Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā (The Govindam Prayers)

Govinda

The Govindam Prayers
From Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā
By His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura

This collection is taken from the fifth chapter of the Hymns of Brahma, and includes verse 1, and 29-56. There were 100 chapters in the Brahma Samhita. This 5th chapter of the Brahma Samhita was discovered by Lord Caitanya during His appearance. The other chapters have not yet been revealed.

TEXT 1

īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ
sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ
anādir ādir govindaḥ
sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam

īśvaraḥ—the controller; paramaḥ—supreme; kṛṣṇaḥ—Lord Kṛṣṇa; sat—comprising eternal existence; cit—absolute knowledge; ānanda—and absolute bliss; vigrahaḥ—whose form; anādiḥ—without beginning; ādiḥ—the origin; govindaḥ—Lord Govinda; sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam—the cause of all causes.

TRANSLATION

Kṛṣṇa who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He is the prime cause of all causes.

TEXT 29

cintāmaṇi-prakara-sadmasu kalpa-vṛkṣa-
lakṣāvṛteṣu surabhir abhipālayantam
lakṣmī-sahasra-śata-sambhrama-sevyamānaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

cintāmaṇi—touchstone; prakara—groups made of; sadmasu—in abodes; kalpa-vṛkṣa—of desire trees; lakṣa—by millions; āvṛteṣu—surrounded; surabhiḥ—surabhi cows; abhipālayantam—tending; lakṣmī—of goddesses of fortune; sahasra—of thousands; śata—by hundreds; sambhrama—with great respect; sevyamānam—being served; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, the first progenitor who is tending the cows, yielding all desire, in abodes built with spiritual gems, surrounded by millions of purpose trees, always served with great reverence and affection by hundreds of thousands of lakṣmīs or gopīs.

*TEXT 30

veṇuṁ kvaṇantam aravinda-dalāyatākṣam-
barhāvataṁsam asitāmbuda-sundarāṅgam
kandarpa-koṭi-kamanīya-viśeṣa-śobhaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

veṇum—the flute; kvaṇantam—playing; aravinda-dala—(like) lotus petals; āyata—blooming; akṣam—whose eyes; barha—a peacock’s feather; avataṁsam—whose ornament on the head; asita-ambuda—(tinged with the hue of) blue clouds; sundara—beautiful; aṅgam—whose figure; kandarpa—of Cupids; koṭi—millions; kamanīya—charming; viśeṣa—unique; śobham—whose loveliness; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is adept in playing on His flute, with blooming eyes like lotus petals with head decked with peacock’s feather, with the figure of beauty tinged with the hue of blue clouds, and His unique loveliness charming millions of Cupids.

TEXT 31

ālola-candraka-lasad-vanamālya-vaṁśī-
ratnāṅgadaṁ praṇaya-keli-kalā-vilāsam
śyāmaṁ tri-bhaṅga-lalitaṁ niyata-prakāśaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

ālola—swinging; candraka—with a moon-locket; lasat—beautified; vana-mālya—a garland of flowers; vaṁśī—flute; ratna-aṅgadam—adorned with jeweled ornaments; praṇaya—of love; keli-kalā—in pastimes; vilāsam—who always revels; śyāmam—Śyāmasundara; tri-bhaṅga—bending in three places; lalitam—graceful; niyata—eternally; prakāśam—manifest; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, round whose neck is swinging a garland of flowers beautified with the moon-locket, whose two hands are adorned with the flute and jeweled ornaments, who always revels in pastimes of love, whose graceful threefold-bending form of Śyāmasundara is eternally manifest.

*TEXT 32

aṅgāni yasya sakalendriya-vṛtti-manti
paśyanti pānti kalayanti ciraṁ jaganti
ānanda-cinmaya-sad-ujjvala-vigrahasya
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

aṅgāni—the limbs; yasya—of whom; sakala-indriya—of all the organs; vṛtti-manti—possessing the functions; paśyanti—see; pānti—maintain; kalayanti—manifest; ciram—eternally,; jaganti—the universes; ānanda—bliss; cit—truth; maya—full of; sat—substantiality; ujjvala—full of dazzling splendor; vigrahasya—whose form; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose transcendental form is full of bliss, truth, substantiality and is thus full of the most dazzling splendor. Each of the limbs of that transcendental figure possesses in Himself, the full-fledged functions of all the organs, and eternally sees, maintains and manifests the infinite universes, both spiritual and mundane.

