Prema-bhakti Candrika, Part 2
BY: SUN STAFF
Krishna Fluting for Radha
Bikaner, late 18th c.
Apr 08, CANADA (SUN) By Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura, translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.
jugala-carana-prati parama-ananda tati
rati-prema hau para-bandhe
krishna-nama-radha-nama upasana rasa-dhama
carane padiye paranande
Love for the lotus feet of the Divine Couple is the resting place of transcendental bliss. Radha and Krishna's holy names are the reservoir of transcendental sweetness. I happily fall down to offer my respectful obeisances to Radha and Krishna's lotus feet.
manera smarana prana madhura madhura nama
bilasa jugala smriti-sara
sadhya sadhana ei ara nai iha bai
ei tattwa sarba-tattwa-sara
The Divine Couple's sweet, sweet holy name is life of the mind's memory. Their pastimes are the best remembering. Remembering Them is the both goal and the way to attain it. That is the truth of all truths. This book is not the only place that is said.
jalada-sundara-kanti madhura madhura bhati
su-pita-basana-dhara abharana mani-bara
mayura-candrika karu kesa
Sri Krishna is splendid like a monsoon cloud, very sweet and charming, expert, gracefully dressed in yellow garments, decorated with jewel ornaments, and crowned with a peacock feather placed in His hair.
mrigmada su-candana kunkumadi bilepana
mugdha-kari murati tri-bhanga
nabina-kusumabali sri-ange sobhaye bhali
madhu-lobhe phire matta bhringa
He is decorated with musk, sandal paste, kunkuma, and other fragrances. His three-fold bending form is sweet and charming. His transcendental body is decorated with garlands of flowers so fresh they draw swarms of maddened bumblebees eager for honey.
ishat madhura-smita baidagadhi-lilamrita
carana-kamala-para manimaya su-manjira
nakha-mani jini' bala-candra
His gentle smile is sweet. He is expert at tasting the nectar of transcendental pastimes. He is surrounded by the amorous girls of Vraja. His lotus feet are decorated with jewel anklets. His toenails eclipse the glory of the crescent moon.
suniya rahite nare ghare
hridaye barhaye rati jena mile pati sati
kulera dharama jara dure
When they hear the warbling of the male swan that is Krishna's anklets, the female swan gopis can no longer remain peacefully in their homes. Love for Him growing in their hearts, they run, leaving their household duties far behind, to meet Him, their lover.
jara dhwani bhubana mataya
srabane patha diya hridaye prabesa hana
prana adi akarshi anaya
The music of the straight flute placed to Krishna's lips enchants the world. Entering first the ear and then the heart, that music attracts all living beings
gobinda-sebana satya tanhara sebaka nitya
tahate jamuna-jala kare nitya jhalamala
tara tire ashta kunja haya
Devotional service to Lord Govinda is eternal. They who serve Him are His servants eternally. The land of Vrindavana is glorious. There the Yamuna's water glitters eternally. Eight forests are on the Yamuna's shore.
purna-candra-sama jyoti cid-ananda-maya murti
Vrindavana is splendid with cooling moonlight and glorious with kalpa-vriksha trees and kalpa-lata‘ vines blossoming in all six seasons. Full of transcendental bliss and glorious as the full moon, it makes everyone eager to see its blissful form.
gobinda anandadamaya nikat e banita-caya
bihare madhura ati sobha
dunhu prema dagamagi dunhu donha anuragi
dunhu rupa dunhu manolobha
Surrounded by the gopis and very handsome and charming, Lord Govinda is full of transcendental bliss. The Divine Couple is beautiful, charming, and overcome with passionate love.
braja-pura-banitara carana asraya sara
kara mana ekanta kariya
anya bola gandu-gola nahi suna utarola
rakha prema hridaye bhariya
O mind, take shelter of the lotus feet of the Vraja-gopis. Don't listen to the useless din of the materialists' words. Fill my heart with pure love for the Divine Couple
krishna prabhu eka-bara karibena angikara
jena' mana e satya bacana
dhanya lila brindabana radha-krishna-sri-carana
dhanya sakhi manjarira gana.
O mind, just this one time accept Lord Krishna as your supreme master. I tell you the truth. Sri Sri Radha and Krishna's lotus feet are supremely glorious, Their pastimes are glorious, Their land of Vrajapura is glorious, and their friends, the sakhi-gopis, and manjari-gopis, are glorious.
papa-punya-maya deha sakala anitya eha
dhana jana saba micha dhanda
marile jaibe kotha tahate na pao byatha
tabu karja kara sada manda
This material body, which one attains because of his previous pious and impious deeds is temporary, and the foolish attempt by all conditioned souls to accumulate more and more wealth is a clever trick of the illusory potency maya. When the material body dies, what will happen to all the carefully collected wealth? Where will it go? O mind, don't work day and night with a great struggle simply to collect money. You are so foolish that you constantly work for such a fleeting goal.
rajara je rajya-pata jena natujara nata
dekhite dekhite kichu naya
hena maya kare jei parama iswara sei
tanre mana sada kara bhaya
A monarch's kingdom is just like the dramatic performance of an actor: although one sees them, they are never actually real, but only a pretense arranged by the illusory energy maya. O mind, don't pay attention to these false material things. Fix your mind always on the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Fear His displeasure. Don't be concerned with other things.
pape na kariha mana adhama sei papi-jana
tare mana dure parihari'
punyaje sukhera dhama tara na laio nama
punya mukti dui tyaga kari'
O mind, don't sin. Stay far away from sinful persons. Don't work to attain material piety, the resting place of material happiness. Don't strive for the false liberation imagined by the impersonalists.
