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KS Sanskrit Lyrics with Translations

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Translation: Victory victory [to] Govinda,
Victory victory [to] Gopala,
Hari [Krsna] pleasure giver to Radha,
Victory victory [to] Govinda,
Victory [to] Nrsingadeva (this is a form that Krsna took as half man and half lion and deva means god),

Gopala is one of Krsna's names. During Krsna's childhood in Vrindavana in North India, he grew up as a cow boy/cow herder. He took care of the cows, by taking a herd of cows for grazing to forests and green pastures. He protected them from wild beasts. Gopala is actually a joint name from two words: go + pala. The meaning of go = cow, and the meaning of pala = caretaker or a person who protects and is responsible for the safety of something or someone.

Ramanhari is again one of the names of Sri Krsna. Radha was the name of Krsna’s childhood friend and beloved. She is His consort. The word Ramanhari means "the one who steals the peace of the mind" that is, in this case, of Radha. Sri Krsna enchanted Radha, all of the gopis and gopalas, animals and villagers by His flute (anandini, bansuri, murali).

Nrsingadeva is an avatar (incarnation) of Krsna/Vishnu. This form of Krsna was half lion and half man (the upper part of his body (face, chest and stomach) was of a lion, and lower part of his body was of a man). He had the fore limbs (arms) of a lion, having big paws and very sharp, long nails. Nrsingdeva, itself, is a joint name of three words as follows: nr = male/man, sing = lion, deva = god.

Prabhupada refers to the spiritual master, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Praphupada ji, the founder of ISKCON. This is a common temple bhajan/song.

Govindam is one of the names given to Sri Krsna. It is a joint name from two words: gov = cows + indam = god. Govinda was the person who was the god of the cows or the person who took care of the cows, just like the One takes care of man. Cows are very sacred in Bharat (India). They are entitled respect and loyalty, because they are like mothers (read: Holy Cow by Steven J. Rosen).

Background Information: "Govinda" is a folk/devotional song and it is about Sri Krsna.

Namami Nanda-Nandana

Sucaru vaktra mandalam sukarna ratna kundalam
Sucarcitanga candanam namami nanda nandana

Vrajangana sunayakam sada sukha pradayakam
Jaganmanah pralobhanam namami nanda nandanam

from "Sri Nanda-nandanastakam "

1) sucaru-vaktra-mandalam sukarna-ratna-kundalam sucarcitanga-candanam namami nanda-nandanam
2) sudirgha netra-pankajam sikhi-sikhanda-murdhajam ananga-koti-mohanam namami nanda-nandanam
3) sunasikagra-mauktikam svacchanda danta-panktikam navambudanga-cikkanam namami nanda-nandanam
4) karena venu-ranjitam gati-karindra-ganjitam dukula-pita sobhanam namami nanda-nandanam
5) tri-bhanga-deha-sundaram nakha-dyuti-sudhakaram amulya ratna-bhusanam namami nanda-nandanam
6) sugandha-anga-saurabham-uroviraji-kaustubham sphuracchri-vatsalanchanam namami nanda-nandanam
7) vrndavana-sunagaram vilasanuga-vasasam surendra-garva-mocanam namami nanda-nandanam
8) vrajangana-sunayakam sada sukha-pradayakam jagan-manah pralobhanam namami nanda-nandanam
9) sri-nanda-nandanastakam pathed ya sraddhayanvitah tared-bhavabdhim dustaram labhet tadanghri-yugmakam


1) I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose face is extremely delightful, in whose beautiful ears hang jeweled earrings and whose entire body is anointed with fragrant candana.

2) I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose eyes are more beautiful than the fully bloomed lotus, whose head is beautifully adorned with an arrangement of peacock feathers and who enchants millions of Cupids.

3) I offer pranama to Nandanandana, from whose beautiful nose hangs an elephant-pearl, whose teeth are immensely effulgent, whose bodily complexion is more beautiful and lustrous than a fresh rain cloud.

4) I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose lotus hands hold the flute, whose lingering gait defeats even that of an impassioned elephant and whose dark limbs are beautified by a yellow shawl.

5) I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose threefold-bending posture is exquisitely elegant, the effulgence of whose toe-nails puts to shame even the moon, and who wears invaluable jewels and ornaments.

