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SRIMAN-MAHAPRABHOR-ASTA-KALIYA-LILA-SMARANA-MANGALA -STOTRAM

AUSPICIOUS PRAYERS FOR REMEMBERING

THE EIGHT-FOLD DAILY PASTIMES

OF SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU

by Srila Visvanatha Chakravarti Thakura

THE GLORIES OF THE LORD'S DAILY PASTIMES

1.

sri-gauranga-mahaprabhos-caranayor ya kesa-sesadibhih

sevagamyataya sva-bhakta-vihita sanyair-yaya labhyate

tam tan-manasikim smrtim prathayitum bhavyam sada sattamair

naumi pratyahikam tadiya-caritam sriman-navadvipa-jam

Devotional service to the lotus feet of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu is

far beyond the perception of Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, Lord Sesa-naga

and the rest; but it is continually indulged in by the Lord's own

devotees, and it is always available to other souls as well. Now I

will begin my description of the process of manasi-seva (service to

the Lord executed within the mind). This process is fit for

continuous remembrance by the most virtuous sages. Therefore I offer

my most respectful obeisances to the eternal daily life and pastimes

of the Lord born in Navadvipa.

BRIEF CODES DESCRIBING HIS DAILY SCHEDULE

2.

ratryante sayanotthitah sura-sarit-snato vabhau yah prage

purvahne sva-ganair-lasaty upavane-tair-bhati madhyahnake

yah puryam-aparahnake nija-grhe sayam grhe 'thangane

srivasasya nisamukhe nisi vasan gaurah sa no raksatu

At the end of night (before sunrise), Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

gets up from His bed, stretches His body, talks with His wife and

washes His face; (2) in the morning, He is massaged with oil and

bathes in the celestial Ganges river, then worships Lord Vishnu; (3)

in the forenoon period, He enjoys discussing topics about Lord

Krishna with His devotees during visits to their homes; (4) at

midday, He enjoys pastimes in the gardens on the bank of the Ganges;

(5) in the afternoon, He wanders about the town of Navadvipa,

sporting with all the residents; (6) at dusk, he returns home to

worship Lord Vishnu and perform other rituals; (7) in the evening, He

goes with His associates to the courtyard of Srivasa Pandita to chant

the holy names and dance in ecstasy; (8) and at night, He returns

home to go to sleep. May this Lord Gaura protect us all.

 

 

 

PERIOD 1 (3:36 - 6:00 A.M.): PASTIMES AT THE END OF THE NIGHT

3.

ratryante pika-kukkutadi-ninadam strutva sva-talpotthitah

sri-visnu-priyaya samam rasa-katham sambhasya santosya tam

gatva 'nyatra dharasanopari vasan svad-bhih sudhautanano

yo matradi-bhir-iksito 'ti-muditas tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

At the end of the night, upon hearing the pleasant sounds made

by many birds such as the cuckoos, the roosters, and others, Sri

Gaura arises from His bed. With His wife, Sri Vishnu Priya, He

discusses many topics concerning the transcendental mellows of Their

mutual loving affairs, and thus They become very pleased. Then He

gets up and goes to another room, wherein He sits upon a raised

sitting place and is assisted by His devotees in washing His lotus

face with nicely scented water. Thereafter, He very happily visits

His mother, Sri Saci Devi, as well as other friends and relatives in

the home. I meditate thus on the daily pastimes of Sri Gaura-sundara.

PERIOD 2 (6:00-8:24 A.M.) : MORNING PASTIMES

4.

pratah svah sariti sva-parsada-vrtah snatva prasun-adi-bhis

tam sampujya grhita-caru-vasanah srak-candan-alankrtah

krtva visnu-samarcan-adi sa-gano bhuktv-annam-acamya ca

dvitram canya-grhe sukam svapiti yas tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

In the morning, after sunrise, the Lord goes with His associates

to bathe in the Ganges river. While bathing, they also worship mother

Ganges by offering flowers, incense, and other presentations. After

this, they come onto the bank of the river, where He is dressed with

exquisite cloth and decorated with fresh flower garlands, sandalwood

paste and other ornaments. Then they all return to His home in order

to perform opulent worship of Lord Vishnu, as well as other rituals,

after which they partake of the foodstuffs which were offered to Lord

Vishnu. After washing His hands and mouth, Lord Gaura goes into

another room to rest very happily for awhile. I meditate thus on the

daily pastimes of Sri Gaura-hari.

PERIOD 3 (8:24-10:48) : FORENOON PASTIMES

5.

purvahne sayanotthitah su-payasa praksalya vaktr-ambujam

bhaktaih sri-hari-nama-kirtana-paraih sarddham svayam kirtayan

bhaktanam bhavane 'pi ca sva-bhavane kridan-nrnam vardhayaty-

anandam pura-vasinam ya urudha tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

Upon the arrival of the forenoon period, the Lord gets up from

His nap and stretches His body. Then he washes His lotus face with

sweetly scented water. Meeting with His devotees, who are all very

fond of chanting Sri Hari-nama-kirtana, He personally tastes and

relishes the chanting of the holy names. Thus He sports, sometimes in

the homes of various devotees, and sometimes in His own home. It this

way, He increases the ecstatic pleasure of all the townspeople to

limitless heights. I meditate thus on the daily pastimes of Sri

Gaura-chandra.

