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Shri Radhikashtakam (1)
Shrila Rupa Gosvami
dishi dishi racayantim sancaran-netra-lakshmi-
vilasita-khuralibhih khanjaritasya khelam
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
tam api kalayantim prana-koter abhishtam
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.
madhurima-laharibhih samparitam kishorim
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
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.”)