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Shri Sarvabhauma Shataka excerpts
Translated By His Holiness
Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada
From Shri Chaitanya Shataka by Shrila Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya (the incarnation of King Indra's guru Brihaspati in Gauranga's pastimes)
iyam rasagyaa tava naama kirtane
shrotrau mano me shravane 'nucintane
netre ca te rupa nirikshane sadaa
"O Lord Gauranga! O Shri Krishna Chaitanya! My tongue and my sense of taste is meant only for chanting and relishing Your Holy Name. My ears are simply meant for hearing Your trancendental Qualities. My mind is meant for constantly remembering Your Pastimes. My eyes are meant for continuously seeing Your beautiful divine Form and my head is solely meant for offering obeisances and prayers at Your lotus Feet."
yadi syaat vaishnave priti
na vai bhaagavato 'pi sau
"A person may have great attachment and respect for the Vaishnava devotees, and may always intensely engage or be absorbed in chanting of the Holy Names or sankirtana, still if he or she is neglectful of or ignorant of or averse to Lord Gaurangachandra and His holy Name, he or she is actually not an advanced devotee of the Lord."
karoti nityam yadi dharma-nishtah
tathaapi dhanyo na hi tattva-vettaa
gauranga-chandre vimukho yadi syaat
"Even if a person serves and worships with unalloyed (ananya) and undiverted mind the lotus Form or Deity of Lord Hari, or even if one is firmly established in the constant discharge of one's occupational duty, but if one is neglectful of or ignorant of or averse to Lord Gaurangachandra and His holy Name, then one can become neither glorious nor a knower of the truth."
samsaara-bandhaat kuru maam vimuktam
bhramaami tirthaan tava naama-gaanair
drishtvaa susaadhun hari-deva-rupaan
"O Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu, real friend of the forlorn and derelict! O supreme ocean of compassion and mercy! Please liberate and free me from the shackles of this material world without delay. I will constantly chant Your spotless pure holy Name and visit the holy places so that I may meet your genuine, staunch and saintly devotees who are as good as You and the demigods."