PERIOD 4 (10:48 A.M. - 3:36 P.M.) MIDDAY PASTIMES

6.

madhyahne saha taih sva-parsada-ganaih samkirtayad-bhir-bhrsam

sadvaitendu-gadadharah kila saha-srilavadhuta-prabhuh

arame mrdu-marutaih sisiritair-bhrnga-dvijair-nadite

svam vrnda-vipinam smaran bhrahmati yas tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

During the midday period, Lord Caitanya continues to enjoy the

performance of intensely enthusiastic chanting and dancing,

surrounded by His own dear devotees such as the moon-like Advaita

Acarya, Gadadhara Pandita, and the divine madman Srila Nityananda

Prabhu. Afterwards, they all wander throughout the gardens and groves

on the bank of the Ganges, where they enjoy the sweet cooling breezes

from the river. Hearing the pleasant sounds of the bumblebees in

those gardens, the Lord remembers His own ecstatic pastimes of Radha

and Krishna as they are occurring simultaneously in His own forest of

Vrndavana. I meditate thus on the daily pastimes of Sri Gauranga.

PERIOD 5 (3:36-6:00 P.M.) : AFTERNOON PASTIMES

7.

yah sriman-aparahnake saha-ganais tais-tadrsaih premavams-

ta-drksu svayam apyalam tri-jagatam sarmani vistarayan

aramattata eti paura-janata-caksus-cakorodupo

matra dvari-mudeksito nija-grham tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

During the splendidly beautiful afternoon period, the Lord and

His devotees become equally maddened in ecstatic love, and being

ornamented like this, they expand every-increasing ripples of

auspicious benefit for all the three worlds. In this mood, they leave

the gardens and travel back toward His home. On the way, they satisfy

the eyes of all the townspeople, just as the moon satisfies the

cakora bird with its moonbeams. Reaching home, the Lord is lavished

with loving attentions by His mother. I thus meditate on the daily

pastimes of Gaura.

PERIOD 6 (6:00-8:24) : SUNSET PASTIMES

8.

yas-tri-srotasi sayam-apta-nivahaih snatva pradipali-bhih

puspadyais ca samarcitah kalita-sat-pattambarah srag-dharah

visnos-tat-samay-arcanam ca krtavan dipali-bhis taih samam

bhuktv-annani su-vitikam api tatha tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

At dusk, the Lord bathes with His dear friends in the river

Ganges, who flows in three parts. They devoutly worship the Ganges by

offering ghee lamps, flowers, and other articles. Afterwards, the

Lord puts on fresh silken clothes and is adorned with flower garlands

and other decorations. Then, He worships Lord Vishnu by performing

the evening arati ceremony, offering ghee lamps and other articles.

Afterwards, He and His friends partake of the foodstuffs and betal

nuts that were offered to Lord Vishnu. I thus meditate on the daily

pastimes of Lord Gaura.

PERIOD 7 (8:24-10:48 P.M.) : EVENING PASTIMES

9.

yah srivasa-grhe pradosa-samaye hy-advaita-candradi-bhih

sarvair-bhakta-ganaih samam hari-katha-piyusam-asvadayan

premananda-samakulas-catula-dhih samkirtane-lampatah

kartum kirtanam-urdhvam-udyama-paras tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

In the evening time, the Lord goes to the home of Srivasa

Pandita, accompanied by Srila Advaita-chandra and other dear

associates. Meeting with the multitude of His devotees, He tastes and

relishes the nectar of topics concerning Lord Hari, and His mind

becomes most agitated with the ecstasies of pure love of Godhead.

Then, becoming very lustful to relish the congregational chanting of

the holy names of the Lord, He orchestrates the performance of

intensely jubilant sankirtana which attains the summit of passionate

glorification of the holy names. I thus meditate on the daily

pastimes of Sri Gaura-sundara.

PERIOD 8 (10:48 P.M. - 3:36 A.M.) MIDNIGHT PASTIMES

9.

srivas-angana avrto nija-ganaih sarddham prabhu-bhyam natann-

uccais-tala-mrdanga-vadana-parair gayad-bhir-ullasayan

bhramyan srila-gadadharena sahito naktam vibhaty-adbhutam

svagare sayanalaye svapiti yas tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

Continuing well into the night, the Lord dances and dances in

the courtyard of Srivasa, surrounded by His most intimate devotees.

His most ecstatic sing is accompanied by His devotees who are expert

in playing rhythms loudly on the mridanga drums. He wanders and

dances with Sri Gadadhara Prabhu in the most astonishinng way,

througout the night, until just before dawn. Then He returns to His

own home, where retires to His bedchamber and falls asleep with His

wife. I thus meditate on the daily pastimes of Sri Gaura-nataraja.

THE BENEFIT OF RECITING THIS PRAYER

sri-gauranga-vidhoh sva-dhamani navadvipe 'sta-kalodbhavam

bhavyam bhavya-janena gokula-vidhor-lila-smrter-aditah

lilam dyotayad-etad-atra dasakam prityanvito yah pathet

tam prinati sadaiva yah karunaya tam gauram-adhyemy-aham

Sri Gauranga, the Moon over Navadvipa, is manifest in His own

abode during eight periods of each day and every day. His pastimes

should be remembered by meditative devotees before they remember the

pastimes of Sri Krishna, the Moon over Gokula. If someone lovingly

reads or recites the Lord's eternal daily pastimes as they are

illuminated in the ten verses of this prayer, then the Lord is

immensely pleased with that person, by His own merciful compassion. I

thus meditate on the daily pastimes of Sri Gaurachandra.