Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu left only 8 verses of his instruction in his writing known as Shiksastakam. What are they?

1 Answer 1


Here is Sri Chaitanya's Shiksastakam with their English translations taken from Life and Precepts of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.


cheto-darpana-marjanam bhava-mahadavagni-nirvapanam sreya-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidhyavadhu-jivanam anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamritasvadanam sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krishna-sankirtanam

May the chanting of the Holy Name of Sri Krishna be glorified, which (i) sweeps of all the dirts from the mirrors of our hearts, (ii} extinguishes the great forest fire of suffering from the cycle of births and deaths. (iii) sheds moonlight upon the lily of eternal Good. (iv) is the very Life of bride of Real Learning, (v) swells the Ocean of Ecstatic Bliss, (vi) gives the full taste of Pure Nectar at every utterance of the Holy Name and ( vii ) bathes i.e. purifies and refreshes the whole self including body mind and soul in Divine Bliss. (1)


namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-shaktis tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah etadrishi tava kripa bhagavan mamapi durdaivam idrisam ihajani nanuragah

O Almighty Supreme Lord , Thou hast out of thy Infinite Mercy, given to the world a multiplicity of Thy Names, endowed Each of the Names with all Thy Potencies and made no restrictions as to the time, place etc., of their recitations and remembrance. But alas! such is my luck that I have no love for chanting thy names (2)


trinad api sunicena taror api sahisnuna amanina manadena kirtaniya sada harih

He, who is humbler than a blade of grass, is more forbearing than a tree and honors others, yet without any desire of honoring himself, is ever worthy of chanting the Holy Name. (3)


na dhanam na janam na sundarim kavitam va jagadisha kamaye mama janmani janmanisvare bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvaya

No riches, no friends or relatives, no beautiful muses do I pray Thee for, but may my heart ever cling to Thee, 0 Supreme Lord, out of selfless devotion and love, whenever and wherever I may he born.(4)


ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram patitam mam vishame bhavambudhau kripaya tava pada-pankajasthita- dhuli-sadrisham, vichintaya

0 Son of Nanda! graciously count me Thy servant, as a particle of dust of Thy Lotus Feet, fallen as I am in the terrible ocean of this world. (5)


nayanam galad asru-dharaya vadanam gadgada-ruddhaya gira pulakair nicitam vapuh kada tava nama-grhane bhavisyate

"When will my eyes, 0 Lord, at the chanting of Thy Name, be filled with flowing tears, my voice become choked and the hair of my body stand up in ecstasy?(6)


yugayitam nimeshena chakshusha pravrishayitam sunyayitam jagat sarvam govinda-virahena me

The Separation from my Beloved Govinda makes an instant, i.e., the twinkling of an eye, seem to me to be an aeon, my eyes are turned into the rainy season itself and the whole world appears to me a void. (7)


ashlisya va pada-ratam pinastu mam adarshanan marma-hatam karotu va yatha tatha va vidadhatu lampado mat-prana-nathas tu sa eva naparah

Whether Krishna, my Beloved, hugs me in His sweet embrace or tramples me under His Feet, or torments me by keeping Himself away from me, gratifying His Amours in whatever manner He likes. He and none else is the Lord of my life. (8)

  • Questioning and Answering simultaneously !! Is this encouraged on HiSE? Is this a preaching platform? I can not downvote though, as these are words of Sri Bhagavan!
    – user17294
    Commented May 4, 2019 at 4:20
  • @commonman "Questioning and Answering simultaneously !! Is this encouraged on HiSE?" Yes. It is allowed
    – user6981
    Commented May 4, 2019 at 10:22
  • May be allowed, but I do not think is encouraged! One can study about the topic and answer later, but asking and answering simultaneously does not look good!
    – user17294
    Commented May 4, 2019 at 10:27

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .