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Shri Cauragraganya-Purushashtakam

Shri Bilvamangala Thakura

 

vraje prasiddham navanita-cauram

gopangananam ca dukula-cauram

aneka-janmarjita-papa-cauram

cauragraganyam purusham namami (1)

 

I offer pranama to that foremost of thieves - who is famous in Vraja as the butterthief

and He who steals the gopis’ clothes, and who, for those who take shelter of Him,

steals the sins which have accrued over many lifetimes.

 

shri radhikaya hridayasya cauram

navambuda-shyamala-kanti-cauram

padashritanam ca samasta-cauram

cauragraganyam purusham namami (2)

 

I offer pranama to the foremost of thieves - who steals Shrimati Radhika’s heart, who

steals the dark luster of a fresh raincloud, and who steals all the sins and sufferings

of those who take shelter of His feet.

 

akincani-kritya padashritam yah

karoti bhikshum pathi geha-hinam

kenapy aho bhishana-caura idrig

drishtah-shruto va na jagat-traye ’pi (3)

 

He turns His surrendered devotees into paupers and wandering, homeless beggars -

aho! such a fearsome thief has never been seen or heard of in all the three worlds.

 

yadiya namapi haraty ashesham

giri-prasaran api papa-rashin

ashcarya-rupo nanu caura idrig

drishtah shruto va na maya kadapi (4)

 

Mere utterance of His name purges one of a mountain of sins - such an astonishingly

wonderful thief I have never seen or heard of anywhere!

 

dhanam ca manam ca tathendriyani

pranamsh ca hritva mama sarvam eva

palayase kutra dhrito ’dya caura

tvam bhakti-damnasi maya niruddhah (5)

 

O Thief! Having stolen my wealth, my honour, my senses, my life and my everything,

where can You run to? I have caught You with the rope of my devotion.

 

chinatsi ghoram yama-pasha-bandham

bhinatsi bhimam bhava-pasha-bandham

chinatsi sarvasya samasta-bandham

naivatmano bhakta-kritam tu bandham (6)

 

You cut the terrible noose of Yamaraja, You sever the dreadful noose of material

existence, and You slash everyone’s material bondage, but You are unable to cut the

knot fastened by Your own loving devotees.

 

man-manase tamasa-rashi-ghore

karagrihe duhkha-maye nibaddhah

labhasva he caura! hare! ciraya

sva-caurya-doshocitam eva dandam (7)

 

O stealer of my everything! O Thief! Today I have imprisoned You in the miserable

prison-house of my heart which is very fearful due to the terrible darkness of my

ignorance, and there for a very long time You will remain, receiving appropriate

punishment for Your crimes of thievery!

 

karagrihe vasa sada hridaye madiye

mad-bhakti-pasha-dridha-bandhana-nishcalah san

tvam krishna he! pralaya-koti-shatantare ’pi

sarvasva-caura! hridayan na hi mocayami (8)

 

O Krishna, thief of my everything! The noose of my devotion remaining forever tight,

You will continue to reside in the prison-house of my heart because I will not release

You for millions of aeons. (This ashtaka is recited in the poetic meter known as

“Upajati”.)