STAVA  MALA

by Raghunatha das Goswami

 

 

Sri Namastaka

O Hari-nama! The tips of the toes of your lotus feet are constantly being worshiped by the glowing radiance emanating from the string of gems known as the Upanisads, the crown jewels of all the Vedas. You are eternally adored by liberated souls, such as Narada and Sukadeva. O Hari-nama! I take complete shelter of you.

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O Hari-nama, O name sung by the sages, O transcendental syllables that bring bliss to the people, even if you are spoken only once, and even if you are spoken disrespectfully, you at once remove the many harsh sufferings of everyone.

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O sun of the holy name, even the dim light of your early dawn gives the sight of pure devotion to they who are blind to the truth. What learned person in this world is able to describe your transcendental glory?

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The Vedas declare that although meditation on impersonal Brahman cannot bring freedom from past karma, O holy name, your appearance at once makes all karma disappear.

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O Holy Name, I pray that my love for you in your many forms, such as Aghadamana (crusher of Aghasura), Yasodanandana (son of Yasoda), Nandasunu (son of Nanda), Kamalanayana (lotus-eyed), Gopicandra (moon of the gopis), Vrndavanendra (King of Vrndavana), Pranatakaruna (merciful to the surrendered souls), and Krsna, may greatly increase.

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O holy name, you are manifested in two forms: 1. the supreme person described by the Holy Name, and 2. the sound vibration of the Holy Name. We know that the second form is more merciful than the first. Even a person who commits many offenses to the first form may become always plunged into an ocean of bliss by serving the second with His voice.

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O name that destroys the many sufferings of they who take shelter of you, O name that is the form of delightful and intense spiritual bliss, O name that is a festival of happiness for Gokula, O perfect and complete Holy Name of Lord Krsna, I bow down and offer my respects to you.

 

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O life of Narada's vina, O flood of the waves of sweet nectar, O holy name of Lord Krsna, please sweetly appear on my tongue.

 

 

First group of eight prayers

glorifying Lord Caitanya

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Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always the most worshipable deity of the demigods, including Lord Siva and Lord Brahma, who came in the garb of ordinary men bearing love for him. He instructs His own pure devotional service to His own devotees. Will He again become visible before the path of my eyes?

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Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the protector of the demigods, the supreme goal of the Upanisads, the be-all and end-all of the great sages, the beautiful shelter of His devotees, and the essence of the love of the lotus-eyed gopis. Will He again be visible before the path of my eyes?

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Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has manifested His own form, which cannot be compared to anything in the material universe. He is very dear to Advaita Acarya, and Srivasa Pandita is surrendered to Him. He is very respectful to Paramananda Puri. He takes away the ignorance of the material world and delivers the conditioned souls suffering from the threefold miseries. He showered His mercy on Maharaja Prataparudra, the King of Orissa. Will He again become visible before the path of my eyes?

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Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu becomes maddened by tasting the mellows of devotional service. His effulgent form is the abode of sweetness for millions of cupids. He is the crest jewel of the sannyasis. His garments display the effulgence of the sun and the splendour of His body eclipses the beauty of gold. Will He again become visible before the path of my eyes?

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Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu chants the Hare Krsna mantra in a loud voice, the holy name dancing on His tongue as He counts the number of recitations with His effulgent hand. His eyes are large, and His long arms, bending as He performs His pastimes, reach down to His knees. Will He again become visible before the path of my eyes?

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Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the topmost of all devotees. Sometimes, while walking on the beach, He would see a beautiful garden nearby and mistake it for the forest of Vrndavana. He would thus be completely overwhelmed by ecstatic love of Krsna and begin to chant the holy name and dance. His tongue worked incessantly as He chanted, "Krsna! Krsna!" Will He again become visible before the path of my eyes?

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Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu danced down the main road in great ecstasy before Lord Jagannatha, the master of Nilacala, who was sitting on His car. Overwhelmed by the transcendental bliss of dancing, and surrounded by the Vaisnavas who sang the holy names, He manifested waves of ecstatic love of Godhead. Will He again become visible before the path of my eyes?

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Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu became joyful during the chanting of the holy names, and He sprinkled the earth with showers of tears. All the hairs of His body, standing on end, appeared like the beautiful filaments of fresh kadamba blossoms, and His body glistened with perspiration. Will He again become visible before the path of my eyes?

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May the great ocean full of waves of pure love for the two white lotus flowers of the feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu become immediately manifested to whatever pious person reads these eight most auspicious verses, his pure intelligence shining with faith as he meditates on Lord Gauranga.

