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