6) I offer pranama to Nandanandana, whose body exudes an especially beautiful fragrance, and whose broad chest is adorned with the kaustubha jewel and the mark of srivatsa.

7) I offer pranama to Nandanandana, the expert lover of Vrindavana who performs immaculate pastimes and who is attired in clothes which are suitable for those pastimes and who pulverized the pride of Indra.

8) I offer pranama to Nandanandana, who as the lover of the Vraja gopis perpetually delights them and who enchants the minds of all living entities.

9) Whoever regularly recites this (Sri Nanda-nandanastakam) will easily cross the seemingly insurmountable ocean of material existence and attain eternal residence at the lotus feet of Krsna.

Side Notes on Namami Nanda-Nandana: Namami Nanda-Nandana is about Sri Krsna. It is a prayer to Krsna. Krsna is called Nanda-nandana in relationship with Nanda Maharaja, His foster father (as He appears as the son of Nanda Maharaja). When people said that He was born of Nanda Maharaja, He was called Nanda-Nandana. Nanda-Nandana is a loving way to say "Krsna". It is like saying "the darling son of Nanda Maharaja".

Radhe Radhe

Radhe, radhe, radhe,
Jay, jay, jay sri radhe


Traditional Music arranged by: Mills/Choudhury

Translation: Radhe, radhe, radhe
Victory, victory, victory be to Krsna's enchantress Radha

 On Tattva

"Tattva, acintya bheda bheda Tattva ..."

Translation: "Tattva, acintya bheda bheda Tattva" means "simultaneous oneness and difference".


4. Acintya-bhedåbheda-tattva
Simultaneous oneness and difference
of the Lord and His potencies
From the above discussion, it is proved that the living
entities (jîvas), the material world (ja?a-jagata), and the Lord’s
personal splendour as regards His Vaikuv†ha existence (tadrüpa-
vaibhava) are inconceivably one and different from His
original spiritual form (bhagavat-svarüpa). The anucit-jîvas, on
account of being dependent on the Lord, are His separated
parts and parcels—in this is found their non-distinction from
the Lord (abheda). However, due to an absence of knowledge
of the Supreme Lord, they are preoccupied with the material
energy—in this lies their difference (bheda).

In other words...

Though we come in various forms and though we are all individuals, we all come from the same source, we are made of the same material/substance, but we are very much different from each other physically. The same is true for everything in nature.

As for "Tattva", tattva means reality, principle, and truth. It can be thought of as an awakening, when one realizes that there is more to life than what he sees through his eyes.

A better way to look at it is like this: There is no creation of the living entity. We are eternal entities, separated expansions of the One Lord. From the angle of the Lord, He is everything, including us. From the angle of the separated expansion, we are different from the Lord. Thus, there is simultaneous oneness and difference/inscrutable simultaneous distinction and non-distinction ("tattva achintya bheda bheda tattva") based on the angle of vision of the perceiver.

Queen Kunti Invokes Surya, the Sun Deva/God (Crispian reading from the Mahabharata)

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*Take Note: This is the same passage Crispian was reading from the Mahabharata on the"Hey Dude" CD single.

Once, the sage Durvasas came to the capital of Kuntibhoja. He was famed throughout the world for his pennants and meditations. He wanted to spend a few days with the king. The princess Kunti had been appointed by her father to attend to the wants of the sage.

Indeed, the sage was so pleased with her that he wanted to grant her a boon. He summoned her to his presence and told her that he would teach her a certain incantation. If she recited it, any Deva whom she thought of would come to her. She received the gift with the humility becoming the daughter of a king, and Durvasas went away.

The child - she was hardly a girl - did not understand what Durvasas meant when he said that “the heavenly being whom she invoked would come to her”. She was as excited as a child with a new toy.

It was early in the morning. Through the Eastern window she could see the Sun just rising. The East was drenched in the colour of liquid gold. The waters of the river were lapping against the walls of the palace. It was an unforgettable scene. The Sun and his soft beams - beams which had the coolness of the dawn - and the beautiful river with her path glowing with the red and gold of the rising Sun. The scene touched the heart of the young girl. She lost herself in the beauty of that majestic vision. Kunti thought how wonderful it would be if the Sun could be there by her side. In a flash she remembered the mantra which the great Durvasas had taught her. Why, if she recited it the Sun would come to her. Yes, that was the way he said. He would come to her.

