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Title: Nityananda Mercy purport by Shrila Prabhupada

User: hadai   Date: 2006-06-10 07:13:24

 

Dear Maharaja Gaurangapada, Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Please, accept my humble obeisances. All glories to the lotus feet of ALL Vaishnavas!

 

In the Vanibase I was reading about the 16 reasons to chant Nityananda. You quote:

 

Shrila Narottama das sings: heno nitai vine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai

"Unless one worships Nityananda, one can never achieve Radha-Krishna."

 

nitai karuna habe vraje radha-krishna pabe

 

"If Nityananda is merciful, only then one will achieve the direct service

of Radha-Krishna in Vraja."

 

In the context of this song Shrila Prabhupada wrote a very interesting

purport that I would like to share with you and all the devotees of

Nityananda and Gauranga. This purport makes clear that Shrila Prabhupada

has built a strong foundation in preparing the collective consciousness of

this material world to receive the holy names of Lord Nityananda and Lord

Gauranga. The fact that the Mantrarajas Nityananda and Gauranga are

dancing in the awareness of the most fortunate souls who are currently

receiving Them, shows that we are at the auspicious dawn of the greatest

revelation of Kali Yuga: Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga have released

Their Names and given the green light for the greatest deliverance

of the fallen souls ever. Who can comprehend how blessed this Kali Yuga is

and how blessed the fortunate souls who take the treasure of the Names?

Who can feel the knocking of Lord Nityananda on the inner door of

your heart? Please, open the door and Lord Nityananda will guide you to

the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga, and Lord Gauranga will enable you to move

toward the most beautiful and confidential pastimes of Radha and

Krishna forever!

 

Following are the verses and purport of Shrila Prabhupada:

 

Manah-siksa Teachings to the Mind

(from Prarthana)

 

nitai-pada-kamala, kooi-candra-susitala

je chayay jagata juray

heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai

dridha kori dharo nitair pay

 

The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are a shelter where one will get the

soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. If the world

wants to have real peace, it should take shelter of Lord Nityananda.

Unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet

of Lord Nityananda, it will be very difficult for him to approach

Radha-Krishna. If one actually wants to enter into the dancing party of

Radha-Krishna, he must firmly catch hold of the lotus feet of Lord

Nityananda.

 

se sambandha nahi jaar, brtha janma gelo taar

sei pasu boro duracar

nitai na bolilo mukhe, majilo saasara-sukhe

vidya-kule ki koribe tar

 

Anyone who has not established his relationship with Nityananda Prabhu is

understood to have spoiled his valuable human birth. Such a human being is

actually an uncontrollable animal. Because he never uttered the holy name

of Nityananda, he has become merged into so called material happiness.

What can his useless education and family tradition do to help him?

 

ahankare matta hoiya, nitai-pada pasariya

asatyere satya kori mani

nitaiyer koruna habe, braje radha-krishna pabe

dharo nitai-caraea dukhani

 

Being maddened after false prestige and identification with the body, one

is thinking, Oh, what is Nityananda? What can He do for me? I don't care.

The result is that he is accepting something false to be truth. If you

actually want to approach the association of Radha-

Krishna, you must first achieve the mercy of Lord Nityananda. When He is

merciful toward you, then you will be able to approach Radha-Krishna.

Therefore you should firmly grasp the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

 

nitaiyer carana satya, tahara sevaka nitya

nitai-pada sada koro asa

narottama boro dukhi, nitai more koro sukhi

rakho ranga-caranera pasa

 

The lotus feet of Nityananda are not illusion; they are a fact. One who

engages in the transcendental loving service of Nityananda is also

transcendental. Always try to catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

This Narottama dasa is very unhappy, therefore I am praying to Lord

Nityananda to make me happy. My dear Lord, please keep me close to Your

lotus feet.

 

PURPORT by His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

This is a very nice song sung by Narottama dasa Thakura. He advises that

nitai-pada, the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda (kamala means "lotus," and

pada means "feet"), are a shelter where one will get the soothing

moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. We can

just imagine the aggregate total value of the soothing shine of millions

of moons. In this material world (jagat), which is progressing toward

hell, there is always a blazing fire, and everyone is struggling hard

without finding peace; therefore, if the world wants to have real peace,

it should take shelter under the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, which are

cooling like the shining of a million moons. Juraya means "relief." If one

actually wants relief from the struggle of existence and actually wants to

extinguish the blazing fire of material pangs, Narottama dasa Thakura

advises, "Please take shelter of Lord Nityananda." What will be the result

of accepting the shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda? He says,

heno nitai bine bhai: unless one takes shelter under the shade of the

lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, radhakrishna paite nai it will be very