TEXT 33

advaitam acyutam anādim ananta-rūpam
ādyaṁ purāṇa-puruṣaṁ nava-yauvanaṁ ca
vedeṣu durlabham adurlabham ātma-bhaktau
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

advaitam—without a second; acyutam—without decay; anādim—without a beginning; ananta-rūpam—whose form is endless, or who possesses unlimited forms; ādyam—the beginning; purāṇa-puruṣam—the most ancient person; nava-yauvanam—a blooming youth; ca—also; vedeṣu—through the Vedas; durlabham—inaccessible; adurlabham—not difficult to obtain; ātma-bhaktau—through pure devotion of the soul; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is inaccessible to the Vedas, but obtainable by pure unalloyed devotion of the soul, who is without a second, who is not subject to decay, is without a beginning, whose form is endless, who is the beginning, and the eternal puruṣa; yet He is a person possessing the beauty of blooming youth.

TEXT 34

panthās tu koṭi-śata-vatsara-sampragamyo
vāyor athāpi manaso muni-puṅgavānām
so ’py asti yat-prapada-sīmny avicintya-tattve
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

panthāḥ—the path; tu—but; koṭi-śata—thousands of millions; vatsara—of years; sampragamyaḥ—extending over; vāyoḥ—of wind; atha api—or; manasaḥ—of the mind; muni-puṅgavānām—of the foremost jñānīs; saḥ—that (path); api—only; asti—is; yat—of whom; prapada—of the toe; sīmni—to the tip; avicintya-tattve—beyond material conception; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, only the tip of the toe of whose lotus feet is approached by the yogīs who aspire after the transcendental and betake themselves to prāṇāyāma by drilling the respiration; or by the jñānīs who try to find out the nondifferentiated Brahman by the process of elimination of the mundane, extending over thousands of millions of years.

TEXT 35

eko ’py asau racayituṁ jagad-aṇḍa-koṭiṁ
yac-chaktir asti jagad-aṇḍa-cayā yad-antaḥ
aṇḍāntara-stha-paramāṇu-cayāntara-stham-
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

ekaḥ—one; api—although; asau—He; racayitum—to create; jagat-aṇḍa—of universes; koṭim—millions; yat—whose; śaktiḥ—potency; asti—there is; jagat-aṇḍa-cayāḥ—all the universes; yat-antaḥ—within whom; aṇḍa-antara-stha—which are scattered throughout the universe; parama-aṇu-caya—the atoms; antara-stham—situated within; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

He is an undifferentiated entity as there is no distinction between potency and the possessor thereof. In His work of creation of millions of worlds, His potency remains inseparable. All the universes exist in Him and He is present in His fullness in every one of the atoms that are scattered throughout the universe, at one and the same time. Such is the primeval Lord whom I adore.

TEXT 36

yad-bhāva-bhāvita-dhiyo manujās tathaiva
samprāpya rūpa-mahimāsana-yāna-bhūṣāḥ
sūktair yam eva nigama-prathitaiḥ stuvanti
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

yat—for whom; bhāva—with devotion; bhāvita—are imbued; dhiyaḥ—whose hearts; manujāḥ—men; tathā eva—similarly; samprāpya—having gained; rūpa—beauty; mahima—greatness; āsana—thrones; yāna—conveyances; bhūṣāḥ—and ornaments; sūktaiḥ—by Vedic hymns; yam—whom; eva—certainly; nigama—by the Vedas; prathitaiḥ—told; stuvanti—offer praise; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I adore the same Govinda, the primeval Lord, in whose praise men, who are imbued with devotion, sing the mantra-sūktas told by the Vedas, by gaining their appropriate beauty, greatness, thrones, conveyances and ornaments.

