Sri Gadadhar-ashtaka

BY: SUN STAFF

Photo by Vrindavan Lila devi, Mayapur

Mar 19, CANADA (SUN) —


Eight Prayers Glorifying Gadadhara Prabhu

by Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami

Text 1

sva-bhakti-yoga-lasinam sada vraje viharinam
hari-priya-ganagragam sacisuta-priyesvaram
sa-radha-krishna-sevana-prakasakam mahasayam<
bhajamy aham gadadharam supanditam gurum prabhum

I worship the greatly learned and exalted spiritual master, Gadadhara Prabhu, who appears very splendid, engaged in the Lord's devotional service. He always performs pastimes in Vraja, where he is very prominent among the gopis, who are very dear to Lord Hari. Lord Caitanya, the Son of Saci is the dear Lord of Gadadhara Prabhu, who is preaching the service of Radha and Krishna.

Text 2

navojjvaladi- bhavana-vidhana-karma-paragam
vicitra-gaura-bhakti-sindhu-ranga-bhanga-lasinam
suraga-marga-darsakam vrajadi-vasa-dayakam
bhajamy aham gadadharam supanditam gurum prabhum

I worship the greatly learned spiritual master, Gadadhara Prabhu. He is expertly absorbed in meditation on the nine rasas of devotional service, beginning with ujjvala-rasa (conjugal love), and he dances in the waves of the amazing ocean of devotional service to Lord Caitanya. He preaches the path of raganuga-bhakti (spontaneous devotional service), and He is a fit person to attain residence in the transcendental land of Vraja.

Text 3

sacisutanghri-sara-bhakta-vrinda-vandya-gauravam
gaura-bhava-citta-padma-madhya-krishna-vallabham
mukunda-gaura-rupinam svabhava-dharma-dayakam

bhajamy aham gadadharam supanditam gurum prabhum

I worship the greatly learned spiritual master, Gadadhara Prabhu. The best of those who are devoted to the lotus feet ofLord Caitanya, the Son of Saci-devi, offer respectful obeisances to him and treat him with great importance, and he is very dear to Lord Krishna, Who is seated in the middle of the lotus flower which is his heart, assuming His golden form of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He preaches that Lord Mukunda has assumed the golden form of Lord Caitanya, and he returns the living entities to their constitutional position as servants of the Lord.

Text 4

nikunja-sevanadika-prakasanaika-karanam
sada sakhi-rati-pradam maha-rasa-svarupa/kam
sadasritanghri-pankajam sariiri-sad-gurum varam
bhajamy aham gadadharam supanditam gurum prabhum

I worship the greatly learned and exalted spiritual master, Gadadhara Prabhu. It is only because of him that the truth of the exalted devotional service performed by the intimate associates of Krishna in the forests and groves of Vrindavana has been revealed. He is preaching the ecstatic love attained by the gopis, and he is indeed a personification of the mellows of devotional service. The saintly devotees take shelter of his lotus feet, and he teaches the truth of spiritual life to the living entities.

Text 5

mahaprabhor maha-rasa-prakasanankuram priyam
sada maha-rasankura-prakasanadi-vasanam
mahaprabhor vrajanganadi-bhava-moda-karakam
bhajamy aham gadadharam supanditam gurum prabhum

I worship the greatly learned spiritual master, Gadadhara Prabhu. He is very dear to Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and it is as if he had sprouted from the manifestation of the Lord's ecstatic love. He is always adorned with the garments of ecstatic love of Godhead, and He delights Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu by arousing in the Lord the ecstatic emotional love experienced by the gopis of Vraja.

Text 6

dvijendra-vrinda-vandya-pada-yugma-bhakti-vardhakam
nijesu radhikatmata-vapuh-prakasanagraham
asesa-bhakti-sastra-sikshayojjvalamrita-prabam
bhajamy aham gadadharam supanditam gurum prabhum

Prabhu, who expands the mellows of devotional service and Whose lotus feet are worshipped by the kings of the brahmanas. Among his confidential associates, he reveals his actual form As Srimati Radharani. He distributes the nectar of the ecstatic mellow of the gopis conjugal love, strictly following the instructions of all the devotional scriptures.

Text 7

muda nija-priyadika-svapada-padma-sindhubhir
maha-rasarnavamrita-pradeshta-gaura-bhaktidam
sadasht/-sattvikanvitam nijeshta-bhakti-dayakam
bhajamy aham gadadharam supanditam gurum prabhum

I worship the greatly learned spiritual master, Gadadhara Prabhu. With delight he is giving the devotional service of Lord Caitanya which reveals the nectarean ocean of the most exalted mellows of devotional service, along with the nectar flowing from the lotus feet of the gopis, headed by Srimati Radharani, who is most dear to Krishna. Gadadhara Prabhu is decorated with the eight transcendental ecstatic symptoms of sattvika-bhava, and he is distributing devotional service to his worshipable Lord Krishna.

Text 8

yadiya-riti-raga-ranga-bhanga-digdha-manaso
naro 'api yati turnam eva narya-bhava-bhajanam
tam ujjvalakta-cittam etu citta-matta-satpado
bhajamy aham gadadharam supanditam guram prabhum

Gadadhara Prabhu. Even a conditioned soul, whose mind becomes anointed by the colorful waves of spontaneous devotional service as delineated by Gadadhara Prabhu, quickly attains the highest level of devotional service. He becomes like a maddened bumble- bee whose mind is anointed with the mellow of ujjvala- rasa (conjugal love).

Text 9

maha-rasamrita-pradam sada gadadharastakam
pathet tu yah subhaktito vrajangana-ganotsavam
saci-tanuja-pada-padma-bhakti-ratna-yogyatam
labheta radhika-gadadharanghri-padma-sevaya

These eight verses glorifying Gadadhara Prabhu distribute the nectar of the most exalted mellow of devotional service, and they are like a festival for the gopis of Vraja. If one regularly reads these verses and serves the lotus feet of Gadadhara Prabhu, who is an incarnation of Srimati Radharani, then he will become qualified to attain the jewel of pure devotional service for the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya, the son of Saci-devi.



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