The Emperor of Sweetness

by Rukmini Walker

Friday, August 23rd is the Holy Appearance Day of Lord Sri Krsna, called Sri Krsna Janmastami. Each year on this day, we celebrate the anniversary of the original, unborn, eternal Supreme Personality of Godhead descending to this world, five thousand years ago.
Srila Prabhupada writes in his Krishna Book:

The appearance of Krsna is the answer to all imaginative iconography of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Everyone imagines the form of God according to his mode of material nature (whether one is in goodness, passion, or ignorance)’… But in Bhakti poetry, Lord Krsna is referred to as The Emperor of All Sweetness.  

Below is a blog called Madhurastakam: One of the Best Divine Prayers, complied by and reprinted from Speaking Tree, with beautiful pictures of Krsna, the Madhurastakam prayer in Sanskrit and English, along with a recording of it.   So beautiful!!!    I hope you too enjoy it.  ~ All the best Rukmini

Madhurashtakam : Adharam Madhuram –

Stotra on Sri Krishna

मधुराष्- कम् :   अधरं   म- ुरं
Madhurashtakam : Adharam Madhuram

अधरं – धुरं वदनं – धुरं नयनं – मधुरं हसित-  मधुरम् । हृदयं मधुर-  गमनं मधुर- ं मधुराधिप- ेरखिलं मध- रम् ॥१॥

Adharam Madhuram Vadanam Madhuram

Nayanam Madhuram Hasitam Madhuram |

Hrdayam Madhuram Gamanam Madhuram
Madhura-Adhipater–Akhilam Madhuram



1.1:- (O Krishna) Your Lips are Sweet and Charming, Your Face is Sweet and Charming,
Your Eyes are Sweet and Charming and Your Laughter is Sweet and Charming,
1.2: (O Krishna) Your Heart is Sweet and Charming and Your Going is Sweet and Charming; 
Everything about You is Sweet  and Charming, O Lord of Sweetness.
 – वचनं मधुरं-  चरितं मधु- ं वसनं मधु- ं वलितं मध- ुरम् ।चलि- ं मधुरं भ्- मितं मधुर-  मधुराधिपत- ेरखिलं मधु- म् ॥२॥
Vacanam Madhuram Caritam Madhuram Vasanam Madhuram Valitam Madhuram |
Calitam Madhuram Bhramitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram |
2.1: (O Krishna) Your Speech is Sweet and Charming, Your Nature is Sweet and Charming,
Your Garments are Sweet and Charming and Your Bent Posture is Sweet and Charming,
2.2: (O Krishna) Your Walking is Sweet and Charming and Your Creation of Confusion is Sweet and Charming; Everything about You is Sweet and Charming, O Lord of Sweetness.
व- ेणुर्मधुरो-  रेणुर्मधु- ः पाणिर्म- ुरः पादौ म- ुरौ ।नृत्- यं मधुरं स- ्यं मधुरं – धुराधिपते- खिलं मधुर- ् ॥३॥
Vennur-Madhur- o Rennur-Madhurah Paannir-Madhurah Paadau Madhurau |
Nrtyam Madhuram Sakhyam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram
3.1: (O Krishna) Your Flute is Sweet and Charming, Your Flowers (with Pollen)
are Sweet and Charming,
Your Hands are Sweet and Charming and Your Feet are Sweet and Charming,
3.2: (O Krishna) Your Dance is Sweet and Charming and Your Friendship is Sweet and Charming; 
Everything about You is Sweet and Charming, O Lord of Sweetness.
ग- ीतं मधुरं – ीतं मधुरं – ुक्तं मधु- ं सुप्तं म- ुरम् ।रूप- ं मधुरं ति- कं मधुरं म- ुराधिपतेर- िलं मधुरम-  ॥४॥
Giitam Madhuram Piitam Madhuram Bhuktam Madhuram Suptam Madhuram |
Ruupam Madhuram Tilakam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram
4.1: (O Krishna) Your Singing is Sweet and Charming, Your Drinking is Sweet and Charming,
Your Eating is Sweet and Charming and Your Sleeping is Sweet and Charming,
4.2: (O Krishna) Your Form is Sweet and Charming and Your Mark on Forehead is 
Sweet and Charming; 
Everything about You is Sweet and Charming, O Lord of Sweetness.
क- रणं मधुरं – रणं मधुरं – रणं मधुरं – रमणं मधुरम-  ।वमितं म- ुरं शमितं – मधुरं मधुर- धिपतेरखिल-  मधुरम् ॥५- ॥
Karannam Madhuram Tarannam Madhuram Harannam Madhuram Ramannam Madhuram |
Vamitam Madhuram Shamitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipater-Akhilam Madhuram
5.1: (O Krishna) Your Acts are Sweet and Charming, Your Carrying Over is Sweet and Charming,
Your Stealing is Sweet and Charming and Your Divine Love Play is Sweet and Charming,
5.2: (O Krishna) Your Exuberance is Sweet and Charming and Your Relaxation 
is Sweet and Charming; 
Everything about You is Sweet and Charming, O Lord of Sweetness.
– ुञ्जा मधु- ा माला मधु- ा यमुना मध- ुरा वीची म- ुरा ।सलिल-  मधुरं कमल- ं मधुरं मध- राधिपतेरख- लं मधुरम् – ६॥
Gun.jaa Madhuraa Maalaa Madhuraa Yamunaa Madhuraa Viicii Madhuraa |
Salilam Madhuram Kamalam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram
6.1: (O Krishna) Your Humming is Sweet and Charming, Your Garland is Sweet and Charming,
Your Yamuna is Sweet and Charming and Your Waves (of Yamuna) is Sweet and Charming,
6.2: (O Krishna) Your Water (of Yamuna) is Sweet and Charming and Your Lotus is Sweet and Charming; Everything about You is Sweet and Charming, O Lord of Sweetness.
ग- ोपी मधुरा – ीला मधुरा – ुक्तं मधु- ं मुक्तं म- ुरम् ।दृष- ्टं मधुरं – िष्टं मधुर- ं मधुराधिप- ेरखिलं मध- रम् ॥७॥
Gopii Madhuraa Liilaa Madhuraa Yuktam Madhuram Muktam Madhuram |
Drssttam Madhuram Shissttam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram
7.1: (O Krishna) Your Gopis (Cowherd Girls) are Sweet and Charming, Your Divine Play is Sweet and Charming, Your Togetherness is Sweet and Charming and Your Setting Free is Sweet and Charming,
7.2: (O Krishna) Your Glance is Sweet and Charming and Your Courtesy is Sweet and Charming; 
Everything about You is Sweet and Charming, O Lord of Sweetness.
 ोपा मधुरा – गावो मधुरा- यष्टिर्मध- रा सृष्टिर- ्मधुरा ।द- ितं मधुरं – लितं मधुर-  मधुराधिपत- ेरखिलं मधु- म् ॥८॥
Gopaa Madhuraa Gaavo Madhuraa Yassttir Madhuraa Srssttir-Madhuraa |
Dalitam Madhuram Phalitam Madhuram Madhura-Adhipaterakhilam Madhuram
8.1: (O Krishna) Your Gopas (Cowherd Boys) are Sweet and Charming, 
Your Cows are Sweet and Charming,
Your Staff is Sweet and Charming and Your Creation is Sweet and Charming,
8.2: (O Krishna) Your Breaking is Sweet and Charming and Your Making is Sweet and Charming; 
Everything about You is Sweet and Charming, O Lord of Sweetness.

