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Sri Sri Sad-goswamy-astaka

"Eight Prayers to the Six Goswamis"
by Srinivasa Acharya


1.
krsnotkirtana-gana-nartana-parau premamrtambho-nidhi
dhiradhira-jana-priyau priya-karau nirmatsarau pujitau
sri-caitanya-krpa-bharau bhuvi bhuvo bharavahantarakau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

1. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis,

namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami,
Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami,
who are always engaged in chanting the holy name of Krsna and dancing.
They are just like the ocean of love of God, and they are popular both with the gentle and with the ruffians,
because they are not envious of anyone. Whatever they do, they are all-pleasing to everyone,
and they are fully blessed by Lord Caitanya. Thus they are engaged in missionary activities
meant to deliver all the conditioned souls in the material universe.



2.
nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthapakau
lokanam hita-karinau tri-bhuvane manyau saranyakarau
radha-krsna-padaravinda-bhajananandena mattalikau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

2. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis,

namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami,
Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami,
who are very expert in scrutinizingly studying all the revealed scriptures
with the aim of establishing eternal religious principles for the benefit of all human beings.
Thus they are honored all over the three worlds and they are worth taking shelter of
because they are absorbed in the mood of the gopis
and are engaged in the transcendental loving service of Radha and Krsna.


3.
sri-gauranga-gunanuvarnana-vidhau sraddha-samrddhy-anvitau
papottapa-nikrntanau tanu-bhrtam govinda-ganamrtaih
anandambudhi-vardhanaika-nipunau kaivalya-nistarakau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

3. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis,

namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami,
Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami,
who are very much enriched in understanding of Lord Caitanya
and who are thus expert in narrating His transcendental qualities.
They can purify all conditioned souls from the reactions of their sinful activities
by pouring upon them transcendental songs about Govinda.
As such, they are very expert in increasing the limits of the ocean of transcendental bliss,
and they are the saviors of the living entities from the devouring mouth of liberation.



4.
tyaktva turnam asesa-mandala-pati-srenim sada tuccha-vat
bhutva dina-ganesakau karunaya kaupina-kanthasritau
gopi-bhava-rasamrtabdhi-lahari-kallola-magnau muhur
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

4. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis,

namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami,
Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami,
who kicked off all association of aristocracy as insignificant.
In order to deliver the poor conditioned souls,
they accepted loincloths, treating themselves as mendicants,
but they are always merged in the ecstatic ocean of the gopis' love for Krsna
and bathe always and repeatedly in the waves of that ocean.


5.
kujat-kokila-hamsa-sarasa-ganakirne mayurakule
nana-ratna-nibaddha-mula-vitapa-sri-yukta-vrndavane
radha-krsnam ahar-nisam prabhajatau jivarthadau yau muda
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

5. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis,

namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami,
Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami,
who were always engaged in worshiping Radha-Krsna in the transcendental land of Vrndavana
where there are beautiful trees full of fruits and flowers
which have under their roots all valuable jewels.
The Gosvamis are perfectly competent to bestow upon the living entities
the greatest boon of the goal of life.


6.
sankhya-purvaka-nama-gana-natibhih kalavasani-krtau
nidrahara-viharakadi-vijitau catyanta-dinau ca yau
radha-krsna-guna-smrter madhurimanandena sammohitau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

6. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis,

namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami,
Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami,
who were engaged in chanting the holy names of the Lord and bowing down in a scheduled measurement.
In this way they utilized their valuable lives and in executing these devotional activities
they conquered over eating and sleeping and were always meek and humble
enchanted by remembering the transcendental qualities of the Lord.


7.
radha-kunda-tate kalinda-tanaya-tire ca vamsivate
premonmada-vasad asesa-dasaya grastau pramattau sada
gayantau ca kada harer guna-varam bhavabhibhutau muda
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

7. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis,

namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami,
Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami,
who were sometimes on the bank of the Radha-kunda lake
or the shores of the Yamuna and sometimes at Vamsivata.
There they appeared just like madmen in the full ecstasy of love for Krsna,
exhibiting different transcendental symptoms in their bodies,
and they were merged in the ecstasy of Krsna consciousness.



8.
he radhe vraja-devike ca lalite he nanda-suno kutah
sri-govardhana-kalpa-padapa-tale kalindi-vane kutah
ghosantav iti sarvato vraja-pure khedair maha-vihvalau
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau

8. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis,

namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami,
Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, Sri Jiva Gosvami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami,
who were chanting very loudly everywhere in Vrndavana, shouting,
"Queen of Vrndavana, Radharani! O Lalita! O son of Nanda Maharaja!
Where are you all now? Are you just on the hill of Govardhana,
or are you under the trees on the bank of the Yamuna? Where are you?"
These were their moods in executing Krsna consciousness.

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