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This Sanskrit prayer was composed by Śrīla Śrīdhara Deva Gosvāmī Mahārāja in 1949 and was first published in Śrī Gauḍīya Patrikā (Vol.1, Issue 8) and later in the Hindi magazine, Bhāgavat Patrikā (Vol.1, issue 6) in 1955. This rare composition has been translated into English for the first time.

(1)
āśaiśavopāsita bhakti-yogaṁ
duḥ-saṅga-tyāgāya dṛdha-pratijñaṁ
kṛṣṇānusandhāna-nimagna-cittaṁ
vande prabhuṁ śrīla-sarasvatīṁ tam

I worship Śrīla Sarasvatī Prabhu, who has worshipped the path of bhakti-yoga since his childhood. He has a strong resolve to give up wicked association and his mind is fully absorbed in the search for Śrī Kṛṣṇa.

(2)
śrī-gaura-pādābja su-bhṛṅga-rājaṁ
nāmnāṁ pracārodyama pūrṇa-hṛdaṁ
śrīdhāma-sevāsu nitānta-ceṣṭaṁ
vande prabhuṁ śrīla-sarasvatīṁ tam

I worship Śrīla Sarasvatī Prabhu, who is a monarch amongst the bumble-bees swarming at the lotus feet of Śrī Gaura. His heart is full of zeal to propagate the Holy Name, and he fully endeavours to serve the holy dhāma.

(3)
śāstrārtha nirdhāraṇa sad-vareṇyaṁ
bhakter viruddhāśaya-bheda-dakṣaṁ
nityaṁ satāṁ mānasa-rāja-haṁsaṁ
vande prabhuṁ śrīla-sarasvatīṁ tam

I worship Śrīla Sarasvatī Prabhu, who has ascertained the true and most excellent meaning of the śāstra, who is expert in suppressing anti-devotional sentiments, and who constantly wanders like a swan in the minds of the sādhus.

(4)
nirmāya vistāri-subodha-bhāṣyaṁ
tattvāndha-lokasya sudṛk pradaṁ ca
utpāditāśeṣa sudhī-pramodaṁ
vande prabhuṁ śrīla-sarasvatīṁ tam

I worship Śrīla Sarasvatī Prabhu, who, composing commentaries that are fully replete with proper knowledge, has enlightened those persons who were philosophically blind and has given unlimited bliss to the intelligent devotees.

(5)
gopeśa-netrotsava-vṛddhi-rāmaṁ
audārya-mādhurya-rasābdhi-pūrṇaṁ
rādhā-saras-tīra nivāsa-yatnaṁ
vande prabhuṁ śrīla-sarasvatīṁ tam

I worship Śrīla Sarasvatī Prabhu, whose form is an ever-increasing festival of bliss to the eyes of the Lord of the cowherd boys. He is an ocean full of the mellows of magnanimity and sweetness, and he eagerly resides on the banks of Rādhā-kuṇḍa.

(6)
śuddhena jñānena jagaj-janānāṁ
vināśitaṁ moha-ghanāndhakāraṁ
ācārya-varyeṇa kṛpāmayena
vande prabhuṁ śrīla-sarasvatīṁ tam

I worship Śrīla Sarasvatī Prabhu. Through pure knowledge, that foremost ācārya who is full of mercy, has eradicated the dense darkness of bewilderment for the people of this world.

(7)
pāre samudraṁ guru-gaura-vāṇīm
āmnāya-dhārā-prasṛtāṁ samṛddhāṁ
vistārya yo’tynta-mudaṁ pralebhe
vande prabhuṁ śrīla-sarasvatīṁ tam

I worship Śrīla Sarasvatī Prabhu, who feels immense pleasure in propagating across the seas the message of Śrī Śrī Guru-Gāurāṅga which emanates from the divine current of the Vedas.

(8)
caitanya-saṅgīta-sahasra-vaktraṁ
jīvasya duḥkhena dayādra-cittaṁ
bhṛtyeṣu dīneṣu kṛpā-guṇābdhiṁ

vande prabhuṁ śrīla-sarasvatīṁ tam

He sings about Śrī Caitanya as though he possesses a thousand mouths, and his heart melts with compassion for the jīvas. I worship Śrīla Sarasvatī Prabhu, who is an ocean of mercy to this fallen servant.

(Translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri)

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