The Madhurasthakam, composed by Sri Vallabhacharya (1478 A.D), is a unique stotra, describing the Sweetness of Lord Sri Krishna.  Madhurashtakam was originally written in Sanskrit and is easily understood. Only one word, madhuram, is repeated seven times each in this ashtakam (poem with eight verses)!

The Madhurasthakam uses just one adjective, “madhuram”, meaning sweet or beautiful etc., to describe the lovely attributes of Lord Sri Krishna’s beautiful form, who is the master of Sweetness and Sweetness personified.  It is evident from the ashtakam that the devotee is fascinated to have a look at not only the beautiful divine sweet form [sarvanga sundara rupam] of Lord Krishna but also the very existence of the Lord — by way of His moves, plays, pastimes, etc.

Thus says the devotee: “The Lord of Mathura, Krishna, is sweet, sweet and nothing but sweet! Even ambrosia and nectar may satiate after some time, but concerning the sweetness of the Divine Lord, one cannot have enough of it. Krishna’s lips are very sweet, his beautiful face is sweet, his beautiful black eyes with sidelong glances are sweet, his enchanting smile is even sweeter, his love-sports are sweet and his three-fold bend form is very sweet. O Lord of sweetness, everything about You is completely sweet, You are sweetness personified.”

Vallabhaacharya (1479-1531) A famous 16th century sage philosopher of India and great devotee of Lord Krishna. He was born in Champaran near Raipur in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh.  Vallabha is regarded as an acharya and guru within the Vaishnava traditions of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

Within Indian Philosophy he is known as the writer of sixteen ‘stotras’ (tracts) and produced several commentaries on the Bhagavata Purana, which describes the many lilas (pastimes) of the Avatar, Lord Sri Krishna.

Many of his pieces involve praise of Lord Krishna, especially in the form of a boy. Some works include Vyasa Sutra Bhashya, Jaimini Sutra Bhasya, Bhagavata Tika Subodhini, Pushti Pravala Maryada and Siddhanta Rahasya, all in Sanskrit. He has written many books in Brij Bhasha as well.

compiled by : Ram Singhal