Ashtapadi IV - Chandana Charchita - Ode to the Lord 



chandana charchita - rAmakriya - yati
Sl.anEka nAree parirambha sambhrama
sphuran manOhari vilAsa lAlasam
murAri mAradupa darSayantyasou


sakhee samaksham punaraha rAdhikA ||

The companion of Radha, 
Tells the Lord's  beloved 
About the Gopis
Who flirt with Him
How He delightfully embraces
And dances with Gopis
Gopis, symbolic of Upanishads
The Breath of the Eternal !
And Radha representing Nature !


chandana charchita neela kaLEbara peetavasana vanamAlee
kELi chalanmaNi kunDala manDita ganDayuga smita SAlee
haririha mugdha vadhoo nikarE vilAsini vilasati kELiparE ||


His body bluish
Is smeared with paste
Paste made of sandalwood
Yellow silk robe He wears
His ear rings dangling
As he plays with Gopis
He is sporting
In the Garden of the Upanishads !


peenapayOdhara bhAra bharENa harim parirabhya sarAgam
gOpavadhoo ranugAyati kAchidudanchita panchama rAgam ||haririha ||


O Radha, hear
How a Gopi is singing
In high pitch
In tune with Krishna's flute !
Another Gopi is embracing
Thy beloved Krishna !


kApi vilAsa vilOla vilOchana khEla janita manOjam
dhyAyati mugdha vadhoo radhikam madhusoodana vadana sarOjam ||haririha ||

O Radha, see
How is Gopi is ensnaring
Beauteous  Lord Krishna
With gestures of love !
Cupid had marked her
For his own !
She is mesmerised
By the handsomeness of the Lord !
She is meditating
On His Lotus like Beauty !
Why does He like
The Upanishads so much ?

kApi kapOlatalE miLitAlapitum kamapi Sruti moolE
kApi chuchumba nitambavatee daitam pulakairanukoolE ||haririha ||

See how close a Gopi is
How proximate to the Lord !
She is about to tell
A secret privately !
Thrilled she is
By the touch of His cheeks !
His handsome mein
Attracts her entire !

kELi kaLA kutukEna cha kAchidamum yamunA jala koolE
manjula vanjula kunjagatam vichakarsha karENa dukoolE ||haririha||


See how that maid yonder
Pulls his silk robe yellowish
See the yonder cottage
Under beautiful bower
By the side of Yamuna
See how deeply in love
That young maid is
Pining for the handsome Lord !


karatala tALa taraLa valayAvaLi kalita kalaswana vamSE

rAsa rasE saha nrutya parA hariNA yuvatihi praSaSamsE||hari riha||


O beloved Radha
One maid is enjoying Rasa Dance
Clapping in ecstasy !
The melodious music
Emanating from the Lord's flute
Is in tune with the sound of bangles
Rhythmic sound of her bangles !


Slishyati kAmapi chumbati kAmapi ramayati kAmapi rAmam

paSyati sasmita chArutarA maparA manugachchati vAmam||haririha||


Other Gopis He kisses
While many are delighted
By His Presence !
Upanishads love the Self
The deal with the Self
The Science of the Absolute
See His gracious smile

How attractive He is !

Sri jayadEva bhaNita mida madbhuta kESava kELi rahasyam
brundAvana vipinE lalitam vitanOtu SubhAni yaSasyam ||haririha ||
 
Poet Jaya Deva sings
About the secrets
Of joyful sports
Of the handsome Lord
With the Gopis
Let this poem divine
Grant Bliss and happiness
To all devotees !
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