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Shri Chaitanyashtakam

Shrila Rupa Gosvami

 

sadopasyah shriman dhrita-manuja-kayaih pranayitam

vahadbhir girvanair girisha-parameshthi-prabhritibhih

sva-bhaktebhyah shuddham nija-bhajana-mudram upadishan

sa chaitanyah kim me punar api drishor yasyati padam (1)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is perpetually worshipable for demigods such as Shiva and

Brahma who have assumed human form (as Advaita Acarya and Haridasa Thakura)

and who nurture great love for Him; He is supremely radiant; and He instructs His

devotees on the practice of pure bhajana. When will that Shri Chaitanya-deva again

become visible to me?

 

sureshanam durgam gatir atishayenopanishadam

muninam sarvasvam pranata-patalinam madhurima

viniryasah premno nikhila-pashu-palambuja-drisham

sa chaitanyah kim me punar api drishor yasyati padam (2)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is a fortress which constitutes the basis of fearlessness for

the demigods; He is the ultimate truth and goal as delineated by the Upanishads, the

wealth of the sages in both worlds, and the embodiment of sweetness for His devotees

who approach Him in the mood of servitude; He is the essence of that type of krishnaprema

which is possessed by the gopis of Vraja. When will that Shri Chaitanya-deva

again become visible to me?

 

svarupam vibhrano jagad-atulam advaita-dayitah

prapanna-shrivaso janita-paramananda-garima

harir dinoddhari gaja-pati-kripotseka-taralah

sa chaitanyah kim me punar api drishor yasyati padam (3)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu with the nectar of His mercy forever nourishes His eternal

associates such as Svarupa Damodara and Anupama (father of Jiva Gosvami); He is

very dear to Advaita Acarya and the object of Shrivasa Pandita’s surrender; He honoured

Paramananda Puri as His Guru; He is known as “Hari” because He steals away the

ignorance of material existence; He is the saviour of the fallen who are oppressed by

the threefold miseries; and He is always eager to shower Gajapati Prataparudra, the

king of Orissa, with streams of His mercy. When will that Shri Chaitanya-deva again

become visible to me?

 

rasoddama kamarbuda-madhura-dhamojjvala-tanur

yatinam uttamsas tarani-kara-vidyoti-vasanah

hiranyanam lakshmi-bharam abhibhavann angika-ruca

sa chaitanyah kim me punar api drishor yasyati padam (4)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is forever intoxicated in the happiness of relishing madhurarasa;

His captivating form is more splendrous than the sweet, enchanting radiance of

millions of Kamadevas; He is the crest-jewel of sannyasis; His cloth is the color of the

rays of the rising sun, and His bodily complexion defeats the splendor of molten gold.

When will that Shri Chaitanya-deva again become visible to me?

hare krishnety uccaih sphurita-rasano nama-gananakrita-

 

granthi-shreni-subhaga-kati-sutrojjvala-karah

vishalaksho dirghargala-yugala-khelancita-bhujah

sa chaitanyah kim me punar api drishor yasyati padam (5)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s tongue is always dancing by loudly calling out “Hare

Krishna!” (or the maha-mantra ecstatically dances of its own volition on the theatrical

stage of His tongue); He counts the names which He is calling out on the exquisite

strip of kaupina cloth from around His waist which has been tied with knots for

chanting; His eyes are so large that they seem to reach His ears; and His long arms

extend down to His knees. When will that Shri Chaitanya-deva again become visible

to me?

 

payorashes tire sphurad-upavanali-kalanaya

muhur vrindaranya-smarana-janita-prema-vivashah

kvacit krishnavritti-pracala-rasano bhakti-rasikah

sa chaitanyah kim me punar api drishor yasyati padam (6)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, upon seeing the wondrous gardens which line the shores of

the ocean at Jagannatha Puri, time and again becomes overwhelmed by the prema which

arises from remembering Vrindavana; He is the supreme rasika of prema-bhakti, and His

tongue thus sings the names of Krishna at every moment. When will that Shri Chaitanyadeva

again become visible to me?

 

ratharudhasyarad adhipadavi nilacala-pater

adabhra-premormi-sphurita-natanollasa-vivashah

sa-harsham gayadbhih parivrita-tanur vaishnava-janaih

sa chaitanyah kim me punar api drishor yasyati padam (7)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, surrounded on all sides by jubilant devotees performing namasan

kirtana and overwhelmed in great prema, dances before the cart of Jagannatha-deva.

When will that Shri Chaitanya-deva again become visible to me?

bhuvam sincann ashru-srutibhir abhitah sandra-pulakaih

 

paritango nipa-stabaka-nava-kinjalka-jayibhih

ghana-sveda-stoma-stimita-tanur utkirtana-sukhi

sa chaitanyah kim me punar api drishor yasyati padam (8)

 

Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu drenches the ground with the streams of tears falling from

His eyes; His limbs are decorated with horripilation which defeats the beauty of

clusters of kadamba blossoms; His entire body is moist with perspiration; and He is

blissful as He brazenly performs kirtana while standing with upraised arms. When

will that Shri Chaitanya-deva again become visible to me?

 

adhite gauranga-smarana-padavi-mangalataram

kriti yo vishrambha-sphurad-amala-dhir ashtakam idam

paranande sadyas tad-amala-padambhoja-yugale

parisphara tasya sphuratu nitaram prema-lahari (9)

 

That fortunate person of pure intelligence who remembers Shri Chaitanya-deva by

faithfully reciting this very auspicious ashtaka will instantly experience powerful

waves of prema for Mahaprabhu’s supremely blissful lotus feet arising within his

heart - this is the blessing of the author.