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Shri Radhikashtakam (1)

Shrila Rupa Gosvami

 

dishi dishi racayantim sancaran-netra-lakshmi-

vilasita-khuralibhih khanjaritasya khelam

hridaya-madhupa-mallim ballavadhisha-sunor

akhila-guna-gabhiram radhikam arcayami (1)

 

I worship that Shrimati Radhika, whose restless eyes, moving like flocks of khanjarita

birds (wagtails), playfully wander in all directions, constantly searching out Her prey,

Shri Krishna. Upon sighting Him, like an expert hunter She casts the arrows of Her

provocative, sidelong glances. She is the jasmine flower for the bumblebee Shri Krishna.

Just as the jasmine elates the bumblebee, She gives great joy to Shri Krishna’s heart,

completely making Him Hers. She is very mysterious with Her countless deep qualities.

 

pitur iha vrishabhanor anvavaya-prashastim

jagati kila samaste sushthu vistarayantim

vraja-nripati-kumaram khelayantim sakhibhih

surabhini nija-kunde radhikam arcayami (2)

 

I worship that Shrimati Radhika, who wonderfully increases the fame of Vrishabhanu

Maharaja’s dynasty here in Vraja and throughout the world by inducing the Prince

of Vraja to give up His royal behavior and openly sport in a carefree manner with Her

and all the sakhis in Her fragrant kunda.

 

sharad-upacita-raka-kaumudi-natha-kirtiprakara-

damana-diksha-dakshina-smera-vaktram

natad-aghabhid-apangottungitananga-rangam

kalita-ruci-tarangam radhikam arcayami (3)

 

I worship that Shrimati Radhika, whose smiling, blooming lotus face expertly belittles

the vast glory of the brilliant sharad full moon, the lord of the night-blooming kumud

lotus, and diminishes the beauty of all the other gopis; whose pure amorous desires

are aroused by Aghabhid Shri Krishna’s dancing sidelong glances; and who is endowed

with waves of beauty, grace and charm.

 

vividha-kusuma-vrindotphulla-dhammilla-dhati-

vighatita-mada-ghurnat keki-pincha-prashastim

madhuripu-mukha-bimbodgirna-tambula-ragasphurad-

amala-kapolam radhikam arcayami (4)

 

I worship that Shrimati Radhika, whose braided hair, beautifully adorned with clusters

of many varieties of fully blossomed flowers, forcibly attacks and reproaches the fame

of the tail-feathers of an intoxicated, dancing peacock; whose pure, unblemished

cheeks are reddish and very lustrous from the juice of the tambula remnants from

Madhuripu Shri Krishna’s bimba-fruit lips.

 

amalina-lalitantah sneha-siktantarangam

akhila-vidha-vishakha-sakhya-vikhyata-shilam

sphurad-aghabhid-anargha-prema-manikya-petim

dhrita-madhura-vinodam radhikam arcayami (5)

 

I worship that Shrimati Radhika, whose heart is always saturated with Lalita Sakhi’s

pure, unrestrained affection; whose sublime nature is made more famous due to

sharing intimate friendship with Vishakha Sakhi; who is a treasure-chest wherein She

conceals the glistening, priceless ruby of Aghabhid Shri Krishna’s prema; who bathes

and dresses in Her own beauty and sweetness (Her different bhavas for Shri Krishna).

 

atula-mahasi vrindaranya-rajye ’bhishiktam

nikhila-samaya-bhartuh kartikasyadhidevim

aparimita-mukunda-preyasi-vrinda-mukhyam

jagad-agha-hara-kirtim radhikam arcayami (6)

 

I worship that Shrimati Radhika, who is enthroned as the queen of the incomparable

festive and supreme abode, Shri Vrindavana; who is the presiding goddess of Karttika,

the king of months; who is the foremost of Shri Krishna’s innumerable beloveds; and

whose fame, which destroys sins, instills desire to serve Krishna.

 

hari-pada-nakha-koti-prishtha-paryanta-simata

tam api kalayantim prana-koter abhishtam

pramudita-madirakshi-vrinda-vaidagdhya-dikshagurum

ati-guru-kirtim radhikam arcayami (7)

 

I worship that Shrimati Radhika, who considers just the outermost extremity of the very

edge of the tips of Shri Krishna’s toes to be millions of times dearer than Her own life.

Indeed, Shri Krishna is Her very life and She knows nothing other than Him. Famous as

the supreme initiating guru for the joyful gopis, whose beautiful eyes are intoxicated

with prema, She instructs them in the arts of cleverly serving Krishna.

 

amala-kanaka-pattodghrishta-kashmira-gaurim

madhurima-laharibhih samparitam kishorim

hari-bhuja-parirabdham labdha-romanca-palim

sphurad-aruna-dukulam radhikam arcayami (8)

 

I worship that Shrimati Radhika, whose fair complexion resembles saffron which has

been ground upon a slab of pure gold; whose youthful pastimes are filled with endless

waves of sweetness; whose hairs stand on end in bliss upon being embraced by Shri

Krishna; whose dress is the colour of the rising sun.

 

tad-amala-madhurimnam kamam adhara-rupam

paripathati varishtham sushthu radhashtakam yah

ahima-kirana-putri-kula-kalyana-candrah

sphutam akhilam abhishtam tasya tushtas tanoti (9)

 

Those who lovingly and deeply recite this wonderful Radhikashtakam, which embodies

Shrimati Radhika’s pure sweetness, will please the moon of all auspiciousness, Shri

Krishnacandra, who is playing on the banks of the Yamuna with Shrimati Radhika. Krishna

Himself will cause the lotus flower of the desire to serve Shrimati Radhika to bloom

in their hearts. (This ashtaka is recited in the poetic meter known as “Malini.”)