Question: What are those verses sung at the beginning of Kirtan, before we start chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra?
Srila Prabhupāda Pranati
nama oṁ viṣṇu-pādāya
svāmin iti nāmine
namah — obeisances; om — address; visnu-padaya — unto him who is at the feet of Lord Visnu; krsna-presthaya — who is very dear to Lord Krsna; bhu-tale — on the earth; srimate — all beautiful; bhaktivedanta-svamin — A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami; iti — thus; namine — who is named
I offer my respectful obeisances unto His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, who is very dear to Lord Krsna, having taken shelter at His lotus feet.
namas te sārasvate deve
namah — obeisances; te — unto you; sarasvate deve — servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami; gaura-vani — the message of Lord Caitanya; pracarine — who are preaching; nirvisesa — impersonalism; sunyavadi — voidism; pascatya — Western; desa — countries; tarine — who are delivering
Our respectful obeisances are unto you, O spiritual master, servant of Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami. You are kindly preaching the message of Lord Caitanya and delivering the Western countries, which are filled with impersonalism and voidism.
From left to right, on our Pañca-Tattva altar (pancha = five):
- śrī advaita
- prabhu nityānanda
- śrī kṛṣṇa caitanya
- śrī gadādhara
gaura-bhakta-vṛnda — to the devotees of Lord Gaurāńga (see CC Adi 2.3)
compiled by Robert Phair
word translations from http://www.harekrishnatemple.com/sppranati.html