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Shrila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami
harir drishtva goshthe mukura-gatam atmanam atulam
sva-madhuryam radha-priyatara-sakhivaptum abhitah
aho gaude jatah prabhur apara-gauraika-tanu-bhak
shaci-sunuh kim me nayana-sharanim yasyati punah (1)
Shaci-sunu is that Shri Hari who, being enchanted upon beholding His own incomparable
beauty in a mirror, took birth in Gauda-desha to taste all of His own sweetness as only
His dear sakhi Shrimati Radhika could, and aho! He even adopted Shrimati Radhika’s
own golden complexion when He did so. When will that son of Shaci again grant me
puri-devasyantah pranaya-madhuna snana-madhuro
shaci-sunuh kim me nayana-sharanim yasyati punah (2)
Shaci-sunu was bathed by the honey of love which exists within Shri Ishvara Puri’s heart,
His lotus feet were expertly served by Govinda dasa, and His lovely face was constantly
worshiped by the unlimited lotus flowers of Svarupa Damodara’s very life. When will
the son of Shaci again be visible to me?
dadhanah kaupinam tad-upari bahir-vastram arunam
prakando hemadri dyutibhir abhitah sevita-tanuh
muda gayann uccair nija-madhura-namavalim asau
shaci-sunuh kim me nayana-sharanim yasyati punah (3)
Although He is Bhagavan Himself, He wore kaupinas and over them a saffron outer cloth
just to set an example for His devotees. Upon seeing the brilliant golden complexion
of His large body, Mount Sumeru abandoned its pride and worshiped that complexion
with all of its own majestic beauty. In the mood of a devotee and attired as a sannyasi,
He wandered about loudly singing His own names with great delight. When will the son
of Shaci again grant me His darshana?
anavedyam purvair api muni-ganair bhakti-nipunaih
shruter gudham premojjvala-rasa-phalam bhakti-latikam
kripalus tam gaude prabhur ati-kripabhih prakatayan
shaci-sunuh kim me nayana-sharanim yasyati punah (4)
Out of immeasurable mercy, in Bengal Mahaprabhu revealed and expanded the
creeper of bhakti, which bears the fruit of ujjvala-prema-rasa. The munis of previous
ages, although highly expert in the science of bhakti, could not attain a true
understanding of this creeper because the shrutis had kept it hidden like a priceless
jewel. When will the son of Shaci again grant me His darshana?
nijatve gaudiyan jagati parigrihya prabhur iman
hare-krishnety evam ganana-vidhina kirtayata bhoh
iti prayam shiksham janaka iva tebhyah paridishan
shaci-sunuh kim me nayana-sharanim yasyati punah (5)
Shaci-sunu, taking the residents of Bengal as His own, inspired them to chant Hare Krishna
a prescribed number of times daily and like a father gave them many cherished
instructions. When will the son of Shaci again become visible to me?
purah pashyan nilacala-patim uru-prema-nivahaih
ksharan netrambhobhih snapita-nija-dirghojjvala-tanuh
sada tishthan deshe pranayi-garuda-stambha-carame
shaci-sunuh kim me nayana-sharanim yasyati punah (6)
Shaci-sunu bathed His very beautiful, tall body with the streams of tears caused by His
immense prema as He stood behind His beloved Garuda-stambha receiving the darshana
of Jagannatha-deva. When will the son of Shaci again become visible to me?
muda dantair dashtva dyuti-vijita-bandhukam adharam
karam kritva vamam kati-nihitam anyam parilasan
samutthapya premnaganita-pulako nritya-kutuki
shaci-sunuh kim me nayana-sharanim yasyati punah (7)
Biting His lips which defeat the redness of the bandhuka flower, placing His left hand
on His hip, waving His right hand above His head, and with His innumerable bodily
hairs all standing on end due to His absorption in the emotions of Shrimati Radhika
as She felt separation from Krishna, He would dance with the greatest delight. When
will the son of Shaci again grant me His darshana?
sarit-tirarame viraha-vidhuro gokula-vidhor
nadim anyam kurvan nayana-jala-dhara-vitatibhih
muhur murccham gacchan mritakam iva vishvam viracayan
shaci-sunuh kim me nayana-sharanim yasyati punah (8)
In a garden on the banks of a river, Shaci-sunu shed so many tears while feeling
separation from the moon of Vraja, Shri Krishna, that He created a new river, and by
repeatedly falling unconscious He caused the whole world to also fall flat as if lifeless.
When will the son of Shaci again grant me His darshana?
shaci-sunor asyashtakam idam abhishtam viracayat
sada dainyodrekad ati-vishada-buddhih pathati yah
prakamam chaitanyah prabhur ati-kripavesha-vivashah
prithu premambhodhau prathita-rasade majjayati tam (9)
Whoever with incessant feelings of humility and pure heart recites this ashtaka which
describes Shri Shaci-sunu, who fulfills His devotees’ desires, will receive His mercy and
be plunged into the fathomless ocean of nectarean krishna-prema.