5. Eight Prayers to the Six Goswami Saints of Vrindavan

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Sada-Goswami-āshtakam

Composed by Shrīmad Shrīnivas Āchārya

        krishnotkīrtana-gāna-nartana-parau premāmritāmbho-nidhī

           dhīrādhīra-jana-priyau priya-karau nirmatsarau pūjitau  

     shrī-chaitanya-kripa-bharau bhuvi bhuvo bhārāvahantārakau        

 vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau shrī-jīva-gopālakau (1)

Perpetually immersed in singing, dancing, and heartfelt singing, kīrtan [of the name, form, qualities, pastimes, associates, and realm] of Shrī Krishna, the six Gosvāmīs embody the ocean of nectarean love. Dear to both gentlemen and ruffians, always engaged in pleasing activities, and completely free from envy, they are adored by all. They are the recipients of Shrī Chaitanya’s mercy, and they therefore remove the burden of the earth. I worship Shrī Rūpa, Shrī Sanātana, Shrī Raghunātha Bhatta, Shrī Raghunātha dāsa, Shrī Jīva, and Shrī Gopāla Bhatta [the six Gosvāmīs].

             nānā-shāstra-vichāranaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthāpakau

     lokānām hita-kārinau tri-bhuvane mānyau shāranyākarau  

rādhā-krishna-padāravinda-bhajananāndena mattālikau

              vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau shrī-jīva-gopālakau (2)

They are distinctively expert in ascertaining the essence of all revealed scriptures, and they establish the supreme occupation of the soul, devotion to God. They are the true benefactors of the people, worshipful for the three worlds, and affectionate to those who have taken shelter of them. Due to the bliss of divine service, bhajana, on the lotus feet of Shrī Rādhā-Krishna, they have become like intoxicated honeybees. I worship Shrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha Bhatta, Raghunātha dāsa, Jīva, and Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmīs.

 shrī-gaurānga-gunānuvarnana-vidhau shraddhā-samriddhy-anvitau

       pāpottāpa-nikrintanau tanu-bhritāng govinda-gānāmritaih

     ānandāmbudhi-vardhana ika-nipunau kaivalya-nistārakau

        vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau shrī-jīva-gopālakau (3)

I worship Shrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha Bhatta, Raghunātha dāsa, Jīva, and Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmīs. I worship Shrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha Bhatta, Raghunātha dāsa, Jīva, and Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmīs.

   tyaktvā tūrnam ashesha-mandala-pati-shrenīm sadā tuccha-vat    

      bhūtvā dīna-ganeshakau karunayā kaupīna-kanthāshrītau    

gopī-bhāva-rasāmritabdhi-laharī-kallola-magnau muh

vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau shrī-jīva-gopalakau (4)

They fully abandoned at once the association of kingly aristocracy, deeming it insignificant, and out of compassion became poor, accepting only loincloths and ragged quilts. Thereafter, they repeatedly immersed themselves in the delightful, billowing waves in the nectarean ocean of rasa—the bhāvs, spiritual emotions, felt by the gopīs. I worship Shrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha Bhatta, Raghunātha dāsa, Jīva, and Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmīs.

                             kūjat-kokila-hamsa-sārasa-gana kīrne mayūrākule  

                      nānā-ratna-nibaddha-mūla-vitapa-shrī-yukta-vrindāvane          

              rādhā-krishnam ahar-nisham prabhajatau jīvārthadau yau mudā  

                          vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau shrī-jīva-gopālakau (5)

Crowded with sweetly cooing cuckoos, swans, and cranes, as well as groups of peacocks, Vrindāvana is shining beautifully with trees that have many transcendental gems inlaid beneath their roots. There, day and night, the Gosvāmīs intensely worship Shrī Shrī Rādhā and Krishna, thus endowing all the souls with the ultimate benefit of life. I worship Shrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha Bhatta, Raghunātha dāsa, Jīva, and Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmīs.

            sakhyā-pūrvaka-nāma-gāna-natibhih kālāvasāni-kritau  

                  nidrāhāra-vihārakādi-vijitau chātyanta-dīnau cha yau

                  rādhā-krishna-guna-smriter madhurimānandena sammohitau            

                          vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau shrī-jīva-gopalakau (6)

They would pass their time by daily chanting a fixed number of holy names, singing particular songs, and offering regulated obeisances [prostrating themselves to the ground like a stick in reverence thousands of times in a day to all the Saints, Deities, and Lord’s pastime places]. Thus they fully conquered the urges of eating, sleeping, recreation, and so forth. Always considering themselves to be unlimitedly lowly and insignificant, they became enchanted in sweet rapture by remembering Shrī Rādhā-Krishna’s qualities. I worship Shrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha Bhatta, Raghunātha dāsa, Jīva, and Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmīs.

      rādhā-kunda-tatte kalinda-tanayā-tire cha vamshi vate  

                 premonmāda-vashād ashesha-dāsahayā grastau pramattau sadā  

          gayāntau cha kadā harer guna-varang bhāvābhibhūtau mudā  

   vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau shrī-jīva-gopalakau (7)

Wandering along the banks of Rādhā-kunda or the Yamunā, and sometimes at Vamshivata, the banyan tree where Krishna played His flute to call the gopis, they would be forever seized by limitless transcendental states, intoxicated by the utter madness of prema, divine love. Blissfully overwhelmed, they would jubilantly sing about the exalted qualities of Shrī Hari. I worship Shrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha Bhatta, Raghunātha dāsa, Jīva, and Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmīs.

           he rādhe! vraja-devīke! cha lalite! he nanda-sūno! kutah

                shrī-govardhana-kalpa-pādapa-tale kālindi-vanyekutah    

           ghoshantāv iti sarvato vraja-pure khedair mahā-vihvalau    

            vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau shrī-jīva-gopalakau (8)

“O Rādhā, queen of Vrindāvana! O Lalitā! O son of Nanda Mahārāj! Where are You? Are You beneath the wish-fullfilling trees of Shrī Govardhana Hill? Or are you in the forests on the banks of the Kalindi river?” Thus calling out, greatly overwhelmed in separation, they would wander throughout the length and breadth of Vraja-mandala. I worship Shrī Rūpa, Sanātana, Raghunātha Bhatta, Raghunātha dāsa, Jīva, and Gopāla Bhatta Gosvāmīs. 

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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