Devotee Prayers

Prayer to the Guru by Śrī Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura 

This is one of my favorite prayers. We present Śrī Babaji’s translations below.

ŚRĪ ŚRĪ GURU-AṢṬAKAM 

(1) 

saṁsāra-dāvānala-līḍha-loka-trāṇāya kāruṇya-ghanāghanatvam 

prāptasya kalyāṇa-guṇārṇavasya vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam 

I bow down to the lotus feet of my guru, who possesses an ocean of auspicious qualities. His feet are like a dense cloud of grace, protecting people from the burning forest fire of worldly life. 

(2) 

mahāprabhoḥ kīrtana-nṛtya-gīta-vāditra-mādyan-manaso rasena

romāñca-kampāśru-taraṅga-bhājo vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam 

Intoxicated by Mahāprabhu’s kīrtana—dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments while reflecting on the joy of devotion—the guru’s body quivers and shows goosebumps as tears fall from his eyes. I bow down to his lotus feet. 

(3) 

śrī-vigrahārādhana-nitya-nānā-śṛṅgāra-tan-mandira-mārjanādau

yuktasya bhaktāṁś ca niyuñjato ’pi vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam 

Regularly worshipping the deity of Śrī Rādhā and Śrī Kṛṣṇa, decorating Them in various ways, cleaning Their temple and so on—he also engages others in doing the same. I bow down to his lotus feet. 

(4) 

catur-vidha-śrī-bhagavat-prasāda-svādv-anna-tṛptān hari-bhakta-saṅghān

kṛtvaiva tṛptiṁ bhajataḥ sadaiva vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam 

He is satisfied only after he has fed the host of devotees with four types of delicious food that has been offered to Śrī Kṛṣṇa. I bow down to his lotus feet. 

(5) 

śrī-rādhikā-mādhavayor apāra-mādhurya-līlā guṇa-rūpa-nāmnām

prati-kṣaṇāsvādana-lolupasya vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam 

He is always eager to relish the unlimited, sweet pastimes, qualities, beauty, form, and names of Śrī Rādhikā and Mādhava. I bow down to his lotus feet. 

(6) 

nikuñja-yūno rati-keli-siddhyai yā yālibhir yuktir apekṣaṇīyā 

tatrāti-dākṣyād ati-vallabhasya vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam 

He is very dear to Śrī Kṛṣṇa, because he is expert in suggesting to the gopīs the ways and means for Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa to meet secretly in the groves of Vṛndāvana. I bow down to his lotus feet. 

(7) 

sākṣād-dharitvena samasta-śāstrair uktas tathā bhāvyata eva sadbhiḥ

kintu prabhor yaḥ priya eva tasya vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam 

All the scriptures say he is Kṛṣṇa Himself, and all the learned devotees accept him in that way, but he is a dear devotee of Kṛṣṇa. I bow down to his lotus feet. 

(8) 

yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādo yasyāprasādān na gatiḥ kuto ’pi

dhyāyan stuvaṁs tasya yaśas tri-sandhyaṁ vande guroḥ śrī-caraṇāravindam 

I meditate on and praise his greatness at the three junctions of the day. Only by pleasing him is Kṛṣṇa pleased. Without pleasing him, my spiritual life has no meaning. I bow down to his lotus feet.

Categories: Devotee Prayers

Tagged as:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s