Sri Prathama Kunja-vihary-ashtaka
[First Set of Eight Prayers Glorifying Lord Kesava,
Who Enjoys Pastimes in the Forest of Vrindavana]
by Srila Rupa Gosvami
Krsna who is called Syamasundara, is the beautiful color of a cloud. His lotuslike face as effulgent as the sun, His dress brilliant with jewels, and His body garlanded by flowers, He is the object of the ideal yogi's meditation.
1indranila--sapphire; mani--jewel; manjula--charming; varnah--color; phulla--blossoming; nipa--kadamba; kusumancita--with flowers; karnah--ears; krishnalabhir--with garlands of gunja (berries or small conchshells); akrisa--decorated; urasi--chest; hari--charming; sundaro--handsome; jayati--all glories; kunja--in the forest; vihari--who enjoys transcendental pastimes All glories to Sri Krishna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest. His complexion is as splendid as sapphires, He wears kadamba-blossom earrings, and His broad chest is decorated with a garland of gunja.
krishnalabhir akrisorasi hari
sundaro jayati kunja-vihari
2radhika--of Radha; vadana--of the face; candra--the moon; cakorah--the cakora bird; sarva--all; ballava-vadhu--the gopis; dhriti--the peacefulness; caurah--stealing; carcari--carcari; caturatancita--with skill; cari--doing; caruto--expertly All glories to Sri Krishna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest. He is the cakora bird who drinks the moonlight of Sri Radha’s face. He steals away the composure of all the gopis. Skillfully clapping His hands in the rhythm known as carcari, He dances very gracefully.
caruto jayati kunja-vihari
3sarvatah--everywhere; prathita--famous; kaulika--of the family; parva--the sacrifice; dhvamsanena--by stopping; hrita--taken; vasava--of Indra; garvah--the pride; goshtha--Vraja; rakshana--protection; krite--for the purpose; giridhari--lifting Govardhana Hill; lilaya--playfully All glories to Sri Krishna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest. After stopping His relatives from performing the famous Indra-yajna sacrifice, He removed Indra’s pride and protected the people of Vraja by playfully lifting Govardhana Hill.
lilaya jayati kunja-vihari
4raga--of melodies; mandala--with a circle; vibhushita--decorated; vamsi--the flute; vibhramena--with pastimes; madanotsava--the festival of love; samsi--praising; stuyamana--being praised; caritah--pastimes; suka--the male parrot; sari--the female parrot; srenibhir--by the multitudes All glories to Sri Krishna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest-pastimes that are glorified by the male and female parrots. By decorating His flute with many beautiful melodies, He glorifies the festival of His transcendental amorous love.
srenibhir jayati kunja-vihari
5satakumbha--of gold; ruci--the splendor; hari--eclipsing; dukulah--garments; keki--peacock; candraka--feather; virajita--splendid; culah--crown; navya--new; yauvana--youth; lasad--glistening; vraja--of Vraja; nari--the girls; ranjano--delighting All glories to Sri Krishna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest. The luster of His silk garments eclipses the glory of gold. The top of His head is decorated with a peacock feather. He pleases the splendid girls of Vraja.
ranjano jayati kunja-vihari
6sthasaki-krita--anointed; sugandhi--fragrant; patirah--sandal paste; svarna--golden; kanci--belt; parisobhi--splendid; katirah--hips; radhika--of Sri Radhika; unnata--beautiful; payodhara--face; vari--ropes; kunjaro--elephant All glories to Sri Krishna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest. He is anointed with fragrant sandal paste. His hips are decorated with a golden belt. He is the elephant bound by the rope of the beautiful face of Sri Radhika.
kunjaro jayati kunja-vihari
7gaura--golden; dhatu--pigment; tilaka--tilaka; ujjvala--splendid; bhalah--forehead; keli--pastimes; cancalita--moving; campaka--campaka flower; malah--garland; adri--mountain; kandara--caves; griheshv--in the homes; abhisari--meeting; subhruvam--the beautiful-eyebrowed girls All glories to Sri Krishna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest. His forehead is splendid with golden tilaka made from mineral pigments. His campaka garland moves to and fro in His pastimes. He meets the beautiful-eyebrowed gopis in the palatial caves of Govardhana Hill.
subhruvam jayati kunja-vihari
8vibhrama--playful; uccala--moving; drig--eyes; ancala--corners; nritya--dancing; kshipta--cast aside; gopa-lalana--gopis; akhila--all; krityah--household duties; prema--with love; matta--intoxicated; vrishabhanu--of king Vrishabhanu; kumari--the daughter; nagaro--the hero All glories to Sri Krishna, who enjoys transcendental pastimes in Vrindavana forest. His dancing sidelong glances make the gopis drop all their household duties. He is the charming lover of Vrishabhanu’s daughter, who is mad with love for Him.
nagaro jayati kunja-vihari
9ashtakam--eight verses; madhura--charming; kunja--in the forest; vihari--enjoying transcendental pastimes; kridaya--with pastimes; pathati--reads; yah--one who; kila--indeed; hari--beautiful; sa--he; prayati--goes; vilasat--splendid; para-bhagam--virtues; tasya--of Him; pada--feet; kamala--lotus; arcana--worship; ragam--love He who reads these eight verses, which are beautified by the Lord’s charming pastimes in the forest, will attain many splendid transcendental virtues. He will become attached to the service of the Lord’s lotus feet.
kridaya pathati yah kila hari
sa prayati vilasat-para-bhagam