hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare / hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

Sri Namastaka


Eight Prayers Glorifying the Holy Name
by Srila Rupa Gosvami

 

Text 1

nikhila-sruti-mauli-ratna-mala-
dyuti-nirajita-pada-pankajanta
ayi mukta-kulair upasyamanam
paritas tvam hari-nama samsrayami

nikhila - of all; sruti - the Vedas; mauli - crown; ratna - jewels;
mala - necklace; dyuti - effulgence; nirajita - worshiped; pada - feet;
pankaja - lotus; anta - tips of the toes; ayi - O!; mukta-kulair - by the
liberated souls; upasyamanam - adored; paritas - completely; tvam - You;
hari - of Hari; nama - name; samsrayami - I take shelter.

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.
 

Text 2

jaya namadheya muni-vanda-geya he
jana-ranjanaya param akrarakate
tvam anadarad api manag udiritam
nikhilogra-tapa-patalim vilumpasi

jaya - all glories; namadheya - O holy name; muni - of sages; vanda
- by the multitudes; geya - chanted; he - O!; jana - of the people;
ranjanaya - for the happiness; param - supreme; akrara - of syllables; akate
- the form; tvam - You; anadarad - without respect; api - even; manag -
once; udiritam - spoken; nikhila - all; ugra - terrible; tapa - tortures;
patalim - abundance; vilumpasi - you take away.

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.
 

Text 3

yad-abhaso 'py udyan kavalita-bhava-dhvanta-vibhavo
dasam tattvandhanam api disati bhakti-pranayinim
janas tasyodattam jagati bhagavan-nama-tarane
kati te nirvaktum ka iha mahimanam prabhavati

yad-abhaso - the dim light of which; apy - even; udyan - rising;
kavalita - swallowed up; bhava - of repeated birth and death; dhvanta -
darkness; vibhavo - power; dasam - of the eyes; tattva - to the truth;
andhanam - blind; api - even; disati - indicates; bhakti - devotional
service; pranayinim - causing; janas - people; tasya - of Him; udattam -
exalted; jagati - in the world; bhagavan - of the Supreme Personality of
Godhead; nama - of the name; tarane - in the deliverance; kati - pious
person; te - of You; nirvaktum - tp describe; ka - who; iha - here;
mahimanam - glory; prabhavati - is able.

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

Text 4

yad-brahma-sakrat-kati-nirthayapi
vinasam ayati vina na bhogaih
apaiti nama sphuranena tat te
prarabdha-karmeti virauti vedah

yad-brahma - Brahman; sakrat - direct; kati - activity; nirthaya -
faith; api - also; vinasam - to destruction; ayati - goes; vina - without;
na - not; bhogaih - enjoyment; apaiti - attains; nama - of the name;
sphuranena - by the appearancew; tat - that; te - of You; prarabdha - begun;
karma - karma; iti - thus; virauti - declares; vedah - the vedas

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.
 

Text 5

aghadamana-yasodanandanau nandasuno
kamalanayana-gopicandra-vandavanendrah
pranatakaruna-Krsnav ity aneka-svarupe
tvayi mama ratir uccair vardhatam namadheya

aghadamana - crusher of Agha; yasodanandanau - son of Yasoda;
nandasuno - son of Nanda Maharaja; kamalanayana - lotus eyed; gopicandra -
moon of the gopis; vrndavanendrah - moon of Vrndavana; pranatakaruna -
merciful to the worshipper; Krsnav - Krsna; ity - thus; aneka - many;
svarupe - forms; tvayi - in You; mama - of me; ratir - love; uccair -
greatly; vardhatam - may increase; namadheya - the holy names.

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),
Vrindavanendra (King of Vrindavana), Pranatakaruna (Merciful to the
surrendered souls), and Krsna, may greatly increase.
 

Text 6

vacyam vacakam ity udeti bhavato nama svarupa-dvayam
purvasmat param eva hanta karunam tatrapi janimahe
yas tasmin vihitaparadha-nivahah prani samantad bhaved
asyenedam upasya so 'pi hi sadanandambudhau majjati

vacyam - the object described; vacakam - the words; ity - thus;
udeti - rises; bhavato - of you; nama - of the name; svarupa - the form;
dvayam - both; purvasmat - as before; param - great; eva - indeed; hanta -
indeed; karunam - compassion; tatra - there; api - even; janimahe - we know;
yas - one who; tasmin - in that; vihitaparadha - committed an offense;
nivahah - multitude; prani - living entity; samantad - completely; bhaved -
may be; asyena - with the mouth; idam - this; upasya - worshiping; so - He;
api - even; hi - indeed; sadanandambudhau - in the ocean of bliss; majjati -
plunges.

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.
 

Text 7

suditasrita-janarti-rasaye
ramya-cid-ghana-sukha-svarupine
nama gokula-mahotsavaya te
Krsna purna-vapure namo namah

sudita - destroyed; asrita - sheltered; jana - of the people; arti -
sufferings; rasaye - abundance; ramya - charming; cid - spirit; ghana -
intense; sukha - happiness; svarupine - own form; nama - name; gokula - in
Gokula; mahotsavaya - for a great festival; te - of You; Krsna - of Lord
Krsna; purna - the perfect and full; vapure - transcendental form; namo -
obeisances; namah - obeisances.

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. I bow down and
offer my respects to You.

 

Text 8

narada-vinojjivana
sudhormi-niryasa-madhuri-pura
tvam Krsna-nama kamam
sphura me rasane rasena sada

narada - of Narada; vina - of the lute; ujjivana - the life; sudha -
of nectar; urmi - waves; niryasa - essence; madhuri - sweetness; pura -
flood; tvam - You; Krsna - of Krsna; nama - O name; kamam - if You wish;
sphura - please appear; me - of me; rasane - of the tongue; rasena - with
nectar; sada - always.

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!

 


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