Uploaded on Nov 7, 2008
Hare Krishna. I am singing Jagannath Astakam for you all. Hope you like it :-) I am not sure if this is a perfect translation but here is a translation that gives an idea of what this astakam is about. Translation:
Sometimes in great happiness Lord Jagannâtha makes a loud concert with His flute in the groves on the banks of the Yamunâ. He is like a bumblebee tasting the beautiful lotuslike faces of the cowherd damsels of Vraja, and great personalities such as Lakshmî, S'iva, Brahmâ, Indra, and Ganes'a worship His lotus feet. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.
In His left hand Lord Jagannâtha holds a flute, on His head He wears peacock feathers, and on His hips He wears fine yellow silken cloth. From the corners of His eyes He bestows sidelong glances upon His loving devotees, and He always reveals Himself through His pastimes in His divine abode of Vrindâvana. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.
On the shore of the great ocean, within a large palace atop the brilliant, golden Nîlâcala Hill, Lord Jagannâtha resides with His powerful brother Balabhadra and His sister Subhadrâ, who sits between Them. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, who bestows the opportunity for devotional service upon all godly souls, be the object of my vision.
Lord Jagannâtha is an ocean of mercy and as beautiful as a row of blackish rain clouds. He is the storehouse of bliss for Lakshmî and Sarasvatî, and His face resembles a spotless fullblown lotus. The best of demigods and sages worship Him, and the Upanishads sing His glories. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.
When Lord Jagannâtha moves along the road on His Rathayâtrâ car, at every step large assemblies of brâhmanas loudly chant prayers and sing songs for His pleasure. Hearing their hymns, Lord Jagannâtha becomes very favorably disposed toward them. He is the ocean of mercy and the true friend of all the worlds. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî, along with His consort Lakshmî, who was born from the ocean of nectar, be the object of my vision.
Lord Jagannâtha, whose eyes resemble full-blown lotus petals, is the ornament on Lord Brahmâ's head. He resides on Nîlâcala Hill with His lotus feet placed on the heads of Anantadeva. Overwhelmed by the mellows of love, He joyfully embraces s'rîmatî Râdhârânî's body, which is like a cool pond. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.
I do not pray for a kingdom, nor for gold, rubies, or wealth. I do not ask for a beautiful wife, as desired by all men. I simply pray that Jagannâtha Svâmî, whose glories Lord S'iva always sings, may be the constant object of my vision.
O Lord of the demigods, please quickly remove this useless material existence I am undergoing. O Lord of the Yadus, please destroy this vast, shoreless ocean of sins. Alas, this is certain: Lord Jagannâtha bestows His lotus feet upon those who feel themselves fallen and have no shelter in this world but Him. May that Jagannâtha Svâmî be the object of my vision.
The self-retrained, virtuous soul who recites these eight verses glorifying Lord Jagannâtha becomes cleansed of all sins and duly proceeds to Lord Vishnu's abode.
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