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Shrila Rupa Gosvami
ayi mukta-kulair upasyamanam paritas tvam harinama! samshrayami (1)
O Harinama, I take complete shelter of You. The nails of Your lotus feet are worshiped
by the glowing radiance emanating from the necklace of jewels known as the Upanishads,
which themselves are the crown-jewel of all the shrutis. You are also worshiped by the
jaya namadheya! muni-vrinda-geya! jana-ranjanaya param aksharakrite!
tvam anadarad api manag udiritam nikhilogra-tapa-patalim vilumpasi (2)
O Harinama, who are sung by the sages! O You who have assumed the form of supreme
syllables to give great happiness to the devotees! All glories to You. May Your
supremacy always be manifest. If You are spoken only once, even disrespectfully or
in jest, You absolve all of one’s frightful sins at the root.
yad-abhaso ’py udyan kavalita-bhava-dhvanta-vibhavo
drisham tattvandhanam api dishati bhakti-pranayinim
janas tasyodattam jagati bhagavan-nama-tarane!
kriti te nirvaktum ka iha mahimanam prabhavati? (3)
O sun of Bhagavan-nama, what learned scholar in this world is competent to describe
Your unsurpassed glories? Even abhasa, the dim light of Your early dawn, swallows
up the darkness of ignorance which blinds the conditioned souls and enables them
to envision hari-bhakti.
yad-brahma-sakshat-kriti-nishthayapi vinasham ayati vina na bhogaih
apaiti nama! sphuranena tat te prarabdha-karmeti virauti vedah (4)
O Nama, the Vedas loudly declare that even without a devotee undergoing any
suffering, his prarabdha-karma, which cannot be eliminated even by resolute
meditation on impersonal Brahman, is at once mitigated by Your appearance on the
pranata-karuna-krishnav ity aneka-svarupe
tvayi mama ratir uccair vardhatam namadheya (5)
O Nama, may my love for You in Your many forms such as Agha-damana, Yashodanandana,
Nanda-suno, Kamala-nayana, Gopicandra, Vrindavanendra and Pranatakaruna,
vacyam vacakam ity udeti bhavato nama! svarupa-dvayam
purvasmat param eva hanta karunam tatrapi janimahe
yas tasmin vihitaparadha-nivahah prani samantad bhaved
asyenedam upasya so ’pi hi sadanandambudhau majjati (6)
O Nama, in the material world You manifest in two forms: as vacya, the Paramatma
inside the heart of each soul, and as vacaka, or the sound vibration of names such
as Krishna and Govinda. We know Your second form to be more merciful to us than the
first because by chanting, the second form is worshiped, and even those who have
committed offences to Your first form are plunged into an ocean of bliss.
nama! gokula-mahotsavaya te krishna! purna-vapushe namo namah (7)
O Krishna-nama, You destroy the sufferings of those who take shelter of You. You are
the playful embodiment of saccidananda, the great festival of Gokula, and are allpervading.
I offer pranama unto You time and again.
tvam krishna-nama! kamam, sphura me rasane rasena sada (8)
O life of Narada’s vina, O You who are like waves of essential nectar in the ocean of
sweetnesses! O Krishna-nama! By Your own volition, please always sweetly appear on