Sri Bhakta-vacanamrtam - Words of Nectar from the Devotees
Goptrtve-varanam - Embracing the Lord's Guardianship
6.1-2 he krsna! pahi mam natha, krpayatmagatam kuru
ity evam prarthanam krsnam, praptum svami-svarupatah
goptrtve varanam jneyam, bhaktair hrdyataram param
prapatty ekarthakatvena, tad angitvena tat smrtam
"O Krsna, please protect me! My dear Lord, kindly accept me as Your own."
Such a prayer, as well as the prayer to obtain Sri Krsna as one's
lord and master, is the supreme solace to the hearts of the pure devotees,
and is known by them as goptrtve-varanam - Embracing the Lord's Guardianship.
Because it expresses one and the same ideal as unconditional surrender, goptrtve-varanam
is accepted as the chief of the six limbs of surrender.
6.3 sri-bhagavato bhakta-bhavenasraya-prarthanam -
ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram patitam mam visame bhavambudhau
krpaya tava pada-pankaja-sthita-dhuli-sadrsam vicintaya
Sri Sri Bhagavatas Caitanyacandrasya
Appearing as His own devotee, the Supreme Lord Himself prays for refuge -
"O Nandanandana, son of King Nanda, although I am Your eternal servitor,
I have fallen into the terrible ocean of material existence due to the fructification
of my own deeds (karma). Please graciously consider me to be a particle of
dust at Your lotus feet."
Only the Self-giving Lord Sri Hari, the Supreme Good, should be petitioned for guardianship -
"You give Your affection to Your devotees, Your word is truth, You
are the ever-grateful friend. Can any intelligent person thus take refuge
in anyone but You? You fulfill all the desires of the sincere souls that
serve You, giving Your very Self to them; and yet, You are neither augmented
nor diminished thereby."
6.5 sri-krsna-caranam eva prapannanam santapa-hari-sudha-varsi apapatram -
santapyamanasya bhavadhvan isa
pasyami nanyac charanam tavanghri
The lotus feet of Lord Krsna are the umbrella to vanquish the suffering of His surrendered souls, and shower nectar upon them -
"O Master, for persons afflicted by the triple miseries in this
ghastly course of material existence, I see no other shelter but the umbrella
of Your holy lotus feet, from which the rain of eternal nectar showers down."
For the disturbed soul who is flogged by his six enemies, only the shelter
of the lotus feet of his natural Master awards him immortality in fearlessness
and sorrowlessness- "O Supreme Soul, for time immemorial
in this material world I have been tormented with sin, stung with remorse,
and constantly harassed by my six insatiable enemies (the five senses and
the mind). O gracious awarder of shelter, somehow I have come before Your
holy lotus feet, which are the embodiment of fearlessness, sorrowlessness,
and positive immortality. My Master, please protect this one distressed."
6.7 labdha-svarupa-sandhanasya kamadi-sanga-janya-nija-vairupye
dhikkara-yuktasya saranagatasya sri-hari-dasyam eva asac-cestadito
niskrti karakatvena anubhutam -
kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas
tesam jata mayi na karuna na trapa nopasantih
utsrjyaitan atha yadu-pate sampratam labdha-buddhis
tvam ayatah saranam abhayam mam niyunksv atma-dasye
A realization of the fact that the surrendered soul who discovers his
eternal identity and denounces his perversity caused by the association of
lust, anger, greed, madness, delusion, and hatred, is rescued forever from
all evil pursuits by the devotional service of Lord Krsna - "O
Lord, for so long have I obeyed the unending, wicked dictates of lust, anger,
greed, madness, delusion, and hatred, but they never took pity upon me, and
I have felt neither shame nor the desire to abandon them. O Lord of the Yadus,
after all this, I am leaving them behind. At last I have found my genuine
sanity: I am surrendered wholly unto Your lotus feet, which are the abode
of fearlessness. Please now engage me as Your personal servitor."
