Verses

This is an ongoing compilation of verses that were appreciated and quoted by Srila Gurudev, Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj.

This list is not complete. For more verses appreciated by Srila Gurudev, see

Verses on the Temple of Love and Affection

Verse index on premadharma.org

 

āchāryaṁ māṁ vijānīyān navamanyeta karhichit
na martya-buddhyāsūyeta sarva-deva-mayo guruḥ
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 11.17.27)

[Krishna says to Uddhava:] “Know Me to be the Acharya. Never disrespect him, consider him a mortal, or be envious of him. He is the embodiment of all the gods.”

ādau śraddhā tataḥ sādhu-saṅgo ’tha bhajana-kriyā
tato ’nartha-nivṛttiḥ syāt tato niṣṭhā ruchis tataḥ
athāsaktis tato bhāvas tataḥ premābhyudañchati
sādhakānām ayaṁ premṇaḥ prādurbhāve bhavet kramaḥ
(Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu: Purva-vibhaga, 4.15–6)

“First sraddha [faith], then sadhu-sanga [association with the saints], then bhajana-kriya [devotional practising life], then anartha-nivritti [purification], then nistha [fixed in Krishna consciousness], then ruchi [taste], then asakti [attachment], then bhava [love], and then prema [further development of divine love] arise. These are the stages in a practitioner’s prema arising.”

advaita-vīthī-pathikair upāsyāḥ
svānanda-siṁhāsana-labdha-dīkṣāḥ
haṭhena kenāpi vayaṁ śaṭhena
dāsī-kṛtā gopa-vadhū-viṭena
(Śrīla Bilvamaṅgal Ṭhākur)

“Although I am worshippable by the wanderers on the path of monism, and although I have received initiation into ascending the great throne of self-satisfaction, I have been forcibly converted into a maidservant by some deceitful paramour of the gopīs.”

alabdhe vā vinaṣṭe vā bhakṣyāchchhādana-sādhane
aviklava-matir bhūtvā harim eva dhiyā smaret
(Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu: Purva-vibhaga, 2.114

“If persons engaged in the devotional service of Lord Hari are unable to obtain food and shelter despite their attempts, or if their acquisitions are lost or destroyed, they should, without anxiety, absorb their hearts deeply in the thought of Lord Hari.”

ananyāś chintayanto māṁ ye janāḥ paryupāsate
teṣāṁ nityābhiyuktānāṁ yoga-kṣemaṁ vahāmy aham
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 9.22)

“I supply and protect the necessities of those who meditate on Me exclusively, serve Me in all respects, and are always devoted to Me.”

ārādhyo bhagavān vrajeśa-tanayas tad-dhāma vṛndāvanam
ramyā kāchid upāsanā vraja–vadhū-vargeṇā yā kalpitā
śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ pramāṇam amalaṁ premā pumartho mahān
śrī-chaitanya-mahāprabhor matam idaṁ tatrādaraḥ naḥ paraḥ

“The worshippable Supreme Lord is the son of the King of Vraja, Kṛṣṇa, whose abode is Vṛndāvan. The most pleasing worship is that performed by the wives of Vraja. Śrīmad Bhāgavatam is the flawless authority, and divine love is the ultimate goal of human life.’ This is the conception of Śrī Chaitanya Mahāprabhu. We adore it as supreme.”

bhaktis tvayi sthiratarā bhagavan yadi syād
daivena naḥ phalati divya-kiśora-mūrtiḥ
muktiḥ svayaṁ mukulitāñjali sevate ’smān
dharmārtha-kāma-gatayaḥ samaya-pratīkṣāḥ

(Śrī Bilvamaṅgal Thakur)

“O Supreme Lord, if our devotion for You were more steadfast, Your adolescent form would naturally arise (appear) within our hearts.Then (there would not be the slightest necessity to pray for the triple pursuits of religiosity, gain, and sensual desire [dharma, artha, kāma], and their negation in the form of liberation [mukti], because) mukti will personally attend us (as a concomitant subsidiary fruit of devotion, in the form of deliverance from ignorance), her hands cupped in prayer (like a preordained maidservant); and the fruits of bhukti (transitory pleasure culminating in attainment of heaven) will eagerly await their orders (from us, should any necessity arise for them in the service of Your lotus feet).”