TEXT 37

ānanda-cinmaya-rasa-pratibhāvitābhis
tābhir ya eva nija-rūpatayā kalābhiḥ
goloka eva nivasaty akhilātma-bhūto
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

ānanda—bliss; cit—and knowledge; maya—consisting of; rasa—mellows; prati—every second; bhāvitābhiḥ—who are engrossed with; tābhiḥ—with those; yaḥ—who; eva—certainly; nija-rūpatayā—with His own form; kalābhiḥ—who are parts of portions of His pleasure potency; goloke—in Goloka Vṛndāvana; eva—certainly; nivasati—resides; akhila-ātma—as the soul of all; bhūtaḥ—who exists; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original personality; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, residing in His own realm, Goloka, with Rādhā, resembling His own spiritual figure, the embodiment of the ecstatic potency possessed of the sixty-four artistic activities, in the company of Her confidantes [sakhīs], embodiments of the extensions of Her bodily form, permeated and vitalized by His ever-blissful spiritual rasa.

TEXT 38

premāñjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena
santaḥ sadaiva hṛdayeṣu vilokayanti
yaṁ śyāmasundaram acintya-guṇa-svarūpaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

prema—of love; añjana—with the salve; churita—tinged; bhakti—of devotion; vilocanena—with the eye; santaḥ—the pure devotees; sadā—always; eva—indeed; hṛdayeṣu—in their hearts; vilokayanti—see; yam—whom; śyāma—dark blue; sundaram—beautiful; acintya—inconceivable; guṇa—with attributes; svarūpam—whose nature is endowed; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is Śyāmasundara, Kṛṣṇa Himself with inconceivable innumerable attributes, whom the pure devotees see in their heart of hearts with the eye of devotion tinged with the salve of love.

TEXT 39

rāmādi-mūrtiṣu kalā-niyamena tiṣṭhan
nānāvatāram akarod bhuvaneṣu kintu
kṛṣṇaḥ svayaṁ samabhavat paramaḥ pumān yo
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

rāma-ādi—the incarnation of Lord Rāma, etc.; mūrtiṣu—in different forms; kalā-niyamena—by the order of plenary portions; tiṣṭhan—existing; nānā—various; avatāram—incarnations; akarot—executed; bhuvaneṣu—within the worlds; kintu—but; kṛṣṇaḥ—Lord Kṛṣṇa; svayam—personally; samabhavat—appeared; paramaḥ—the supreme; pumān—person; yaḥ—who; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who manifested Himself personally as Kṛṣṇa and the different avatāras in the world in the forms of Rāma, Nṛsiṁha, Vāmana, etc., as His subjective portions.

TEXT 40

yasya prabhā prabhavato jagad-aṇḍa-koṭi-
koṭiṣv aśeṣa-vasudhādi vibhūti-bhinnam
tad brahma niṣkalam anantam aśeṣa-bhūtaṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

yasya—of whom; prabhā—the effulgence; prabhavataḥ—of one who excels in power; jagat-aṇḍa—of universes; koṭi-koṭiṣu—in millions and millions; aśeṣa—unlimited; vasudhā-ādi—with planets and other manifestations; vibhūti—with opulences; bhinnam—becoming variegated; tat—that; brahma—Brahman; niṣkalam—without parts; anantam—unlimited; aśeṣa-bhūtam—being complete; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose effulgence is the source of the nondifferentiated Brahman mentioned in the Upaniṣads, being differentiated from the infinity of glories of the mundane universe appears as the indivisible, infinite, limitless, truth.

