, Gaudiya Vaishnavism
by Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura
sri krsna caitanya prabhu jive daya kari
sva-parsada sviya dhama saha avatari
atyanta durlabha prema kariabare dana
sikhaya saranagati bhakatera prana
dainya, atma-nivedana, goptrtve varana
avasya raksibe krsna visvasa palana
bhakti-anukula matra karyera svikara
sad-anga saranagati haibe janhara
tanhara prarthana sune sri-nanda-kumara
rupa sanatana pade dante trna kari
bhakativinoda pare dui pada dhari
kandiya kandiya bale ami ta adhama
sikhaye saranagati karahe uttama
Out of compassion for the fallen jivas,
Sri Krishna Chaitanya appeared in this
world with all of his eternal associates and his eternal abode.
Wishing to bestow on them that most rare gift of love for himself,
he taught saranagati, the process of taking shelter of the
Lord that is the life of the devotees.
Humility, self-surrender, accepting Krishna as your protector,
the belief that Krishna will save you in all circumstances,
undertaking only activities conducive to developing love for
Krishna and rejecting everything which is detrimental to
that end--these are the six elements of taking shelter, saranagati.
The son of Nanda, Krishna, listens to the prayers of
anyone who takes shelter of him in this six-fold process of
I fall down at the feet of Rupa and Sanatana with straw
in my teeth and take hold of them in all humility.
Crying, I call out, saying, "I am most fallen. Please teach
me how to take shelter of Krishna so that I can
perfect my human life."
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