MADHU BINDAVAH

STAVA-KUSUMANJALI

A Flower Offering Of Praise

By Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj

A Sanskrit poem originally published in Śrī Gauḍīya Darśan,
Volume 1, Issue 4, Tuesday, 15 November 1955
and Volume 9, Issue 4, Thursday, 14 November 1963.

Srila-Sridhar-Maharaj-Seated-Outside-In-Chair-With-Staff

হরিভক্তিরসামৃতদানপরং
পরমার্থিগণার্চ্চিতদীপ্ততনুম্ ।
তনু-নিন্দিত-সুন্দরচন্দ্রশতং
শতশোঽথ নমামি তমিষ্টবরম্ ॥১॥

hari-bhakti-rasāmṛta-dāna-paraṁ
paramārthi-gaṇārchchita-dīpta-tanum
tanu-nindita-sundara-chandra-śataṁ
śataśo ’tha namāmi tam iṣṭa-varam [1]

[He is] param–devoted dāna–to distributing amṛta–the nectar rasa–of the rasa bhakti–of devotion hari–to the Lord. [His] dīpta–lustrous tanum–form [is] archchita–worshipped arthi-gaṇa–by the seekers parama–of the highest truth. śatam–Hundreds sundara–of beautiful chandra–of moons [are] nindita–defamed [by his] tanu–form. namāmi–I bow, atha–thus, śataśaḥ–hundreds of times tam–to him, [my] iṣṭa–beloved varam–master. [1]

He is devoted to distributing the nectar of the rasa of devotion to Hari. His lustrous form, by which hundreds of beautiful moons are defamed, is worshipped by the seekers of the highest truth. I thus bow thousands of times to him, my beloved master.

বরদং শুভদঞ্চ সুশন্দপদং
পদনির্ধুতদুর্জ্জয়দুর্গদলম্ ।
দলনীয়সুদুর্ণয়বাদভিদং
ভিদভেদযুতা তদচিন্ত্যমতিম্ ॥২॥

varadaṁ śubhadañ cha suśanda-padaṁ
pada-nirdhuta-durjaya-durga-dalam
dalanīya-sudurṇaya-vāda-bhidaṁ
bhid-abheda-yutā tad-achintya-matim
[2]

[His] suśanda–most auspicious padam–feet varadam–bestow blessings cha–and śubhadam–bestow good fortune, [and his] pada–feet dalam–break through nirdhuta–the unshakable, durjaya–impenetrable durga–fortress (of material existence). [With] tad–his achintya–inconceivable matim–conception yuta–founded on bhid–difference [and] abheda–nondifference, bhidam–He cuts apart sudurṇaya–unruly vāda–ideologies [that] dalanīya–need to be destroyed. [2]

His most auspicious feet bestow blessings and good fortune, and break through the unshakable, impenetrable fortress (of material existence). With his conception of inconceivable difference and nondifference, he cuts apart unruly ideologies that need to be destroyed.

মতিমজ্জনমৃগ্যসুভক্তিপর-
পরমর্ষিগণাঞ্চন-মৌলিমণিম্ ।
মণিশৃঙ্গনিভং হরিরূপবিভুং
বিভুকৃষ্ণকৃপামৃতধর্ত্তৃবরম্ ॥৩॥

mati-majjana-mṛgya-subhakti-paraṁ
paramarṣi-gaṇāñchana-mauli-maṇim
maṇi-śṛṅga-nibhaṁ hari-rūpa-vibhuṁ
vibhu-kṛṣṇa-kṛpāmṛta-dharttṛ-varam [3]

[His] mati–consciousness [is] majjana–immersed param–in the highest, [most] mṛgya–sought after subhakti–pure devotion. [He is the] mauli–crown maṇim–jewel [to whom] parama–the greatest ṛṣi-gaṇa–sages añchana–bow. nibham–Resembling maṇi-śṛṅga–Sūrya, the sun god, [he is] vibhum–a powerful master [and] rūpa–form hari–of the Lord. [He is] varam–the beloved dharttṛ–carrier amṛta–of the nectar kṛpā–of the mercy vibhu–of Lord kṛṣṇa–Kṛṣṇa. [3]

His consciousness is immersed in the highest, most sought after pure devotion. He is the crown jewel to whom the greatest sages bow. Resembling the sun, he is a powerful master and form of the Lord. He is the beloved carrier of the nectar of Lord Kṛṣṇa’s mercy.

বরনামসুধারসপানপরং
পরমেশ্বরসেবকগীতগুণম্ ।
গুণরাজিসমুজ্জ্বলবন্দ্যপদং
পদপঙ্কজভৃঙ্গগণঞ্চ ভজে ॥৪॥

vara-nāma-sudhā-rasa-pāna-paraṁ
parameśvara-sevaka-gīta-guṇam
guṇa-rāji-samujjvala-vandya-padaṁ
pada-paṅkaja-bhṛṅga-gaṇañ cha bhaje [4]

[He is] param–immersed pāna–in drinking rasa–the rasa sudhā–of the nectar vara–of the highest nāma–Name, [and his] guṇam–glories [are] gīta–sung sevaka–by the servants parama–of the Supreme īśvara–Lord. [His] vandya–worshippable padam–feet [are] samujjvala–radiant rāji–with rays guṇa–of virtues; [his] paṅkaja–lotus pada–feet [are surrounded] bhṛṅga-gaṇam–by bees (devotees). cha–And bhaje–I worship [him]. [4]

He is immersed in drinking the rasa of the nectar of the highest Name, and his glories are sung by the Supreme Lord’s servants. His worshippable, lotus feet are radiant with rays of virtues and surrounded by bee-like devotees. I worship him.

কনকসুরুচিরাঙ্গং সুন্দরং সৌম্যমূর্ত্তিং
বিবুধকুলবরেণ্যং শ্রীগুরুং সিদ্ধিপূর্ত্তিম্ ।
তরুণতপনবাসং ভক্তিদঞ্চিদ্বিলাসং
ভজ ভজ তু মনোরে ! শ্রীধরং শম্বিধানম্ ॥

kanaka-suruchirāṅgaṁ sundaraṁ saumya-mūrtiṁ
vibudha-kula-vareṇyaṁ śrī-guruṁ siddhi-pūrtim
taruṇa-tapana-vāsaṁ bhaktidañ chid-vilāsaṁ
bhaja bhaja tu mano re śrīdharaṁ śam-vidhānam

[Replete with a] sundaram–beautiful, suruchira–radiant, kanaka–golden aṅgam–figure, [wearing] vāsam–garments [resembling the] taruṇa–rising tapana–sun [and] vareṇyam–worshipped vibudha-kula–by the wise, [he is] mūrtim–the embodiment saumya–of serenity. [He is] bhaktidam–the giver of [pure] devotion, pūrtim–granter [of all] siddhi–perfections, [and manifestation] chid–of the divine vilāsam–play. re–O mano tu–mind! bhaja bhaja–Always serve vidhānam–this maker śam–of [your] fortune [manifest if the form] śrī-gurum–dispeller of darkness,  śrīdharam–Śrīla Śrīdhar Swāmī.

His beautiful, radiant golden figure, dressed in garments resembling the rising sun and worshipped by the wise, he is the embodiment of serenity. He is the giver of pure devotion, granter of all perfections, and manifestation of the divine play. O mind! Always serve this maker of your fortune manifest in the form of Śrī Guru, Śrīla Śrīdhar Swāmī.

Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj is the foremost modern representative of the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Both definitive and progressive, his exemplary life, practice, and teachings brilliantly illuminate the path of divine love. For more information on Srila Govinda Maharaj, please visit his biography page.

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