candana, a necklace of pearls graces
His charming neck, and He is surrounded by cowherd maidens - all glories unto He
who is the crest-jewel of cowherd boys!
vamshi-nyastasya-candram smita-yutam atulam pita-vastram varenyam
kanjaksham sarva-daksham nava-ghana-sadrisham barha-cudam sharanyam
trai-bhangair bhangimangam vraja-yuvati-yutam dhvasta-keshyadi-shuram
vande shri nanda-sunum madhura-rasa-tanum dhurya-madhurya-puram (3)
I worship Shri Nanda-nandana, who holds a flute to His lips, whose gentle smile exudes
an incomparable brilliance, who is attired in excellent yellow cloth, whose eyes are
like lotuses, who is expert in all the arts, whose bodily complexion is like that of a
fresh monsoon cloud, whose head is adorned with a peacock-feather crown, who is
the shelter for those who are surrendered to Him, who stands in a delightful threefold
bending posture, who is surrounded by the youthful maidens of Vraja, who subdues
Keshi and other demons, who is the crest-jewel of infinite sweetnesses, and is the very
embodiment of madhurya-rasa.
phullendivara-kantim indu-vadanam barhavatamsa-priyam
shrivatsankam udara-kaustubha-dharam pitambaram sundaram
gopinam nayanotpalarcita-tanum go-gopa-sanghavritam
govindam kala-venu-vadana-param divyanga-bhusham bhaje (4)
I worship Govinda, whose complexion is the color of a blossoming blue lotus flower,
whose face is like the moon, who is fond of wearing a peacock feather in His crown,
whose chest bears the mark of Shrivatsa and is adorned with the Kaustubha gem, who
is attired in beautiful yellow garments, whose handsome form the gopis worship with
sidelong glances, whose companions are multitudes of cows and gopas, who plays
sweet melodies on the flute, and whose body is decorated with glittering ornaments.
Shri Krishna pranama
namo nalina-netraya venu-vadya-vinodine
radhadhara-sudha-pana-shaline vana-maline (1)
I offer pranama unto He whose eyes are like lotus flowers, who merrily plays the flute,
who is expert in drinking the nectar of Radhika’s lips, and who is adorned with a
garland of forest flowers.
krishnaya vasudevaya haraye paramatmane
pranata-klesha-nashaya govindaya namo namah (2)
Time and again I offer pranama unto Shri Krishna, who is the son of Vasudeva, and the
remover of His devotees’ material attachments.
Shri Radhika dhyana
amala-kamala-kantim nila-vastram sukeshim
shashadhara-sama-vaktram khanjanakshim manojnam
vraja-pati-suta-kantam radhikam ashraye ’ham (1)
(Shri Stava-mala, Rupa Gosvami)
I take shelter of Shrimati Radhika, whose complexion is like that of a spotless lotus
flower, who is attired in blue cloth, whose hair is very beautiful, whose face is like the
full moon, whose charming, restless eyes are like khanjarita birds (wagtails), upon
whose breasts rests a radiant pearl necklace, who is eternally youthful, and who is the
dearmost lover of the son of Nanda Maharaja.
bhajami radham aravinda-netram
smarami radham madhura-smitasyam
vadami radham karuna-bharardram
tato mamanyasti gatir na kapi (2)
(Shri Vishakhanandadabhidha-stotram 131, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)
I worship Radha who has lotus eyes, I remember Radha who has a sweet smile, and
I speak of Radha who is melted with compassion. There is nothing else for me. She
is my life and soul.
ha! devi kaku-bhara-gadgadayadya-vaca
yace nipatya bhuvi dandavad udbhatartih
asya prasadam abudhasya janasya kritva
gandharvike tava gane gananam vidhehi (1)
(Shri Gandharva-samprarthanashtakam 2, Rupa Gosvami)
O Devi Gandharvike! In utter desperation I throw myself on the ground like a stick
and with a choked voice humbly implore You to please be merciful to this fool and
count me as one of Your own.
radhe vrindavanadhishe karunamrita-vahini
kripaya nija-padabja-dasyam mahyam pradiyatam (2)
O Radhe, queen of Vrindavana, vessel of nectarean mercy! Please bestow upon me the
service of Your lotus feet.
yat-kinkarishu bahushah khalu kaku-vani
nityam parasya purushasya shikhanda-mauleh
tasyah kada rasa-nidher vrishabhanu-jayas
tat-keli-kunja-bhavanangana-marjani syam? (3)
(Shri Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi 8, Prabodhananda Sarasvati)
O daughter of Vrishabhanu Maharaja, O ocean of rasa! The Supreme Bhagavan, the
source of all avataras who wears a peacock feather in His hair, falls at the feet of Your
maidservants and propitiates them with many humble and griefstricken words to be
allowed entrance into Your kunja where You engage in playful, amorous pastimes.
