Glorifying Sri Govinda and Gopinatha

BY: SUN STAFF

Sri Govinda
Rajasthan, Jaipur, c. 1840


Sep 06, CANADA (SUN) —


Sri Govindadevastaka

Eight Verses Glorifying Sri Govindadeva

From "Sri Stavamrta Lahari" by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti

1
jambunadosnisa-viraji-mukta-
mala-mani-dyoti-sikhandakasya
bhangya nrnam lolupayan drsah sri-
govindadevah saranam mamastu

May Sri Govindadeva, who enchants the eyes of all living entities with the graceful tilt of the peacock feather in His golden crown shining with pearls and jewels, be my shelter.

2
kapolayoh kundala-lasya-hasya
cchavi-cchata-cumbitayor yugena
sammohayan sambhajatam dhiyah sri-
govindadevah saranam mamastu

May Sri Govindadeva, who enchants the devotees’ hearts with His cheeks kissed by the splendour of His smile and the dancing of His earrings, be my shelter.

3
sva-preyasi-locana-kona-sidhu-
praptyai puro-varti-janeksanena
bhavam kam api udgamayan budhanam
govindadevah saranam mamastu

May Sri Govindadeva who, by glancing at His beloved to attain the nectar of Her sidelong glance, arouses the love of all the demigoddesses, be my shelter.

4
vama-pragandarpita-ganga-bhasvat-
tatanka-lolalaka-kanti-siktaih
bhru-valganair unmadayan kula-strir
govindadevah saranam mamastu

May Sri Govindadeva, who maddens the pious gopis with the graceful movements of His eyebrows, which are sprinkled by the beauty of His moving locks of hair, splendid earrings, and His cheek placed on His left shoulder, be my shelter.

5
dure sthitas ta murali-ninadaih
sva-saurabhair mudrita-karna-palih
nasarudho hrd-gata eva karsan
govindadevah saranam mamastu

From far away blocking their ears with the music of His flute and their noses with the sweet fragrance of His body, He enters the gopis hearts and pulls them to Him. May Sri Govindadeva be my shelter.

6
navina-lavanya-bharaih ksitau sri-
rupanuragambunidhi-prakasaih
satas camatkara-vatah prakurvan
govindadevah saranam mamastu

With the weight of His youthful handsomeness and the flooding ocean of His spiritual love, He fills the devotees on earth with wonder. May Sri Govindadeva be my shelter.

7
kalpa-drumadho-mani-mandirantah
sri-yoga-pithamburuhasyaya svam
upasayams tantra-vido pi mantrair
govindadevah saranam mamastu

Chanting mantras, the great devotees learned in the scriptures worship Him as He sits on a spiritual lotus flower in a jewel palace beneath a grove of desire trees. May Sri Govindadeva be my shelter.

8
mahabhiseka-ksana-sarva-vaso
‘lankrty-anangi-karanocchalantya
sarvanga-bhasakulayams tri-lokim
govindadevah saranam mamastu

Handsome as Kamadeva and dressed and ornamented as if for a coronation, he enchants the inhabitants of the three worlds with the splendour of His body. May Sri Govindadeva be my shelter.

9
govindadevastakam etad uccaih
pathet tadiyanghri-nivista-dhir yah
tam majjayann eva krpa-prvahair
govindadevah saranam mamastu

Sri Govindadeva plunges in the flowing river of His mercy one who reads aloud this Govindadevastaka, his mind meditating on the Lord’s lotus feet. May Sri Govindadeva be my shelter.


Sri Gopinathadevastaka

Eight Prayers Glorifying Sri Gopinatha

From "Sri Stavamrta Lahari" by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti

1
asye hasyam tatra madhvikam asmin
vamsi tasyam nada-piyusa-sindhuh
tad-vicibhir majjayan bhati gopir
gopinathah pina-vaksa gatir nah

On His mouth is a smile. In that smile is nectar. In that nectar is a flute, and in that flute is a nectar ocean of music. Gopinatha plunges the gopis in the waves of that ocean. Broad chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives.

2
sonosnisa-bhraji-mukta-srajodyat-
pinchottamsa-spandanenapi nunam
hrn-netrali vrtti-ratnani muncan
gopinathah pina-vaksa gatir nah

With the movement of the peacock feather in His red crown splendid with pearls and peacock feathers, He robs the jewels of the activities of our hearts and eyes. Broad-chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives.

3
bibhrad-vasah pitam ururu-kantya
slistam bhasvat-kinkinikam nitambe
savyabhiri-cumbita-pranta-bahur
gopinathah pina-vaksa gatir nah

The splendour of His broad thighs embraces His yellow dhoti. Glistening bells decorate His hips. A gopi kisses His left shoulder. Broad-chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives.

4
gunja-mukta-ratna-gangeya-harair
malyaih kanthe lambamanaih kramena
pitodancat-kancukenancitah sri-
gopinatha pina-vaksa gatir nah

He wears yellow garments. Necklaces of flowers, gold, jewels, pearls, and gunja decorate His neck. Broad-chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives.

5
svetosnisah sveta-susloka-dhautah
susveta-srak-dvi-trasah-sveta-bhusah
cumban sarya-mangalaratrike hrd
gopinathah pina-vaksa gatir nah

He wears a white crown, white ornaments, and two or three splendid white garlands. His fame and purity are splendid and white. At the auspicious morning and evening aratis He kisses our heart. Broad-chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives.

6
srivatsa-sri-kaustubhodbhinna-romnam
varnaih sriman yas caturbhih sadestah
drstah premnaivati-dhanyair ananyair
gopinathah pina-vaksa gatir nah

He is handsome. He is decorated with the four marks of srivatsa, sri, kaustubha, and hairs standing erect in ecstasy. The fortunate devotees gaze on Him with pure love. Broad-chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives.

7
tapinchah kim hema-valli-yugantah
parsva-dvandvoddyoti-vidyud-ghanah kim
kim va madhye radhayoh syamalendur
gopinatha pina-vaksa gatir nah

Is He a dark tamala tree surrounded by a golden vine? Is He a dark cloud with blazing lightning at both His sides, or is He a dark moon in the midst of two radha-stars? Broad-chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives. Note: One of the 27 celebrated stars is named radha.

8
sri-jahnavya murtiman prema-punjo
dinanathan darsayan svam prasidan
pusnan devalabhya-phela-sudhabhir
gopinatha pina-vaksa gatir nah

He is a personified Ganges of pure love. He shows mercy to the poor and the shelterless and nourishes them with the nectar remnants of His meals, which cannot be attained even by the demigods. Broad-chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives.

9
gopinathasyastakam tusta-cestas
tat-padabja-prema-pusni-bhavisnuh
yo ‘dhite tan-mantu-kotir apasyan
gopinathah pina-vaksa gatir nah

Gopinatha does not see millions of sins of one who, carefully nourishing love for His lotus feet, reads this Gopinathastaka with a happy heart. Broad-chested Gopinatha is the goal of our lives.



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