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On the occasion of the upcoming Gaura Pūrṇimā festival, we present this Sanskrit song, ‘Śrī-Gaura-hari Kusuma Stavāṣṭākam’ (‘Eight flower-like Prayers to Śrī Gaura-hari’) which was composed by Śrīla Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja and originally published in Śrī Gauḍīya Darśana magazine, Volume 8, Issue 9 in 1963.

Śrī Gaura-hari Kusuma Stavāṣṭākam
(Eight flower-like prayers to Śrī Gaura-hari)

(1)
guru-rūpa-virājita-nanda-sutaṁ
su-tanūn-nata-kāñcana-bhūmi-dharam
dharaṇī-jana-tāraṇa-tuṅga-tariṁ
bhaja gaura-hariṁ bhaja gaura-harim

“The effulgent form of the Son of Nanda has been revealed by Śrī Guru. His beautiful form is like a golden mountain. He is that great boat that rescues the people of this world. Worship Gaura-hari! Worship Gaura-hari!”

(2)
vṛṣabhānu-sutā-dyuti-bhāva-vṛtaṁ
vṛta-citta-nijādbhuta-rūpa-madhum
madhu-vibhrama-nāma-da-śaśvad-ariṁ
bhaja gaura-hariṁ bhaja gaura-harim

“Surrounded by the heart and halo of the Daughter of Vṛṣabhānu, with His consciousness absorbed in the sweetness of His own sublime form, He is continuously devoted to distributing the intoxicating, bewildering sweetness of the Holy Name. Worship Gaura-hari! Worship Gaura-hari!”

(3)
uditākhila-gaurava-gauḍa-puraṁ
puraṭojjvala-maṅgala-mūrta-rasam
rasanotsava-kīrtana-kṛṣṇa-hariṁ
bhaja gaura-hariṁ bhaja gaura-harim

“He has appeared as the full glory of the land of Gauḍa, the golden, effulgent, auspicious embodiment of rasa. He is that Hari upon whose tongue there is a rasa-festival of kṛṣṇa-kīrtana. Worship Gaura-hari! Worship Gaura-hari!”

(4)
nija-pārṣada-darśana-datta-śubhaṁ
śubha-nāma-sudhā-kṛta-matta-janam
janatāgha-hara-sthita-citta-darim
bhaja gaura-hariṁ bhaja gaura-harim

“One is awarded the highest welfare upon seeing His associates. People become intoxicated by the nectar of His auspicious Name and He removes the vices that are present deep within their hearts. Worship Gaura-hari! Worship Gaura-hari!”

(5)
dadataṁ satataṁ nija-nāma-dhanaṁ
dhana-māna na vai vanitāṁ kavitām
vitaran vraja-bhaktim adatta-carīṁ
bhaja gaura-hariṁ bhaja gaura-harim

“He continuously distributes the treasure of His Holy Name, and that wealth is devoid of the desire for self-respect, the opposite sex and mundane knowledge. The bestowal of such vraja-bhakti was never given before. Worship Gaura-hari! Worship Gaura-hari!”

(6)
patitādhama-dīna-dayārdra-hṛdaṁ
hṛdayāśrita-yācaka-veśa-kṛtam
kṛta-veṣa-yati-śrita-nīla-giriṁ
bhaja gaura-hariṁ bhaja gaura-harim

“His heart becomes soft with compassion for the fallen, lowly, and destitute.He dwells in the hearts of those who accept the robes of renunciation. Upon accepting the garb of a sannyāsī Himself, He took shelter of Nīlā-giri (Jagannātha Purī). Worship Gaura-hari! Worship Gaura-hari!”

(7)
śruti-kīrtita-pūruṣa-rukma-ruciṁ
ruci-rāga-niṣevaṇa-dāna-param
paramārtha-purāṇa-vigīta-hariṁ
bhaja gaura-hariṁ bhaja gaura-harim

“He is the splenderous golden Puruṣa glorified in the śruti* who is engaged in awarding the propensity towards spontaneous devotion. He is that Hari who is sung about in the topmost Purāṇa.** Worship Gaura-hari! Worship Gaura-hari!”

*Translator’s Note:

yadā paśyaḥ paśyate rukma-varṇaṁ kartāram īśaṁ puruṣaṁ brahma-yonim

“The seer perceives that golden form of the Lord, who is the doer, the Supreme Controller, and the foundation of Brahman.”(Muṇḍaka Upaniṣad 3.1.3)

**Translator’s Note: See Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 11.5.32-34

(8)
bahu-nartana-kīrtana-matta-karam
karatāla-mṛdaṅga-vibhaṅga-param
paramādara-pāmara-śāntipurīṁ
bhaja gaura-hariṁ bhaja gaura-harim

“He causes everyone to become maddened by His continuous dancing and kīrtana, as He is fully absorbed in the sounds of the kartālas and mṛdaṅga. For those who are most fallen, He is the supreme worshippable abode of tranquility. Worship Gaura-hari! Worship Gaura-hari!”

Original Bengali Song by Srila Sridhara Maharaja - Sri Gaura Hari Kusuma Stavastakam

Śrī Gaura-hari Kusuma Stavāṣṭākam 26th March, 1940

The original hand-written composition of Śrī Gaura-hari Kusuma Stavāṣṭākam in Śrīla Śrīdhara Mahārāja's notebook

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Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣaka Śrīdhara Mahārāja appeared in this world in the village of Hapaniya, West Bengal, in 1895 within a high class Bhaṭṭācārya brāhmaṇa family. After studying philosophy at Krishnanath College in Berhampore, he met his guru, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, and accepted initiation from him in 1926 and sannyāsa in 1930. In 1942 Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Mahārāja founded the Śrī Caitanya Sārasvata Maṭha and remained there until his departure from this world in 1988. He was recognised by his godbrothers for his dispassionate nature and common sense, as well as for his superlative Sanskrit compositions and profound philosophical insights.
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