Sri Sri Gurv-ashtaka

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Yamuna Jivana Dasa
11-19-2016
Yamuna Jivana Dasa

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These are eight beautiful prayers glorifying the spiritual master who guides the aspiring devotee towards realizing the supreme Lord.

These are the eight prayers to the spiritual master written by Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura, a great saint who lived on this earth between 1638 and 1708.  He was a very exalted personality revered by Gaudiya Vaishnavas (devotees) for his deep and lucid commentaries on the Vedic literatures like the Srimad Bhagavatam.
It is amazing how many of these exalted personalities were also such skilled musicians and poets as well.  The 26 qualities of the pure devotees resided in them, no doubt, being poetic and expert (qualities 24 and 26 respectively) no less.

This rendition which we have humbly attempted for the pleasure of all devotees has a typical South Indian style of instrumentation to the musical arrangements, with harmonic introludes where two wind instruments play together harmonic melodies with each other.

 

If this at all pleases you, then we beg that you might offer your kind blessings that this singer may some day develop a deep attachment to Lord Krishna's pastimes in Vrindavana, so that he can think of nothing else, and so that his mind may always be drawn to a resident of Vraja who can give this quality of devotion to the Lord.

Lyrics

Sri Sri Gurv-ashtaka
Eight Prayers to the Guru
by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, who appeared in the middle of the seventeenth century, is a great spiritual master in the Krishna conscious chain of gurus and disciples. He says, "One who, with great care and attention, loudly recites this beautiful prayer to the spiritual master during the brahma-muhurta obtains direct service to Krishna, the Lord of Vrindavana, at the time of his death."

