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April meditations - Ananda Vrindavan Campu....prayers

A D R Singh - Thu, 17 Apr 2003 05:25:19 +0530
These are the opening prayers of Ananda Vrindavan Campu, composed by Kavi Karnapura who is unmatched in poetic skill, kindly translated by Bhanu and Subhag swamis.

"I offer my pranams to the lotus feet of Krishna, which are bound in friendship’s constant embrace to the breasts of the Vraja gopis, and permanently stained with their fine bodily ointments.

The radiant pink color of Krishna’s foot soles comes from the kumkuma anointing the upper part of the gopis breasts.

The dark color of his feet originates from the musk spread on the lower part of their breasts.

The waves of light emanating from his moonlike nails comes from the sandalwood paste covering the middle portion of their breasts.

May the two lotus feet of Krishna the enemy of Putana always protect us.

His delicate toes resemble the petals of a pink lotus flower, and his slender ankle resembles the stem of a lotus.

His lotus feet holds the honey of the devotee’s faith. The streams of light coming from his toenails resemble the stamens of a lotus.

The kumkuma powder from the budding breasts of Radhika, which clings to his foot soles resemble the pollen of a lotus flower.

All glories to the most worshipable Lord Chaitanya Krishna Hari who is fragrant with the honey of the sweetest bee. His method of worship is like the forest of golden lotuses.

He is an overflowing cascade of nectarean mercy, a golden mountain of prema, and a lightening flash signifying victory for the cloud like assembly of devotees.

I offer my respects to Advaita Acharya, the beloved associate of Lord Chaitanya, who is very affectionate to everyone including me, and who destroys the sins of the whole world.

I offer my respects to Swarup Damodara, Raya Ramananda, and the goswamis headed by Rupa and Sanatana.

These exalted personalities fully represent Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu because they possess the same prema, qualities, compassion, pleasure and sweetness.”