- revered votary
6.8 upalabdha-krsnasrayaika-mangalasya casraya-prapti-vilambane tad aprapti-sambhavanayam udvega-prakasah -
krsna! tvadiya pada-pankaja-panjarantam
adyaiva me visatu manasa-raja-hamsah
kanthavarodhana-vidhau smaranam kutas te
The expression of anguish in the suspense of delay in achieving the shelter
of Lord Krsna, by one who realizes such shelter to be the only good fortune
- "O Krsna! Please allow my mind to immediately yield to Your
lotus flowerlike feet, just as the flamingo enters into the labyrinth of
the lotus flowers' stems. When at the moment of my last breath my throat
becomes constricted by the action of the bodily humours air, bile, and phlegm,
how will I be able to remember You?" Sri Kulasekhara
6.9 svarupata eva sri-krsnasyabhibhavakatva-palakatva-darsanena tadasraya-prarthana -
krsno raksatu no jagat-traya-guruh krsnam namadhvam sada
krsnenakhila-satravo vinihatah krsnaya tasmai namah
krsnad eva samutthitam jagad idam krsnasya daso 'smy aham
krsne tisthati visvam etad akhilam he krsna raksasva mam
A prayer for the shelter of Lord Sri Krsna, with the vision that He alone
is the natural guardian and sustainer of the living being -
"May Lord Krsna, the Guru of the three worlds, protect us;
our obeisance unto Lord Krsna at all times.
Krsna is the vanquisher of all enemies -
I offer my obeisance unto that Krsna.
This world emanates from Krsna;
I am the servant of only Krsna.
This whole universe is situated within Krsna alone -
O Krsna! please protect me."
6.10 gopijana-vallabha eva parama-palakah -
he gopalaka he krpa jalanidhe he sindhu-kanya-pate
he kamsantaka he gajendra-karunaparina he madhava
he ramanuja he jagat-traya-guro he pundarikaksa mam
he gopijana-natha palaya param janami na tvam vina
The only guardian is Krsna, the beloved Lord of the Gopis -
"O tender of the cows, ocean of mercy,
O Lord of the Goddess of Fortune;
O slayer of Kamsa, merciful deliverer of Gajendra,
O sweet, artful Krsna;
O young brother of Balarama, Guru of the three worlds,
O lotus-eyed Lord;
O dear Lord of the Gopis, please protect me in every way -
I know no one but You."
6.11 nitya-parsada api sarvatmana sri-krsnasrayam prarthayante -
manaso vrttayo nah syuh, krsna-padambujasrayah
vaco 'bhidhayinir namnam, kayas tat-prahvanadisu
Even the eternal associates of the Lord pray whole-heartedly for His shelter -
"O Uddhava, may our thoughts take refuge in the lotus feet of Sri
Krsna, may our words be the chanting of His holy names, and may our bodies
be engaged in making obeisance unto Him."
The most powerful protection is afforded by Sri Krsna, the Lord of divine pastimes in Vrndavana -
"That child Krsna, who, awakening by the sound of butter-churning,
stealthily enters the homes of the cowherd ladies, swiftly blows out the
lamps with the breeze of His lotus mouth and devours the fresh butter - may
He kindly protect me." - the Supreme Lord Sri Caitanyacandra
6.13 sarvatha yogyata-hinasyapi prapattav anadhikaro na -
na dharma-nistho 'smi na catma-vedi
na bhaktimams tvac caranaravinde
akincano 'nanya-gatih saranya
tvat pada-mulam saranam prapadye
Even a totally unqualified person is not unfit to surrender - "O
supreme refuge, I am not religious, I do not know the nature of the soul,
nor have I any devotion for Your holy lotus feet; therefore, I am bereft
- I am bereft of all good, and I am bereft of any other shelter. Such as
I am, I surrender unto the dust of Your lotus feet."
