THE GLORIES OF RUPA AND SANATAN GOSWAMIS FROM ŚRĪ BHAKTI-RATNĀKARA
jaya mora prāṇa sanātana-rūpa
agatin-ke gati do-u bhāyā, yoga-yajñake yūpa
Glory to Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Sanatan Goswami! They are my breath of life. The two brothers are the shelter of those with no other refuge. They are the yūpa (central pole in a sacrificial arena) in the yajña of bhakti-yoga.
vṛndāvanake sahaja mādhurī-prema-sudhāke kūpa
karuṇā-sindhu anāthana-bandhu, bhakta-sabhāke bhūpa
They are Vrindavana’s well filled with the sweet nectar of pure spiritual love. They are the ocean of mercy and the friends of those lost souls who have no master. In the assembly of devotees they are the kings.
bhakti-bhāgavata matahi ācaraṇa-kuśala su-catura-camūpa
bhuvana-caturdaśa-vidita bimala yaśa rasanāke rasa-tūpa
They are the great generals leading the army of preachers who expertly speak on bhakti and the Bhāgavatam. Their pure glories are known throughout the fourteen worlds, and are nectar for the tongue.
caraṇa-kamala-komala-rajaḥ chāyā miṭata kali-vari-dhūpa
vyāsa upāsaka sadā upāse rādhā-caraṇa anupa
The dust of their lotus feet has become the vaiṣṇavas’ fragrant tilaka. Having deep reverence for Srila Vyasadeva, they always worship Sri Radha’s peerless lotus feet.
jaya mora sādḥu-śiromaṇi rūpa-sanātana
jiṅke bhakti eka rasa-nibahī, prīta kṛṣṇa-rādhā-tana (Refrain)
Glory to Srila Rupa Goswami and Srila Sanatan Goswami! They are the crest-jewels of saintly devotees. They are filled with the nectar of devotional love for Sri Sri Radha and Krishna.
vṛndāvanakī sahaja mādhurī rauma rauma sukha gātana
saba teji’ kuñja-keli bhaji’ahar-niśi ati anurāga rādhā-tana
Tasting the sweetness of residing in Vrindavan, they are filled with bliss and their bodily hairs stand up. Renouncing everything, they worship Vraja’s forest groves. Day and night they meditate on Radha’s love for Krishna.
karuṇā-sindhu kṛṣṇa-caitanyake kṛpāphalī dau bhrātana
tina vinu vyāsa anāthana ye se sukhe taru-vara pātana
These two brothers brought the mercy of Sri Krishna Chaitanya, who is an ocean of com passion. Without these two brothers I am helpless and without a master. Without these two brothers, the tree of my happiness has broken and fallen to the ground.·
— Srila Narahari Chakravarti’s Śrī Bhakti-ratnākara 6.299-305.
Srila Narahari Chakravarti. Śrī Bhakti-ratnākara. English translation by Sripad Kusakratha Das. Published by Krishna Library. Alachua Florida. Srila Narahari Chakravarti. Śrī Bhakti-ratnākara. Gaudiya Mission. Calcutta. 501 Gaurabda. Bengali.
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