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The Radhika Krishnashtaka (also called the Radhashtak) is a hymn. It is said that the reciter can get to Krishna via his consort Radha by chanting it.[1] As it is composed of eight verses it is known as ashtak, ashta means eight.[2] It is recited mainly by vaishnavas. Members of the Swaminarayan Sampraday recite this daily as it is prescribed in the Satsangi Jeevan (P.4, A.48).[3] BAPS members do not recite this version but instead recite created version called Shri Swaminarayan Ashtakam.[4] This is due to the use of words such as ‘Venu, Vraja, Vrindavan, Gop-Gopi, Nanad, etc., that BAPS does not believe would be applicable to Swaminarayan. Followers of the Swaminarayan Sampraday maintain that even Gunatitanand Swami recited the original ashtak every day and is established in the Satsangi Jeevan for all Satsangi's to recite. [5]

Lyrics[edit]

Navinajimutasamanavarnam, ratnollasat kumdalasobhikarnam;

Mahakiritagramayuraparna, Shri radhikakrishnamaham namami (Chorus) .. 1

Nidhaya pani dvitiyena venum nijadhare sekharayatarenum;

ninadayantam ca gatau karenum, Shri radhikakrishnamaham namami .. 2

vissuddhahemojjvapittavistram hatariyutham ca vinapisastram;

vyarthikrtanekasuradvidastram, Shri radhikakrishnamaham namami .. 3

adharmatisyadinasadhupalam, sddhrmavairasurasamghakalam;

puspadimalam vrajarajabalam, Shri radhikakrishnamaham namami .. 4

gopipriyarammbhitarasakhelam, rasesvariramjanakrtprahelam;

skandhollasatkumacinhacelam, Shri radhikakrishnamaham namami .. 5

vrmdavane pritataya vasantam, nijascitanpada uddharantam;

gogopagopirabhinamdayantam, Shri radhikakrishnamaham namami .. 6

visvadvisanmamathadarpaharam, samsarijivasrayaniyasamsram;

sdaiva satpurusaukhyakaram, Shri radhikakrishnamaham namami .. 7

ananditatmavrajavasitokam, namdadisamdarsatadivyalokam;

vinasitasvasritajivasokam, Shri radhikakrishnamaham namami .. 8 [6]

Translation[edit]

Whose bodily complexion is like the dark monsoon clouds, Whose ears are decorated with earrings bedecked with various gems and diamonds;

Who is decorated with peacock feathers in the front of His helmet, Shree is Laxmi, So I pay my obeisances to Shree RadhaKrishna along with Laxmiji .. 1

His turban is decorated with different beautiful flowers, whose scented pollen is falling on the flute imparting its fragrance to the flute.

I pay my obeisances to Shree Krishna along with Radhika and Laxmi, who with His one hand is holding the fragrant flute on His lips and with the other plays it very sweetly .. 2

He is wearing bright yellow cloth which is effulgent like pure gold, He who is annihilating many demons without the use of any weapons;

He who has failed all the weapons and techniques used by His enemies, I pay my obeisances to Shree RadhaKrishna along with Laxmiji .. 3

He is the protector of all the saintly people who are being harassed by the irreligiosity, He who is death personified for the people who are not following the prescribed Bhagvat Dharma.

He who is decorated by garlands of various flowers, and who is the son of king of Vraja, that is Nanda Maharaj, I pay my obeisances to Shree RadhaKrishna along with Laxmiji .. 4

He who is playing the rasa dance with His beloved devotees - gopis, He is playing this rasa dance to satisfy His devotees who are expert at rasa dance;

He is wearing on His shoulder, a cloth decorated with kumkum (red powder) marks, I pay my obeisances to Shree RadhaKrishna along with Laxmiji .. 5

He who is residing in Vrindavan with great love, He is the ultimate protector (in all circumstances) of all those who has surrendered unto His Lotus Feet completely;

He who is giving transcendental pleasure to cows, cowherd men and women of Vraja, I pay my obeisances to Shree RadhaKrishna along with Laxmiji .. 6

He who has conquered Kamadev (the cupid) who is the enemy of every living entity and is controlling them, He who is the ultimate shelter of everey living entity in this world full of miseries;

He who is the giver of pleasure to everyone following religion and regulative principles, I pay my obeisances to ShreeShree RadhaKrishna along with Laxmiji .. 7

He who is always giving pleasure to the residents of Vraja by His transcendental pastimes, He who is mercifully showing His Dhama (residence) to Nanda and other devotees;

He who diminishes the sadness of the living entity surrendered to His Lotus Feet, I pay my obeisances to Shree RadhaKrishna along with Laxmiji .. 8 [7]

Vocal version of the Radhashtak, official version from the Swaminarayan Sampraday Website

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