The Lotus Footprints of Lord Caitanya
by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura
Posted March 23, 2003


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1) O Mind!
Always remember the markings
On the right lotus foot
Of Sri Gauranga

At the base of the toe of the right foot
Is a barleycorn,
And below that is an umbrella.

At the connecting place below the toe
and the fore-toe
Is a thin line that goes down.

2-3) Please remember all of these:
Below the fore-toe is a stick,
And below the middle toe is a lotus.
Below that is a mountain,
And below that is a chariot.

To the southern side of the chariot
Is a club,
And to the left side is sakti.
Below the little toe is an elephant goad
And below that is a thunderbolt.

4-5) O Mind!
Please remember these auspicious sixteen markings
Decorating the lotus food of Sri Gaura Hari:

Below the thunderbolt is a sacrificial altar,
And below that are kunda earings,
which swing to and fro.
Below all these imprints are four effulgent swastikas.
In the middle of these swastikas is an octagon,
And at their four corners are four blackberry fruits
Facing the octagon.

6-7) O Mind!
Please remember the left lotus foot of Sri Gauranga
Decorated with the following markings:

At the base of the big toe of the left foot
Is a conch,
And below that is a disc.
Below the middle toe is space,
And below that is an unstrung bow,
And below that is a jeweled bangle.
Below the little toe is a beautiful water-pot.

8-9) Please remember:
Below the water-pot is the hoof of a cow,
And below that is a beautiful flag.
Below the flag is a flower,
And below that is a twig.

Below the cow's hoof is a triangle
And below that are four captivating water pots.

10-11) In the middle of these four water-pots
Is a half-shaped moon,
And below that is a beautiful looking tortoise.
Below that is a fish.
To the right side of the fish
And parallel to the twig and tortoise
Is a beautiful garland.

Thus O Mind! Please remember these
Thirty-two imprints collectively.
Among these, sixteen are decorating the left foot,
And sixteen are beautifying the right foot
Of Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

From the Sri Rupa Cintamani and Ananda Candrika of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

Translation by Isvara dasa and Raktak dasa, in Pada-Sevanam: Meditation on the Lotus Feet and Hands of Their Lordships. Touchstone Media, 1999.