i would like to introduce a prayer spoken by
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the golden avatar.
he is the most profound incarnation of Lord Sri Krishna
and he appeared on this earth just 520 years before.
he was also known as Lord Gauranga (golden form) and
Gaurachandra (golden moon) and many other names.
He spoke 8 prayers in Sanskrit known as Sri Siksastakam.
the first one:
ceto darpana marjanam
bhava maha davagni nirvapanam
sreyah kairava candrika vitaranam
vidya vadhu jivanam
prati padam purnamrtasvadanam
param vijayate sri krsna sankirtanam
Supreme glory to the practice of Sri Krishna sankirtan,
the chanting of the holy names.
This practice cleanses the mirror of the mind and intelligence,
making the heart transparent.
As a downpour extinguishes a forest fire, this practice
drowns the raging internal fires of exploitation and alienation,
putting them out forever.
As cooling moonbeams open a white lotus at night,
this practice gently spreads good fortune to one lost in darkness.
It brings life to knowledge and is the beautiful bride of realization.
Expanding the deep sea of faith, Sri Krishna sankirtan gives one a taste
of pure nectar at each step and completely saturates the soul in ecstasy.