Sri Siksastaka by Dravida Dasa
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam
All glories to the chanting of Sri Krishna’s Holy Names!,
Which easily extinguishes samsara’s blazing flames
By polishing the lust-encrusted mirror of the heart.
That chanting is the waxing moon that knows the secret art
Of causing the white lotus of good fortune to unfurl
Its petals far and wide throughout this bleak and blighted world.
Of transcendental knowledge, which will take us to life’s goal,
The chanting of the name of Krishna is the life and soul.
The ocean of ecstatic bliss floods far beyond its bounds
Wherever Krishna’s merciful and mystic Name resounds.
Indeed, whenever Krishna’s Names are sung in congregation,
At every step one tastes a joy that knows no limitation.
So hear with great attention as I earnestly proclaim,
Just bathe your consciousness by chanting Krishna’s Holy Name!
By transcendental potency that Name will surely bless
You with pure love for Krishna and the end of all distress.
namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis
tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah
etadrsi tava krpa bhagavan mamapi
durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah
“Krishna,” “Govinda,” and “Keshava,” too—
Your Names have no end, and in each of them You
Have invested Your potencies, leaving none out.
Whenever we want, we can chant them without
The slightest restriction of time or of place.
O Lord, who can fathom Your infinite grace?
Yet I am so wretched, devoid of all shame,
That I haven’t developed a taste for Your Name.
trnad api sunicena
taror api sahisnuna
kirtaniyah sada harih
More humble than a blade of grass, more tol’rant than a tree,
To think “All praise belongs to others, none belongs to me—”
These qualities attract the Lord to bless one with the power
To chant His Name incessantly until the final hour.
na dhanam na janam na sundarim
kavitam va jagad-isa kamaye
mama janmani janmanisvare
bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi
Wealth and women, followers, the fruits of mundane piety,
Liberation from this world of limitless anxiety—
For Me, O Lord, such common goals have not the slightest worth:
Let Me serve You purely now and in each future birth.
ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram
patitam mam visame bhavambudhau
krpaya tava pada-pankaja-
Your servant for eternity, I lost My true identity
And fell into this horrid sea of birth and death, O Lord.
O Nanda’s son, please hear My plea: By Your sweet grace consider Me
A speck of dust upon Your lotus feet forevermore.
vadanam gadgada-ruddhaya gira
pulakair nicitam vapuh kada
tava nama-grahane bhavisyati
Tears streaming from My eyes, My voice choked with bliss,
The hairs upon My body standing up in happiness—
When will all these signs of rapture decorate My limbs
As I chant your Holy Name, the monarch of all hymns?
sunyayitam jagat sarvam
Every moment drags on for a million years or more;
From the rain clouds of My eyes the tears in torrents pour;
This whole creation’s nothing but a vast and joyless void—
O Govinda! By Your absence I am being destroyed!
aslisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam
adarsanan marma-hatam karotu va
yatha tatha va vidadhatu lampato
mat-prana-nathas tu sa eva naparah
Let Madhava embrace this maid who’s fallen at His feet,
Or let Him trample Me, or My most ardent hopes defeat
By never giving Me a chance to see Him anywhere,
Thus shattering My heart and plunging Me into despair.
You see, He is a reckless libertine and not a saint;
So let Him act in any way He likes, without restraint.
Yet though His cruel and crooked ways may cause Me constant woe,
Krishna is the only Lord My heart shall ever know.
[Benediction verse by Srila Krishnadasa Kavirija (Cc Antya 20.65)]
prabhura 'siksastaka'-sloka yei pade, sune
krsne prema-bhakti tara bade dine-dine
These eight essential verses Lord Caitanya wrote to teach
The practice and the goal of chanting Krishna’s Holy Name.
Day by day, whoever chants or hears this hymn will reach
A little closer to perfection, spotless Krishna-prem.