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Shri Lalitashtakam

Shrila Rupa Gosvami

 

radha-mukunda-pada-sambhava-gharma-bindunirmanchanopakarani-

krita-deha-laksham

uttunga-sauhrida-vishesha-vashat pragalbham

devim gunaih sulalitam lalitam namami (1)

 

I offer pranama unto the haughty Shri Lalita-devi who is charmingly endowed with

many beautiful, sweet qualities (sulalita). She has natural expertise in all arts (lalita),

thus her seva self-manifests. She wipes away the glittering drops of perspiration which

appear upon the lotus feet of Shri Radha and Madhava when They meet; and she is

perpetually immersed in the most elevated mellow of sauhrida-rasa, or undivided

absorption in fulfilling the heart’s desire of her intimate friend Shrimati Radhika.

 

raka-sudha-kirana-mandala-kanti-dandivaktra-

shriyam cakita-caru-camuru-netram

radha-prasadhana-vidhana-kala-prasiddham

devim gunaih sulalitam lalitam namami (2)

 

I offer pranama unto Shri Lalita-devi whose beautiful face mocks the brilliance of the

full moon, whose eyes are ever-restless like those of a startled doe, who is famous for

her extraordinary expertise in the art of dressing Shrimati Radhika, and who is the

treasure-house of unlimited feminine qualities.

 

lasyollasad-bhujaga-shatru-patatra-citrapa

ttamshukabharana-kanculikancitangim

gorocana-ruci-vigarhana-gaurimanam

devim gunaih sulalitam lalitam namami (3)

 

I offer pranama unto Shri Lalita-devi whose body is adorned with a splendid sari as

brilliant as the multi-coloured tail-feathers of an ecstatically dancing peacock, whose

breast is covered with an exceedingly attractive blouse (kanculi), whose hair part is

decorated with shimmering red vermilion, and who wears various necklaces and other

jeweled ornaments. Her golden complexion defeats that of even gorocana [bright

golden pigment that comes when rain-water from svati-nakshatra hits the head of a

qualified cow] and she possesses innumerable good qualities.

 

dhurte vrajendra-tanaye tanu sushthu-vamyam

ma dakshina bhava kalankini laghavaya

radhe giram shrinu hitam iti shikshayantim

devim gunaih sulalitam lalitam namami (4)

 

I offer pranama unto Shri Lalita-devi, the charming treasure-house of all good qualities,

who instructs Shrimati Radhika in this way: “O Kalankini (unchaste one)! Radhe!

Listen to my good instructions which are favorable for you! Vrajendra-nandana is

very crafty (dhurta). Don’t display Your mood of gentle submission (dakshina bhava)

to Him; instead, in all circumstances be contrary.”

 

radham abhi vraja-pateh kritam atmajena

kutam manag api vilokya vilohitakshim

vag-bhangibhis tam acirena vilajjayantim

devim gunaih sulalitam lalitam namami (5)

 

I offer pranama unto the abode of all good qualities, the supremely charming Shri

Lalita-devi, who, upon hearing Shri Krishna speak even a few sly words to Shrimati

Radhika, immediately becomes furious and shames Krishna with her biting, sarcastic

remarks, “You are so truthful and simple-hearted, and such a chaste lover!”

 

vatsalya-vrinda-vasatim pashupala-rajnyah

sakhyanushikshana-kalasu gurum sakhinam

radha-balavaraja-jivita-nirvishesham

devim gunaih sulalitam lalitam namami (6)

 

I offer pranama unto the supremely charming Shri Lalita-devi, who possesses all

divine qualities; who is also the recipient of Yashoda-devi’s parental affection; the

guru of all the sakhis, instructing them in the art of friendship; and the very life of

both Shrimati Radhika and the younger brother of Baladeva.

 

yam kam api vraja-kule vrishabhanu-jayah

prekshya sva-paksha-padavim anurudhyamanam

sadyas tad-ishta-ghatanena kritarthayantim

devim gunaih sulalitam lalitam namami (7)

 

I offer pranama unto the supremely charming Shri Lalita-devi, the treasure-house of

all good qualities. Upon seeing any young maiden anywhere in Vraja and discerning

that she is inclined towards her priya-sakhi Shrimati Radhika, Lalita immediately tells

Radha that She must accept this person in Her own party (sva-paksha). Radha obeys

Lalita, who thus fulfills that maiden’s desires.

 

radha-vrajendra-suta-sangama-ranga-caryam

varyam vinishcitavatim akhilotsavebhyah

tam gokula-priya-sakhi-nikuramba-mukhyam

devim gunaih sulalitam lalitam namami (8)

 

I offer pranama unto Shri Lalita-devi, the embodiment of all divine virtues and the

foremost of all the favorite sakhis of Gokula. Her primary task is providing pleasure

for Shri Radha-Govinda by arranging Their meetings - this delightful seva surpasses

the enjoyment of all the best festivals combined together.

 

nandann amuni lalita-guna-lalitani

padyani yah pathati nirmala-drishtir ashtau

pritya vikarshati janam nija-vrinda-madhye

tam kirtida-pati-kulojjvala-kalpa-valli (9)

 

If a person with a cheerful and pure heart recites this ashtaka in praise of Lalita-devi,

he will be affectionately brought into Shrimati Radhika’s own group of sakhis. Lalitadevi

is superbly ornamented with beauty, grace and charm, and, along with Shrimati

Radhika, is the effulgent wish-fulfilling creeper (kalpa-valli) of Vrishabhanu Maharaja’s

family that winds around the kalpa-vriksha of Krishna.