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The Padyavali of Sri Rupa Gosvamin

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Item Code: NAJ153
Author: Gaurav Raina
Publisher: Shri Gadadhara Gaurahari Press, Vrindavan
Language: Sanskrit Text With English Translation
Pages: 278
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
Weight 310 gm
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The Padyavali, complied by Sri Rupa Gosvami in the sixteen century, is perhaps the only anthology of devotional verses in Sanskrit literature. Comprising expression of over a hundred poets, the padyavali is imbued with devotional sentiments, beauty of expression and with an engaging gracefulness and charming innocence. This unique book has served generations of devotees in appreciating the depths of Divine Love. It is intended that those in quest of spiritual perfection, will be inspired to seek the esoteric, yet accessible, realm of Krishna Bhakti.


The Padyavali is an anthology of devotional verses in Sanskrit coplied by sri rupa Gosvami. Sri Rupa was one of the six principal associates of lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu (Ad 1486- 1534). Lord Caitanya was the founder of the Gaudiya (or Bengal) school of Vaisnavism.

Rupa Goswami has chosen 388 verses composed , in various meters, by a little over a hundred devote poets. The Verses are placed under several headings and deal with various aspirations of devotees ad of the deeds and exploits of Lord Krishna and his Associates.

The rubrics are so chosen as to structure the text beginning with general principles of bhakti, interspaced by narrations of pastimes of the Lord, culminating in expressing the superlative from of the love of radha the gopis for krsna.

I have assumed that the reader is familiar with the personality of krsna and the happening of his life when he incarnated on this earth. The reader will, perhaps, be served best without an elaborate introduction or detailed comments on the verses. Sparing the reader such ‘guidance’ would enable Him to see the verses. In the simplicity, innocent charm and emotional appeal, just as I discovered them. In this way the reader will also be able to appreciate the genius of the complierin creating a collections of verses in logical structure and smooth harmpny.

The Six goswamis of vrndavana, along with several other devotees of Lord Caitanya, have written an enormous amount of literature of the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sect covering virtually every branch of classical Sanskrit – philosophy and theology, poetical narrations of Krishna’s divine lilas, drama and dramaturgy, ritual and codes of conduct , grammar, rhetoric and poetics, and prosody and music. Of the six goswamis, Sri Rupa’s contribution to this vast literature is substantial and unique.

Sri Rupa Goswami was a Karnataka brahmana whose ancestors migreated and settled in Bengal. He and his brother Sanatana Goswami were high officials at the court of the Muslims ruler of Gauda (Bengali). Although they did not convert to Islam, they had accepted the Muslim titles of Dabir Khas and Saker Malik respectively. The two brother enjoyed immense authority and parks of office under the muslim ruler and had also acquired considerable wealth. But when they met Lord Caitanya, He so enamoured them by His personality and His teachings, that they then on it was only pure, blissful Krsna bhakti for them as taught by their Lord.

It is difficult to find suitable words within the English language, to describe adequately the depth of feeling and emotion of the authors of the verses, for it is best imbibed in the original Sanskrit. While translating the verses in to English I have tried capture the mood of the devotees, as best as I could. It is hoped nevertheless that the readers of this beautiful transcendental anthology will be able to relish much of the sentiments of divine love expressed in them.

