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Song Name: Ceto Darpana Marjanam

Official Name: Antya Lila Chapter 20 Verses 12, 16, 21, 29, 32, 36, 39, 47, and 65; Sri Siksastakam

Author:  Krsnadasa Kaviraja

Book Name: Caitanya Caritamrta

Language: Sanskrit, Bengali

 

LYRICS:

(1)

ceto-darpaṇa-mārjanaḿ bhava-mahā-dāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaḿ
śreyaḥ-kairava-candrikā-vitaraṇaḿ vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam
ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaḿ prati-padaḿ pūrṇāmṛtāsvādanaḿ
sarvātma-snapanaḿ paraḿ vijayate śrī-kṛṣṇa-sańkīrtanam

 

(2)

nāmnām akāri bahudhā nija-sarva-śaktis
tatrārpitā niyamitaḥ smaraṇe na kālaḥ
etādṛśī tava kṛpā bhagavan mamāpi
durdaivam īdṛśam ihājani nānurāgaḥ

 

(3)

tṛṇād api sunīcena
taror api sahiṣṇunā
amāninā mānadena
kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ

 

(4)

na dhanaḿ na janaḿ na sundarīḿ
kavitāḿ jagad-īśa kāmaye
mama janmani janmanīśvare
bhavatād bhaktir ahaitukī tvayi

 

(5)

ayi nanda-tanuja kińkaraḿ
patitaḿ māḿ viṣame bhavāmbudhau
kṛpayā tava pāda-pańkaja-
sthita-dhūlī-sadṛśaḿ vicintaya

 

(6)

nayanaḿ galad-aśru-dhārayā
vadanaḿ gadgada-ruddhayā girā
pulakair nicitaḿ vapuḥ kadā
tava nāma-grahaṇe bhaviṣyati

 

(7)

yugāyitaḿ nimeṣeṇa
cakṣuṣā prāvṛṣāyitam
śūnyāyitaḿ jagat sarvaḿ
govinda-viraheṇa me

 

(8)

āśliṣya pāda-ratāḿ pinaṣṭu mām
adarśanān marma-hatāḿ karotu
yathā tathā vidadhātu lampaṭo
mat-prāṇa-nāthas tu sa eva nāparaḥ

 

(9)

prabhuraśikṣāṣṭaka’-śloka yei paḍe, śune

kṛṣṇe prema-bhakti tāra bāḍe dine-dine

 

TRANSLATION
1) Glory to the sri-krsna-sankirtana, which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years and extinguishes the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death. This sankirtana movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge. It increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it enables us to fully taste the nectar for which we are always anxious.

 

2) O my Lord, Your holy name alone can render all benediction to living beings, and thus You have hundreds and millions of names, like Krsna and Govinda. In these transcendental names You have invested all Your transcendental energies. There are not even hard and fast rules for chanting these names. O my Lord, out of kindness You enable us to easily approach You by Your holy names, but I am so unfortunate that I have no attraction for them.

 

3) One should chant the holy name of the Lord in a humble state of mind, thinking oneself lower than the straw in the street; one should be more tolerant than a tree, devoid of all sense of false prestige, and should be ready to offer all respect to others. In such a state of mind one can chant the holy name of the Lord constantly.


4) O almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor do I desire beautiful women nor do I want any number of followers. I only want Your causeless devotional service, birth after birth.


5) O son of Maharaja Nanda (Krsna), I am Your eternal servitor, yet somehow or other I have fallen into the ocean of birth and death. Please pick me up from this ocean of death and place me as one of the atoms at Your lotus feet.


6) O my Lord, when will my eyes be decorated with tears of love flowing constantly when I chant Your holy name? When will my voice choke up, and when will the hairs of my body stand on end at the recitation of Your name?


7) O Govinda! Feeling Your separations I am considering a moment to be like twelve years or more. Tears are flowing from my eyes like torrents of rain, and I am feeling all vacant in the world in Your absence.


8) I know no one but Krsna as my Lord, and He shall remain so even if He handles me roughly by His embrace or makes me brokenhearted by not being present before me. He is completely free to do anything and everything, for He is always my worshipful Lord, unconditionally

 

9) If anyone recites or hears these eight verses of instruction by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, his ecstatic love and devotion for Krsna increase day by day.

 

Remarks/ Extra Information:

Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu instructed His disciples to write books on the science of Krsna, a task which His followers have continued to carry out down to the present day. The elaborations and expositions on the philosophy taught by Lord Caitanya are, in fact, the most voluminous, exacting, and consistent, due to the system of disciplic succession. Although Lord Caitanya was widely renowned as a scholar in His youth, one of His famous doctrines he left behind was the Siksastaka. These eight verses clearly reveal His mission and precepts. These supremely valuable prayers are translated herein.

 

The Caitanya Caritmarta had these prayers in here in Chapter 20 in the Antya Lila. The verses are shown in the official name field of this page. The gaps between verses are the purports by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.

 

Verses 1 through 8 are the actual Siksatakam verses (in Sanskrit). The final verse is in Bengali.

 

PURPORT:

By A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Purport 1)

By A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami (Purport 2)

 

FOREIGN TRANSLATIONS:

All Glories to the Chanting of Sri Krsna’s Holy Names (ENGLISH)

 

SYNONYMS:

Ceto Darpana Marjanam

 

DEVANAGARI SCRIPT:

Ceto Darpana Marjanam (DEVA)

 

ODIA SCRIPT:

Ceto Darpana Marjanam (ODIA)

 

UPDATED: November 18, 2010

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