BY: SUN STAFF
Sri Sri Radha-Krsna
Trade Print, c. 1910
Apr 07, CANADA (SUN) By Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura, translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.
tumi ta' dayara sindhu adhama-janera bandhu
more prabhu kara abadhana
padinu asat-bhole kama-timingile gile
ohe natha kara paritrana
O Lord, You are an ocean of mercy. You are the friend of the fallen souls. Please notice me. I have become like a non-devotee, swallowed by the timingila fish of lust. O Lord, please protect me.
javat janama mora aparadhe hainu bhora
nishkapate na bhajinu toma
tathapi ha tumi gat na chadiha prana-pati
mora sama nahika adhama
In every birth I repeatedly offended You. In every birth I failed to worship You sincerely. No one is as fallen as I. Nevertheless, You are the only goal of my life. O Lord of my life, please do not abandon me.
patita-pabana nama ghoshana tomara syama
upekhile nahi mora gati
jadi hana aparadhi tathapiha tumi gati
satya satya jena satyira pati
O Lord, You are known as Patita-pavana, the deliverer of the fallen, and You are also known as Syamasundara. Please do not ignore my appeal. Even if I am an offender, I think that You are the real goal of life. That is the truth.
tumi ta' parama deba nahi more upekhiba
suna suna pranera iswara
jadi karon aparaadha tathapiha tumi natha
seba diya kara anucara
O Supreme Personality of Godhead, please do not neglect me. O master of my life, please hear my words. Even if I have committed offenses to You, I always think of You as my master. Please allow me to serve You as Your associate and follower.
kame mora hata cita nahi jane nija hita
manera na ghuce durbasana
more natha angikuru tumi bancha-kalpa-taru
karuna dekhuka sarba-jana
Lust has destroyed my mind. I do not know what is actually beneficial for me. O Lord, You glance mercifully on all living entities and You are like a desire tree fulfilling the desires of everyone. Please accept me as Your servant.
mo-sama patita nai tribhubane dekha cai
narottama-pabana nama dhara
ghushuka samsare nama patita-uddhara syama
nija-dasa kara giridhara
O Lord, You will not see anyone in these three planetary systems who is as fallen as I. O Lord, please accept the name Narottama-pavana" (the Deliverer of Narottama), and let that name be broadcast throughout the material world. O Lord Syamasundara, O lifter of Govardhana Hill, O Deliverer of the fallen, please accept me as Your servant.
narottama bada duhkhi natha more kara sukhi
tomara bhajana sankirtane
antaraya nahi jaya ei sei parama bhaya
nibedana kari anukshana
Narottama dasa is very unhappy. O Lord, please engage him in Your sankirtana movement and thus make him happy. O Lord, I am very afraid that I will not be able to overcome the many obstacles that stop me from advancing in devotional service. O Lord, at every moment I beg You to remove all those obstacles.
ana katha ana byatha nahi jena jai tatha
tomara carana smriti-majhe
abirata abhikala tuya guna kala-kala
gai jena satera samaje
O Lord, I do not perform the painful activity of talking about anything other than You, but instead I only talk and think about Your lotus feet. O Lord, I constantly and without deviation glorify Your transcendental attributes in the assembly of devotees.
anya-brata anya-dana nahi karon bastu-jnana
ha ha krishna bali bali bedara ananda kari'
mane ara nahe jena duja
I shall not perform any vows not related to You. I shall not give in charity except as a service to You. I shall not acquire knowledge except to serve You. I shall not worship the demigods. I shall not serve anyone except You. I shall blissfully wander about repeatedly calling out: O Krishna! O Krishna!" No one but You will stay in my mind.
jibane marane gati radha-krishna prana-pati
jugala bhajaye janra premanande bhase tanra
ei katha rahu mora buke
During the life of this body and after its death, Sri Sri Radha-Krishna will always remain my goal, and the two master's of my life's breath. I worship the Divine Couple and I swim and float in the nectarean ocean of love for Them. I pray that the description of Their forms, qualities, and pastimes may always remain within my heart.
jugala-carana-seba ei dana more diba
jugalete manera piriti
mane bahu o' lila-piriti
Please give me the service of the lotus feet of the Divine Couple. Please give this charity to me. My mind is filled with love for the Divine Couple, whose youthful forms are like the beautiful forms of King Kamadeva and his queen Rati.
dasanete trina kari' ha ha kisora-kisori
caranabje nibedana kari
braja-raja-suta syama brishabhanu-suta nama
I place a straw between my teeth, and place the following appeal before the lotus feet of the Divine Couple; O Sri Sri Kisora-Kisori, O Lord Syamasundara, O price of Vraja, O beautiful girl named Sri Radhika, O daughter of Maharaja Vrishabhanu, . . .