TEXT 41

māyā hi yasya jagad-aṇḍa-śatāni sūte
traiguṇya-tad-viṣaya-veda-vitāyamānā
sattvāvalambi-para-sattvaṁ viśuddha-sattvam-
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

māyā—the external potency; hi—indeed; yasya—of whom; jagat-aṇḍa—of universes; śatāni—hundreds; sūte—brings forth; trai-guṇya—embodying the threefold mundane qualities; tat—of that; viṣaya—the subject matter; veda—the Vedic knowledge; vitāyamānā—diffusing; sattva-avalambi—the support of all existence; para-sattvam—the ultimate entity; viśuddha-sattvam—the absolute substantive principle; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, who is the absolute substantive principle being the ultimate entity in the form of the support of all existence whose external potency embodies the threefold mundane qualities, viz., sattva, rajas, and tamas and diffuses the Vedic knowledge regarding the mundane world.

TEXT 42

ānanda-cinmaya-rasātmatayā manaḥsu
yaḥ prāṇināṁ pratiphalan smaratām upetya
līlāyitena bhuvanāni jayaty ajasram-
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

ānanda—blissful; cit-maya—cognitive; rasa—of rasa; ātmatayā—due to being the entity; manaḥsu—in the minds; yaḥ—He who; prāṇinām—of living entities; pratiphalan—being reflected; smaratām upetya—recollecting; līlāyitena—by pastimes; bhuvanāni—the mundane world; jayati—triumphantly dominates; ajasram—ever; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I worship Govinda, the primeval Lord, whose glory ever triumphantly dominates the mundane world by the activity of His own pastimes, being reflected in the mind of recollecting souls as the transcendental entity of ever-blissful cognitive rasa.

TEXT 43

goloka-nāmni nija-dhāmni tale ca tasya
devi maheśa-hari-dhāmasu teṣu teṣu
te te prabhāva-nicayā vihitāś ca yena
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

goloka-nāmni—in the planet known as Goloka Vṛndāvana; nija-dhāmni—the personal abode of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; tale—in the part underneath; ca—also; tasya—of that; devi—of the goddess Durgā; maheśa—of Lord Śiva; hari—of Nārāyaṇa; dhāmasu—in the planets; teṣu teṣu—in each of them; te te—those respective; prabhāva-nicayāḥ—opulences; vihitāḥ—established; ca—also; yena—by whom; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

Lowest of all is located Devī-dhāma [mundane world], next above it is Maheśa-dhāma [abode of Maheśa]; above Maheśa-dhāma is placed Hari-dhāma [abode of Hari] and above them all is located Kṛṣṇa’s own realm named Goloka. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, who has allotted their respective authorities to the rulers of those graded realms.

TEXT 44

sṛṣṭi-sthiti-pralaya-sādhana-śaktir ekā
chāyeva yasya bhuvanāni bibharti durgā
icchānurūpam api yasya ca ceṣṭate sā
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

sṛṣṭi—creation; sthiti—preservation; pralaya—and destruction; sādhana—the agency; śaktiḥ—potency; ekā—one; chāyā—the shadow; iva—like; yasya—of whom; bhuvanāni—the mundane world; bibharti—maintains; durgā—Durgā; icchā—the will; anurūpam—in accordance with; api—certainly; yasya—of whom; ca—and; ceṣṭate—conducts herself; sā—she; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

The external potency Māyā who is of the nature of the shadow of the cit potency, is worshiped by all people as Durgā, the creating, preserving and destroying agency of this mundane world. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda in accordance with whose will Durgā conducts herself.

TEXT 45

kṣīraṁ yathā dadhi vikāra-viśeṣa-yogāt
sañjāyate na hi tataḥ pṛthag asti hetoḥ
yaḥ śambhutām api tathā samupaiti kāryād
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

kṣīram—milk; yathā—as; dadhi—yogurt; vikāra-viśeṣa—of a special transformation; yogāt—by the application; sañjāyate—is transformed into; na—not; hi—indeed; tataḥ—from the milk; pṛthak—separated; asti—is; hetoḥ—which is the cause; yaḥ—who; śambhutām—the nature of Lord Śiva; api—also; tathā—thus; samupaiti—accepts; kāryāt—for the matter of some particular business; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

Just as milk is transformed into curd by the action of acids, but yet the effect curd is neither same as, nor different from, its cause, viz., milk, so I adore the primeval Lord Govinda of whom the state of Śambhu is a transformation for the performance of the work of destruction.

