Let my love for you increase

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aghadamana-yaśodānandanau nandasūno
kamalanayana-gopīcandra-vṛndāvanendrāḥ
praṇatakaruṇa-kṛṣṇāv ity aneka-svarūpe
tvayi mama ratir uccair vardhatāḿ nāmadheya

 O Holy Name, I pray that my love for You in Your many forms—such as Aghadamana (Crusher of Aghasura), Yasodanandana (Son of Yasoda), Nandasunu (Son of Nanda), Kamalanayana (Lotus-eyed), Gopicandra (Moon of the gopis), Vrndavanendra (King of Vrndavana), Pranatakaruna (Merciful to the surrendered souls), and Krishna—may greatly increase.

In his Sri Namashtakam, in Stavamala, Srila Rupa Goswami has written this beautiful prayer to Sri Naam Prabhu, who is non different than Sri Krishna himslef, as mentioned in the Padma Purana and quoted in Sri Chaitnaya Charitamrita,

nāma cintāmaṇiḥ kṛṣṇaś
caitanya-rasa-vigrahaḥ
pūrṇaḥ śuddho nitya-mukto
'bhinnatvān nāma-nāminoḥ

The holy name of Kṛṣṇa is transcendentally blissful. It bestows all spiritual benedictions, for it is Kṛṣṇa Himself, the reservoir of all pleasure. Kṛṣṇa’s name is complete, and it is the form of all transcendental mellows. It is not a material name under any condition, and it is no less powerful than Kṛṣṇa Himself. Since Kṛṣṇa’s name is not contaminated by the material qualities, there is no question of its being involved with māyā. Kṛṣṇa’s name is always liberated and spiritual; it is never conditioned by the laws of material nature. This is because the name of Kṛṣṇa and Kṛṣṇa Himself are identical.

The Acharyas have stated that Sri Krishna is never alone, rather he is always accompanied by his associates, pastimes and other paraphernalia. Therefore, when one chants the names of the Lord, his pastimes as the Killer of the Agha Demon, his sweet pastimes with mother Yashoda and Nanda Maharaj, his exchanges with the Brajavasis and his loving lilas with the Vraja Sundaris are always present within the names of the Lord. Therefore Srila Rupa goswami, setting an example of how to pray to Sri Naam Prabhu, is praying that his attachment to these forms of the Lord may perpetually increase. Actually there is no need for Srila Rupa Goswami, Raghunath Das Goswami, Narottam Das thakur, Bhakti Vinod Thakur and others to write all these prayers, for they are all the eternal associates of the Lord, completely above the material world. However, knowing the fallen condition of the living entities in Kali Yuga, they have written these Prayers for us to recite, as we do not have the sufficient intelligence to even be able to Pray for the mercy of the Lord appropriately. Such is their causeless mercy, they have given us everything, even the prayers that we should say, and all we have to do is follow their instructions and doing so we can attain the ultimate Goal of life. Yet we are not able to take full advantage of this glorious opportunity. Indeed, what can be more pitiable than this? Therefore, Let us all pray, with heartfelt feelings, for the mercy of Sri Naam Prabhu and Srila Rupa Goswami, for it is only their causeless mercy which can save us from the clutches of Maya.