Sri Gaudiya Giti Guccha (An Anthology of Gaudiya Vaisnava Songs)

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Item Code: NAK132
Author: Srila Narayana Maharaja
Publisher: Gaudiya Vedanta Publications
Language: Transliteration and English Translation
Edition: 2013
ISBN: 9781633161436
Pages: 433
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 7.0 inch x 5.0 inch
Weight 300 gm
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Book Description

Kirtana has been performed throughout the ages, but its real glory importance was revealed five hundred years ago when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu desended to this world. In the lineage of Sriman Mahaprabhu, all prominence is given to kirtana. It is his life and soul and also the life and soul of his followers.

The soul's only true requirement and very sustenance is to pray to the lord and glorify him. Day and night, Sriman Mahaprabhu, who is none other than Sri Sri Radha-Krsna combined, would subsist on the kirtanas sung to him by Svarupa Damodara and Raya Ramananda. He never went for a moment without kirtana. His principal instruction was to always perform kirtana Sri Hari Kirtaniya sada harih. Nothing pleases Him more than sincere kirtana.

Srila Rupa Gosvami is glorified as that divine personality who fully understood the elevated moods tasted by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and who then fulfilled Mahaprabu's innermost desire by revealing these moods to the people of the world through literature both prose and poetry in eloquent Sanskrit

Srila Narottama dasa Thakura made these lofty conceptions more accessible by delivering them in the vernacular dialect of the Bengali language, composing numerous prayers to the divine personalities exalted by Gaudiya Vaisnavas.

Following this era, many Gaudiya Vaisnavas composed wonderful kirtanas, but none has been more prolific than Srila Bhaktivinoda thakura. He made the deep moods contained within these songs more accessible. He wrote over two hundred eighty covering a wide variety of topics. Some songs give stern instructions to the mind thus guiding the sadhaka struggling with material desires; some songs are prayers imbued with a mood of surrender, other are saturated with intense hankering for ultimate perfection and some sons glorify the sweetness of the Divine Couple's names, forms, qualities and pastimes.

Following him Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura prabhupada initiated a wave of kirtana rasa that was soon to engulf the entire world. He was the personification of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's intense desire to inundate every corner of the globe with kirtana, for the benefit of all jivas. Through Srila Bahktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, the holy name and the kirtanas of his guru varga were spread throughout the length and breadth of India. He inspired multitudes of young men from all walks of life and empowered them to spread the mission of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabju through the beauty of kirtana both sung and spoken.

Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja continued this preaching mission with the same zeal, emphasizing the importance of kirtana and reminding religious persons and other that in Kali yuga, sincere kirkana is our only means of attaining ultimate auspiciousness. The beautiful Kirtanas he wrote are esoteric and instructive, imparting the lofty tenets and very essence of Gaudiya Vaisnavism.

Prominent among the disciples of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura was one who fulfilled the prediction of Srila Bhaktivinoda thakura that one day peoplethe world over, both Indians and westerners, would joyfully dance together in the bliss of kirtana. That personality was Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja (Srila Prabhupada.) in 1965 at sixty-nine years of age, he brought the blissful waves of Gaudiya Kirtana to Western shores. Thousands of Young men and women upon witnessing his heartfelt kirana, glimpsed the bliss of a higher state of consciousness. Enlivened by the sheer delight kirtana bestows, they wanted to share that happiness with other. Through them. Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharajaa introduced Kirtana culture to nearly every country on the planet.

Following him, Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja also preached extensively throughout India and the world. With great specificity he focused his audiences on the most precious jewels within the depths of Gaudiya literature and kirana, so as to fortify an understanding of the highest goal and fix one on the path of attaining it. He emphasized that the prayers of conditioned souls, being full of mixed desires and ulterior motives, divert us from attaining that goal. For this reason, he explained, we benefit by singing the prayers of our acaryas, who are abodes of mercy and who have written songs free of any material tinge. If we sing their songs sincerely, we will glean how to correctly approach Sri Hari, Guru, and Vaisnavas.

Sri Gaudiya Giti guccha

Sri Gaudiya Giti-guccha was first published on Gaura Purnima, 1957, by Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja. He compiled many different kirtanas by Vaisnava authors, from before the time of mahaprabhu to the present day, and arranged them in order according to language, subject and mood, Guccha means a Cluster and these songs have been clustered in a most beautiful way, like a bouquet of flowers. This forms the basis of this current English edition.

Therefore, Sri Gaudiya Giti guccha, an anthology of Gaudiya Vaisnava songs is a treasure house of prayers, cherished and sung by one who is a sadhaka (Practitioner of Bhakti) as well as by one who is a siddha (perfected devotee).


Our acaryas emphasize the necessity of praying of one's gurudeva, the Vaisnavas, and so forth, before commencing any act or supplication. For this reason, the marigalacarana is recited before kirtana begins. In traditional Gaudiya Kirtana songs are first sung to Sri guru, then the vaisnavas Sri Sri Gaura Nitai about the process of surrender (saranagat) and then to Sri Sri Radha – Krsna. The kirtana session ends with the singing of the maha mantra.

How to use this Book

Word Order Square Brackets and Parentheses

To facilitate the learning of verses by heart, the translations are presented in simple language, adhering to the grammatical structure and word order of the original verses, to the extent that this possible. We have inserted words in square brackets that convey the subtle inferences in the square brackets.

Parentheses are used in two ways, sometimes the original song itself has parenthetical wording so this is transferred to its translation. Otherwise, parentheses are used traditionally, to simply define a word or term.

