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Dalaler Gita—“The Song of the Broker”
from Vaishnava-Siddhanta-Mala by Bhaktivinoda Thakura
boro sukher khabor gai
surabhi-kunjete namer hat khule’che / khoda nitai
boro—great; sukher khabor—news of happiness; gai—I sing; surabhi-kunjete—in the grove of Navadvipa named Surabhi-kunja; namer hat—the Marketplace of the Holy Names; khule ache—is opened up; khoda nitai—Lord Nityananda is Himself the Owner and Manager.
1) I am singing news of the greatest happiness! At the place known as Surabhi Kunja in Shri Navadvipa, the Marketplace of the Holy Name has now been opened—and Lord Nityananda Himself is the Proprietor.
boro mojar katha tay
shraddha-mulye shuddha-nama sei hatete bikay
boro—great; mojar katha—story of the amusing affairs taking place; tay—there (in that Marketplace); shraddha-mulye—for the price of one’s faith; shuddha-nam—the pure, original form of the Holy Name; sei—He (Lord Nityananda); hatete—in the Marketplace; bikay—sells.
2) Such wonderful things are going on in that blissful marketplace! Shri Nityananda Prabhu is selling the pure Holy Name wholesale, merely for the price of one’s faith.
jata bhakta-brinda basi’
adhikari dekhe’ nama becche daro kasi’
jata—all; bhakta-brinda—the assembly of devotees; basi’—waiting; adhikari—those having the right to possess; dekhe’—He looks and examines; nam becche—sells the Holy Name; daro—the price; kasi’—enforcing His ‘fixed-price.’
3) Seeing the assembly of devotees eagerly waiting to purchase the Name, Lord Nityananda first examines each of them to test their qualification; then He sells them the Name by bargaining for His price accordingly.
jadi nama kinbe, bhai
amar sange calo, mahajaner kache jai
jadi—if; nam—the Holy Name; kinbe—will purchase; bhai—O brother!; amar sange—along with me; calo—come on; mahajaner kache—in the presence of the great soul Nityananda; jai—I am going now.
4) O my dear friends! If you really want to buy this pure Holy Name, then just come along with me, for I am now going to meet with this Nityananda Mahajana.
tumi kinbe krishna-nama
dasturi loibo ami, purna ha’be kama
tumi—you; kinbe—will purchase; krishna-nam—the Holy Name of Krishna; dasturi—commission; loibo ami—I will take; purna—fulfilled; ha’be—will become; kam—both of our desires.
5) Thus, you will finally be able to acquire the pure Holy Name. I will also take my due commission, and in this way all three of us will fulfill our desires.
boro doyal nityananda
shraddha-matra lo’ye den parama-ananda
boro—greatly; doyal—merciful; nityananda—Lord Nityananda Prabhu; shraddha-matra—only your faith; lo’ye—takes in exchange; den—gives; parama-ananda—the topmost divine bliss.
6) Shri Nityananda Prabhu is so extraordinarily merciful—accepting only one’s faith in the Holy Name, He bestows the topmost divine bliss.
ek-bar dekhle cakshe jal
‘gaura’ bole’ nitai den sakala sambal
ek-bar—just once; dekhle—upon seeing; cakshe—in the eyes; jal—water (tears); ‘gaura’ bole’—while chanting the name of ‘Gaura’; nitai den—Lord Nityananda gives; sakala—all; sambal—support and supply of spiritual riches.
7) When Nitai sees a tear welling in someone’s eye upon chanting the name of “Gaura!” He instantly gives His support to that person; indeed, He bestows all divine opulences.
den shuddha krishna-shiksha
jati, dhana, vidya, bala na kore apeksha
den—He gives; shuddha krishna-shiksha—the pure teachings of Lord Krishna; jati—caste by birth; dhana—material wealth; vidya—mundane knowledge; bala—physical strength; na kore—does not do; apeksha—care for.
8) He gives that person genuine realization of the pure teachings of Shri Krishna as found in the Bhagavad-gita and Shrimad-Bhagavatam. While displaying all this inconceivable mercy, He pays no attention to one’s caste, material wealth, mundane knowledge, or physical ability.
amani chade maya-jal
grihe thako, bane thako, na thake janjal
amani—spontaneously; chade—rejecting; maya-jal—the network of maya’s traps; grihe thako—just remain at home as a householder; bane thako—or just remain in the forest as a renunciate; na thake—does not exist; janjal—troubles.
9) Now, dear friends, please reject all of maya’s entangling snares. If you are a householder, then just remain at your home; if you are renounced, then just live in the forest. Either way, nothing more will trouble you.
ar naiko kalir bhoy
acandale den nama nitai doyamoy
ar—any more; naiko—there is not; kalir bhoy—fear of the age of Kali; acandale—to everyone including the candalas (uncivilized people); den—gives; nam—the Holy Name; nitai doyamoy—Lord Nityananda, the most merciful.
10) We no longer need to fear the terrible Age of Quarrel, for the most merciful Lord Nityananda gives the Holy Name to anyone and everyone—even to the lowest among men.
bhaktivinoda daki’ koy
nitai-carana bina ar nahi ashroy
bhaktivinoda—the author, Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura; daki’—loudly calling out; koy—says; nitai-caran—the feet of Lord Nityananda; bina—except for; ar nahi—there is no other; ashroy—safe shelter.
11) Bhaktivinoda loudly calls out and proclaims to all, “OTHER THAN THE LOTUS FEET OF LORD NITYANANDA, THERE IS NO SHELTER!”