Sad-gosvamy-astakam


ṣaḍ-gosvāmy-aṣṭakam

śrī-śrīnivāsācārya-viracitam

vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau ||1||


I bow down to the three pairs: 
Rupa and Sanatan, 
the two Raghunaths, 
and to Sri Jiva and Gopala Bhatta. 

kṛṣṇotkīrtana-gāna-nartana-parau premāmṛtāmbho-nidhī
dhīrādhīra-jana-priyau priya-karau nirmatsarau pūjitau |
śrī-caitanya-kṛpā-bharau bhuvi bhuvo bhārāvahantārakau
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau ||1||


Always engaged in singing and dancing and doing Krishna kirtan
oceans of the ambrosia of love,
dear to both the wise and foolish, pleasing to all
without envy for any and honored by all,
carrying the full mercy of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
and removing the burden of the world:

I bow down to the three pairs:

nānā-śāstra-vicāraṇaika-nipuṇau sad-dharma-saṁsthāpakau
lokānāṁ hita-kāriṇau tri-bhuvane mānyau śaraṇyākarau |
rādhā-kṛṣṇa-padāravinda-bhajanānandena mattālikau
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau ||2||

Examining the various scriptures with great expertise
they establish the pure religious duty of the soul;
they engage in welfare work for all the three worlds;
honored and worthy of giving refuge,
intoxicated from the bliss of worshiping
Radha and Krishna's lotus feet...

I bow down to the three pairs:

śrī-gaurāṅga-guṇānuvarṇana-vidhau śraddhā-samṛddhy-anvitau
pāpottāpa-nikṛntanau tanu-bhṛtāṁ govinda-gānāmṛtaiḥ |
ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaika-nipuṇau kaivalya-nistārakau
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau ||3||

In the regular glorification of Sri Gauranga's virtues
they are endowed with an ever increasing wealth of faith,
they cut away the sufferings of sins of all conditioned souls
through their chanting of the nectarean glories of Govinda,
they are the true experts in increasing the ocean of bliss
for they save the world from the liberation called solitude.

I bow down to the three pairs:

tyaktvā tūrṇam aśeṣa-maṇḍala-pati-śreṇīṁ sadā tuccha vat
bhūtvā dīna-gaṇeśakau karuṇayā kaupīna-kanthāśritau |
gopī-bhāva-rasāmṛtābdhi-laharī-kallola-magnau muhur
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau ||4||

Giving up quickly the association of the most influential society,
considering them and worldly power to be insignificant,
becoming leaders of the humble with a vow of poverty
wearing only a loin cloth and rags.
Yet inwardly, they rise and fall on the waves of ecstasy
that play on the nectar ocean of the gopis' love.

I bow down to the three pairs:

kūjat-kokila-haṁsa-sārasa-gaṇākīrṇe mayūrākule
nānā-ratna-nibaddha-mūla-viṭapa-śrī-yukta-vṛndāvane |
rādhā-kṛṣṇam aharniśaṁ prabhajatau jīvārthadau yau mudā
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau. ||5||

The koils, swans and cranes filling the ether with their songs
Peacocks dancing throughout
the Vrindavan forest, which is thronged with trees
held in jewelled basins
day and night they worship the Divine Couple
joyfully bringing the supreme goal of life to all souls.

I bow down to the three pairs:

saṅkhyā-pūrvaka-nāma-gāna-natibhiḥ kālāvasānī-kṛtau
nidrāhāra-vihārakādi-vijitau cātyanta-dīnau ca yau |
rādhā-kṛṣṇa-guṇa-smṛter madhurimānandena saṁmohitau
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau. ||6||

Counting off the number of names they chant, the times they bow,
they passed the time of day and night.
Conquering over sleep, hunger and movement
they still remained extremely humble
constantly enchanted by the sweet joys
of remmebering Radha and Krishna's glories,

I bow down to the three pairs:

rādhā-kuṇḍa-taṭe kalinda-tanayā-tīre ca vaṁśī-vaṭe
premonmāda-vaśād aśeṣa-daśayā grastau pramattau sadā |
gāyantau ca kadā harer guṇa-varaṁ bhāvābhibhūtau mudā
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau. ||7||

On the shores of Radha Kund or on the banks of the Yamuna
or at Vamsi Vata, where the rasa lila took place,
in all kinds of states of extreme loving madness
they are possessed, intoxicated, indifferent to the world.
Sometimes while singing of Krishna's qualities
they are overcome by ecstatic love...

I bow down to the three pairs:

he rādhe vraja-devīke ca lalite he nanda-sūno kutaḥ
śrī-govardhana-kalpa-pādapa-tale kālindī-vane kutaḥ |
ghoṣantāv iti sarvato vraja-pure khedair mahā-vihvalau
vande rūpa-sanātanau raghu-yugau śrī-jīva-gopālakau ||8||

"Oh Radhe! O goddess of Vraja! Oh Lalite!
Oh son of Nanda Maharaj, where are you?
Are you at the foot of the desire trees in Govardhan,
or are you somewhere in the woods by the Yamuna?"
Calling out like this everywhere in Braja Mandal
with voices cracking with emotion...

I bow down to the three pairs:

iti śrī-śrīnivāsācārya-prabhu-viracitaṁ
śrī-ṣaḍ-gosvāmi-guṇa-leśa-sūcakāṣṭakaṁ
sampūrṇam |


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