Sri Lalitastakam

BY: SUN STAFF

Sri Sri Lalita-Madhava
Photo by Vrindavan Lila devi, Sridhama Mayapur


Sep 05, CANADA (SUN) — 'Sri Lalitastakam' by Srila Rupa Goswami, on this auspicious observance of Lalita Sasti, the Appearance Day of Sri Lalita Sakhi.


The Classic Prayer to Lalita-Devi

By Raghunatha Dasa Goswami
(In tune of the Sad-goswami-astaka)

sandra-prema-rasaih pluta priyataya pragalbhyam apta tayoh
prana-prestha-vayasyayor anudinam lilabhisaram kramaih
vaidagdhyena tatha sakhim prati sada manasya shiksam rasair
yeyam karayatiha hanta lalita grhnatu sa mam ganaih

Flooded with the nectar of intense love for her two friends (Sri Sri Radha-Krsna), who are more dear to her than her own life, affectionately arrogant in Their presence, and daily arranging for Their rendezvous, Lalita-devi expertly teaches her friend Radha the art of jealous anger. I pray Lalita-devi will one day accept me as one of her associates.

Translation by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.

Let us all sing this today and pray for the mercy of Srimati Lalita-devi.


Sri Lalitastakam

by Srila Rupa Goswami

1. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

She worships the perspiration of Sri Sri Radha-Mukunda's lotus feet and acts boldly, out of intense feelings of friendship for Them.

2. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

Her face defeats the beauty of the ambrosial corona of the full moon, her eyes are like those of an alarmed deer and she is expert in the art of decorating Sri Radhika.

3. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

She wears a wonderful silk dress colored like a peacock with outstretched feathers, as well as a nice blouse, and her complexion defeats the golden splendour of gorocana.

4. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

She teaches Sri Radhika the art of a left-wing heroine saying: "Radhe! Firmly reject this shrewd son of the king of Vraja, O immoral girl! Listen! Don't be weak! I'm saying it for Your own good. Don't submit to Him!"

5. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

Her eyes become red with anger if she sees the son of the king of Vraja cheating Sri Radhika even slightly, then she will promptly embarrass Him with her clever words.

6. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

She is the abode of affection for the Queen of cowherders, Yasoda, she is the teacher of the art of friendship for all the sakhis and her love for Sri Radhika and Krsna is equal.

7. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

She requests every girl in Vraja to join the party of Vrsabhanu's daughter and who fulfills all desires of that girl (or of Sri Radhika).

7a. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

All her desires were at once fulfilled when she saw the path of Sri Radha in Vraja being blocked by a certain person.

8. I offer my obeisances to Lalita devi, who has many wonderful qualities.

She always enjoys the festival of Radha and Vrajendrasuta's meeting and she is the chief of all Radha's dear girlfriends in Gokula.

9. Anyone who recites these prayers praising Lalita's wonderful qualities with a pure vision will be lovingly counted amongst her own (friends or maidservants) by Sri Radhika, the brilliant desire vine of the family of the Lord of Kirtida (King Vrsabhanu).



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