kanaka-ketaki rai syama marakata taya
kandarpa-darapa karu cura
nata-bara-siromani natinira sikharini
dunhu-gune dunhun-mana jhura
. . . O Srimati Radharani, as beautiful as a golden ketaki flower, O Lord Syamasundara, as splendid as a blue sapphire, O Lords whose transcendental glory crushes Kamadeva's pride into fine powder, O two crest-jewels of all expert dancers, please allow my mind to remain rapt in thinking of Your transcendental qualities.
abharana manimaya prati ange abhinaya
tachu paye narottama kahe
diba nisi guna gana parama ananda pana
mane ei abhilasha haya
O Lords whose limbs are decorated with many jewel ornaments, Narottama dasa approaches Your lotus feet and says: My Lords, I wish that I may attain transcendental bliss by singing the glories of Your transcendental qualities both day and night. That is my mind's desire.
ragera bhajana-patha kahi ebe abhimata
loka-beda-sara ei bani
sakhira anuga hana braje siddha-deha pana
ei bhabe judabe parani
I shall now describe the path of spontaneous love for Krishna, which is glorified by the exalted devotees and the Vedic literatures. By traversing this path of spontaneous love one becomes a follower of the gopis and attains the perfect spiritual body of a liberated soul.
sri-radhikara sakhi jata taha ba kahiba kata
mukhya sakhi kariye ganana
lalita bisakha tatha sucitra campakalata
rangadevi sudevi kathana
tungabidya indurekha ei ashta-sakhi lekha
ei kahi narma-sakhi gana
ihon seba-shacari priya-preshtha nama dhari'
prema-seba kare anukshana
I shall now describe the most important of Srimati Radharani's gopi-friends. Lalita, Visakha, Sucitra, Campakalata, Rangadevi, Sudevi, Tungavidya, and Indulekha, are the eight most important gopi-friends of Srimati Radharani. Her other gopi-friends are divided into groups; the narma-sakhis, priya-sakhis, and preshtha-sakhis. All these gopis constantly render loving service to Srimati Radharani.
sri-rupa-manjari ara sri-rati-manjari sara
sri-rasa-manjari-sange kasturika-adi range
prema-seba kare kutuhali
Sri Rupa-manjari, Sri Rati-manjari, Lavanga-manjari, Manjunali, and Sri Rasa-manjari eagerly and lovingly serve Srimati Radharani, supplying her musk and various other articles.
ei-sabara anuga hana prema-seba niba cana
ingite bhujiba saba kaje
rupa guna dagamagi sada haba anuragi
basati kariba sakhi majhe
I am the follower of all these gopis. I shall serve them with great love. I will completely understand their orders, even when couched in casual hints or gestures. I shall become immersed in wonder at their transcendental virtues and beauty, and I shall dearly love them. I shall always remain in their company.
bridabane du jana cari-dike cakhi-gana
samayera seba rasa-sukhe
sakhira ingita habe camara dhulaba tabe
tambula jogaba canda-mukhe
Immersed in the happiness of serving the Divine Couple surrounded by Their gopi-friends in Vrindavana, I will understand the gopis' hints, and, taking up the camara wisk I will fan the Divine Couple, and after than I will place betel-nuts in Their moonlike mouths.
jugala-carana sebi nirantara ei bhabi
anurage thakiba sadaya
sadhane bhabiba jaha siddha-dehe paba taha
raga pathera ei sei upaya
Someday I will constantly serve the lotus feet of the Divine Couple with great love. At present I will follow the rules of sadhana-bhakti until I attain a perfected spiritual body and am able to love the Divine Couple spontaneously.
sadhane je dhana cai siddha-dehe taha pai
pakwa pakwa matra sei bicara
pakile sei prema-bhakti apakwe sadhana khyati
That treasure of pure love of God for which I hanker while I follow the regulative practices of sadhana-bhakti, I will attain when I have the spiritual body of a liberated soul. Actually sadhana-bhakti and prema-bhakti are the same devotional service. Sadhana-bhakti is the stage where love for Krishna has not fully ripened yet, and prema-bhakti is the same devotion where love of Krishna has reached the mature, ripened stage. That is the description of devotional service.
narottama dasa kahe ei jena mora haye
braja-pure anurage basa
sakhi-gana-gananate amare ganibe tate
tabahun puriba abhilasha
Narottama dasa says: I hope that I may attain the stage of spontaneous love for the Divine Couple in the town of Vraja. I hope that I will be counted among the gopi-friends of the Divine Couple. O Divine Couple, in this way I will be able to serve You and satisfy all Your desires.
The stage of prema-bhakti is described in the following statements of Vaishnava literature:
One should meditate on oneself as being the maidservant of the gopis, and in this way one will attain their mercy."
krishnam smaran janam casya
kuryad vasam vraje sada
The devotee should always think of Krishna within himself, and one should choose a very dear devotee who is a servitor of Krishna in Vrindavana. One should constantly engage in topics about that servitor and his loving relationship to Krishna, and one should live in Vrindavana. However, if one is physically unable to go to Vrindavana, he should mentally live there."
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