brahma-bhūtaḥ prasannātmā na śochati na kāṅkṣati
samaḥ sarveṣu bhūteṣu mad-bhaktiṁ labhate parām

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 18.54)

“The joyful-hearted, enlightened soul who has attained his divine nature neither sorrows nor desires. Seeing all beings equally, he comes to attain transcendental loving devotion for Me.”

cheto-darpaṇa-mārjanaṁ bhava-mahādāvāgni-nirvāpaṇaṁ
śreyaḥ-kairava-chandrikā-vitaraṇaṁ vidyā-vadhū-jīvanam
ānandāmbudhi-vardhanaṁ-prati-padaṁ pūrṇāmṛtāsvādanaṁ
sarvātma-snapanaṁ paraṁ vijayate śrī-kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtanam
(Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Siksastakam: verse 1)

“Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtan cleanses the mirror of consciousness, extinguishes the raging forest fire of material existence, shines moonlight on the evening lotus of good fortune, is the life of those enlightened with paramour love for the Lord, expands the ocean of ecstasy, is the taste of full nectar at every moment, and soothes the entire self. May Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṅkīrtan be supremely victorious!”

chintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa-
lakṣāvṛteṣu surabhir abhipālayantam
lakṣmī-sahasra-śata-sambhrama-sevyamānaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi
(Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā: 5.29)

“Surrounded by millions of wish-fulfilling trees, in abodes made of multitudes of wish-yielding gems, He who tends the ever-yielding cows and who is perpetually served with great affection by hundreds of thousands of Lakṣmīs—the Primeval Lord, Govinda, do I worship.”

jñāne prayāsam udapāsya namanta eva
jīvanti san-mukharitāṁ bhavadīya-vārtām
sthāne sthitāḥ śruti-gatāṁ tanu-vāṅ-manobhir
ye prāyaśo ’jita jito ’py asi tais tri-lokyām
(Srimad Bhagavatam: 10.14.3)

“In whatever position they may be, those who give up the endeavour for knowledge, surrender to the sadhus, and dedicate their lives bodily, verbally, and mentally to their talks of the Lord, can conquer the Lord, who is otherwise unconquerable.”

kaivalyaṁ narakāyate tri-daśa-pūr ākāśa-puṣpāyate
durdāntendriya-kāla-sarpa-paṭalī protkhāta-daṁṣṭrāyate
viśvaṁ pūrṇa-sukhāyate vidhi-mahendrādiś cha kīṭāyate
yat kāruṇya-kaṭākṣa-vaibhavavatāṁ taṁ gauram eva stumaḥ
(Śrī Chaitanya-chandrāmṛta: 5)

“I glorify Śrī Gaura. For a fortunate soul who has received His merciful glance, merging into Brahma is hellish, the abode of the demigods is like a flower in the sky [phantasmagorical], the uncontrollable senses are like defanged poisonous serpents, the world is filled with joy, and Brahmā, Indra, and the other demigods are like insects [insignificant].”

kalah kalir balina indriya-vairi-vargah
sri-bhakti-marga iha kantaka-koti-ruddhah
ha ha kva yami vikalah kim aham karomi
chaitanya-chandra yadi nadya krpam karosi
(Srila Prabodhananda Saraswati Thakur)

“It is the Age of Kali: my enemies, the senses, are very strong, and the path of devotion is now blocked by millions of thorns. Alas! Alas! Where shall I go? I am overwhelmed! What shall I do, O Chaitanyachandra, if You do not bestow Your mercy upon me now?”

kaṁ prati kathayitum īśe samprati ko vā pratītim āyātu
go-pati-tanayā-kuñje gopa-vadhūṭī-viṭaṁ brahma
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: 2.19.98)

“Who can I tell, and who will now believe, that the Absolute hunts the cowherd men’s wives in the groves along the banks of the Jamuna?”

kṛṣṇa-līlā amṛta-sāra, tāra śata śata dhāra,
daśa-dike vahe yāhā haite
se chaitanya-līlā haya, sarovara akṣaya,
mano-haṁsa charāha’ tāhāte
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: 2.25.271)

[Note: Srila Gurudev described this verse as one of his most favourite, “one of the two ślokas that I always want to publish and distribute.”]

