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Shri Shikshashtakam

Spoken by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu


ceto-darpana-marjanam bhava-mahadavagni-nirvapanam

shreyah-kairava-candrika-vitaranam vidyavadhu-jivanam

anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritasvadanam

sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate shri-krishna-sankirtanam (1)


Let there be supreme victory for the chanting of the holy name of Shri Krishna, which

cleanses the mirror of the heart and completely extinguishes the blazing forest fire

of material existence. Shri-krishna-sankirtana diffuses the soothing moon rays of bhava

which cause the white lotus of good fortune for the jivas to bloom. The holy name

is the life and soul of transcendental knowledge, since Vidya (divya Sarasvati-devi)

is Shri Nama Prabhu’s consort. It continuously increases the ocean of transcendental

bliss, enabling one to taste complete nectar at every step. The holy name thoroughly

bathes and cools the body, mind and soul.


namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-shaktis

tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah

etadrishi tava kripa bhagavan mamapi

durdaivam idrisham ihajani nanuragah (2)


O Bhagavan, Your holy name bestows all auspiciousness upon the living entities.

Therefore, for the benefit of the jivas, You eternally manifest Your innumerable names,

such as Rama, Narayana, Krishna, Mukunda, Madhava, Govinda, and Damodara. You

have invested those names with all the potencies of their respective forms. Out of

causeless mercy, You have not even imposed any restrictions on the chanting and

remembrance of such names. Nonetheless, I am so unfortunate due to committing

offenses that I have no attachment for Your holy name, which is so easily accessible

and bestows all good fortune.


trinad api sunicena taror api sahishnuna

amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih (3)


Thinking oneself to be even lower and more worthless than the insignificant grass

which is trampled beneath the feet of all, being more tolerant than a tree, accepting

no honor, but offering respect to all others according to their respective positions, one

should continuously chant the holy name of Shri Hari.


na dhanam na janam na sundarim

kavitam va jagadisha kamaye

mama janmani janmanishvare

bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi (4)


O Jagadisha, I do not desire wealth, followers such as wife, sons, friends and relatives,

nor mundane knowledge expressed in poetic language. My only desire, O Praneshvara,

is that in birth after birth I may have ahaituki-bhakti unto Your lotus feet.


ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram

patitam mam vishame bhavambudhau

kripaya tava pada-pankajasthita-

dhuli-sadrisham vicintaya (5)


O Nanda-nandana, please be merciful upon me, Your eternal servant, fallen in the

turbulent ocean of material existence as a result of my fruitive actions. Please consider

me as a particle of dust affixed to Your lotus feet and accept me forever as Your

indentured servant.


nayanam galad-ashru-dharaya

vadanam gadgada-ruddhaya gira

pulakair nicitam vapuh kada

tava nama-grahane bhavishyati (6)


O Lord, when will my eyes be filled with a stream of tears? When will my voice choke

up? And when will the hairs of my body stand erect in ecstacy as I chant Your holy



yugayitam nimeshena cakshusha pravrishayitam

shunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me (7)


O sakhi, in separation from Govinda, even a moment seems like a millenium. Tears

begin to shower from my eyes like rain from the clouds, and this entire world seems



ashlishya va pada-ratam pinashtu mam

adarshanan marma-hatam karotu va

yatha tatha va vidadhatu lampato

mat-prana-nathas tu sa eva naparah (8)


Let Krishna tightly embrace this maidservant who is attached to the service of His lotus

feet, and thus make Me His very own. Or let Him break My heart by not being present

before Me. He is a debauchee and can do whatever He likes. Even if He cavorts with

other lovers directly in front of Me, He is still my prananatha. I have no one other

than Him.