TEXT 46

dīpārcir eva hi daśāntaram abhyupetya
dīpāyate vivṛta-hetu-samāna-dharmā
yas tādṛg eva hi ca viṣṇutayā vibhāti
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

dīpa-arciḥ—the flame of a lamp; eva—as; hi—certainly; daśā-antaram—another lamp; abhyupetya—expanding; dīpāyate—illuminates; vivṛta-hetu—with its expanded cause; samāna-dharmā—equally powerful; yaḥ—who; tādṛk—similarly; eva—indeed; hi—certainly; ca—also; viṣṇutayā—by His expansion as Lord Viṣṇu; vibhāti—illuminates; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

The light of one candle being communicated to other candles, although it burns separately in them, is the same in its quality. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda who exhibits Himself equally in the same mobile manner in His various manifestations.

TEXT 47

yaḥ kāraṇārṇava-jale bhajati sma yoga-
nidrām ananta-jagad-aṇḍa-sa-roma-kūpaḥ
ādhāra-śaktim avalambya parāṁ sva-mūrtiṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

yaḥ—He who; kāraṇa-arṇava—of the Causal Ocean; jale—in the water; bhajati—enjoys; sma—indeed; yoga-nidrām—creative sleep; ananta—unlimited; jagat-aṇḍa—universes; sa—with; roma-kūpaḥ—the pores of His hair; ādhāra-śaktim—the all-accommodating potency; avalambya—assuming; parām—great; sva-mūrtim—own subjective form; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I adore the primeval Lord Govinda who assuming His own great subjective form, who bears the name of Śeṣa, replete with the all-accommodating potency, and reposing in the Causal Ocean with the infinity of the world in the pores of His hair, enjoys creative sleep [yoga-nidrā].

TEXT 48

yasyaika-niśvasita-kālam athāvalambya
jīvanti loma-vilajā jagad-aṇḍa-nāthāḥ
viṣṇur mahān sa iha yasya kalā-viśeṣo
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

yasya—whose; eka—one; niśvasita—of breath; kālam—time; atha—thus; avalambya—taking shelter of; jīvanti—live; loma-vila-jāḥ—grown from the hair holes; jagat-aṇḍa-nāthāḥ—the masters of the universes (the Brahmās); viṣṇuḥ mahān—the Supreme Lord Mahā-Viṣṇu; saḥ—that; iha—here; yasya—whose; kalā-viśeṣaḥ—particular plenary portion or expansion; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

Brahmā and other lords of the mundane worlds, appearing from the pores of hair of Mahā-Viṣṇu, remain alive as long as the duration of one exhalation of the latter [Mahā-Viṣṇu]. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda of whose subjective personality Mahā-Viṣṇu is the portion of portion.

TEXT 49

bhāsvān yathāśma-śakaleṣu nijeṣu tejaḥ
svīyam kiyat prakaṭayaty api tadvad atra
brahmā ya eṣa jagad-aṇḍa-vidhāna-kartā
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

bhāsvān—the illuminating sun; yathā—as; aśma-śakaleṣu—in various types of precious stones; nijeṣu—his own; tejaḥ—brilliance; svīyam—his own; kiyat—to some extent; prakaṭayati—manifests; api—also; tadvat—similarly; atra—here; brahmā—Lord Brahmā; yaḥ—who; eṣaḥ—he; jagat-aṇḍa-vidhāna-kartā—the chief of the universe; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I adore the primeval Lord Govinda from whom the separated subjective portion Brahmā receives his power for the regulation of the mundane world, just as the sun manifests some portion of his own light in all the effulgent gems that bear the names of sūryakānta, etc.