Pronunciation guide and new diacritic markings

In this book we have followed a scheme specifically designed to aid authentic pronunciation.

We have added in three new characters J.d. and o. J is pronounced exactly the same as J and o is pronounced exactly the same as O but the marks are added because the spelling affects the meaning (Java means all glories and Java means he or she goes). The letter d is similar to the American pronunciation of it in butter.

In Bengali the 'a' at the end of a written word is sometimes not pronounced. In this book such as are in gray scale. However, the silent 'a's are sometimes pronounced to fill in the meter. We have left these 'a's in gray scale. The singer can decide whether to pronounce them or not. To save confusion we have eliminated any silent 'a' that breaks a meter.

Song Titles

According to Bengali Gaudiya tradition a song is known by its introductory words; it has no separate title. We have therefore entitled the songs herein according to their initial few words. Exception are the arati songs, and all the stotrams.


We are in the process of translating more kirtanas, gathering bona fide explanations of kirtanas, writing explanations on how to sing them, and recording them being sung. We will gradually be posting all this on our website.



Introduction xxi
How to Perform Kirtana – Wordss from our Acaryas xxvi
Jaya – dhvani xxxvii
Mangalacarana I
Additional Prayers 10
Sri Guru  
Sri Guru Parampara 23
The Glories of Sri guru 26-30
Prayers for Mercy 32-35
Sri Vaisnava Vandana 36
The Glories of Vaisnavas 38
Prayers for Mercy 39-42
Entreaties 43-46
Srila Rupa Gosvami  
The Glories of Srila Rupa Gosvami 47
Praver of Humility to Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana 48
Prayer of Heartfelt Longing for one's cherished Desire 50
Sri Rupanugatatya Mahatmya 51
Panca tattva  
The Glories of Sri Srivasa Thakura 52
The glories of Sri Gadadhara Pandita 54
The Glories of Sri Advaita Acarya 56
Firm faith in Sri Nityananda Prabhu 57-58
The Wonderful Qualities of Nityananda Prabhu 60-64
Sri Gauranaga  
Sri Gaura – Tattva 65-67
The Wonderful Qualities of Sri Gauranga 68-72
The glories of Sri Gauranga 73-74
Entreaties 79
Prayers full of longing 80
Firm faith in Sri Gauranga 81-82
Regret 83
Gauranga and Nityananda  
The Glories of Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda 84-85
Prayers full of Longing 86-90
Firm faith in Sri Sri Gaura Nityananda 91-93
Gauranga and his Associates  
The Glories of Sri Ganranga and his Associates 94-95
Prayers for Mercy 96-98
Lamenting in Separation 99
A Prayer for Mercy to Gaura Krsna 100
Hankering for Ultimate Perfection 101
Sri Radha  
Selected songs from Sri Radhastaka 102-110
Firm Faith in Sri Radha 112
Siddhi lalasa  
Hankering for Ultimate perfection 114-117
Song about the life Goal of Sri Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami Kothay Go Premamayi? 118
Sri Sri Radha Krsna  
An Entreaty 120
Prayers full of Longing 122-123
Sri Krsna  
The Beautiful form of Sri Krsna 124-126
The Wonderful Qualities of Sri Krsna 128
The Sweet pastimes of Sri Krsna 130
Entreaties 130-134
Firm Faith in the Worship of Sri Krsna 135-138
Prayers that express Humility 138-140
Prayers full of Longing 142-143
Self Dedication 144-145
Yearning for residence in Vrandavana 146
Sri Rama Kirtana 148-154
Sri Gaura Nama Kirtana 155-156
Sri Krsna Nama Kirtana 158-160
Arunodaya Kirtana 160-162
Sri Nagara Kirtana 163-172
Other Kirtanas 172-174
Bhajana Kirtana 175-176
The Glories of Sri Nama 178-183
Sri Siksastaka 184-190
Sri Uupadesamrta 192-199
Introduction 200
Dainya (Humility) 202-204
Atma Nivedana (Submission of The Self) 205-209
Goptrtve Varana (Acceptance of the Lord as One's only maintainer) 210-211
Avasya Raksibe krsna Visvasa Palana (Faith in Krsna's Protection) 212
Bhakti Anukola Matra Karyera Svikara (Acceptance of Acts favourable for Bhakti) 214-218
Bhakti Pratikola Bhava Varjanangikara (Rejection of That Which is unfavourable for Bhakti) 220
Prayer to Sri Jahnava Devi  
Prayer to Yogamaya  
Guru Puja 266-228
Pre Dawn Arati 230-232
Noon Arati 234-237
Evening Arati 238-239
Tulasi Arati 240-242
The glories of Maha Prasada  
Sri Hari Vasara  
Sanskrit Stotras  
Sri Sri Guru Gauranga 255-272
Sri sri Radha Krsna 275-300
Dhama and Parikara 303-324
Verses for recitation 326-334
Sanskrit Songs  
Sri Gauranga 338-340
Sri Radha 341-342
Sri Krsna 343-348
From Sri Gita Govinda 349-354
Sri Nrsimha 356
Hindi and Braj Bhasha Kirtanas  
Sri Guru 359-360
Sri Gauranga 361
Sir Sri Radha Krsna 362-372
Sri Nama 372
Jhulana Yatra 374-375
Sri Vrndavana 376
Sri Govardhana 377
Oriya Kirtanas  
Jagabandhu He Gosai 378
Paramananda He Madhava 380
Pronunciation Guide 381
Songs of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura that appear in this edition of Sri Gaudiya Gita guccha 385
Songs Index 389

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