Headings of Topics

Invocatory verses ( mangalacaranam)2
The Glories of Lord Krishna4
The glory of worship6
The Good fortune of obtaining divine love10
The glory of the divine name11
Onn singing and chanting the names of the lord22
The glory of narrating the sportive exploits of the Lord27
Meditaions on Sri Krsna31
the Lord's parental affection for his devotees34
Draupadi's expression (of gratitude) when the lord came to her rescue35
Glory of the devotees of the lord36
Devotees humbly express their helpness41
The intensity of faith of devotees49
The earnest prayers of devotees57
The Yearning of the devotees for their Lord63
Denunciation of moksa71
Eulogizing bhagavata dharma73
Prayers to the Lord While making offering to the deity75
the glories of the city of Mathura78
Eulogy to Vrndavana81
Salutations to lord Nanda (the foster father of Krsna)82
Prayers to mother Yasoda (the foster mother of Krsna)83
Lord Krsna's Childhood exploits84
The Lord's boyish playfulness during His infancy88
The Lord steals butter91
The Lord's Vision in his dreams95
Expressions of Krsna's parents' astonishment at their son's exploits, their tutelage of their son and other sports97
The Lord protects the cows and other sports100
The intense love of the gopis for krsna102
The lord's sports with the gopis103
Krsna's love for the gopis104
Radha's questions (to her friend) when she first set sight on Krsna105
The Friend's reply106
Radha expression of her incipient love for Krsna before they met107
The deliberations of one of Radha's friend clever friend117
Questions to Radha by her Friend118
The jestful assurances of Radha's Friend120
A sakshi describes to Krsna Radha's love for him121
Krsna's feelings for Radha are narrated to her124
Radha Parents to meet Her Lover (krsna)126
Radha's friends speak to her128
The playful sports (of Radha and Krsna)129
The jestful utterances of radha's observant friends after the playful activities of Radha and Krsna130
The utterances of a naïve cowherd boy131
The comments of a friend during her daytime sports with radha132
Radha 's emotionally charged utterances133
Radha's friend indulges in humour135
The next day a sakshi reminds about her tryst with Krsna136
Radha's replies to her friend who has testing Her (I,e. Her resolve to meet Her beloved)137
Radha dresses Herself and prepares her adobe to receive her beloved139
Radha's longing for her separated lover139
Radha's disappointment at krsna's failing to keep His appointments with hre141
Radha's anger at Krsna for his infidelity141
Radha addresses krsna when she was displeased at His infidelity142
Radha's outpourings during the mood of dejection that came upon Her after the episode of Krsna's infidelity (and after his consequent depature)144
Radha's friend instructs her when krsna returns in the evening145
Radha in her mood of jealous pride146
Radha's friend addresses Her upon Krsna's departure148
The Statement of the messenger krsna sent to Radha148
Radha speak ot Krsna's messengers150
Comments of Radha's shrewd friends during Radha's estrangement with Krsna150
The Counsel of Radha's friend who was harshly disposed towards krsna151
Radha's Reply to her friend152
Radha's friend's critical comments on Krsna155
Radha speak in her state of distress156
a friend speak to Radha when she is lost in thought of Her separated lover156
Radha's Reply to her friend157
Krsna pines for his beloved (Radha)158
Radha is pleased by Krsna's entreaties159
Radha's friends speak to Krsna160
The Events of the next day161
A friend speak to Radha when, with the pretext of plucking flowers, She was searching for Krsna163
Lord Hari's conservation with Radha when she went to the bank of the Yamuna River164
Radha's words (when krsna tried to prevent her from leaving)166
Radha in full control of her Lover (krsna)167
Krsna's dream after His playful activities167
Krsna's flute is stolen (by Radha)168
Radha addresses Krsna flute169
Lord Hari returns to vraja in the evening (after grazing his cows)171
The utterances of a gopi upon Krsna's return171
Radha's good Fortune (of meeting krsna upon His return to vraja)173
The Lord milks His Cow175
The message of sakshi Candravali is narrated to krssna176
The Lord lifts the Govardhana mountain177
The Lord's sporting pastimes in His boat180
Krsna dialogues with Radha187
The Lord's rasa dance191
Krsna addresses the gopis194
The replies of the blessed gopis of vraja195
The Questions asked by Radha and the gopis when Krsna disappeared from the scene197
The utterances of Radha's sakshi199
The expressions of celestial beings200
The Lord's Water sport201
Candravali's sakshi addresses Radha's and expresses her envy202
The meaningful statements of Radha's sakshi202
Radha's friend address Her203
A sakshi addresses Radha206
The Sakshi addresses Candravali207
The sakshi addresses Candravali's husband207
The lord's eternal pastimes (nitya lila)208
Radha's sakshi speaks of lord Hari's imminent departure to mathura, His departure being part of his manifest lila209
The utterances of sri Radha210
Lord Hari enter mathura211
Expressions of the women of mathura212
Radha's lamentations (at krsna's departure)214
When in Mathura, Krsna reminisces about His mother Yasoda224
Lord Hari reminisces about Radha225
Lord Hari addresses Udhava226
Udhava conveys Lord Hari's messages to Radha227
Udhava's utterances as he was going to Vrndavana228
Udhava addresses the gopis of vraja230
Upon seeing Udhava, Radha to her friend231
Udhava addresses Radha232
Radha's sakshi addresses Udhava233
Radha's sakshi delivers a message to krsna235
She (radha) speak with feelings of wistful longing and envy242
A jestful but desperate message from the maidens of Vraja243
A Candid messages (from the gopis)243
While residing in Dvaraka, Lord Hari suffers pain of seperatiton (from Radha)245
The song of (Radha) the Empress of Vrandavana as she laments her seperation from her beloved248
The message of the gopis of vraja248
The King of Dvaraka (krsna) addresses (his friend) Sudama251
Sudama's expression (of surprise) at seeing his own house etc.252
The gestures of (Radha) the Empress of Vrandavana on the battlefield of Kurushetra253
Radha addresses krsna while they are alone and when He is supplicating Her (for forgiveness)254
Radha addresses Her sakshi at that place255
Concluding invocatory verses (mangalacaranam)257

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