Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-01-24 18:42:05
2.How we can attain Vrindavan? By Bhakta Igor
In his famous song Nitai Pada Kamala Shrilla Narotama das Thakura explains very confidentional topic how person actually can attain Vrindavan and shelter of Shri Shri Radha Krishna. He is singing heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai
Translation 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.
Shrilla Prabhupada translates this verse in his Purport as follows "If you are anxious to go back to home, back to Godhead, and become associate of Radha and Krishna, then the best policy is to take shelter of Nityananda."
This is very important point. We should not think that we are advanced devotees and that we are on such position that we can approach directly and worship Shri Shri Radha and Krishna in Vrindavana. Shrilla Bhaktisidhantha Sarasvati Thakura said pujala ragapata gaurava bhange, that our attitude should be that such worship is high, high above our heads. If we understand that, then immediately we will realize that we do not have another option then to surrender and worship Lord Nityananda.
In his purport to C.C. Adi 8.31 Shrilla Prabhupada is explaining same point "A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Shri Radha and Krishna or the chanting of the Hare Krishna mantra. Even if he does so, he cannot get the desired result. One should therefore chant the names of Nitai-Gaura and worship Them without false prestige. " Same thing is said in this song if someone indulge in direct attempt to achieve Shri Radha and Krishna that will be very difficult, almost impossible. But if one approach Lord Nityananda then automatically he becomes qualify to enter realm and mystery of Vrindavana. Shrila Prabhupada confirms that such wise decision is best policy.
In this regard we should noted that if we really want to take shelter of Lord Nityananda we should do it by chanting His Holy Name, because Lord Nityananda and His Holy Name Nityananda are non-different, They are identical. It is recommended by Shrilla Prabhupada in above statement and we should follow this advice.
If person consider itself to be very advanced and think that he or she is above this principle then it will be almost impossible for that person to get desired goal of devotional activities. Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu Himself teaches us in His Siksastaka that we should thing about ourselves that we are lower then straw on street. We should not think that we are advanced devotees simple because we are wearing sikha, orange garments, have some position, or we know so many verses. If we think that we are advanced devotees we are not that, for sure. Such wrong attitude can lead toward minimization of regular chanting Nityananda and Gauranga Naam, and even to worse possible outcome - criticism of devotees who dedicated their lives in spreading glories of Nityananda and Gauranga Mantrarajas for ultimate welfare of whole humanity.
This is universal principle - we should not think that we can approach Shri Shri Radha Krishna directly. Only if we approach Guru and Lord Nityananda we will have some hope to approach Vrindavana. neho nitai bine bhai radha krishna paite nai. That is process.
Off course liberated or very advanced souls can chant Hare Krishna without offences and relish full fruit of such chanting. All others should take shelter of Nitai and Gaura Naam, and that will lead toward offencesless chanting of Hare Krishna.
We can see that our acharyas had desire to approach Shri Shri Radha Krishna only via medium of Guru and Guru Parampara or Nityananda Prabhu who is Adi-Guru. We can see that aspiration and desire to attain position of servant of servant of servant of Radha Krishna is prominent in Gaudiya sampradaya.
Actually that is order of Lord Gauranga Himself gopi bhartuh pada-kamalayor dasa dasanudasah Our position is that of the servant, of the servant, of the servant, of the followers of the gopis (Vaishnavas).
So we should accept that attitude because that is direct order of Lord Gauranga Himself. If we think that we can approach Shri Shri Radha Krishna directly, then we are not following this advice given by Lord Chaitanya.