The shelter of the Supreme Lord is awarded by His merciful glance -
"O Lord, spreading darkness in all directions, the clouds of ignorance
are constantly raining multifarious calamities. I have lost my way in this
storm of material suffering. O Infallible Lord, kindly cast Your glance upon
6.15 jivasya bhagavat-palyatvam svarupata eva siddham -
tad aham tvad rte na nathavan, mad rte tvam dayaniyavan na ca
vidhi-nirmitam etad anvayam, bhagavan palaya ma sma jihaya
It is proven to be perfectly natural for the soul to be sustained by the Lord -
"O Lord, without You, I cannot have a guardian, and without me,
You cannot have a fit recipient for Your mercy. This is our relationship
as the creator and the created Therefore, please take my charge, O my Master,
and never leave me." Sri Yamunacarya
6.16 prapannasya vividha-seva-sambandhah -
pita tvam mata tvam dayita-tanayas tvam priya-suhrt
tvam eva tvam mitram gurur api gatis casi jagatam
tvadiyas tvad bhrtyas tava parijanas tad gatir aham
prapannas caivam sa tv aham api tavaivasmi hi bharah
A surrendered soul's various serving relationships with the Lord -
"For the entire creation You are father, mother, beloved son, dear
well-wisher and friend. You are the Universal Guru, the ultimate refuge.
And I also am Yours, sustained by You, a member of Your family. You alone
are my shelter, I am Your surrendered soul, and such as I am, Your dependent."
Sri Caitanyacandra's guardianship for the fallen - "O Caitanyacandra,
I, afallen into the miserable ocean of material existence, am being devoured
by the sharks and alligators of lust, anger, greed, madness, delusion, and
hatred; chained by wicked desires, I am bereft of any shelter. Please graciously
grant me the refuge of Your holy lotus feet."
Sri Prabodhananda Saraswati
6.18 nirasasyapi asa-pradam gaura-saranam -
ha hanta hanta paramosara-citta-bhumau
vyarthi bhavanti mama sadhana-kotayo 'pi
sarvatmana tad aham adbhuta-bhakti-bijam
sri-gauracandra-caranam saranam karomi
The shelter of Sri Gauracandra gives hope to the hopeless - "Alas,
to cultivate the barren and rocky desertland of my heart, tens of millions
of assiduous attempts have proven to be simply futile. Therefore, with all
the will at my command, I embrace the shelter of Sri Gauracandra's lotus
feet, the source of the miraculous seed of pure devotion."
For the soul surrendered to the lotus feet of Sri Caitanyadeva, the attainment
of detachment, knowledge, etc., are proven to be concomitant ornaments of
devotion - "The endless ocean of mercy, the eternal Supreme
Person, one without a second, has appeared as Sri Krsna Caitanya to teach
detachment, divine knowledge, and His personal relationship in devotion.
I do surrender unto Him."
The only pure religion of the age: surrender unto the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu -
"Accompanied by His divine entourage, the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna
Caitanya has appeared in all His pristine glory. In this age of Kali, we
now take shelter in Him by means of the characteristic method of devotional
service based on sankirtana, congregational chanting of the holy names. Within,
He is none other than Krsna Himself and without, He is the Golden Lord Sri
The soul surrendered to Sri Caitanyadeva attains the supreme perfection of human life -
"I surrender unto that performer of miraculous deeds, Sri Krsna
Caitanya, the merciful Supreme Personality who delivered the insane universe
from the disease of ignorance, and then drove the world stark mad with the
nectarean treasure of His sweet love divine."
The pure devotional service rendered by the great liberated souls: complete
refuge in the holy name of the Lord, as sought after by all the Vedas -
"The acme of all the Vedas, the Upanisads, are like a string of
transcendental jewels. The tips of the toes of Your lotus feet, O Holy Name,
are eternally worshiped by the radiance emanating from those jewels. You
are constantly worshiped by the great liberated souls (headed by Narada and
Suka, whose hearts are reposed in complete absence of worldly aspirations).
Therefore, O Name Divine, I surrender unto You in every time, place, and
Sri Rupa Goswami
iti sri-prapanna-jivanamrte sri-bhakta-vacanamrtantargatam
goptrtve-varanam nama sasto 'dhyayah
thus ends the sixth chapter
Embracing the Lord's Guardianship - Words of Nectar from the Devotees in Life-Nectar of the Surrendered Souls
Positive and Progressive Immortality