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Sri Guru Devashtakam

By

Sri Viswanatha Chakravarthi Thakura

 

Translated by

P.R.Ramachander

 

(Known also as Haricharan das, Takura belonged to the Guru lineage of Sri Chaithanya Maha Prabhu.This great prayer is addressed to his Guru.I became aware of it from a tamil translation of this prayer done by Sri Kannan of Navi Mumbai and published in MUkthi Priya August , 2011 issue. I have also used the translation given to this octet in

http://www.stephen-knapp.com/standard_hare_krishna_songs.htm)

 

 

1.Samsara davanala leeta loka thraanayakarunya ghanaghanathwam ,

Prapthasya , kalyani gunarnavasyaVande Guro , Sri Charanaravindham

 

I salute the lotus like feet of the Guru,

Who saves peoplewho are being burnt in the forest fire of Samasra,(domestic life)

Who is the richcloud which showers mercy,

And who is the sea of endless auspicious qualities.

 

2.Maha prabho,keerthava , nruthya , githa vadhithra maadhyan manaso rasena.

Romancha kampasru tharangabhajo, Vande GuroSri Charanaravindham.

 

I salute the lotus like feet of the Guru,

Who sings songs of the great Lord* while dancing and playing musical instruments,

Whilehis mindis full of the nectar of love towards him,

Making his hairs stand erect , his body shiver and his tears flow like waves.

†††† *Refers to Sage Chaithanya Maha Prabhu/Lord Krishna

 

3.Sri Vigraharadhana nithya naanaa srungara thanmandhira marjannadhi,

Yukthasyabhakthamscha niyymjathopi, Vandhe Guro Sri Charanaravindham.

 

I salute the lotus like feet of the Guru who is engaged in worship of Godís idol,

Though several devotees have been appointed,

Forvarious decorative works washing and cleaning the temple .

 

4.Chathurvida Sri bhagawat prasda, swadannathrupthaan hari bhaktha sanghaan,

Kruthyaivathrupthi bhajathasadaiva, Vandhe Guro Sri Charanaravindham

 

I salute the lotus like feet of the Guru,who used to get satisfied ,

By offeringto the God four types of offerings(That which can be chewed, sucked, licked and drunk)

And see the crowds of devotees taking these offeringsand getting satisfied.

 

5.Sri Radhikamadhavayor aparamadhurya leelaa guna roopa naamnaam,

Pratheekshan aswadhanalolulupasya, Vandhe Guro Sri Charanaravindham

 

I salute the lotus like feet of the Guru,who was interested in enjoying,

The verygreat sweet plays of Krishna and Radha ,

Their auspicious forms as wellastheir divine names.

 

6.Nikujjayoonorathi kelisidhayai yaayalibhir yukthir apekshaneeya,

Thathraathi dakshayadhathivallabhasya ,Vandhe Guro Sri Charanaravindham

 

I salute the lotus like feet of the Guru,†† becausehe was an expert ,

In assisting the friends ofRadha and Krishna in making arrangements,

For their enjoyable love play .

 

7.Sakshaad harithwenasamasthasasthrair rukthasthadha bhavyathayeva sadabhi,

Kinthu prabhoryaPriya yevathasya, Vandhe Guro Sri Charanaravindham

 

I salute the lotus like feet of the Guru,Who is considered equal to Hari,

By all Sasthras , which is agreed upon by greatly good people,

But he himselfonly thinksthat he is one dearto the Lord.

 

8.Yasya prasadath bhagawath prasado , yasya aprasadaan nagathi kuthopi,

Dhyayamsthvamthasyayasas thri sanadhayam, Vandhe Guro Sri Charanaravindham

 

I salute the lotus like feet of the Guru,Whose joy is the joy of the God,

And whose displeasure†† shuts off all further path,

And who Sould bemeditatedthree times at dawn, noon and dusk.

 

9.Srimadh gurorashtakam yethad uchaibrahme muhoorthe padathi prayathnaath

Yasthena vrundavana nadhasakshaath sevaiva labhyaajanushonthi yeva.

 

Effort ofreading loudly this octetaddressed to the Guru, in very early morning,

Wouldlead devotesat the end of their lives, to become servantsof the real Lord of Brindavan.