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ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram

patitam mam visame bhavambudhau

krpaya tava pada-pankaja-

sthita-dhuli-sadrsam vicintaya



ayi - My Lord;  nanda-tanuja - son of Nanda Maharaja, Krishna;  kinkaram - the servant;  mam - Me;  visame - horrible;  bhavambudhau - in the ocean of nescience;  krpaya - by causeless  mercy;  tava - Your;  pada-pankaja - lotus feet;  sthita - situated at;  dhuli-sadrsam - like a particle of dust; vicintaya - kindly consider.



          "Oh, My Lord, O Krishna, son of Maharaja Nanda, I am Your eternal servant, but because of My own fruitive acts, I have fallen in this horrible ocean of nescience. Now please because lessly merciful to Me. Consider Me a particle of dust at Your lotus feet."



Shri Sanmodana Bhasyam


          Is it proper for a sadhaka who has taken shelter of the holyname to be excessively concerned about the material miseriesafflicting him? To answer this question, Lord Chaitanya composed this sloka, in which He il¬luminates the correct attitude of a devotee thusly: 


          "O Lord Krishna! Son of Maharaja Nanda! I am Your eternal servant; but now as a result of my previous activities I have fallen into this terrible ocean of material existence.  Lust, greed, anger and envy are my adversaries; they lurk in the waters like big fish to swallow me up. The rough waves of wasted hopes and anxiety are tossing me here and there, making my life miserable. Lashing gales of bad association add further suffer­ing.  In this condi¬tion I see You as my only shelter. 


Karma, jnana, yoga are like seaweed


          "Occasionally a small bunch of seaweed can be seen floating by; these are the weeds of karma, jnana, yoga, tapasya and so on. Has anyone ever crossed this ocean of nescience by grasping these paltry weeds? All I have ever seen is that some persons, while trying to swim across this ocean, have reached out to hold these weeds for support only to sink, seaweed and all, like dead weights. There is no other hope for safety other than Your unlimited mercy.


          "The sturdy vessel of Your holy name is the only means to cross over this dangerous ocean of material existence.  Knowing this too well, I have acted; I begged passage aboard the ship of the Lord's holy name from my spiritual master; by His causeless mercy, it was awarded.  O Lord!  You are known as the protector of Your devotees who are souls surrendered to Your lotus feet. Please accept this homeless destitute, cleanse me of all my faults and consider me a dust particle at Your lotus feet."


          The message of this sloka is that those who have been accepted by the Lord on the path of bhakti should never return to the ways of sense enjoyment and liberation, despite material difficulties.


Chaitanya Caritamrita, Antya 20.31,33,34:


          "In great humility, considering Himself a conditioned soul of the material World, Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu again expressed his desire to be endowed with service to the Lord."

          "I am your eternal servant, but I forgot Your Lordship.  Now I have fallen in the ocean of nescience and have been conditioned by the external energy.


          "Be causelessly merciful to Me by giving Me a place with the particles of dust at Your lotus feet so that I may engage in the service of Your Lordship as Your eternal servant."  



      Lord Krishna, the son of Maharaja Nanda, is the object of everyone's devotion.  Servitorship to Lord Krishna is inseparable from the identity or svarupa of the spirit soul. 


          Now that servant of Krishna has become apathetic to his service and is drowning in the terrible ocean of material existence, his only hope of survival is to get the Lord's mercy.  If Lord Krishna out of His fathomless compassion accepts the jiva, placing him as a pollen particle at His lotus feet, then his hidden identity and eternal proclivity will be remanifest.  The word pada-dhuli (lotus-feet dust) used here further substantiates the jiva's original identity as the infinitesimal part and parcel of Krishna, as stated in the scriptures.


          The jiva may intensely desire to acquire a place at Krsn a's lotus feet, but the fact is that only when he becomes subservient to Krishna's will and cultivates devotional service is he accepted by the Lord.


This sloka indicates anartha-nivrtti


          Until he is fully situated in his svarupa, a residue of anarthas cling to his heart; thus his ultimate perfection and goal remains hidden by these slight impurities.  Sambandha-jnana makes him eligible to chant the holy name purely and render loving devotional service by clearing these anarthas from his heart; this is called anartha-nivrtti.


          At this stage of development, the devotee as known as jatarati (born of rati or love).  The difference between `aja­tarati sadhaka' (not born of rati) and jatarati devotee is all in the quality of chanting.  One cannot be accepted as a jatarati devotee on the basis of pretense.

After anartha-nivrtti follows nairantarya, or undeviating steadiness in serving, then sveccha-purvika, voluntary meditation on Krishna's pastimes by which one develops spontaneous attraction for them; and then svarasiki, the spontaneous revelation of Krishna's pastimes even without one's expectation.  Only after these three stages comes the final perfection of prema.


Scriptural statements relevant to this sloka:


Shrimad Bhagavatam 6.11.24:


        "O my Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, will I again be able to be a servant of Your eternal servants who find shelteronly at Your lotus feet? O Lord of my life, may I again become their servant so that my mind may always think of Your transcendental attributes, my words always glorify those attributes and my body always engage in the loving service of Your Lordship."


Shrimad Bhagavatam 10.29.38: 


          "Therefore,O vanquisher of all distress, please show us  mercy. To approach Your lotus feet we abandoned our families and  homes, and we have no desire other than to serve You. Our hearts  are burning with intense desires generated by Your beautiful smiling glances. O jewel among men, please make us Your maidservants."


Shrila Rupa Goswami writes: 


        "If you have not worshipped the dust of the lotus feet of  Shrimati Radharani, or the land of Vraja that is marked with Her lotus feet, or did not serve the lotus feet of Her devotee who isgrave because of meditating on Her, then how will you become attracted to that blackish ocean of nectar known as Syama or Krishna?"



In Vilapa-kusumanjali, sloka 8: 


        "O Radharani, beloved damsel of Vraja! I am exhausted from swimming in the tempestuous ocean of misery; I am but a derelict.  Kindly pick me up on the infallible boat of Your causeless mercy.  Guide me to the wonderful sanctuary of Your lotus feet."


         In Radha-rasa-sudha-nidhi, sloka 259: 


     "Become totally absorbed in Krishna, whose crown is decorated with a peacock plume, and constantly sing His holy name and glories.  Engross yourself in serving His lotus feet and con­tinuously chant the maha-mantra to invoke His pleasure. My only and intimate heartfelt desire is to become a slave to Shrimati Radharani's lotus feet. By Her causeless mercy I may attain spontaneous love for Her service."