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Shri Krishna-Namashtakam

Shrila Rupa Gosvami

 

nikhila-shruti-mauli-ratna-mala-dyuti-nirajita-pada-pankajanta

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

liberated sages.

 

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

tongue.

 

agha-damana-yashoda-nandanau! nanda-suno!

kamala-nayana-gopi-candra-vrindavanendrah!

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,

always increase.

 

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.

 

suditashrita-janarti-rashaye ramya-cid-ghana-sukha-svarupine

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.

 

narada-vinojjivana! sudhormi-niryasa-madhuri-pura!

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

my tongue.