“Kṛṣṇa’s Pastimes are the essence of nectar, and Śrī Chaitanya’s Pastimes are the inexhaustible reservoir from which hundreds and hundreds of streams of that nectar flow in the ten directions. May the swan of your heart play there.”

kṛṣṇera yateka khelā, sarvottama nara-līlā,
nara-vapu tāhāra svarūpa
gopa-veśa, veṇu-kara, nava-kiśora, naṭa-vara,
nara-līlāra haya anurūpa
kṛṣṇera madhura rūpa, śuna, sanātana
ye rūpera eka kaṇa, ḍubāya saba tribhuvana,
sarva prāṇī kare ākarṣaṇa
(Śrī Chaitanya-charitāmṛta: Madhya-līlā, 21.101–102)

“The best of all of Kṛṣṇa’s Pastimes are His human-like Pastimes, and His human-like form is His original form. His cowherd-boy dress, flute-playing, adolescence, and superb dancing perfectly suit His human-like Pastimes. O Sanātan, please hear of Kṛṣṇa’s charming form. One drop of its beauty floods the whole of the three worlds and attracts every living entity within them.”

nāhaṁ tiṣṭhāmi vaikuṇṭhe yogināṁ hṛdaye na cha
mad-bhaktāḥ yatra gāyanti tatra tiṣṭhāmi nārada
(Padma-purana)

“O Nārada, I do not actually reside in My abode, Vaikuṇṭha, nor do I reside within the hearts of the yogīs, but I reside in that place where My pure devotees are chanting My glories.”

nāyam ātmā pravachanena labhyo
na medhayā na bahunā śrutena
yam evaiṣa vṛṇute tena labhyas
tasyaiṣa ātmā vivṛṇute tanuṁ svām
(Kaṭha-upaniṣad: 1.2.23)

“The Supreme Lord is not obtained by means of expert explanations, vast intelligence or even much hearing. He is obtained only by one whom He Himself chooses. To such a person, He manifests His own form.”

nīlāmbhodhi-taṭe sadā sva-virahā-kṣepanvitaṁ bāndhavaṁ
śrīmad-bhāgavatī kathā madirayā sañjīvayan bhāti yaḥ
śrīmad-bhāgavataṁ sadā sva-nayanāśru-pāyanaih pūjayan
gosvāmi-prabaro gadādhara-vibhūr-bhūyāt mad-ekā-gatiḥ
(Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj)

“On the shore of the blue ocean, Gadādhar Paṇḍit used to read Śrīmad Bhāgavatam to Śrī Chaitanya Mahāprabhu, who was suffering from the great internal pain of separation from Himself (Kṛṣṇa). Gadādhar Paṇḍit supplied the wine of Kṛṣṇa-līlā to intoxicate his afflicted friend and give Him relief. As he read, tears would fall from his eyes like flower offerings onto the pages of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. May the pleasure of that brilliant personality, Gadādhar Paṇḍit, the best of the Goswāmīs, be my only object in writing this book.”

premāñjana-chchhurita-bhakti-vilochanena
santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti
yaṁ śyāmasundaram achintya-guṇa-svarūpaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi
(Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā: 5.38)

“I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Śyāmasundara, Krishna Himself with inconceivable innumerable attributes, whom the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love.”

rundhann ambu-bhṛtaś chamatkṛti-paraṁ kurvan muhus tumburuṁ
dhyānād antarayan sanandana-mukhān vismāpayan vedhasam
autsukyāvalibhir baliṁ chaṭulayan bhogīndram āghūrṇayan
bhindann aṇḍa-kaṭāha-bhittim abhito babhrāma vaṁśī-dhvaniḥ
(Srila Rupa Goswami)

“Stopping the cloud’s movements, constantly astonishing Tumburu (the king of the celestial musicians), breaking the meditation of Sanandan and the other sages, amazing Brahma, exciting Bali with curiosity and joy, spinning around Ananta Sesa, and penetrating the coverings of the universe, the flute’s sound resonated everywhere.”

