Sri Gandharva-samprarthanastakam (Stava-mala)
by Sri Rupa goswami
vrndavane viharator iha keli-kunje
sandarsayasva yuvayor vadanaravindadvandva
dvandvam vidhehi mayi devi! krpam prasida (1)
O Devi Radhika! Being enthralled like two intoxicated elephants, You and Sri Krsna constantly delight in amorous pastimes in the pleasure-groves of Sri Vrndavana. Therefore, O Gandharvika, please be kind and mercifully grant me the darsana of Your two lotuslike faces.
ha devi! kaku-bhara-gadgada yadya vaca,
yace nipatya bhuvi dandavad udbhatartih
asya prasadam abudhasya janasya krtva,
gandharvike! nija-gane gananam vidhehi (2)
O Devi Gandharvika, I am greatly distressed. Therefore, falling to the ground like a rod, I submit the following prayer to Your lotus feet in a choked-up voice full of despair. Please be merciful upon this ignorant person and consider me as one of Your maidservants.
syamasya vama-bhuja-baddha-tanum kadaham
tvam indira-virala-rupa-bharam bhajami? (3)
O Srimati Syama (Radhika), You are far more beautiful than Sri Laksmidevi. When shall I worship You who are embraced by the left arm of Your beloved Sri Syamasundara, whose beauty eclipses that of Sriman Narayana and captivates the entire creation?
tvam pracchadena mudira-cchabina pidhaya
manjira-mukta-caranan ca vidhaya devi!
kunje vrajendra-tanayena virajamane
naktam kada pramuditam abhisarayisye (4)
O Devi Radhika! When will I become Your handmaiden and dress You appropriately for Your lover's rendezvous by removing the ankle bells from Your lotus feet and covering Your graceful limbs in a blue sari the color of a fresh cloud? When will I lead You to the kunja at night, Your heart filled with rapture and anticipation to meet with Your lover, Sri Nanda-nandana?
kunje prasuna-kula-kalpita-keli talpe
samvahayisyati kada yuvayor jano 'yam? (5)
O Devi! You and Sri Krsna are the ornament of the three worlds. In the forest grove when both of You recline on a soft bed of a beautiful variety of flowers and partake in amorous pastimes abounding with merriment, will I be blessed to serve You and Your beloved's lotus feet?
vrndavanesvari! kada taru-mula-bhajau
samvijayami camari-caya-camarena (6)
O Vrndavanesvari! When the lotus faces of You and Your beloved are decorated with drops of perspiration due to the labour of love-sports, You sit in the shade of a beautiful kadamba tree on the bank of Radha-kunda in order to rest. At that time will I, as Your maidservant, fan Your bodies with a jewelled camara?
linaµ nikunja-kuhare bhavatim mukunde
citraiva sucitavati ruciraksi! naham
bhugnam bhruvam na racayeti mrsarusam tvam
agre vrajendra-tanasya kada nu nesye (7)
O charming-eyed Sri Radhika! When You playfully hide in a concealed burrow of the forest grove, Sri Krsna will come to know of Your whereabouts and appear before You. You will then question me reproachfully, "O Rupa Manjari! Did you disclose My hiding place to Him?" Then I will answer, "No, no, I said nothing. It was Citra sakhi who told Him, so please don't frown upon me." When will I be blessed to see You feigning such anger toward me, and when will I get the opportunity to appease You with sweet words in the presence of Sri Krsna?
vag-yuddha-keli-kutuke vraja-raja sunum
jitvonmadam adhika-darpa vikasi-jalpam
phullabhir alibhir analpam udiryamanastotr
am kada nu bhavatim avalokayisye? (8)
When, in a prankish mood, You defeat Sri Krsna in a battle of words, You become exceedingly jubilant and exult in the pride of Your oratory prowess. The sakhis, being overjoyed with the victory of their svamini, praise You, cheering, "Jaya Radhe, jaya Radhe!" When will I behold You in such a state?
yah ko 'pi susthu vrsabhanu-kumari-kayah
samprarthanastakam idam pathati prapannah
sa preyasa saha sametya dhrta-pramoda
tatra prasada-laharim urari-karoti (9)
Anyone who takes shelter of Sri Vrsabhanu-nandini, Sri Radhika, by regularly reciting this samprathanastaka with great faith and an attitude of bhakti, will surely please Her along with Her beloved Sri Krsna, thus becoming the recipient of Their profuse mercy.