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Shri Nityanandashtakam
By Shrila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura

(1)

sarac-candra-bhrantim sphurad-amala-kantim gaja-gatim
hari-premonmattam dhrta-parama-sattvam smita-mukham
sada ghurnan-netramkara-kalita-vetram kali-bhidam
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(2)

rasanam-agaram svajana-gana-sarvasvam-atulam
tadiyaika-prana-pratima-vasudha-jahnava-pati
sada premonmadam param-aviditam manda-manasam
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(3)

saci-sunu-presthamnikhila-jagadistam sukhamayam
kalau majjaj-jivoddharana-karanoddama-karunam
harer-akhyanad-va-bhava-jaladhi-garvonnati haram
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(4)

aye bhratar-nrnam kali-kalusinam kinnu bhavita
tatha prayascitam racaya yad-anayasata ime
varajanti tvam-ittham saha bhagavata mantrayati yo
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(5)

yathestam re bhratah! kuru hari-hari-dhvanam-anisam
tato vah samsarambudhi-tarana-dayo mayi laget
idambahu-sphotair-atati ratayan yah pratigrham
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(6)

balat samsarambhonidhi-harana-kumbhodbhavam-aho
satam srayah-sindhunnati-kumuda-bandhum samuditam
khala-sreni-sphurjat-timita-hara-surya-prabham-aham
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(7)

natantam gayantam harim-anuvadantam pathi pathi
vrajantam pasyantam svam-api na dayantam jana-ganam
prakurvantam santamsakaruna-drgantam prakalanad
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(8)

subibhranam bhratuh kara-sarasi-jamkomalataram
mitho vaktralokocchalita-paramananda-hrdayam
bhramantam madhuryair-ahaha! madayantam pura-janan
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kundam niravadhi

(9)

rasanam-adharam rasika-vara-vaishnava-dhanam
rasagaram saram patita-tati-taram smaranatah
param nityanandastakam-idam-apurvam pathati yas-
tad-anghri-dvandvabjam sphuratu nitaramtasya hrdaye


1) I perpetually worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, whose bright face mocks the full autumn moon, whose pure complexion glistens, whose gait is like that of a maddened elephant, who is always intoxicated in Krishna-prema, who embodies pure spiritual energy, whose face holds a gentle smile, whose eyes are always rolling due to His absorption in Krishna-prema, whose lotus hand holds a glowing staff, and who, by the performance of nama-sankirtana, pierces the influence of Kali-yuga.

2) I perpetually worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who is the mainstay of all the rasas, who is everything to His devotees, who is beyond compare, who is the master of both Vasudha and Jahnava-devi, who consider Him more dear than their own lives, who is always maddened in Krishna-prema, and who is unknown only to those of meager intelligence.

3) I perpetually worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who is very dear to Shri Saci-nandana, who is worshipped by the entire universe, who is the embodiment of happiness, who possesses infinite mercy for delivering the souls who are drowning in the age of Kali, and who, by the performance of shri-harinama-sankirtana, thwarts the progressing false pride of the ocean of repeated birth and death.

4) I perpetually worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who said to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, "Hey brother Gauranga! What will be the destination of the sinful souls of Kali-yuga and how will theyt be redeemed? Please devise a method by which they will easily attain You."

5) I perpetually worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who wandered around Bengal and, approaching the door of each and every home, threw open His arms and exclaimed, "O brothers! All of you should eternally perform shri-harinama-sankirtana together. By doing so, I will take the responsibility to deliver you all from the ocean of material existence."

6) I eternally worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who is the Agastya Muni who forcibly swallows the ocean of repeated birth and death, who is a rising full moon which increases the ocean of the saintly persons' welfare, and who is a sun which dissipates the darkness of ignorance cast by the various classes of miscreants.

7) I eternally worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the tree of Krishna-bhakti, who wandered on every path in Bengal dancing, singing, and calling out "Hari bol! Hari bol!" and who lovingly bestowed merciful sidelong glances upon those who were not compassionate to even their own selves.

8) I eternally worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who held the supremely soft lotus-hand of His brother Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, whose heart became filled with the highest bliss when the two brothers gazed into each other's faces, and who wandered here and there delighting the townspeople with His sweetness. 8) May Shri Nityananda Prabhu place His lotus feet in the heart of one who lovingly recites this unprecedented Nityanandastaka, which is the reservoir of rasa, the greatest treasure of the most exalted of rasika Vaishnavas, and the storehouse of the essence of bhakti-rasa.