sādhu-saṅga, nāma-kīrtana, bhāgavata-śravaṇa
mathurā-vāsa, śrī-mūrtira śraddhāya sevana
sakala-sādhana-śreṣṭha ei pañca aṅga
kṛṣṇa-prema janmāya ei pāṅcera alpa saṅga
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta: Madhya-lila, 22.124–5)

“Association with the sadhus, chanting the Name, hearing Srimad Bhagavatam, residing in Mathura, and serving the Deity with faith—these five are the best of all the limbs of devotional practice. Divine love for Krishna develops from even slight participation in these five limbs.”

‘sādhu-saṅga’, ‘sādhu-saṅga’ — sarva-śāstre kaya
lava-mātra sādhu-saṅge sarva-siddhi haya
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta: Madhya-lila, 22.55)

“All the scriptures say, ‘Association with sadhus, association with sadhus’. All perfection is realised within one moment of association with sadhus.”

sādhu-saṅge kṛṣṇa-nāma—ei mātra chāi
saṁsāra jinite āra kona vastu nāi
(Sri Prema-vivarta: 6.13)

“I want only to chant the Name of Krishna in the association of the sadhu. There is no other way to conquer samsara.”

sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaṁ śaranaṁ vraja
ahaṁ tvāṁ sarva-pāpebhyo mokṣayiṣyāmi mā śuchaḥ
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 18.66)

“Abandon all duties and surrender to Me alone. I will liberate you from all sin. Do not despair.”

śrī-kṛṣṇa-premanāmā parama-sukhamayaḥ ko ’pyachintyaḥ padārtho
yad gandhāt sajjanaughā nigama-bahumataṁ mokṣam apy ākṣipanti
kaivalyaiśvarya-sevā-pradagaṇa iti yasyāṅgataḥ  premadātuḥ
śrī-nityānanda-chandraṁ bhaja bhaja satataṁ gaura-kṛṣṇa-pradaṁ tam
(Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj,  Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam, verse 5)

“The sadhus throw away liberation, even though it is highly praised in the Vedas, because of just the fragrance of the inconceivable substance filled with the supreme bliss known as Sri Krishna-prema. He is the giver of such prema, and His expansions are the givers of the liberation of dissolution (kaivalya) and reverential service (to the Lord). O mind, always serve Sri Nityanandachandra, the giver of Gaura Krishna.”

śrī-śrīmad-bhagavat-padāmbuja-madhu-svādotsavaiḥ ṣaṭ-padair
nikṣiptā madhu-bindavaś cha parito bhraṣṭā mukhāt guñjitaiḥ
yatnaiḥ kiñchid ihāhṛtaṁ nija-para-śreyo ’rthinā tan mayā
bhūyo-bhūya ito rajāṁsi pada-saṁlagnāni teṣāṁ bhaje

(Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj, Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamrtam)

[Note: This verse, composed by Srila Param Guru Maharaj at the conclusion of Sri Sri Prapanna-jivanamritam, was declared by Srila Gurudev to be his most favourite verse: “This verse is the dearest and highest verse for me in life.”]

The bees, intoxicated in the festival
of drinking the honey of the Lord’s lotus feet,
busily humming the glories of the Lord,
drops of honey from their mouths fall and scatter all around;
for my own divine prospect, I’ve carefully collected
some of those drops herein—
and thus do I worship the dust of the holy lotus feet
of those saints, again and again.

sakala chhāḍiyā bhāi, śraddhā-devīra guṇa gāi,
yā̐ra kṛpā bhakti dite pāre
(Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

“Casting everything else aside, oh brother, sing the glory of Sraddha Devi, by whose grace we may attain devotion.”

smerāṁ bhaṅgī-traya-parichitāṁ sāchi-vistīrṇa-dṛṣṭiṁ
vaṁśī-nyastādhara-kiśalayām ujjvalāṁ chandrakeṇa
govindākhyāṁ hari-tanum itaḥ keśi-tīrthopakaṇṭhe
mā prekṣiṣṭhās tava yadi sakhe bandhu-saṅge ’sti raṅgaḥ
(Śrī Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu: Pūrva-vibhāga, 2.239)