 

 

Dvitiya Caitanyastaka

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By performing the sacrifice of congregational chanting of the holy name, scholars in the age of Kali worship Lord Krsna, who is now non-blackish because of the great upsurge of feelings of Srimati Radharani. He is the only worshipable deity for the paramahamsas, who have attained the highest stage of the fourth order (sannyasa). May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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Loudly shouting "jaya!" as He manifested His sankirtana pastimes that delighted even the fallen and sinful, and His hips bound by a silk garment that eclipsed the splendour of the rising sun, He pacified His mother's grief. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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Lord Krsna desired to taste the limitless nectarean mellows of love of one of His multitude of loving damsels (Sri Radha), and so He has assumed the form of Lord Caitanya. He has tasted that love while hiding His own dark complexion with Her effulgent yellow color. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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By the demons He is never worshiped with love. For the surrendered devotees He defeats the power of material destiny in the three worlds. He is handsome, blissful, and charming. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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He is the shelter of the people of Bengal. His glory is manifested in Navadvipa. By birth He ornaments the brahminical community, which is worshiped in all the worlds. By accepting it, He purifies the paramahamsa-asrama in this world. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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To reveal the truth of pure transcendental love in this world He first jubilantly drank with His mouth the nectar of the holy name, and then discharged it from His eyes on the pretext of shedding tears. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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His form is as splendid as new gold. His waist is decorated with a waterpot. He is as graceful as a regal young elephant. By appreciating His own Krsna-prasadam garlands, He teaches His dear associates. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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His smiling glance at once drives away all the bereavements of the world, and His very words enliven the auspicious creepers of devotion by expanding their leaves. Taking shelter of His lotus feet invokes transcendental love of god at once. May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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At every step may the glorious Supreme Personality of Godhead bring both transcendental happiness and grant auspicious pure love for His own lotus feet to that person who very happily reads these eight verses, which contain the fresh, sweet fragrance of the many blossoming flowers of the glories of Lord Caitanya, the son of Saci.

 

 

Tritiya Caitanyastaka

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Your lotus feet are worshiped by the devoted Siva and other demigods. You are splendidly manifested in the city of Lord Jagannatha. For the surrendered devotees you are a kalpa-vrksa tree. O son of Saci, O Lord, O giver of liberation, please be merciful to me, a great fool.

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Neither the great avataras nor the great intellectuals, headed by Sarvabhauma, can properly describe You. Who is more intelligent than You? I bow down to offer respects to You. O son of Saci, O Lord, O giver of liberation, please be merciful to me, a great fool.

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The jewel of pure devotional service, which the Vedic Upanisads had not revealed and the great avataras not described, you are now throwing into this world from the nectar ocean. O son of Saci, O Lord, O giver of liberation, please be merciful to me, a great fool.

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O Lord whose dancing in ecstatic love filled Siva with wonder, O Lord who revealed to the surrendered devotees the nectar of pure devotion, O Lord who cannot be understood by the proud egoists, O son of Saci, O Lord, O giver of liberation, please be merciful to me, a great fool.

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Out of your great and splendid mercy you deliver even the low-born and sinful. This has made me very happy at heart. I take shelter of you. O son of Saci, O Lord, O giver of liberation, please be merciful to me, a great fool.

 

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O Lord who delights the bumblebees of the surrendered devotees with the honey words trickling from Your lotus mouth, O Lord who is an ocean of the jewels of the holy names that bring auspiciousness to all people, O son of Saci, O Lord, O giver of liberation, please be merciful to me, a great fool.

 

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O moon-faced Lord, O Lord with glistening, sleepless lotus eyes, O Lord whose smile is a cluster of flowers, O Lord whose lips are handsome, O Lord whose chest is broad, O Lord whose arms are like two glorious snakes, O Lord as splendid as millions of Kamadevas, O son of Saci, O Lord, O giver of liberation, please be merciful to me, a great fool.

 

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O Lord as splendid as a golden ketaki flower, I am the most wicked person in the world. still, even if a person is filled with a great host of faults, you do not seen the slightest fault in him. For this reason, O Lord who is kind to the fallen, I worship you with a humble heart. O son of Saci, O Lord, O giver of liberation, please be merciful to me, a great fool.

 

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O festival of happiness for this world, O pleasure of the heart of Saci, O splendid moon of glory, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, please grant auspicious love for you to those persons who, their hearts rapt in meditation on your footprints, read these eight verses.

 

 

 

First Set of eight prayers glorfying Lord Kesava, who enjoys pastimes in the forest

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All glories to Sri Krsna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana forest. His complexion is as splendid as sapphires. He wears kadamba blossom earrings, and His broad chest is decorated with a garland of gunja.

