I am by nature the eternal servant of Krishna. But because of my bad fortune, I have been inimical toward Him from time immemorial, and thus I have identified myself with my body and continuously wandered in the cycle of birth and death in the material world, suffering the burning threefold miseries. Now, as a result of some unimaginable good fortune, my spiritual master’s mercy has enabled me to know that I am Krishna’s eternal servant, an infinitesimal spiritual being completely apart from the gross and subtle body. And so by the order of my spiritual master I have obtained the good fortune of serving his lotus feet and, following in his footsteps, the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya Mahāprabhu and Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Śyāmasundara [or the names of the Deities one is worshiping].
nāhaṁ vipro na ca nara-patir nāpi vaiśyo na śūdro
nāhaṁ varṇī na ca gṛha-patir no vana-stho yatir vā
gopī-bhartuḥ pada-kamalayor dāsa-dāsānudāsaḥ
I am not a brāhmaṇa, I am not a kṣatriya, I am not a vaiśya or a śūdra. Nor am I a brahmacārī, a householder, a vānaprastha, or a sannyāsī. I identify myself only as the servant of the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of Lord Śrī Krishna, the maintainer of the gopīs. He is like an ocean of nectar, and He is the cause of universal transcendental bliss. He is always existing with brilliance.**
Sri Aparadha-Shodhana Mantras
Verses for Requesting Forgiveness for One’s Offences*
mantra-hinam kriya-hinam bhakti-hinam janardana
yat pujitam maya deva paripurnam tad astu me
O my Lord, O Janardana, whatever little puja or worship that has been performed by me, although it is without devotion, without proper mantras, and without the proper performance, please let that become complete.
yad-dattam bhakti-matrena patram puspam phalam jalam
aveditam nivedyan tu tad grihananukampaya
Whatever has been offered with devotion–the leaf, the flower, the water, the fruit, the food offering–please accept it out of Your causeless mercy.
vidhi-hinam mantra-hinam yat kiṣcad upapaditam
kirya-mantra-vihinam va tat sarvam kshantum arhasi
Whatever has happened without the proper chanting of the mantra, or without following the proper procedure, kindly forgive all that.
ajṣanad athava jṣanad ashubham yan maya kritam
kshantum arhasi tat sarvam dasyenaiva grihana mam
sthitih seva gatir yatra smritish cinta stutir vacah
bhuyat sarvatmana vishno maidyam tvayi cestitam
Whatever inauspicious things I have done out of ignorance or unknowingly, please forgive that, and accept me as Your insignificant servant. Let my normal condition be service, let my movement be holy pilgrimage, let my thought be remembrance of You, let my words be glorification of You. O Vishnu, let my activities with my whole mind, body and soul, be engaged in You.
aparadha-sahasrani kriyante ‘har-nisham maya
daso ‘ham iti mam matva kshamasva madhusudana
Thousands of offenses are performed by me day and night. But thinking of me as Your servance, kindly forgive those, O Mashusudana.
pratijṣa tava govinda na me bhaktah pranashyati
iti samsmritya samsmritya pranan sandharayamy aham
O Govinda, Your promise is that Your devotee will never perish. By remembering this over and over again, I am able to retain my life-airs.
* Recite the following prayers (bhūta-śuddhi mantras) from Pancaratra-Pradipa, compiled by the ISKCON-GBC, meditating on their meaning.
** [Padyāvalī 74, quoted in the Caitanya-cāritāmṛta, Madhya 13.80].
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