The poor child, in blissful ignorance, held her palms together, palms which looked like a lotus bud, and invoked the Sun with the incantation she had learnt.

She opened her eyes - a miracle was happening. Along the watery path of the river, the Sun’s rays travelled fast. She was blinded by a sudden brilliance. And then Surya, the Sun God, stood by her side. He stood looking at her with a smile of teasing amusement.

Kunti was now extremely pleased with the success of her incantation. She smiled a sweet, happy smile. “Sage Durvasas said it would work,” she said. “I stood looking at you rising in the East. The scene was so beautiful and you were so beautiful that I wanted you to come here. So I recited the incantation which had taught me by the Sage. You have come - how wonderful!”

The Sun was still smiling. He said, “Now that I have come, what do you want me to do?”

“Why, nothing,” said Kunti. “I just thought of you and imagined how wonderful it would be if you were here beside me, that is all.”

“That is not all,” said the Deva. “It is evident that you did not find any meaning in the words of the Sage when he taught you the incantation. He said that any God whom you invoked would come to you, is that not so?”

“Yes,” said the princess, not following his words at all.

“Can you not see,” said the God, "that it means that the God will embrace you and give you a son as beautiful as the God whom you have summoned.”

The princess was bewildered. She did not know what to do or what to say.
“I did not know it!” she said. “I had no idea that the words meant this! Please, forgive me this childishness! Please, go away and save me from shame!”

“But that is impossible,” said the God. “Once I am summoned by you I cannot go back until I take you. You must have me. You cannot escape the power of the mantra which you have used unthinkingly.”

Song "Narayana": "Om Namah Narayana" is a vedic form of chanting meaning respect to Lord Narayana (Salutations) - in this context, it is referring to Lord Vishnu (the protector).

If you believe the western sun is falling down on everyone
If you break it free and the morning’s come
If you would now your time has come
If you believe the western sun is falling down on everyone
And you feel it burn, don’t try to run
And you feel it burn, your time has come

And I feel it
You feel another energy and I feel a power growing
You feel another energy and I feel a power grow
You feel another energy and I feel a power grow

If you believe the western sun is falling down on everyone
If you break it free and the morning’s come
If you would now your time has come
If you believe the western sun is falling down on everyone
And you feel it burn, don’t try to run
And you feel it burn, your time has come
I feel it!
You feel another energy and I feel a power growing
You feel another energy and I feel a power grow
You feel another energy and I feel a power grow

Om Namah Narayana
Om Namah Narayana
Om Namah Narayana
Om Namah Narayana
Om Namah Narayana

I feel it
I feel it
You feel another energy...

Song "Hurry On Sundown (Hari Om Sundown)":

"Hari Om is the healing Mantra. Hari is a name of Vishnu, the preserving aspect of the Divine. Krsna is also an aspect of the preserving or sustaining force, and so Hari may be thought of as the healing aspect of Lord Krsna. God assumes many aspects in order to provide us with a variety of ways to tackle our difficulties, according to individual characteristics and temperaments.

In Sanskrit, Hari means "to take away." Vishnu takes away the consequences of offences, errors, and follies, when there is repentance. These are the impurities that bring about grief and sickness. If they are removed, health and strength are conserved for spiritual endeavors.

Om or AUM is the Hindu trinity, which here means creation, preservation, and destruction: the generation within us of that which is pure, sacred, and noble; the sustaining and strengthening of these qualities; and the dissolving of all that is impure and negative.

This Mantra calls on Vishnu (or Lord Krsna) to preserve the human body and the mind in the best state of health for the purpose of finding Self-Realization, attaining to the Om, the cosmic concept that absorbs all aspects in One, finally becoming formless." -Swami Sivananda Radha, from "Mantras: Words of Power"


Written by Srî Caitanya Mahåprabhu:

“Let there be supreme victory for the chanting of the holy
name of Sri Krsna alone, which cleanses the mirror of the
heart and completely extinguishes the blazing forest fire of material existence."


Written by Crispian Mills:

In a blazing forest fire
In a web of my own desire
In a place that we are destined to return.

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