9. Prayers begging the merciful sidelong glance of Goddess Rādhā

RADHA FULL MOON

Shrī Rādhā-Kripa-Kataksha-Stava-Raj

 Spoken by Lord Shiva to His wife Gauri in the Urdhvamnaya-tantra

 

munīndra-vrindā-vandite tri-loka-shoka-hārinī  

  prasanna-vaktra-pankaje nikunja-bhū vilāsini

         vrajendra-bhānu-nandini vrajendra-sūnu-sangate    

          kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (1)

O Rādhikā – Sukadeva, Nārada, Uddhav and all the topmost sages are always offering prayers to Your lotus feet. Remembering You and praying for Your service miraculously removes all the miseries, sins and offenses of the three spheres. Your joyful face blooms like a lotus and You delight in pastimes in the flower groves of Vraja. You are the daughter of Vrishabhānu Mahārāj and are the dearly beloved of Vrajendra-nandana, with whom You always perform enjoying pastimes– when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

ashoka-vriksha-vallarī-vitāna-mandapa-sthite

                 pravāla-vāla-pallava-prabhārunānghri-komale  

               varābhaya-sphurat-kare prabhūta-sampadālaye  

                     kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (2)

You dwell in a pavilion made of creepers climbing upon ashok trees; Your soft lotus feet are like lustrous red coral, newly-sprouted leaves, and the rising sun; Your lotus hands are always eager to fulfill the cherished aspiration of Your devotees, and to grant the benediction of fearlessness; You are the abode of profuse divine treasures and opulences – O Shrīmati Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

ananga-ranga-mangala-prasanga-bhangura-bhruvāng  

               savibhramang sasambhramang driganta-bāna-pātanaih  

         nirantarang vashi-krita-pratīti-nanda-nandane        

                               kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (3)

In the immensely auspicious erotic play enacted with loving playfulness (prema-vilāsa), on the amorous battlefield, Your eyebrows curving like bows suddenly unleash the arrows of Your sidelong glances, piercing Nanda-nandana with amorous delusion and bringing Him into reverential submission. In this way, He eternally comes under You complete control – O Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

tadit-suvarna-champaka-pradīpta-gaura-vigrahe                                              

mukha-prabhā-parāsta-koti-shāradendu-mandale                                    

vichitra-chitra-sancharach-chakora-shāva-lochane                                          

kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (4)

The glistening, fair complexion of Your limbs is like lightning, gold and champak flowers; the shining brilliance of Your face defeats even the effulgence of millions of autumnal full moons; and Your eyes, restless like chakora birds, display astonishingly new and wonderful expressions at every moment – O Shrīmati Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

madonmadāti-yauvane pramoda-māna-mandite                        

priyānurāga-ranjite kalā-vilāsa-pandite                                                 

ananya-dhanya-kunja-rājya-kāma-keli-kovide                                            

kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (5)

You are intoxicated with the beauty of Your own youth and are always adorned with Your pre-eminent ornament, Your delightful sulking mood (māna). You take delight in Your darling’s love for You, and are supremely expert in the art of loving affairs. In the incomparable realm of wonderful flower and creeper groves, kunjas, You are the most learned in all of love’s erotic play – O Shrīmati Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

ashesha-hāva-bhāva-dhīra-hīra-hāra-bhūshite                                 

prabhūta-shāta-kumbha-kumbha-kumbhi kumbha-sustani              

prashasta-manda-hāsya-chūrna-purna-saukhya-sāgare                    

kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (6)

You are adorned with all Your deep emotions of anubhāva like hāva and bhāva, for Krishna which shine on Your person like a diamond necklace. Your lovely breasts are like twin golden water-pots, and the mounds on the head of elephant. Displaying Your acclaimed mild smile, You are like an ocean overflowing with divine bliss – O Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

mrināla-vāla-vallarī taranga-ranga-dor-late                                                

  latāgra-lāsya-lola-nīla-lochanāvalokane                                                   

lalal-lulan-milan-manogya mugdha-mohanāshrī te                                  

kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (7)

Your soft arms are like fresh, delicate lotus stems elegantly swaying in the waves. Just as a creeper dances in a gust of wind, Your restless bluish eyes flash an enthralling glance. Your charm entices Madan-mohan Himself (Krishna) to follow after You, and when meeting, You steal away His mind and then give Him shelter in His spellbound condition – O Shrīmati Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

suvarna-mālikānchita-tri-rekha-kambu-kanthage                                          

tri-sūtra-mangalī-guna-tri-ratna-dīpti-dīdhiti                                    

salola-nīla -kuntala-prasūna-guccha-gumphite                                        

kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (8)