TEXT 50

yat-pāda-pallava-yugaṁ vinidhāya kumbha-
dvandve praṇāma-samaye sa gaṇādhirājaḥ
vighnān vihantum alam asya jagat-trayasya
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

yat—whose; pāda-pallava—lotus feet; yugam—two; vinidhāya—having held; kumbha-dvandve—upon the pair of tumuli; praṇāma-samaye—at the time of offering obeisances; saḥ—he; gaṇa-adhirājaḥ—Gaṇeśa; vighnān—obstacles; vihantum—to destroy; alam—capable; asya—of these; jagat-trayasya—three worlds; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, whose lotus feet are always held by Gaṇeśa upon the pair of tumuli protruding from his elephant head in order to obtain power for his function of destroying all the obstacles on the path of progress of the three worlds.

TEXT 51

agnir mahi gaganam ambu marud diśaś ca
kālas tathātma-manasīti jagat-trayāṇi
yasmād bhavanti vibhavanti viśanti yaṁ ca
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

agniḥ—fire; mahi—earth; gaganam—ether; ambu—water; marut—air; diśaḥ—directions; ca—also; kālaḥ—time; tathā—as well as; ātma—soul; manasī—and mind; iti—thus; jagat-trayāṇi—the three worlds; yasmāt—from whom; bhavanti—they originate; vibhavanti—they exist; viśanti—they enter; yam—whom; ca—also; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

The three worlds are composed of the nine elements, viz., fire, earth, ether, water, air, direction, time, soul and mind. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda from whom they originate, in whom they exist and into whom they enter at the time of the universal cataclysm.

TEXT 52

yac-cakṣur eṣa savitā sakala-grahāṇāṁ
rājā samasta-sura-mūrtir aśeṣa-tejāḥ
yasyājñayā bhramati sambhṛta-kāla-cakro
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

yat—of whom; cakṣuḥ—the eye; eṣaḥ—the; savitā—sun; sakala-grahāṇām—of all the planets; rājā—the king; samasta-sura—of all the demigods; mūrtiḥ—the image; aśeṣa-tejāḥ—full of infinite effulgence; yasya—of whom; ājñayā—by the order; bhramati—performs his journey; sambhṛta—complete; kāla-cakraḥ—the wheel of time; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

The sun who is the king of all the planets, full of infinite effulgence, the image of the good soul, is as the eye of this world. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda in pursuance of whose order the sun performs his journey mounting the wheel of time.

TEXT 53

dharmo ’tha pāpa-nicayaḥ śrutayas tapāṁsi
brahmādi-kīṭa-patagāvadhayaś ca jīvāḥ
yad-datta-mātra-vibhava-prakaṭa-prabhāvā
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

dharmaḥ—virtue; atha—also; pāpa-nicayaḥ—all vices; śrutayaḥ—the Vedas; tapāṁsi—penances; brahma-ādi—beginning from Lord Brahmā; kīṭa-pataga—insects; avadhayaḥ—down to; ca—and; jīvāḥ—jīvas; yat—by whom; datta—conferred; mātra—exclusively; vibhava—by the power; prakaṭa—manifested; prabhāvāḥ—potencies; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, by whose conferred power are maintained the manifested potencies, that are found to exist, of all virtues, all vices, the Vedas, the penances and all jīvas, from Brahmā to the meanest insect.

TEXT 54

yas tv indragopam athavendram aho sva-karma-
bandhānurūpa-phala-bhājanam ātanoti
karmāṇi nirdahati kintu ca bhakti-bhājāṁ
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

yaḥ—He who (Govinda); tu—but; indra-gopam—to the small red insect called indragopa; atha vā—or even; indram—to Indra, king of heaven; aho—oh; sva-karma—of one’s own fruitive activities; bandha—bondage; anurūpa—according to; phala—of reactions; bhājanam—enjoying or suffering; ātanoti—bestows; karmāṇi—all fruitive activities and their reactions; nirdahati—destroys; kintu—but; ca—also; bhakti-bhājām—of persons engaged in devotional service; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam—Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, who burns up to their roots all fruitive activities of those who are imbued with devotion and impartially ordains for each the due enjoyment of the fruits of one’s activities, of all those who walk in the path of work, in accordance with the chain of their previously performed works, no less in the case of the tiny insect that bears the name of indragopa than in that of Indra, king of the devas.