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All glories to Sri Krsna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana forest. He is the cakora bird that drinks the moonlight of Sri Radha's face. He steals away the composure of all the gopis. Skillfully clapping His hands in the rhythm known as carcari, He dances very gracefully.

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All glories to Sri Krsna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana forest. He stopped His relatives from performing the famous sacrifice. He removed Indra's pride, and to protect the people of Vraja He playfully lifted Govardhana Hill.

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All glories to Sri Krsna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana forest. His pastimes are glorified by the parrots. By decorating His flute with many beautiful melodies, He glorifies the festival of His transcendental amorous love.

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All glories to Sri Krsna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana forest. The luster of His silk garments eclipses the glory of gold. The top of His head is decorated with a peacock feather. He pleases the splendid girls of Vraja.

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All glories to Sri Krsna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana forest. He is anointed with fragrant sandal paste. His hips are decorated with a golden belt. He is the elephant bound by the rope of the raised breasts of Sri Radhika.

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All glories to Sri Krsna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana forest. His forehead is splendid with golden dhatu tilaka. His campaka garland moves to and fro in His pastimes. He meets the beautiful-eyebrowed gopis in the palatial caves of Govardhana Hill.

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All glories to Sri Krsna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrndavana forest. His dancing sidelong glances make the gopis drop all their household duties. He is the charming lover of Vrsabhanu's daughter, who is mad with love for Him.

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He who reads these eight verses, which are beautified by the Lord's charming pastimes in the forest, will attain many splendid transcendental virtues. He will become attached to the service of the Lord's lotus feet.

 

 

 

 

Second Set of eight prayers glorfying Lord Kesava, who enjoys pastimes in the forest

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Always charming with amorous smiles, as if devoured by the waves of Radha's sidelong glances, His jubilant face like the moon, His Head decorated with a peacock feather, and His complexion as charming as a monsoon cloud, the Lord shines with great splendour as He enjoys pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.

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Starting the orchestra of winds, strings, and drums, and gracefully moving as He plays King of the dance in the midst of the circle of beautifully decorated girls on the Yamuna's shore, the Lord shines with great splendour as He enjoys pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.

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When the peacock sings the first note and the cuckoo the fifth, Krsna unleashes the most beautiful gandharva melody on His flute, and steals away the peaceful composure of the three worlds. In this way the Lord, fragrant with musk, shines with great splendour as He enjoys pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.

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Taking Radha's fingers in the peerless twigs of His own hand, and strolling with Her in a garden of flowers as the young girls of Vraja sing in wonderfully beautiful voices, the Lord shines with great splendour as He enjoys pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.

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His senses completely absorbed in the dancing, singing, and instrumental music as the peacocks dance, the bamboos sound in the wind, and the bumblebees sing in the arena of Vraja's hill, the Lord shines with great splendour as He enjoys pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.

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His confidential pastimes transformed by the reciting parrots into a wonderful flooding river, and himself smiling as He whispers their words in the ear of His beloved, the Lord shines with great splendour as He enjoys pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.

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Very sweetly flattering Radha by saying, "look! Seeing your beautiful hair, this peacock has become stunned. This krtnasara deer bows down to offer respect to the beauty of your lotus eyes. This bumblebee is praising your curling hair," the Lord shines with great splendour as He enjoys pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.

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Following the various expert instructions of the passionate girls, He places His broad arm on His beloved's shoulders where Her hair has fallen. The Lord shines with great splendour as He enjoys pastimes in the forest of Vrndavana.

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He who with a joyful Heart reads these eight prayers, which are beautiful with many peerless pastimes, and which make one remember the Lord who plays in the forest of Vrndavana, the Lord, who is worshiped by the supremely virtuous Radha, and who is the king of the forest of Vrndavana, leads to His own lotus feet.

 

 

 

 

Eight Prayers glorfying the youthful couple of Vraja

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I worship the youthful couple of Vraja, who are full of all handsomeness, charm, and intelligence, the splendour of whose garments eclipses sikhikandhara and gold, and the splendour of whose transcendental forms is like a golden ketaka flower and a monsoon cloud.

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I worship the youthful couple of Vraja, who anoint all directions with their faces' splendour, which is the brother of all fragrant substances, which eclipses the sweetness of the full moon, and which mocks the lotus flowers' pride in their beauty.

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I worship the youthful couple of Vraja, who shook off a great abundance of red sindura in their playful quarrel, who are like two proud, splendid elephants playfully marked by Kamadeva's great goad, and who are intent on enjoying a festival of transcendental pastimes in the cottage of vines.