Your neck, as beautiful as a lovely conch, is decorated with golden necklaces and marked with three lines; ornaments made with glistening jewels of three colors swing from Your tri-sūtra (three auspicious cords tied around the neck of a newly-married bride), and Your black tresses, which are woven with clusters of colorful flower blossoms, sway to and fro – O Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

nitamba-bimba-lambamāna-pushpa-mekhalā-gune                  

prashasta-ratna-kinkinī-kalāpa-madhya-manjule                                  

karīndra-shunda-dandikā-varoha-saubhagoruke                                              

kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (9)

Your rounded hips are decorated with dangling flowers and tiny tinkling jewel-bells hang from the flower belt on Your charmingly slender waist. The jingling of those gem-bells is exceedingly enchanting. Your beautiful thighs taper like the sloping trunk of the king of elephants – O Shrīmati Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

aneka-mantra-nāda-manju-nūpurā-rava-skhalat                            

samāja-rāja-hangsa-vangsha-nikvanāti-gaurave                                  

vilola-hema-vallarī-vidambi-chāru-chankrame                                         

kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (10)

Your captivating golden ankle bells sweetly resound with a host of Vedic mantras, resembling the warbling of a flock of royal swans, and as You walk along, the beauty of Your limbs mocks the grace of undulating golden creepers – O Shrīmati Rādhikā, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

ananta-koti-vishnu-loka-namra-padmajārchite                                      

himādrijā-pulomajā-virinchajā-vara-prade                                            

apāra-siddhi-riddhi-digdha-sat-padāngulī-nakhe                                  

kadā karishyasīha māng kripā-katāksha-bhājanam? (11)

You are worshiped by Shrī Lakshmī, the goddess of unlimited millions of Vaikuntha planets. Shrī Pārvatī, Shiva’s wife, Indrānī, the wife of Indra, the king of heavenly planets, and Sarasvatī, the goddess of knowledge, all worship You to attain benedictions from You. Even the tip of one toenail grants an infinite variety of spirtual perfections – O Shrīmati Radhike, when, oh when will You bestow Your merciful sidelong glance upon me?

makheshvari! kriyeshvari svādheshvari sureshvari                                      

triveda-bhāratīshvari pramāna-shasaneshvari                                

rameshvari! kshameshvari pramoda-kānaneshvari                              

vrajeshvari vrajādhipe shrī rādhike namo ’stu te (12)

You are the mistress of: all kinds of sacrifices (makheshvari, especially of the topmost sacrifice of conjugal meeting with Krishna); of all actions (kriyeshvari, since You are the root of all potencies); of the mantras uttered at yagyas (svādheshvari), and of the sacrificial offerings presented to the demigods (sureshvari); of the words of the three Vedas (triveda-bhāratīshvara); of the enforcement of all scriptural principles (pramāna-shasaneshvari); of Shrī Rāma-devī, the goddess of fortune (rameshvari); of Shrī Kshamadevī, the goddess of forgiveness; and especially of the delightful flower groves in Vrindāvana (pramoda-kānaneshvari). O Shrīmati Rādhikā, owner and maintainer of Vraja (vrajeshvari, vrajādhipe)! When will You mercifully make me Your maidservant, and grant me the qualification to render service in Your amorous pastimes with the Prince of Vraja? I offer my respects unto You again and again.

itīmam ādbhutang-stavang nishamya bhānu-nandinī                                    

karotu santatang janang kripā-katāksha-bhājanam                                    

bhāvet tadaiva sanchita-tri-rūpa-karma-nāshanang                            

bhāvet tadā vrajendra-sūnu-mandala-praveshanam (13)

O Daughter of Vrishabhānu  Mahārāj (Vrishabhānu -nandini)! Upon hearing this wonderful prayer, please make me the perpetual object of Your merciful glance. Then, by the influence of Your mercy, may all the reactions to my karma be destroyed, and realizing my internal identity as a maidservant, a manjarī, may I enter the circle of Shrīmati Rādhikā’s intimate friends, to participate in Shrī Vrajendra-sunu’s (Krishna) eternal pastimes.

Lyrics sang by Rādhā Kanti dasi

                                                       Sanskrit Pronunciation

a as in ‘about,’ e as in ‘eddie,’ i as in ‘see,’ o as in ‘yoga,’ u as in ‘food,’ ai as in ‘bye,’ au as in ‘how,’ ā, ī, ū are pronounced the same only that longer.

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