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Shri Nagar Kirtana
The Market Place of the Holy Name
By Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
nadiya-godrume nityananda mahajana
patiyache nam-hatta jivera karana
(sraddhavan jana he, sraddhavan jana he)
prabhura ajnay, bhai, magi ei bhiksha
bolo krishna, bhajo krishna, koro krishna-siksha
aparadha-sunya ho nye leha krishna-nama
krishna mata, krishna pita, krishna dhana-prana
krishnera samsara koro chadi anacara
jive doya, krishna-nama-sarva-dharma-sara
1. Nityananda Mahajana so mercifully opened a marketplace in Nadiya-Godruma for the welfare of the suffering souls. In that market place only the Holy Name is traded.
2. What is the price? sraddhavana jana he! sraddhavana jana he! Those who have faith in the Holy Name and faith in the words of sadhu, sastra, guru. This is the price! Faith! Only those persons are allowed to enter that marketplace. They can buy and sell the Holy Name. Shri Nityananda Prabhu requests the faithful persons, those who have developed faith in the Holy Name, to come and take it!
Shri Nityananda Prabhu says, This is the order of My Lord! My Prabhu! My Master! Therefore I have come to your doorstep, O brother! I am a beggar! I beg for these alms. nUtter the name of Krishna! Do krishna-bhajana! Accept what Krishna has taught us!' These are the alms I am begging from you.
3. Chant this Holy Name without offense. Chant the pure Name of Shri Krishna. Shri Krishna is Mother, Shri Krishna is Father, Shri Krishna is wealth and asset. Shri Krishna is the Lord of my heart, Shri Krishna is life and soul, Krishna is everything.
4. Give up all your bad dealings, habits, and behavior and enter into krishna-samsara. The only relationship is with Shri Krishna, establish yourself in that relationship. Shower mercy on all the jivas seeing them as Shri Krishna's and completely surrender unto the Holy Name of Shri Krishna. This is the essence of all dharma.