Text One
samsara-davanala-lidha-loka-
tranaya karunya-ghanaghanatvam
praptasya kalyana-gunarnavasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
SYNONYMS
samsara—(of) material existence; dava-anala—(by) the forest fire; lidha—afflicted; loka—the people; tranaya—to deliver; karunya—of mercy; ghanaghana-tvam—the quality of a cloud; praptasya—who has obtained; kalyana—auspicious; guna—(of) qualities; arnavasya—who is an ocean; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION
The spiritual master is receiving benediction from the ocean of mercy. Just as a cloud pours water on a forest fire to extinguish it, so the spiritual master delivers the materially afflicted world by extinguishing the blazing fire of material existence. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is an ocean of auspicious qualities.
Text Two
mahaprabhoh kirtana-nritya-gita-
vaditra-madyan-manaso rasena
romanca-kampasru-taranga-bhajo
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
SYNONYMS
mahaprabhoh—of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu; kirtana—(by) chanting; nritya—dancing; gita—singing; vaditra—playing musical instruments; madyat—gladdened; manasah—whose mind; rasena—due to the mellows of pure devotion; roma-anca—standing of the hair; kampa—quivering of the body, asru-taranga—torrents of tears; bhajah—who feels; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION
Chanting the holy name, dancing in ecstasy, singing, and playing musical instruments, the spiritual master is always gladdened by the sankirtana movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because he is relishing the mellows of pure devotion within his mind, sometimes his hair stands on end, he feels quivering in his body, and tears flow from his eyes like waves. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
Text Three
sri-vigraharadhana-nitya-nana-
sringara-tan-mandira-marjanadau
yuktasya bhaktams ca niyunjato 'pi
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
SYNONYMS
sri-vigraha—(of) the arca-vigraha (Deities), aradhana—the worship; nitya—daily; nana-(with) various; sringara—clothing and ornaments; tat—of the Lord; mandira—(of) the temple; marjana-adau—in the cleaning, etc.; yuktasya—who is engaged; bhaktan—his disciples; ca—and; niyunjatah—who engages; api—also; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION
The spiritual master is always engaged in the temple worship of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna. He also engages his disciples in such worship. They dress the Deities in beautiful clothes and ornaments, clean Their temple, and perform other similar worship of the Lord. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
Text Four
catur-vidha-sri-bhagavat-prasada-
svadv-anna-triptan hari-bhakta-sanghan
kritvaiva triptim bhajatah sadaiva
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
SYNONYMS
catuh—four; vidha—kinds; sri—holy, bhagavat-prasada—which have been offered to Krishna; svadu—palatable; anna—(by) foods; triptan—spiritually satisfied; hari—(of) Krishna; bhakta-sanghan—the devotees; kritva—having made; eva—thus; triptim—satisfaction; bhajatah—who feels; sada—always; eva—certainly; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION
The spiritual master is always offering Krishna four kinds of delicious food [analyzed as that which is licked, chewed, drunk, and sucked]. When the spiritual master sees that the devotees are satisfied by eating bhagavat-prasada, he is satisfied. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
Text Five
sri-radhika-madhavayor apara-
madhurya-lila guna-rupa-namnam
prati-kshanasvadana-lolupasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
SYNONYMS
sri-radhika—(of) Srimati Radharani; madhavayoh—of Lord Madhava (Krishna); apara—unlimited; madhurya—conjugal; lila—pastimes; guna—qualities; rupa—forms; namnam—of the holy names; prati-kshana—at every moment; asvadana—relishing; lolupasya—who aspires after; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION
The spiritual master is always eager to hear and chant about the unlimited conjugal pastimes of Radhika and Madhava, and Their qualities, names, and forms. The spiritual master aspires to relish these at every moment. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
Text Six
nikunja-yuno rati-keli-siddhyai
ya yalibhir yuktir apekshaniya
tatrati-dakshyad ati-vallabhasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
SYNONYMS
nikunja-yunah—of Radha and Krishna; rati—(of) conjugal love; keli—(of) pastimes; siddhyai—for the perfection; ya ya- whatever; alibhih—by the gopis; yuktih—arrangements; apekshaniya—desirable; tatra—in that connection; ati-dakshyat—because of being very expert; ati-vallabhasya—who is very dear; vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION
The spiritual master is very dear, because he is expert in assisting the gopis, who at different times make different tasteful arrangements for the perfection of Radha and Krishna's conjugal loving affairs within the groves of Vrindavana. I offer my most humble obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master.
Text Seven
sakshad-dharitvena samasta-sastrair
uktas tatha bhavyata eva sadbhih
kintu prabhor yah priya eva tasya
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
SYNONYMS
sakshat—directly; hari-tvena—with the quality of Hari; samasta- all; sastraih—by scriptures; uktah—acknowledged; tatha—thus bhavyate—is considered; eva—also; sadbhih—by great saintly persons; kintu—however; prabhoh—to the Lord; yah—who; priyah—dear; eva—certainly; tasya—of him (the guru); vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION
The spiritual master is to be honored as much as the Supreme Lord, because he is the most confidential servitor of the Lord. This is acknowledged in all revealed scriptures and followed by all authorities. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of such a spiritual master, who is a bona fide representative of Sri Hari [Krishna].
Text Eight
yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto 'pi
dhyayan stuvams tasya yasas tri-sandhyam
vande guroh sri-caranaravindam
SYNONYMS
yasya—of whom (the spiritual master); prasadat—by the grace; bhagavat—(of) Krishna; prasadah—the mercy; yasya—of whom; aprasadat—without the grace; na—not; gatih—means of advancement; kutah api—anywhere; dhyayan—meditating upon; stuvan—praising; tasya—of him (the spiritual master); yasah—the glory; tri-sandhyam—three times a day (sunrise, noon, and sunset); vande—I offer obeisances; guroh—of my spiritual master; sri—auspicious; carana-aravindam—unto the lotus feet.
TRANSLATION
By the mercy of the spiritual master one receives the benediction of Krishna. Without the grace of the spiritual master, one cannot make any advancement. Therefore, I should always remember and praise the spiritual master. At least three times a day I should offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master.

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