TEXT 55

yaṁ krodha-kāma-sahaja-praṇayādi-bhīti-
vātsalya-moha-guru-gaurava-sevya-bhāvaiḥ
sañcintya tasya sadṛśīṁ tanum āpur ete
govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

yam—upon whom; krodha—wrath; kāma—amorous passion; sahaja-praṇaya—natural friendly love; ādi—and so on; bhīti—fear; vātsalya—parental affection; moha—delusion; guru-gaurava—reverence; sevya-bhāvaiḥ—and with the attitude of willing service; sañcintya—meditating; tasya—of that; sadṛśīm—befitting; tanum—bodily form; āpuḥ—attained; ete—these persons; govindam—Govinda; ādi-puruṣam—the original person; tam— Him; aham—I; bhajāmi—worship.

TRANSLATION

I adore the primeval Lord Govinda, the meditators of whom, by meditating upon Him under the sway of wrath, amorous passion, natural friendly love, fear, parental affection, delusion, reverence and willing service, attain to bodily forms befitting the nature of their contemplation.

TEXT 56

śriyaḥ kāntāḥ kāntaḥ parama-puruṣaḥ kalpa-taravo
drumā bhūmiś cintāmaṇi-gaṇa-mayi toyam amṛtam
kathā gānaṁ nāṭyaṁ gamanam api vaṁśī priya-sakhi
cid-ānandaṁ jyotiḥ param api tad āsvādyam api ca
sa yatra kṣīrābdhiḥ sravati surabhībhyaś ca su-mahān
nimeṣārdhākhyo vā vrajati na hi yatrāpi samayaḥ
bhaje śvetadvīpaṁ tam aham iha golokam iti yaṁ
vidantas te santaḥ kṣiti-virala-cārāḥ katipaye

śriyaḥ—Lakṣmīs, goddesses of fortune; kāntāḥ—loving consorts; kāntaḥ—the enjoyer, lover; parama-puruṣaḥ—the Supreme Personality of Godhead; kalpa-taravaḥ—desire trees; drumāḥ—all the trees; bhūmiḥ—the land; cintāmaṇi-gaṇa-mayi—made of the transcendental touchstone jewels; toyam—the water; amṛtam—nectar; kathā—talking; gānam—song; nāṭyam—dancing; gamanam—walking; api—also; vaṁśī—the flute; priya-sakhī—constant companion; cit-ānandam—transcendental bliss; jyotiḥ—effulgence; param—the supreme; api—also; tat—that; āsvādyam—everywhere perceived; api ca—also; saḥ—that; yatra—where; kṣīra-abdhiḥ—ocean of milk; sravati—flows; surabhībhyaḥ—from surabhi cows; ca—and; su-mahān—very great; nimeṣa-ardha—half a moment; ākhyaḥ—called; vā—or; vrajati—passes away; na—not; hi—certainly; yatra—where; api—even; samayaḥ—time; bhaje—I worship; śveta-dvīpam—Śvetadvīpa; tam—that; aham—I; iha—here; golokam—Goloka; iti—thus; yam—which; vidantaḥ—know; te—they; santaḥ—self-realized souls; kṣiti—in this world; virala—seldom; cārāḥ—going; katipaye—few.

TRANSLATION

I worship that transcendental seat, known as Śvetadvīpa where as loving consorts the Lakṣmīs in their unalloyed spiritual essence practice the amorous service of the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa as their only lover; where every tree is a transcendental purpose tree; where the soil is the purpose gem, all water is nectar, every word is a song, every gait is a dance, the flute is the favorite attendant, effulgence is full of transcendental bliss and the supreme spiritual entities are all enjoyable and tasty, where numberless milk cows always emit transcendental oceans of milk; where there is eternal existence of transcendental time, who is ever present and without past or future and hence is not subject to the quality of passing away even for the space of half a moment. That realm is known as Goloka only to a very few self-realized souls in this world.

Note; * indicates the verses [30 & 32] used in the “Govinda Prayers” (The Radha Krsna Temple Album)

Sri Brahma-samhita

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