The Devotee's Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana, Part 8
BY: SUN STAFF
The Divine Couple of Braja
Jan 29, CANADA (SUN) Sadhaka-dehocita-Sri-brndabana-basa-lalasa (The Devotee's Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana), by Srila Narottama das Thakur, translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.
Siddha-dehena Sri-vrndavanaisvaryam saksad-vijnaptih
(The Author Prays to Attain a Spiritual body in
praneswari ei bara karuna kara more
dasanete trna dhari' anjali mastake kari'
ei-jana nibedana kare
This person places a straw between his teeth and his folded hands over his head. This person appeals to you. O queen of my life, please be merciful to me.
priya-sahacari-sange sebana kariba range
ange besa karibeka sadhe
rakha ei seba-kaje nija pada-pankaje
Please engage me in the service of Your lotus feet. Please place me among Your gopi--associates. In their company I shall serve You with great happiness. I shall dress You in nice garments, and serve You in various ways.
sugandhi candana manimaya abharana
kausika basana nana range
ei saba seba janra dasi jena hana tanra
anhuksana thaki tanra sange
I shall anoint You with aromatic sandalwood paste. I shall happily decorate You with various silken garments and jewelled ornaments. I shall always stay near You as Your maidservant.
jala subasita kari' ratana bhrngare bhari'
karpura-basita guya pana
e-saba sajaiya dala labanga malati-mala
bhaksya-dravya nana anupama
I shall bring You fragrant water in a jewelled pitcher, and betel-nuts mixed with camphor. I shall bring You a clove-twig, a garland of jasmine flowers, and various imcomparably palatable foods.
sakhira ingita habe e-saba aniya kabe
jogaiba lalitara kache
narottama dasa kaya ei jena mora haya
dandaiya bahu sakhira pache
When shall I carry out every order hinted or gestured by the gopis? When shall I attain the association of Lalita--devi? Narottama dasa says: I hope that by praying in this way I shall some day become eligible to follow behind the gopi-frineds of the Divine Couple.
aruna-kamala-dale sesa bichaiba
alaka-abrta-mukha- pankaja manohyara
When will I scatter red lotus petals before the charming youthful Divine Couple, whose lotus faces are nicely decorated with curling locks of hair, and who appear like a dark emerald accompanied by glittering gold?
praneswari kabe more habe krpa dithi
ajnaya aniya kabe bibidha phula-bara
sunaba racana dunhu mithi
O queen of my life, when will you place Your merciful glance upon me? When, directly hearing the orders of the Divine Couple, will I bring them various flowers and sweet candies?
mrgamada tilaka sa-sindura banayaba
ganthi malati-phula hara pahiraoba
When will I anoint the Divine Couple with tilaka markings made of musk and red sindura? When will I anoint Their bodies with sandalwood paste? When will I string a garland of jasmine flowers for Them, and then have to flee from the swarm of bumble-bees eager to claim the honey of those flowers?
lalita kabe more bijana deoyaba
bijana maruta mande
srama-jala sakala mitaba dunhu-kalebara
heraba parama anande
When, on Lalita's order, will I gently fan the Divine Couple, banishing the perspiration from Their transcendental bodies? When, will I see the Divine Couple, my heart filling with spiritual bliss?
narottama dasa asa pada-pankaja
ho-oyaba hena dina na dekhiye kona cihna
dunhu-jana heraba nayane
Narottama dasa hopes that some day he will be able to drink the sweet honey of the service of the lotus feet of the Divine Couple. Will that day ever be? I do not see any indication that I will become able to directly see the Divine Couple with my own eyes.
Sri Krsne Vijnaptih (Prayer to Sri Krsna)
prabhu he ei-bara karaha karuna
jugala-carana dekhi saphala kariba ankhi
ei mora manera kamana
The sight of the lotus feet of the Divine Couple will be the crowning success of my eyes. My heart and mind yearn to attain this sight. O Lord, please be merciful and grant this sight to me.
nija-pada-seba diba nahi more upekhiba
dunju pahu karuna-sagara
dunhu binu nahi janon ei bada bhagya manon
mui bada patita pamara
Please grant me the service of Your lotus feet. Do not neglect me, for You, my two Lords, are like two oceans filled with compassion. I know that You are full of all transcendental glory and opulence, and I do not know anyone except You. I am very fallen and sinful. Please be merciful to me.
lalita adesa pana carana sebiba yana
priya-sakhi sange haya mane
dunhu data-siromani ati dina more jani'
nikate carana dibe dane
By Your mercy I will attain the association of the gopis. By Your mercy I will become Lalita's maidservant, to be ordered about by her. By Your mercy I will attain the service of Your lotus feet. I know that You are both the two crest-jewels among all wealthy philanthropists, and You know that I am the poorest of the poor. Please, therefore, give me the charity of Your lotus feet.
paba radha-krsna-pa ghucibe manera gha
dure jabe e--saba biphala
narottama dase kaya ei bancha siddhi haya
deha prana sakala saphala
By Your mercy I will attain Your lotus feet. By Your mercy all the painful wounds in my mind will heal. By Your mercy my lack of success will go far away. Narottama dasa says: by Your mercy all my desires will be fulfilled, and this body and life will at last become fruitful.
aji rase badara nisi
preme bhasala saba brndabana-basi
Soon all the residents of Vrndavana will float in the nectar of pure love fror Radha and Krsna.
syama-ghana barikhaye prema-sudha-dhara
kore rangini radha bijuri-sancara
Sri Krsna is like a dark cloud which showers the nectar of pure love, and Srimati Radharani is like a movinglightning bolt sittting in the lap of that cloud.
preme pichala patha gamana bhela banka
mrgamada-candana-kunkume bhela panka
The path of love for Krsna is winding and crooked. It is slippery, and filled with mud mixed with kunkuma, sandalwood paste, and musk.
dig bidig nahi premera pathara
dubila narottama na jane santara
The great ocean of love of Krsna stretches without limit in all directions. Although Narottama dasa does not know how to swim across that ocean, he plunges headfirst into it.