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Shri Gandharva-Samprarthanashtakam

Shrila Rupa Gosvami

 

vrindavane viharator iha keli-kunje

matta-dvipa-pravara-kautuka-vibhramena

sandarshayasva yuvayor vadanaravindadvandva

dvandvam vidhehi mayi devi! kripam prasida (1)

 

 

O Devi Radhika! You and Shri Krishna are constantly enjoying Your ambrosial amorous

pastimes in the leafy pleasure-groves of Vrindavana, like the intoxicated king of elephants

sporting with his queen elephant. Therefore, O Gandharvika! Be pleased with me and

mercifully grant me darshana of Your and Your beloved Krishna’s lotus-like faces.

 

ha devi! kaku-bhara-gadgadayadya vaca

yace nipatya bhuvi dandavad udbhatartih

asya prasadam abudhasya janasya kritva

gandharvike! nija-gane gananam vidhehi (2)

 

O Devi Gandharvika! I am suffering greatly, and therefore today I throw myself on

the ground like a stick and humbly implore You with a choked voice to be merciful

to this fool and please count me as one of Your own.

 

shyame! rama-ramana-sundarata-varishthasaundarya-

mohita-samasta-jagaj-janasya

shyamasya vama-bhuja-baddha-tanum kadaham

tvam indira-virala-rupa-bharam bhajami? (3)

 

O Shyama! Your Master is even more charming than Narayana Bhagavan and His

beauty enchants the entire creation. You are always in His arm’s embrace on His left

side, and Your beauty can never be equalled, even by that of Lakshmi-devi. When will

I properly worship Your beauty?

 

tvam pracchadena mudira-cchavina pidhaya

manjira-mukta-caranam ca vidhaya devi!

kunje vrajendra-tanayena virajamane

naktam kada pramuditam abhisarayishye? (4)

 

O Devi Radhika! When will I become Your sakhi, and, pleasing You by dressing Your

transcendental form in a raincloud-colored sari and removing the anklets from Your

feet, lead You away to a gorgeous kunja for a nocturnal rendezvous with Shri Nandanandana?

 

kunje prasuna-kula-kalpita-keli-talpe

samvishtayor madhura-narma-vilasa-bhajoh

loka-trayabharanayosh caranambujani

samvahayishyati kada yuvayor jano ’yam? (5)

 

O Devi, within a kunja You and Shri Krishna lie on a bed of so many kinds of flowers

which is a playground for Your sweet amorous amusement. When will I receive the

opportunity to serve the lotus feet of You and Your beloved, who together are the very

adornment of the three worlds? Oh, when will such an auspicious day come?

 

tvat-kunda-rodhasi vilasa-parishramena

svedambu-cumbi-vadanamburuha-shriyau vam

vrindavaneshvari! kada taru-mula-bhajau

samvijayami camari-caya-camarena? (6)

 

O Vrindavaneshvari, after enjoying love-sports with Shri Krishna on the bank of Your

kunda, Your lotus faces brilliantly decorated with drops of perspiration, You will both

relax upon a jewelled simhasana beneath a desire tree. When You are in that condition,

when will I be able to soothe You by fanning You with a camara?

 

linam nikunja-kuhare bhavatim mukunde

citraiva sucitavati rucirakshi! naham

bhugnam bhruvam na racayeti mrisha-rusham tvam

agre vrajendra-tanayasya kada nu neshye? (7)

 

O beautiful-eyed Radhika, when You playfully hide in a secret place within a kunja

and Shri Krishna comes to know where You are hiding and approaches You, You will ask

me, “O Rupa-manjari, why did you show Krishna My hiding-place?” Then I will reply,

“No, no, I didn’t tell Him; it was Citra Sakhi. Therefore please do not frown at me.”

When will I speak these entreating words to You, while seeing You standing before

Krishna and accusing me? When will such a day come?

 

vag-yuddha-keli-kutuke vraja-raja-sunum

jitvonmadam adhika-darpa-vikasi-jalpam

phullabhir alibhir analpam udiryamanastotra

m kada nu bhavatim avalokayishye? (8)

 

When You defeat Shri Krishna in a playful war of words, You become immensely joyful

and boast of Your victory to Your girlfriends. Then the sakhis will express their delight

by exclaiming, “Jaya Radha! Jaya Radha!” Oh, when will I become fortunate enough

to participate in Your victory chorus?

 

yah ko ’pi sushthu vrishabhanu-kumarikayah

samprarthanashtakam idam pathati prapannah

sa preyasa saha sametya dhrita-pramoda

tatra prasada-laharim urari-karoti (9)

 

Any surrendered soul who with great faith recites these eight appeals to the daughter

of Vrishabhanu Maharaja will receive direct darshana of Her accompanied by Her

beloved Shri Krishna and feel the waves of Her happiness shower upon him. (This ashtaka

is recited in the poetic meter known as “Vasantatilaka.”)