Glorifying Sri Vrndavana and Syama-kunda

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 13, CANADA (SUN) —


Sri Vrndavanastaka
Eight Prayers Glorifying Sri Vrndavana

From "Sri Stavamrta Lahari" by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti

1
na yoga-siddhir na mamastu mokso
vaikuntha-loke pi na parsadatvam
premapi na syad iti cet taram tu
mamastu vrndavana eva vasah

Let me not have mystic powers, impersonal liberation, the Lord’s association in Vaikuntha, or even pure love for Him, if instead of them I may reside in Vrndavana.

2
tarnam janur yatra vidhir yayace
sad-bhakta-cudamanir uddhavo pi
viksyvaiva madhurya-dhuram tad asmin
mamastu vrndavana eva vasah

When Brahma and Uddhava, the crest jewels of devotees, saw the intense sweetness here, they begged to take birth here even as a blade of grass. For this reason I pray to reside in Vrndavana.

3
kim te krtam hanta tapah ksititi
gopyo pi bhume stuvate sma kirtim
yenaiva krsnanghri-padankite smin
mamastu vrndavana eva vasah

Here the gopis glorified the earth, saying: "O Earth, what austerities have you done, so that your surface is now marked with Krsna’s footprints?“ May I reside in Vrndavana.

4
gopangana-lampatataiva yatra
yasyam rasah purnatamatvam apa
yato raso vai sa iti srutis tan
mamastu vrndavana eva vasah

May I reside in Vrndavana where, because the Vedas say raso vai sah (The Supreme Personality of Godhead is sweetness), transcendental sweetness attained its highest perfection in the gopis’ passionate love.

5
bhandira-govardhana-rasa-pithais
tri-simake yojana-pancakena
mite vibhutvad amite pi casmin
mamastu vrndavana eva vasah

Although only five yojanas in circumference, bounded by Bhandiravana, Govardhana Hill and the rasa-dance arena, it is unlimited in transcendental opulence. May I reside in Vrndavana.

6
yatradhipatyam vrsabhanu-putrya
yenodayet prema-sukham jananam
yasmin mamasa balavat yato smin
mamastu vrndavana eva vasah

Because Vrsabhanu’s daughter is the queen, and because here the happiness of pure love of God rises, I yearn to live here. I pray: May I reside in Vrndavana.

7
yasmin maha-rasa-vilasa-lila
na prapa yam srir api sa tapobhih
tatrollasan-manju-nikunja-punje
mamastu vrndavana eva vasah

Even by performing many austerities goddess Laksmi could not enter the great rasa-dance pastime here. May I reside in the splendidly beautiful groves of Vrndavana.

8
sada ruru-nyanku-mukha visankam
khelanti kujanti pikali kirah
sikhandino yatra natanti tasmin
mamastu vrndavana eva vasah

May I reside in Vrndavana, where the ruru and nyanku deer fearlessly play, the cuckoos, bumblebees, and parrots sing, and the peacocks dance.

9
vrndavanasyastakam etad uccaih
pathanti ye niscala-buddhayas te
vrndavanesanghri-saroja-sevam
saksat labhante januso ‘nta eva

They who with great concentration read aloud this Vrndavanastaka, at the end of this life attain direct service to the lotus feet of Vrndavana’s master.


Sri Krsna-kundastaka
Eight Prayers Glorifying Syama-kunda

From "Sri Stavamrta Lahari" by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti

1
kim tapas cakara tirtha-laksam aksayam pura
suprasidati sma krsna eva sad varam yatah
yatra vasam apa sadhu tat samastha-durlabhe
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

What austerities did the hundreds of thousands of eternal holy places perform to please Krsna and obtain from Him the benediction to live at Krsna-kunda, the rarest holy place? Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

2
yady arista-danavo pi danado maha-nidher
asmad-ad-durmatibhya ity aho vasiyate
yo mrti-cchalena yatra muktim adbhutam vyadhat
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

If even the Arista demon was able to enter Krsna-kunda, then crooked hearted persons such as us may also be able to live there. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda which, on the pretext of death, grants a wonderful form of liberation.

3
Go-vadhasya niskrtis triloka-tirtha-kotibhi
radhayety avadi tena ta harih samahvayat
yatra parsni-ghata-je mamajja ca svayam muda
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

When Radha said, „To atone for killing a cow (Aristasura) You must visit millions of holy places in the three worlds“, Krsna called all the holy places and then happily bathed in the lake that sprang from His heel. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

4
kvapi papa-nasa eva karma-bandha-bandhanad
brahma-saukhyam eva visnuloka-vasita kvacit
prema-ratnam atyayatnam eva yatra labhyate
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

At some holy places one becomes free from all sins, at others one becomes free from the bondage of karma, at others one attains Brahman happiness and at others one attains residence in Visnuloka. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda, where without any effort one attains the jewel of pure love for Krsna.

5
phulla-madhavi-rasala-nipa-kunja-mandale
bhrnga-koka-kokiladi-kakali yad ancati
asta-yamikavitarka-koti-bheda-saurabham
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

Krsna-kunda is surrounded by groves of mango, kadamba and other trees with many madhavis and other vines. There is the music of cakravakas, cuckoos and bees. At night there are millions of inconceivable sweet fragrances. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

6
dola-keli-citra-rasa-nrtya-giti-vadanair
nihnava-prasuna-yuddha-sidhu-pana-kautukaih
yatra khelatah kisora-sekharau sahalibhis
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

With gopi friends the two crowns of youth enjoyed many pastimes there. They rode on a swing, danced wonderful rasa-dances, sang, played instrumental music, and talked. In a secluded place They eagerly drank the nectar of a flower-battle. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

7
divya-ratna-nirmitavatara-sara-sausthavais
chatrika viraji caru kuttima-prabha-bharaih
sarva-loka-locanati-dhanyata yato bhavet
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

With the beauty of its glistening jewel shores and the splendour of its canopies and mosaic pavements it brings auspiciousness to all eyes. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

8
mathuram vikunthato ‘pi janma-dhama durlabham
vasakananam tato pi panina dhrto girih
sri-hares tato pi yat param saro ti-pavanam
tatra krsna-kunda eva samsthitih stutastu nah

The district of Mathura, Krsna’s birthplace, is more sacred and difficult to attain then Vaikuntha. The forest where He lived is more sacred still, and the hill lifted by His hand is more sacred than that. More sacred than that is Lord Hari’s very purifying lake nearby. Let us glorify residence at Krsna-kunda.

9
krsna-kunda-tira-vasa-sadhakam pathed idam
yo stakam dhiyam nimajya keli-kunja-rajitoh
radhika-girindradharinoh padambu jesu sa
prema-dasyam eva sighram apnuyad anamayam

May he who reads these eight verses, which convince one to reside at the shore of Krsna-kunda, and who also plunges his mind in the lotus flowers of Sri Sri Radha-Giridhari’s feet, quickly attain sincere love for Them.



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