“O friend! If you are attached to your material friends, then do not look at Sri Govinda’s form standing near Keshi Ghat in a threefold posture, shining in the moonlight with a peacock feather in His crown, casting sidelong glances, and smiling sweetly with the flute at His tender lips.”

sva-pāda-mūlaṁ bhajataḥ priyasya
tyaktānya-bhāvasya hariḥ pareśaḥ
vikarma yach chotpatitaṁ kathañchid
dhunoti sarvaṁ hṛdi sanniviṣṭaḥ
(Śrīmad Bhāgavatam: 11.5.42)

“The Supreme Lord Hari is present in the hearts of His dear devotees who reject all other concerns and serve His lotus feet, and He purifies any sin they happen to commit.”

tṛṇād api sunīchena taror iva sahiṣṇunā
amāninā mānadena kīrtanīyaḥ sadā hariḥ

“The Lord’s Name may be always chanted by one who is more humble than a blade of grass, tolerant like a tree, free from desire for respect, and who offers respect to others.”

[Note: the principles described here in the third verse of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Siksastakam were Srila Gurudev’s main preaching points, and were repeated innumerable times by His Divine Grace:

“If there is anything I want to distribute to the Western world it is this, which is my first and best advice: ‘Avoid the ten offences to the Holy Name and Vaiṣṇava-aparādh by practising Mahāprabhu’s formula of being humble, being tolerant, and giving honour to others.’” –Revealed Truth]

uttiṣṭhata jāgrata prapyo varān nibodhata
kṣurasya dhārā niśitā duratyaya
[durgaṁ pathas tat kavayo vadanti]

(Kaṭha-upaniṣad: 1.3.14)

“Arise! Awake! Try to understand the boon that you now have in this human form of life. The path of spiritual realization is very difficult; it is sharp like a razor’s edge. That is the opinion of learned transcendental scholars.”

vaṁśī-gānāmṛta-dhāma, lāvaṇyāmṛta-janma-sthāna,
ye nā dekhe se chāṅda vadana
se nayane kibā kāja, paḍuka tāra muṇḍe vāja,
se nayana rahe ki kāraṇa
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrta: 2.2.29)

“What is the use of the eyes that do not see Krishna’s moon-like face, which is the origin of the nectar of all beauty and the abode His nectarean flute-songs? May a thunderbolt strike your head! What is the use of such eyes?”

vinoda kahe hāya! hāya! hari-dāsa hari nāhi pāya
(Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur)

“Alas! Alas! The Lord’s servants have not attained the Lord!”

viṣayā vinivartante nirāhārasya dehinaḥ
rasa-varjaṁ raso ’py asya paraṁ dṛṣṭvā nivartate
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita, 2.59)

“The embodied being may renounce the sense objects, but the taste for them remains. But that, too, vanishes for the man of wisdom, by his vision of the Supreme.”

yadi, gaura nā ha’ta tabe ki ha-ita
kemane dharitām de
rādhāra mahimā prema-rasa-sīmā
jagate jānāta ke?
(Srila Vasudev Ghosh)

“If Śrī Gaura had not come, what would have happened? How would we have maintained our lives? Who would have revealed to the world Śrī Rādhā’s glory and the extremes of Her ecstatic divine love?”

yajñārthāt karmaṇo ’nyatra loko ’yaṁ karma-bandhanaḥ
tad-arthaṁ karma kaunteya mukta-saṅgaḥ samāchara
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 3.9)

“Selfless duty performed as an offering to the Supreme Lord is called yajña, or sacrifice. O Arjuna, all action performed for any other purpose is the cause of bondage in this world of repeated birth and death. Therefore, remaining unattached to the fruits of action, perform all your duties in the spirit of such sacrifice.”

yat karoṣi yad aśnāsi yaj juhoṣi dadāsi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kuruṣva mad-arpaṇam
(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 9.27)

“Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer in sacrifice, whatever you give and whatever vow you may keep—do everything as an offering unto Me.”