prema-bhakti-sudha-nidhi tahe du/ba nirabadhi
ara jata kshara nidhi praya
nirantara sukha pabe sakala santapa jabe
para-tattwa karile upaya
Dive into the shoreless nectar ocean of pure love for Krishna, larger than the largest salt-water ocean. If one swims in that nectar ocean of love for Krishna, Lord Krishna will make all his sufferings disappear, and he will attain endless transcendental bliss.
anyera parasa jena nahi haya kadacana
ihate haibe sabadhana
radha-krishna nama gana ei se parama dhyana
ara na kariha paramana
Take great care only to serve the Divine Couple, and don't let any other activity touch you. Know that the chanting of the holy names of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna is the supreme spiritual meditation. Please don't try to raise any objections to this, or try to present evidence confirming any other view.
karmi jnani micha-bhakta na ha'be taya anurakta
suddha-bhajanete kara mana
braja-janera jei mata tahe habe anugata
ei se parama tattwa-dhana
O mind, please engage in pure devotional service, which cannot be followed by the fruitive workers, speculative philosophers, or pseudo-devotees. Just accept that the opinion of the exalted devotees in Vraja is the perfect explanation of the Absolute Truth.
prarthana kariba sada suddha-bhave prema-katha
nama-mantre kariya abheda
astika kariya mana bhaja range sri-carane
granthi-papa habe pariccheda
I shall continually offer prayers to the Divine Couple, and I shall describe the pure love of the Lord and His devotees. With my words I shall prove that the Supreme Lord is not different from the chanting of His holy names. O mind, have firm faith in Lord Krishna, and worship the reddish soles of His lotus feet. Do this, and the karmic results of all your past sins will be smashed.
radha-krishna-sri-carana matra paramartha-dhana
sa-jatane hridayete lao
dunhu nama suni' suni' bhakta-mukhe puni puni
parama ananda sukha-pana
O mind, please place in my heart Sri Sri Radha Krishna's lotus feet, which are my only treasure. Again and again hear the holy names of the Divine Couple from the mouths of the devotees, and in this way attain transcendental bliss.
hema-gaura-tanu rai ankhi darasana cai
rodana karaye abhilashe
jaladhara dhara dhara anga ati manohara
rupete bhubana parakase
Srimati Radharani's transcendental form has the splendor of gold. Weeping, I pray to attain the glance of Her lotus eyes. Sri Krishna's handsome form is splendid as a monsoon cloud. From it the entire material cosmos is manifested.
sakhi-gana cari-pase seba kare abhilashe
parama se sobha-sukha dhare
ei mane asa mora aiche rase hana bhora
narottama sada-i bihare
I yearn to engage in devotional service with the gopis at my four sides. That service is my great happiness. Again and again Narottama says: This is the desire in my heart.
radha-krishna karon dhyana swapane na bala ana
prema binu ara nahi cana
jugala-kisora-prema jini' laksha-bana hema
Meditate on Sri Sri Radha-Krishna. Don't desire anything else, even in your dreams. The treasure of love for the youthful Divine Couple is more valuable than gold purified in ten thousand flames.
jala binu jena mina duhkha paya ayu hina
prema binu ei-mata bhakta
cataka jalada-gati e-mati ekanta-rati
jei jane sei anurakta
As a fish without water suffers and dies, so a devotee perishes without love for the Divine Couple. As a cataka bird carefully follows the clouds, so a devotee loves the Divine Couple.
saroja-bhramara jena cakora-candrika tena
pati-brata stri-lokera pati
anyatra na cale mana jena daridrera dhana
As a bumblebee yearns for lotus flowers, a cakora bird yearns for moonlight, a chaste wife yearns for her husband, and a pauper yearns for money, a devotee yearns to attain love for the Divine Couple.
bishaya garala-maya nahe mana sukha-caya
sei na sukha duhkha kari' mana
gobinda-bishaya-rasa sanga kara tanra dasa
prema-bhakti satya kari' jana'
The happiness of the senses is full of poison. Pride does not bring happiness. These things do not being happiness. They bring only pain. Taste the nectar of serving Lord Govinda. Associate with His devotees. Learn the truth of loving devotional service.
madhye madhye ache dushta drishti kari' haya rushta
gunahi biguna kari' mane
gobinda-bimukha-jane sphurti nahe hena dhane
laukika kariya saba jane
The treasure of divine love does not present itself before the demons, whose turn their backs on Lord Govinda, become angry when they see the devotees, and think the devotees are ordinary people.
ajnana abhaga jata nahi laya sata-mata
ahankare na jane apane
abhimani bhakti-hina jaga-majhe sei dina
britha tara asesha bhabana
These unfortunate fools cannot understand the truth. Proud, bewildered by false-ego, and empty of devotion for the Lord, they are the poorest and most wretched people in the world. All their thoughts are empty and without meaning.
ara saba parihari' parama iswara hari
seba mana prema kari' asa
eka braja-raja-pura gobinda rasika-bara
karaha sadai abhilasha
O mind, renounce everything and desire only to love and serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Hari. Lord Govinda, the best of they who taste transcendental nectar, stays in King Nanda's house. Desire Him alone.
narottama dasa kahe sada mora prana dahe
hena bhakta-sanga na paiya
abhagyera nahi ora micha-mohe hainu bhora
duhkha rahe antare jagiya
Narottama dasa says; Because I cannot attain the association of devotees, my life is like a burning fire. No one is unfortunate as I. I am overcome by material illusion, and great pain is beginning to waken in my heart.
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