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Song Name: Sarac Candra Bhrantim

Official Name: Nityanandastakam

Author: Vrndavana Dasa Thakura

Book Name: None

Language: Sanskrit

 

LYRICS:

(1)

sarac-candra-bhrāntiḿ sphurad-amala-kāntiḿ gaja-gatiḿ

hari-premonmattaḿ dhṛta-parama-sattvaḿ smita-mukham

sadāghūrṇan-netraḿ kara-kalita-vetraḿ kali-bhidaḿ

bhaje nityānandaḿ bhajana-taru-kandaḿ niravadhi

 

(2)

rasānām āgāraḿ svajana-gaṇa-sarvasvam atulaḿ

tadīyaika-prāṇa-pramita-vasudhā-jāhnava-patim

sadā-premonmādaḿ param aviditaḿ manda-manasām

bhaje nityānandaḿ bhajana-taru-kandaḿ niravadhi

 

(3)

śacī-sūnu-preṣṭhaḿ nikhila-jagad-iṣṭaḿ sukha-mayaḿ

kalau majjaj-jivoddharaṇa-karaṇoddāma-karuṇam

harer ākhyānād bhava-jaladhi-garvonnati-haraḿ

bhaje nityānandaḿ bhajana-taru-kandaḿ niravadhi

 

(4)

aye bhrātar nīṇāḿ kali-kaluṣiṇāḿ kiḿ nu bhavitā

tathā prāyaścittaḿ racaya yad-anāyāsata ime

vrajanti tvām itthaḿ saha bhagavatā mantrayati yo

bhaje nityānandaḿ bhajana-taru-kandaḿ niravadhi

 

(5)

yatheṣṭhaḿ re bhrātaḥ kuru hari-hari-dhvānam aniśaḿ

tato vaḥ saḿsārāmbudhi-taraṇa-dāyo mayi laget

idaḿ bāhu-sphoṭair aṭati raṭayan yaḥ pratigṛham

bhaje nityānandaḿ bhajana-taru-kandaḿ niravadhi

 

(6)

balāt saḿsārāmbhonidhi-harana-kumbhodbhavam aho

satāḿ śreyaḥ-sindhūnnati-kumuda-bandhuḿ samuditaḿ

khala-śreṇī-sphūrjit-timira-hara-sūrya-prabham ahaḿ

bhaje nityānandaḿ bhajana-taru-kandaḿ niravadhi

 

(7)

naṭantaḿ gāyantaḿ harim anuvadantaḿ pathi pathi

vrajantaḿ paśyantaḿ svam api na dayantaḿ jana-gaṇam

prakurvantaḿ santaḿ sa-karuṇa-dṛg-antaḿ prakalanād

bhaje nityānandaḿ bhajana-taru-kandaḿ niravadhi

 

(8)

su-bibhrāṇaḿ bhrātuḥ kara-sarasijaḿ komalataraḿ

mitho vaktrālokocchalita-paramānanda-hṛdayam

bhramantaḿ mādhuryair ahaha madayantaḿ pura-janān

bhaje nityānandaḿ bhajana-taru-kandaḿ niravadhi

 

(9)

rasānāḿ ādhāraḿ rasika-vara-sad-vaiṣṇava-dhanaḿ

rasāgāraḿ sāraḿ patita-tati-tāraḿ smaraṇataḥ

paraḿ nityānandāṣṭakam idam apūrvaḿ pathati yaḥ

tad-ańghri-dvandvābjaḿ sphuratu nitarāḿ tasya hṛdaye

 

TRANSLATION
1) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, whose bright face mocks the full autumn moon, whose pure complexion glistens, whose gait is like that of a maddened elephant, who is always intoxicated in Krsna-prema, who embodies pure spiritual energy, whose face holds a gentle smile, whose eyes are always rolling due to His absorption in Krsna-prema, whose lotus hand holds a glowing staff, and who, by the performance of nama-sankirtana, pierces the influence of Kali-yuga.


2) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is the mainstay of all the rasas, who is everything to His devotees, who is beyond compare, who is the master of both Vasudha and Jahnava-devi, who consider Him more dear than their own lives, who is always maddened in Krsna-prema, and who is unknown only to those of meager intelligence.


3) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is very dear to Sri Saci-nandana, who is worshipped by the entire universe, who is the embodiment of happiness, who possesses infinite mercy for delivering the souls who are drowning in the age of Kali, and who, by the performance of sri-harinama-sankirtana, thwarts the progressing false pride of the ocean of repeated birth and death.


4) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who said to Sri Krsna Caitanya, "Hey brother Gauranga! What will be the destination of the sinful souls of Kali-yuga and how will theyt be redeemed? Please devise a method by which they will easily attain You."

5) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who wandered around
Bengal and, approaching the door of each and every home, threw open His arms and exclaimed, "O brothers! All of you should eternally perform sri-harinama-sankirtana together. By doing so, I will take the responsibility to deliver you all from the ocean of material existence."


6) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is the Agastya Muni who forcibly swallows the ocean of repeated birth and death, who is a rising full moon which increases the ocean of the saintly persons' welfare, and who is a sun which dissipates the darkness of ignorance cast by the various classes of miscreants.


7) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the tree of Krsna-bhakti, who wandered on every path in
Bengal dancing, singing, and calling out "Hari bol! Hari bol!" and who lovingly bestowed merciful sidelong glances upon those who were not compassionate to even their own selves.

8) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who held the supremely soft lotus-hand of His brother Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, whose heart became filled with the highest bliss when the two brothers gazed into each other's faces, and who wandered here and there delighting the townspeople with His sweetness.


9) May Sri Nityananda Prabhu place His lotus feet in the heart of one who lovingly recites this unprecedented Nityanandastaka, which is the reservoir of rasa, the greatest treasure of the most exalted of rasika Vaisnavas, and the storehouse of the essence of bhakti-rasa. This astaka is sung in the melody known as 'Sikharini".

 

REMARKS/EXTRA INFORMATION:

Special thanks to Syama Jivani Devi Dasi for the uploading of this song.

 

According to the final verse, this song is to be sung in a melody known as Sikharini.

 

FOREIGN TRANSLATIONS:

Roaming About His Spotless Complexion (ENGLISH)

 

UPDATED: July 9, 2009