If only I could become one stick in the broom used by Your sakhis to clean Your
delightful grove, I would consider my life a success.
Shri Yugala-kishora dhyana
smara nibhrita-nikunje radhika-krishnacandrau (1)
(Shri Nikunja-rahasya-stava 16, Rupa Gosvami)
O mind, exclusively meditate on Shrimati Radhika and Krishnacandra - Her bodily
complexion is like gold and His is like a fresh monsoon cloud; Her eyes are like blue
lotus flowers and His like red lotuses; Their foreheads are decorated with musk tilaka;
She wears a garland of malati flowers around Her neck and He of kunda flowers; and
They are wonderfully decorated in a charming and youthful fashion, She wearing a
blue dress and He a yellow garment - as They enjoy Their pastimes in the solitary
nikunjas of Vraja.
anga-shyamalima-cchatabhir abhito mandikritendivaram
jadyam jaguda-rocisham vidadhatam pattambarasya shriya
vrindaranya-nivasinam hridi lasad-damabhir amodaram
radha-skandha-niveshitojjvala-bhujam dhyayema damodaram (2)
(Shri Stava-mala, Radha-damodara-dhyana, Rupa Gosvami)
I meditate upon that Shri Damodara - whose dark bodily luster is millions of times
more beautiful than the blue lotus flower, whose brilliant yellow garments rebuke the
radiance of golden kunkuma, whose residence is Shri Vrindavana-dhama, whose chest
is beautified by a swinging vaijayanti garland, and whose splendorous left hand rests
upon the right shoulder of Shrimati Radhika.
Shri Navadvipa-dhama pranama
navadvipam vande nava-karuna-madyan nava-rucim
(Shri Navadvipa-shataka, Prabodhananda Sarasvati)
I worship Shri Navadvipa-dhama, where Krishna appeared in a golden form to bestow
that bhakti which had never been given before; where the newly arisen forest is made
more beautiful by the flowing Ganga with her gentle, cool breezes; where Shrimati
Radhika and Shri Hari appeared in a new, combined form to give that kirtana which
is saturated with rasa; and where an ever-fresh, new taste (of the original devotional
mellow, shringara-rasa) is mercifully bestowed.
Shri Vrindavana-dhama pranama
jayati jayati vrindaranyam etan murareh
ramayati sa sada gah palayan yatra gopih
svarita-madhura-venur vardhayan prema rase
(Shri Brihad-bhagavatamrita 1.5, Sanatana Gosvami)
All glories, all glories to Shri Vrindavana-dhama, where Shri Murari enjoys residing more
than He does in the hearts of sadhus or even in Vaikuntha, where He forever tends
cows, and where, by playing sweet melodies on the flute, He increases the gopis’
amorous love for Him.
Shri Paurnamasi-devi pranama
shri paurnamasim shirasa namami
I bow my head and offer pranama unto Shri Paurnamasi-devi, who is completely adept
at arranging the most elevated varieties of enjoyment for the master of Shrimati
Radhika; whose lotus feet are worshiped by the Vrajavasis; and who, due to possessing
the entirety of transcendental qualities starting with kindness, is worshipable to
everyone in the entire universe.
Shri Radha-kunda vandana
he shri sarovara sada tvayi sa mad-isha
prashthena sardham iha khelati kama-rangaih
tvam cet priyat priyam ativa tayor itimam
ha darshayadya kripaya mama jivitam tam
(Vilapa-kusumanjali 98, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)
O Radha-kunda, my mistress is engaging in very secret and beautiful playful pastimes
with Her darling Krishna in the kunjas on your banks. You are so near and dear to Them.
Therefore I am taking your shelter and praying for your mercy that you will show me
my Svamini, who is my very life and soul.
