Monday, July 12, 2010

MADHURASHTAKAM

Sri Vallabhacharya was one of the greatest sage- philosophers of India, and was one of the foremost followers of Bhakthi Marga. He saw The Lord everywhere. In his poem "Madhurashtakam", he narrates the sweetness of Lord Krishna and sweetness in all His activities.

Madhurashtakam
By Sri Vallabhacharya

Adharam madhuram vadanam madhuram
Nayanam madhuram hasitam madhuram
Hrdayam madhuram gamanam madhuram
Madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram

Vacanam madhuram caritam madhuram
Vasanam madhuram valitam madhuram
Calitam madhuram bhramitam madhuram
Madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram

Venur madhuro renur madhurah
Panir madhurah padau madhurau
Nrtyam madhuram sakhyam madhuram
Madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram

Gitam madhuram pitam madhuram
Bhuktam madhuram suptam madhuram
Rupam madhuram tilakam madhuram
Madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram

Karanam madhuram taranam madhuram
Haranam madhuram ramanam madhuram
Vamitam madhuram samitam madhuram
Madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram

Gunja madhura mala madhura
Yamuna madhura vici madhura
Salilam madhuram kamalam madhuram
Madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram

Gopi madhura lila madhura
Yuktam madhuram bhuktam madhuram
Hrstam madhuram sistam madhuram
Madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram

Gopa madhura gavo madhura
Yastir madhura srstir madhura
Dalitam madhuram phalitam madhuram
Madhuradhi-pater akhilam madhuram

Translation:

Sweet are the lips, sweet the face,
Sweet the eyes, sweet the smile,
Sweet the heart and sweet the motion –
Complete is the sweetness of the Lord of Sweetness!

Sweet the words, sweet the deeds,
Sweet the clothes, sweet the pose,
Sweet the gait and sweet the roaming –
Complete is the sweetness of the Lord of Sweetness!

Sweet the flute, sweet the foot-dust,
Sweet the hands, sweet the feet,
Sweet the dancing, sweet the friendship –
Complete is the sweetness of the Lord of Sweetness!

Sweet the singing, sweet the yellow cloth,
Sweet the eating, sweet the sleeping,
Sweet the beauty, sweet the tilak –
Complete is the sweetness of the Lord of Sweetness!

Sweet the deeds, sweet the liberation,
Sweet the stealing, sweet the water-sports,
Sweet the oblations, sweet the tranquility –
Complete is the sweetness of the Lord of Sweetness!

Sweet the gunja-berry necklace, sweet the flower garland,
Sweet the Yamuna River, sweet the ripples,
Sweet the water, sweet the lotuses,
Complete is the sweetness of the Lord of Sweetness!

Sweet the gopis, sweet the pastimes,
Sweet the union, sweet the food,
Sweet the delight, sweet the courtesy –
Complete is the sweetness of the Lord of Sweetness!

Sweet the gopas, sweet the cows,
Sweet the staff, sweet the creation,
Sweet the trampling, sweet the fruitfulness –
Complete is the sweetness of the Lord of Sweetness!

The above translation is found in the book, ‘The Miracle Plays of Mathura’, by Norvin Hein, New Haven and London, Yale University Press, 1972.

4 comments:

  1. thanks a lot for this madam

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  2. Beautiful song / prayer.. I chant this regularly... Nice of you to write about this.. Hare Krishna

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  3. Beautiful...Tnx 4 posting!!
    My sweetheart Krishna!!!

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  4. This song Madhuram and sung by the great legend M.S.Subbulakshmi avargal added more Madhuram and during my school days my mother use to hear this song before Bhaja Govindam I hear to this and whenever I see or hear this song it is Madhuram and Madhuram Krishnas prescence is felt.Thanks and may god bless you.Hey Madhuraathipather.....

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