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Shri Nityanandashtakam

Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura

 

sharac-candra-bhrantim sphurad-amala-kantim gaja-gatim

hari-premonmattam dhrita-parama-sattvam smita-mukham

sada ghurnan netram kara-kalita-vetram kali-bhidam

bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi (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 an intoxicated elephant, who is always mad in krishna-prema, who is the

personification of pure spiritual energy, whose face wears a gentle smile, whose eyes

are always rolling due to His absorption in krishna-prema, whose lotus hand is beautified

with a staff, and who, by the performance of nama-sankirtana, pierces the influence

of Kali-yuga.

 

rasanam agaram svajana-gana-sarvasvam atulam

tadiyaika-prana-pratima-vasudha-jahnava-patim

sada premonmadam paramaviditam manda-manasam

bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi (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.

 

shaci-sunu-preshtham nikhila-jagad-ishtam sukhamayam

kalau majjaj-jivoddharana-karanoddama-karunam

harer-akhyanad va bhava-jaladhi-garvonnati haram

bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi (3)

 

I perpetually worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the krishna-bhakti tree, who

is very dear to Shri Shaci-nandana, who is worshiped by the entire universe, who is the

embodiment of happiness, whose infinite mercy is the means for delivering the souls

who are drowning in the age of Kali, and who by performing shri-harinama-sankirtana

eradicates the swelling false pride of the ocean of repeated birth and death.

 

aye bhratar nrinam kali-kalushinam kim nu bhavita

tatha prayashcitam racaya yad anayasata ime

vrajanti tvam-ittham saha bhagavata mantrayati yo

bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi (4)

 

I perpetually worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the krishna-bhakti tree, who

said to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, “O brother Gauranga! What will be the destination of the

sinful souls of Kali-yuga and how will they be redeemed? Please devise a method by

which they will easily attain You.”

 

yatheshtam re bhratah! kuru hari-hari-dhvanam anisham

tato vah samsarambudhi-tarana-dayo mayi laget

idam bahu-sphotair atati ratayan yah pratigriham

bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi (5)

 

I perpetually worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the krishna-bhakti tree, who

wandering around Bengal, approached the door of every home, and with upraised

arms exclaimed, “O Brothers! Without inhibition all of you together, continuously

chant shri-harinama. If you do so, I will take the responsibility to deliver you from

the ocean of material existence.”

 

balat samsarambhonidhi-harana-kumbhodbhavam aho

satam shreyah-sindhunnati-kumuda-bandhum samuditam

khala-shreni-sphurjat-timira-hara-surya-prabham aham

bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi (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 causes the ocean of the saintly persons’ welfare (their

bhavas) to swell, and who is the sun whose brilliant rays dissipate the darkness of

ignorance cast by the various classes of miscreants.

 

natantam gayantam harim anuvadantam pathi pathi

vrajantam pashyantam svam api na dayantam jana-ganam

prakurvantam santam sakaruna-drigantam prakalanad

bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi (7)

 

I eternally worship Shri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the krishna-bhakti tree, 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.

 

suvibhranam bhratuh kara-sarasijam komalataram

mitho vaktralokocchalita-paramananda-hridayam

bhramantam madhuryair ahaha! madayantam pura-janan

bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi (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.

 

rasanam adharam rasika-vara-sad-vaishnava-dhanam

rasagaram saram patita-tati-taram smaranatah

param nityanandashtakam idam apurvam pathati yas

tad-anghri-dvandvabjam sphuratu nitaram tasya hridaye (9)

 

May Shri Nityananda Prabhu place His lotus feet in the heart of one who lovingly recites

this unprecedented and supremely potent Nityanandashtakam, 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. It bestows liberation to a fallen soul who simply

remembers Nityananda’s sublime qualities. (This ashtaka is recited in the poetic meter

known as “Shikharini”.)