22 December 2009

Sri Nanda-nandanāṣṭakaḿ

Sri Nanda-nandanāṣṭakaḿ
I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose face is extremely delightful, in whose beautiful ears hang jeweled earrings and whose entire body is anointed with fragrant candana.

I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose eyes are more beautiful than the fully bloomed lotus, whose head is beautifully adorned with an arrangement of peacock feathers and who enchants millions of Cupids.

I offer pranama to Nandanandana, from whose beautiful nose hangs an elephant-pearl, whose teeth are immensely effulgent, whose bodily complexion is more beautiful and lustrous than a fresh rain cloud.

I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose lotus hands hold the flute, whose lingering gait defeats even that of an impassioned elephant and whose dark limbs are beautified by a yellow shawl.

I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose threefold-bending posture is exquisitely elegant, the effulgence of whose toe-nails puts to shame even the moon, and who wears invaluable jewels and ornaments.

I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose body exudes an especially beautiful fragrance, and whose broad chest is adorned with the kaustubha jewel and the mark of srivatsa.

I offer pranama to Nandanandana, the expert lover of Vrindavana who performs immaculate pastimes and who is attired in clothes which are suitable for those pastimes and who pulverized the pride of Indra.

I offer pranama to Nandanandana, who as the lover of the Vraja gopis perpetually delights them and who enchants the minds of all living entities.

Whoever regularly recites this (Sri Nanda-nandanāṣṭakaḿ) will easily cross the seemingly insurmountable ocean of material existence and attain eternal residence at the lotus feet of Krsna.

Namami Nanda-Nandana is about Sri Krsna. It is a prayer to Krsna. Krsna is called Nanda-nandana in relationship with Nanda Maharaja, His foster father (as He appears as the son of Nanda Maharaja). When people said that He was born of Nanda Maharaja, He was called Nanda-Nandana. Nanda-Nandana is a loving way to say "Krsna". It is like saying "the darling son of Nanda Maharaja".

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