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Shri Vrindavanashtakam

Shrila Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

 

na yoga-siddhir na mamastu moksho

vaikuntha-loke ’pi na parshadatvam

premapi na syad iti cet taram tu

mamastu vrindavana eva vasah (1)

 

I do not want to achieve mystic powers, impersonal liberation, residence in Vaikuntha

as an eternal associate of Narayana, nor do I want vaikuntha-prema. I only want to

live in Shri Vrindavana-dhama, because there I can easily attain the service of Shri

Radha-Krishna Yugala, especially the service of my most worshipable aradhya-devi

Shrimati Radhika.

 

tarnam janur yatra vidhir yayace

sad-bhakta-cudamanir uddhavo ’pi

vikshyaiva madhurya-dhuram tad asmin

mamastu vrindavana eva vasah (2)

 

Upon seeing the profuse sweetness of Shri Vrindavana, even Brahma, the spiritual master of

the entire universe, and Uddhava, the crown-jewel of exalted devotees, prayed to take birth

there as blades of grass. May Shri Vrindavana always be my residence.

 

kim te kritam hanta tapah kshititi

gopyo ’pi bhume stuvate sma kirtim

yenaiva krishnanghri-padankite ’smin

mamastu vrindavana eva vasah (3)

 

When Shri Krishna vanished from the rasa-lila, the gopis prayed (SB 10.30.10), “kim te

kritam kshiti tapo... - O Prithivi-devi! What unprecedented austerities did you perform

to receive the touch of Shri Krishna’s feet upon your surface in Vrindavana? Feeling

romanca (horripilation), your grasses are standing upright!” May I always reside in

Shri Vrindavana, which is marked with Krishna’s footprints.

 

gopangana-lampatataiva yatra

yasyam rasah purnatamatvam apa

yato raso vai sa iti shrutis tan

mamastu vrindavana eva vasah (4)

 

Vrindavana is that place where the loving attachment of the gopis is predominant, and

within that loving attachment, rasa reaches its pinnacle. The shrutis declare: “raso vai

sah - without question Rasika-shekhara Shri Nanda-nandana is the embodiment of

rasa.” For this reason I want to live in Shri Vrindavana.

 

bhandira-govardhana-rasa-pithais

tri-simake yojana-pancakena

mite vibhutvad amite ’pi casmin

mamastu vrindavana eva vasah (5)

 

Although Shri Vrindavana is limitless, due to the presence of Bhandiravata, Govardhana,

and the rasa-pitha (where rasa-lila took place), it is known to have three borders, and

to be five yojanas in diameter. May I always reside in Shri Vrindavana.

 

yatradhipatyam vrishabhanu-putrya

yenodayet prema-sukham jananam

yasmin mamasha balavatyato ’smin

mamastu vrindavana eva vasah (6)

 

May I always reside in Shri Vrindavana, who is supremely glorious with the daughter

of Vrishabhanu Maharaja as queen. It is my long-cherished hope to receive the mercy

of that Vrindavana, who bestows the happiness of bhagavata-prema upon her devotees.

 

yasmin maha-rasa-vilasa-lila

na prapa yam shrir api sa tapobhih

tatrollasan-manju-nikunja-punje

mamastu vrindavana eva vasah (7)

 

The renowned pastime of the rasa dance, which even Lakshmi-devi could not gain

entrance into although she performed varieties of penances, is enacted eternally in

Vrindavana, and even today is going on. Therefore may I always reside in Shri Vrindavana

and serve in her multitudes of splendid, enchanting pleasure-groves.

 

sada ruru-nyankumukha vishankam

khelanti kujanti pikalikirah

shikhandino yatra natanti tasmin

mamastu vrindavana eva vasah (8)

 

May I always reside in that Shri Vrindavana where varieties of deer (the black ruru, the

nyanku with branching horns) fearlessly play, where cuckoos, bumblebees, parrots and

many other kinds of birds sing, and where many types of peacocks dance.

 

vrindavanasyashtakam etad uccaih

pathanti ye nishcala-budhayas te

vrindavaneshanghri-saroja-sevam

sakshal labhante janusho ’nta eva (9)

 

Those with a fixed, sober mind who loudly recite this Vrindavanashtakam in a mood

of deep meditation will, at the end of this very life, attain the direct service of the

lotus feet of the king and queen of Shri Vrindavana, Shri Radha-Krishna. (This ashtaka is

recited in the poetic meter known as “Upajati.”)