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Title: Dependant upon Mercy
User: Nava Gauranga dasa Date: 2006-07-17 14:00:39
***Fully Dependant Upon Mercy***
The Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga are supremely merciful and extending by nature.
It is said in Chaitanya Caritamrita Adi-Lila Chapter 8 text 22:
"Whether he is offensive or inoffensive, anyone who even now chants 'Shri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu Nityananda' is immediately overwhelmed with ecstacy, and tears fill his eyes."
These two Holy Names, Nityananda and Gauranga, are so merciful that they not only bestow
such ecstacy, but with regular chanting they begin to 'remove all unwanted things from the heart.' Chaitanya Caritamrita Adi-Lila Chapter 8 Text 31:
"But if one only chants, with some slight faith, the Holy Names of Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda, very quickly he is cleansed of all offenses. Thus as soon as he chants the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, he feels the ecstacy of love for God."
Having found ourselves bound and fallen in this material condition, we must depend fully
upon the gift of mercy. The mercy extending through the Holy Name, the Guru Parampara, Gurudeva and all Vaishnavas. "Oh Lord Krishna, please pick us up, and place us as particles of dust at your Lotus Feet."
Gauranga Mahaprabhu by his very nature is extending to all jiva's the highest treasure. May we fully take shelter of this 'gift of mercy' through the regular chanting of Nityananda, Gauranga, and Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Shri Shikshashtakam by Lord Gauranga
Verse 5: Ayi Nanda Tanuja:
Please pick me up
ayi nanda-tanuja kinkaram,
patitam maam vishame bhavaambudhau;
kripayaa tava paada-pankaja-
Verse 5: Explanatory Translation by Swami Gaurangapada: (In this verse 5, the Supreme Lord Gauranga, Who is Lord Krishna Himself, is taking the role of a conditioned soul in order to teach us by His own example how to pray to Him.)
"Oh my Lord Krishna, Your appearance in this world is fully transcendental but still You have chosen to appear as the divine son of Your great devotee Nanda Maharaja. Since You are very pleased when someone addresses You in connection with Your pure devotees, I am addressing You as the son of Nanda Maharaja with the ardent hope that You will hear this desperate prayer of mine. Constitutionally as per my original nature, I am Your eternal part and parcel and thus Your menial and obedient servant. Ill-fatedly due to the woeful misuse of my own free will which has been granted to me by You, I have succumbed to Your illusory energy and hopelessly fallen into this dreadful and unsurmountable ocean of birth and death of this material world. While hopelessly drowning in this tortorous ocean of material miseries, I am being unceasingly and painfully swallowed by the gigantic sharks and crocodiles of my own lust, anger, greed, pride, envy and bodily illusion. As if this is not enough, I am tightly bound up by the heavy chains of my own wicked and sinful desires which is further hastening my doom. As the last and final resort, I am helplessly crying out to You, the only ultimate shelter of the destitute, to mercifully pick me up from this dire straits and kindly consider to place me as a tiny particle of dust at Your lotus feet which is where I eternally and originally belong."
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