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I worship the youthful couple of Vraja, who are flooded with tears of joy flowing from Their hearts' lakes filled by the swiftly flowing mountain streams of their intense love, and who, the hairs of their bodies erect with bliss, have become as splendid as blossoming kadamba flowers.

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I worship the youthful couple of Vraja, who, both great acaryas in the pastimes of amorous battle, first wound each other with the arrows of the splendour of their restless sidelong glances, and finally defeat each other with sweet joking words that have no equal in the entire world.

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I worship the youthful couple of Vraja, who enjoy transcendental pastimes in the forest with their affectionate friends expert at very wonderful playfulness, and who delight the deer and doe of each other's heart with rhythmic clapping very pleasing to the ear.

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I worship the youthful couple of Vraja, who, their arms expert at gracefully rhythmic splashing, during the hot summer enjoy water-pastimes in their favorite lake fragrant with many new lotuses that are great palaces filled with sweet honey.

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I worship the youthful couple of Vraja, who are expert at quarrelling in the dice-game, the expert friends of both sides, witnesses to the game, loudly proclaiming victory and forcibly taking the wagered pries.

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They who take pleasure in reading these eight verses, which blossom with the transcendental qualities of the youthful couple of Vraja, will attain the ever-new sweetness of pure transcendental love, and will reside near the divine couple's lotus feet.

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I meditate on Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, who from the charming corners of their eyes lick each other's splendid beauty, who embrace each other with arms where the hairs stand erect in ecstasy, who are fair and dark, who wear blue and golden garments, and who thirst to enjoy transcendental amorous pastimes.

 

 

 

Mukunda-muktavali

A Necklace of Pearls for Lord Mukunda

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Let me praise Yasoda-gopi's little son, whose complexion is the color of a new monsoon cloud, who wears splendid campaka earrings, whose face is a blossoming lotus, who smiles gently, who wears silk garments splendid as gold, who wears a peacock feather crown, and who is the best of all persons.

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May Nanda's son, whose face defeats the autumn moon, who is an ocean of playfulness and handsomeness, who holds a toy ball in His hand, who is the life-friend of the gopis, whose transcendental form is now covered with dust, whose flute is tucked under His arm, and whose words are obeyed by the cows, protect me.

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O Lord who killed the demon Sankhacuda, O Lord embraced by the gopis, O Lord who rises in the hearts of the devotees, O Lord who wears a peacock feather crown, O Lord who wears a charming gunja necklace, O Lord who enjoys transcendental pastimes in the beautiful forest, O Lord who wears jasmine flower earrings, O Lord Mukunda, please protect me.

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O Lord who became angry to see the gopas troubled by the great floods and rains from the terrible clouds sent by Indra, angry at the stopping of His yaj˝a, O Lord who lifted the great hill with your left lotus hand, O Lord who protected Vraja, O lotus-eyed Lord, please, please protect me in the same way.

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May the Lord who, wearing a beautiful necklace of starlike pearls, appears like a god of love in the gopis' hearts, who is angry at Kamsa, the crest jewel of all demons, who delights in playing the flute, and who carries the Sarnga bow, give transcendental happiness to us.

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May Lord Krsna's transcendental form, which is filled with wonderful pastimes, which is dark as a garland of monsoon clouds, which loves the beautiful and slender gopis, which is glorified by all the sages, which is pleased by the cows, protect me.

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Please worship the handsome Lord, whose face removes the pride of the full moon, who is glorified as the pleasure-palace of King Nanda, who is anointed with sandal paste, who has made a mountain cave His palace to enjoy amorous pastimes with the beautiful gopis, who lifted a great mountain, and whose neck is flooded by the splendour of His earrings.

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Please worship the Lord, who is the auspiciousness of Gokula's courtyards, who liberated Putana, who has handsome jasmine-flower teeth, whose eyes are glorified by the lotus flowers, who holds a very fragrant, blossoming lotus in His flower-blossom hand, whom even the demigods cannot approach, and who is the beloved of the gopis.

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Let me glorify the Lord, the splendour of whose face eclipses the moon, the corners of whose cheeks are the place where jewelled shark-shaped earrings dance, who wears a garland of lotus petals, whose arms are supremely powerful, and who killed the demon Kamsa.

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May the cowherd boy who, splashed by waves of angaraga, has now become golden, whose hand held a great mountain, who is the auspiciousness of the gopţs, the blossoming creeper of whose fame shines with smiling jasmine flowers in all directions, and whose blossoming eyebrows are very graceful, now protect you.