Shri Govardhana pranama
govardhano jayati shaila-kuladhirajo
yo gopikabhir udito hari-dasa-varyah
krishnena shakra-makha-bhanga-kritarcito yah
saptaham asya kara-padma-tale ’py avatsit (1)
(Shri Brihad-Bhagavatamrita 1.7, Sanatana Gosvami)
Glory to Govardhana Hill, the king of all mountains including Sumeru, who was
given the title hari-dasa-varyah, the best servant of Hari, by the gopis, who was
worshiped by Shri Krishna after He stopped the Vrajavasis’ sacrifice to Indra, and who
was held in Krishna’s lotus hand for seven days.
samsevyamanam harim atma-vrindakair
govardhanadrim shirasa namami (2)
(Shri Brihad-bhagavatamrita, Sanatana Gosvami)
I bow my head and offer pranama unto Giriraja Govardhana, who rested upon the
lotus hand of Acyuta for seven days, who is embellished with the humming of black
bees, and who expertly serves Hari and His dearest devotees by providing caves and
kunjas which supply an abundance of varieties of fruits, flowers, and roots for their
Shri Gopishvara-shiva pranama
vrindavanavani-pate! jaya soma! soma-maule
prema prayaccha nirupadhi namo namas te
(Shri Sankalpa-kalpadruma 103, Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura)
O gatekeeper of Vrindavana! O Soma, all glories to you! O you whose forehead is
decorated with the moon, and who is worshipable for the sages headed by Sanaka,
Sanandana, Sanatana and Narada! O Gopishvara! Desiring that you bestow upon me
prema for the lotus feet of Shri Shri Radha-Madhava, who perform joyous pastimes in
Vraja-dhama, I offer pranama unto you time and again.
Shri Yamuna pranama
cid-ananda-bhanoh sada nanda-sunoh
aghanam lavitri jagat-kshema-dhatri
pavitri-kriyan no vapur mitra-putri (1)
(Shri Padma Purana)
Yamuna-devi, the daughter of the Sun-god, is a reservoir of prema for Shri Nanda-sunu
(son of Nanda), the embodiment of spiritual bliss. Her liquid body is completely
transcendental, she forgives sins and offences, and bestows auspiciousness upon the
universe. May that Yamuna-devi purify me.
radha-mukunda-muditam yamunam namami (2)
(Shri Padma Purana)
I offer pranamas time and again unto Shri Yamuna-devi, whose lotus feet are served
by the purifying holy places headed by the Ganga, who is glorious due to possessing
devotion for Shri Krishna in the mood of madhurya-rasa, who is the ocean which
immerses everyone in the waters of nectarean devotional ecstasy, and who always
provides Shri Radha-Mukunda with great happiness.
Shri Vraja-vasi-vrinda pranama
muda yatra brahma trin-nikara-gulmadishu param
sada kankshan janmarpita-vividha-karmapy anudinam
kramad ye tatraiva vraja-bhuvi vasanti priya-jana
maya te te vandyah parama-vinayah punya-khacitah
(Shri Vraja-vilasa-stava 100, Raghunatha dasa Gosvami)
Although Brahma is always very busy carrying out his many weighty duties, including
creating the material universe, still he longs to take birth in Vrindavana as a blade of
grass, a shrub, or in any other species. With utmost humility I worship each of the dear
devotees who reside in that Vrindavana. They are all supremely worshipable and
Shri Nrisimha pranama
namas te narasimhaya prahladahlada-dayine
hiranyakashipor vakshah shila-tanka-nakhalaye (1)
I offer pranama unto Narasimha Bhagavan, who gives joy to Prahlada Maharaja and
whose nails are like chisels on the stone-like chest of the demon Hiranyakashipu.
vag-isha yasya vadane lakshmir yasya ca vakshasi
yasyaste hridaye samvit tam nrisimham aham bhaje (2)
In His mouth the goddess Shuddha-Sarasvati is always present, on His chest Lakshmi-
devi always sports, and within His heart special affection for His devotees is always
manifest - I worship that Nrisimhadeva.
ito nrisimhah parato nrisimho yato yato yami tato nrisimhah
bahir nrisimho hridaye nrisimho nrisimham adim sharanam prapadye (3)
Nrisimhadeva is here and also there. Wherever I go Nrisimhadeva is there. He is in the
heart and is outside as well. I surrender unto Nrisimhadeva, the origin of everything
and the supreme refuge.