SARANAGATI (SURRENDER) | Sri Laghu-chandrika-bhasya


Goptrtve Varana: Embracing the Lord's Guardianship

 

(Song 20)

tumi sarvesvaresvara, vrajendra-kumara!
tomara ichchhaya visve srjana samhara [1]

tumi–You; sarvesvaresvara–the Lord of all Lords; vrajendra–of the king of Vraja; kumara–the son, Krishna; tomara–Your; ichchhaya–by the will; visve–in the universe; srjana–creation; samhara–annihilation. [1]

(1) You are the Lord of all Lords, O Vrajendra Kumar! In accordance with Your will, creation and annihilation take place within the universe.

(1) tumi sarvesvaresvara: "You are the Lord of all Lords." The supreme position and identity of Krishna is described throughout the scriptures:

ete chamsa-kalah pumsah krsnas tu bhagavan svayam
indrari-vyakulam lokam mrdayanti yuge yuge

(Srimad Bhagavatam: 1.3.28)

"All these Avatars are manifestations or partial manifestations of the Purus-avatars (Karanodaksayi Visnu, Garbhodaksayi Visnu, and Ksirodaksayi Visnu), but Krishna is Svayam Bhagavan, the Supreme Lord Himself. In every age these Avatars protect the demon-ridden universe."

srjami tan-niyukto 'ham haro harati tad-vasah
visvam purusa-rupena paripati tri-sakti-dhrk

(Srimad Bhagavatam: 2.6.32)

"In accordance with the order of Sri Hari, I create the universe and Siva annihilates it. Sri Hari, the controller of the three modes of material nature, maintains the universe with His form of Ksirodaksayi Visnu."

isvarah paramah krsnah sach-chid-ananda-vigrahah
anadir adir govindah sarva-karana-karanam

(Sri Brahma-samhita: 5.1)

"The embodiment of spiritual energy, consciousness, and ecstasy, Sri Krishna, who is known as Govinda, is the Supreme Lord of all Lords. He has no origin, He is the origin of all, and He is the cause of all causes."

aham sarvasya prabhavo mattah sarvam pravartate
iti matva bhajante mam budha bhava-samanvitah

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 10.8)

[Krishna Himself explains:] "I am the origin of everything. Everything emanates from Me. Realising this, the wise serve Me, fully imbued with divine love."

mattah parataram nanyat kinchid asti dhananjaya
mayi sarvam idam protam sutre mani-gana iva

(Srimad Bhagavad-gita: 7.7)

"O Arjun, there is nothing superior to Me. All that exists is strung upon Me like jewels upon a thread."

tava ichchha-mata brahma karena srjana
tava ichchha-mata visnu karena palana [2]

tava–Your; ichchha–will; mata–according to; brahma–the universal creator; karena–does; srjana–creation; tava–Your; ichchha–will; mata–according to; visnu–the maintainer of the material nature; karena–does; palana–maintenance. [2]

(2) In accordance with Your will, Brahma creates the universe. In accordance with Your will, Visnu maintains the universe.

tava ichchha-mata siva karena samhara
tava ichchha-mate maya srje karagara [3]

tava–Your; ichchha–will; mata–according to; siva–the topmost Vaisnava who serves Krishna in a wide variety of ways; karena–does; samhara–annihilation; tava–Your; ichchha–will; mate–according to; maya–the goddess of illusion; srje–creates; karagara–prison. [3]

(3) In accordance with Your will, Siva annihilates the universe. In accordance with Your will, Maya Devi creates her prisonhouse.

tava ichchha-mata jivera janama-marana
samrddhi-nipata duhkha sukha-samghatana [4]

tava–Your; ichchha–will; mata–according to; jivera–of the individual souls; janama–birth; marana–death; samrddhi (unnati)–increase (prosperity); nipata (avanati)–decline (degradation); duhkha–distress; sukha–happiness; samghatana–occurrence. [4]

(4) In accordance with Your will, the souls take birth and die. In accordance with Your will, they experience prosperity and ruin, happiness and distress.

(4) samrddhi-nipata: "Prosperity and ruin." The supreme authority of Krishna's will is described as follows:

apane ichchhaya jiva koti vanchha kare
krsna ichchha hale tare tabe phala dhare

"According to their will, the souls desire innumerable ends. Yet only if Krishna wills it are their desires fulfilled."

michhe maya-baddha jiva asa-pase phire
tava ichchha vina kichhu karite na pare [5]

michhe–vainly; maya–goddess of illusion; baddha–bound; jiva–the individual souls; asa-pase–all around; phire–wander; tava–Your; ichchha–will; vina–without; kichhu–anything; karite–to do; na–not; pare–able. [5]

(5) Bound by Maya, the souls vainly wander about. Unless it is Your will, they are not able to do anything.

tumi ta' raksaka ara palaka amara
tomara charana vina asa nahi ara [6]

tumi–You; ta'–certainly; raksaka–the protector; ara–and; palaka–maintainer; amara–my; tomara–Your; charana–feet; vina–apart from; asa–hope, desire; nahi–not; ara–another. [6]

(6) You are my protector and maintainer. I aspire for nothing other than Your feet.

nija-bala-chesta prati bharasa chhadiya
tomara ichchhaya achhi nirbhara kariya [7]

nija–own; bala–strength; chesta–endeavours; prati–upon; bharasa–reliance; chhadiya–abandoning; tomara–Your; ichchhaya–according to will; achhi–I am; nirbhara–dependence; kariya–doing. [7]

(7) Abandoning reliance on my own strength and endeavour, I depend upon Your will.

(7) nija-bala-chesta ... nirbhara kariya: "Abandoning reliance upon my own strength and endeavour." Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur also sings about this in his Kalyana-kalpa-taru (3.3.3):

gopinatha, hara ye menechhi ami
(amara) aneka yatana, ha-ila biphala,
ekhana bharasa tumi

"O Gopinath, I have accepted defeat. All of my endeavours were useless. I now rely upon You."

bhakati-vinoda ati dina akinchana
tomara ichchhaya ta'ra jivana marana [8]

bhakati-vinoda–Bhakti Vinod; ati–very; dina–surrendered; akinchana–detached; tomara–Your; ichchhaya–according to will; ta'ra–his; jivana–life; marana–death. [8]

(8) Bhakti Vinod is completely surrendered and detached. He lives and dies in accordance with Your will.

 

 

 

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CONTENTS:

· Translator's Note
· In Praise of Saranagati (1)
· In Praise of Saranagati (2)
· Editor's Note
· Sri Laghu-chandrika-bhasya: Mangalacharana
· Sri Laghu-chandrika-bhasya: Preface


Saranagati:


Bhajana-Lalasa (Hankering for Service):


Siddha-Lalasa (Hankering for Fulfilment):


Vijnapti (Prayer of Heartfelt Hankering):


Sri Nama-Mahatmya (The Glories of the Name):



 

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