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O Lord who checked Indra, O prince of Vraja, O Lord who stopped the rain, O Lord who removed the floods, O Lord who protected Vraja, O Lord who pleased the cows, O Lord who lifted the hill, O Lord who stays with your friends and relatives, I glorify you.

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O lance at the heart of King Kamsa, O Lord who always stays by the banks of the Yamuna, O Lord who wears a handsome peacock-feather crown, O root of all moving and nonmoving beings, I offer my respectful obeisances unto you.

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May the Lord, who is splendidly anointed with sandal paste, whose transcendental form defeats the monsoon clouds, who protects the demigods, who pleases the earth, who enjoys the nectar of transcendental mellows, who enjoys transcendental pastimes, whose white teeth are very handsome, and who is the kind giver of benedictions, be kind to me.

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Please offer your respectful obeisances to the Lord, whose flute is filled with waves of music, whose transcendental form is splendid as a new monsoon cloud, who creates great waves of amorous desire in the hearts of the young gopis, and who dances on the Yamuna's shore.

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I worship the Lord, who is dark as a new monsoon cloud, whose ideal character pleases the entire world, who places the flute to His mouth, who wears a peacock feather crown, who holds a stick in His hand, whose eyes are handsome lotus flowers, who wears a great gu˝ja necklace, and who stays in the forest.

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I worship the King of the gopas, who removed the burden of the earth, who removed a host of sufferings, whose heroic prowess is sung throughout the world, who wears a great necklace of jewels, whose hair is soft and black, who is splendidly decorated with forest flowers, and who is an ocean of mercy.

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May Devaki's son, who is the thief of the splendid gopis' garments, whose bodily luster defeats the sun, and whose powerful broad arms are gloriously decorated with sandal paste, always protect you all.

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Please meditate on the Lord, who is the savior from the cycle of repeated birth and death, who is the herder of the surabhi cows, who holds a flute, who is expert at playing, who is decorated with pictures drawn in mineral colors, who is the enemy of the demons, and who is the lover of the gopis.

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I eternally offer my respectful obeisances to the Lord, who holds a morsel of food, who is colored with flower pollen, who is my only shelter, whose feet are lotus flowers, who crushed Aristasura, who attracts the gopis, and who is a festival of transcendental bliss.

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Please worship the Lord, who is a palace of transcendental pastimes, whose teeth are charming, who is amorous, whose face is the moon, whose chest is a lotus, who is splendid with fame, and who holds a lotus in His hand.

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May the Lord, who is the death of the demons, who wears a garland of karnikara flowers, who playfully sounds the fifth note on His flute, the waves of whose pastimes flood the gopis' hearts, who is supremely independent, and who is Kamsa's enemy, protect you all.

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May the Lord, who enjoys glorious and blissful pastimes in Vrndavana forest, who is the Kamadeva in the gopis' Hearts, who speaks playful joking words, who stole the gopis' garments and then climbed a kadamba tree, and who wears a peacock feather crown, protect me.

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O friend busily hurrying about, please develop love and devotion for Lord Hari's splendid toenails, the shelter of the surrendered devotees.

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May Lord Hari, who wears handsome garments, who stays on the Yamuna's shore, who is the leader of the gopas, who is the abode of transcendental virtues, who is supremely pure, and who is splendid as a monsoon cloud, appear in my heart.

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O Lord who playfully broke the yamala-arjuna trees, O Lord whose charming pastimes please everyone, O Lord whose dancing eyebrows defeat the restless kha˝jana birds, O conqueror of Kaliya, please protect me.

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O Lord whose glories are proclaimed in all the worlds, O Lord who kills all the demons, O son of Yasoda, O Lord dressed in yellow garments, please grant my greatest desire.

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O intelligent men, please at once place Lord Mukunda, who wears a graceful peacock feather in His hair, whose forehead defeats the crescent moon, and the glory of whose teeth eclipses the jasmine buds, in your heart.

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May the Lord, who protects the surabhi cows, who expertly crushes the frightened enemies of the demigods, who again and again plays the flute, and who wears a garland of forest flowers, grant auspiciousness to you.

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May you develop great devotion for Lord Mukunda, who pleases all the boys, whose bimba fruit lips drink the flute, who kills the demons, who is kissed by the gopis, who worships King Nanda, who is the root of all playfulness, and whose belly contains all the universes.

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May the transcendental form named Krsna, the glorious lips of which are kissed by the young gopis, the eyes of which are restless with amorous passion, which is a monsoon of

transcendental bliss, which is splendid as a new monsoon cloud, which is the most sweet thing in all the worlds, and which is gracefully garlanded, protect you all.