difficult for him to approach Radha-Krishna. The aim of this Krishna

consciousness movement is to enable us to approach Radha-Krishna and

associate with the Supreme Lord in His sublime pleasure dance. Narottama

dasa Thakura advises that if one actually wants to enter into the dancing

party of Radha-Krishna, he must accept the shelter of the lotus feet of

Lord Nityananda. Then he says, se sambandha nahi Sambandha means

"connection" or "contact." Anyone who has not contacted a relationship

with Nityananda is understood to have spoiled his human birth. In another

song also, Narottama dasa says, hari hari bifale janama gonainu: anyone

who does not approach Radha-Krishna through a relationship with Nityananda

has uselessly spoiled his life. Brtha means "useless," janma means "life,"

tara means "his," and sambandha means "relationship." Anyone who does

not make a relationship with Nityananda is simply spoiling the boon of his

human form of life. Why is he spoiling it? Sei pasu boro duracar. Sei

means "that," pasu means "animal," and duracar means "misbehaved" or "the

most misbehaved." Without elevation to Krishna consciousness through the

mercy of Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda, life is simply spoiled in the

animal propensities of sense gratification. Narottama dasa says that

ordinary animals can be tamed, but when a human being is animalistic,

having only animal propensities, he is most horrible, for he cannot be

tamed. Ordinary cats and dogs or even a tiger can be tamed, but when a

human being goes out of his way and neglects to take to the human activity

of Krishna consciousness, his higher intelligence will simply be misused

for animal propensities, and it is very difficult to tame him. The

enactment of state laws cannot make a thief an honest man because his

heart is polluted, he cannot be tamed. Every man sees that a person who

commits criminal offenses is punished by the government, and also in

scriptural injunctions punishment in hell is mentioned. But despite

hearing from scripture and seeing the action of the state laws, the

demoniac cannot be tamed. What are they doing? Nitai na bolilo mukhe.

Since they do not know who Nityananda is, they never say the names of Lord

Nityananda and Lord Chaitanya. Majilo saasara-sukhe. Majilo means "becomes

absorbed." They become absorbed in so-called material enjoyment.

 

They don't care who Lord Chaitanya and Nityananda are, and therefore they

go deep down into material existence. Vidya-kule ki koribe tar: if one has

no connection with Nityananda, and if he does not come to Krishna

consciousness, his vidya, or his so-called academic education, and kula,

birth in a high family or great nation, will not protect him.

 

Regardless of whether one is born in a very big family or nation or has a

very advanced academic education, at the time of death natures law will

act, his work will be finished, and he will get another body according to

that work.

 

Why are these human animals acting in this way? Ahankare matta hoiya,

nitai-pada pasariya. They have become maddened by a false concept of

bodily life, and thus they have forgotten their eternal relationship with

Nityananda. Asatyere satya kori mani: such forgetful persons accept the

illusory energy as factual. Asatyere refers to that which is not a fact,

or, in other words, maya. Maya means that which has no existence but is a

temporary illusion only. Persons who have no contact with Nityananda

accept this illusory body as factual. Narottama dasa Thakura then says,

nitaiyer koruea habe, braje radhakrishna pabe: "If you actually want to

approach the association of Radha-Krishna, you must achieve the mercy of

Lord Nityananda first. When He is merciful toward you, then you will be

able to approach Radha-Krishna." Dharo nitai-caraea dukhani. Narottama

dasa advises that one firmly catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

 

Then again he says, nitai-caraea satya. One should not misunderstand and

think that as he has caught hold of maya, similarly the lotus feet of

Nityananda may also be something like that maya, or illusion. Therefore

Narottama dasa confirms, nitai-carana satya: the lotus feet of Nityananda

are not illusion; they are a fact. Tahara sevaka nitya: and one who

engages in the transcendental loving service of Nityananda is also

transcendental. If one engages in the transcendental loving service of

Nityananda in Krishna consciousness, he immediately achieves his

transcendental position on the spiritual platform, which is eternal and

blissful. Therefore he advises, nitaipada sada koro asa: always try to

catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda. Narottama boro dukhi. Narottama

dasa Thakura, the acarya, is taking the position that he is very unhappy.

Actually, he is representing ourselves. He says, "My dear Lord, I am

very unhappy." Nitai more koro sukhi: "Therefore I am praying to Lord

Nityananda to make me happy." Rakho ranga-caraenra pasa: "Please keep me in a corner of Your lotus feet."

 

Yours in the service of the Holy Names, Nityananda, Gauranga,

Radhika-Govinda,

Hadai Nityananda dasa