Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-11-07 02:02:35
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Shri Guru Parampara! Pranams! As I was chanting yesterday, I realized myself offering prostrated obeisances to Shrimati Jahnava Devi. She was absorbed in divine love for Lord Nityaananda and Shri Shri Radha Krishna. She is so intimate to Shrimati Radhika as Her younger sister Ananga Manjari. It was Ananga Manjari who brought Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura to Rupa Manjari in Siddhi Lalasa...shri nitaai jahnava pada chaaya jaara aasha...Jahnava Devi is the most merciful eternal consort of the Lord. Her mercy is boundless. She made a blind man witness the Sankirtana. She was the leader of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas. Without Her mercy, no one can attain Shri Shri Radha Krishna.
I pray that one day I will be actually able to serve the servants of Her servants and behold Her beauty like I did while chanting. She is residing at the center of Shri Radha Kunda in her own beautiful jewelled kunja (grove). We should pray to Lord Nitaai to grant us shelter of the lotus feet of Shrimati Jahnava Devi and vice versa.
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.
Post Author: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2007-11-08 16:02:21
This is a most beautiful prayer to the most merciful Shrimati Jahnava Devi. She has certainly delivered countless abominable sinners. Jaya Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the great devotee of Jahnava Mata!!!
Daaso'smi, Swami Gaurangapada.
Post Author: BhushanNityananda das Date: 2007-11-07 06:12:44
Nityananda!Gauranga!Hare Krishna! All Glories to Shrimati Janhava Mata and Shri Janhavi Vallabha Lord Nityananda
Gurudeva please accept my humble dandavats at your lotus feet
thank you so much.
I just remembered this verse composed by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura from Kalyan Kalpataru.
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, in his Kalyana Kalpataru has prayed as follows at the lotus feet of Sri Jahnava Mata:
“Having fallen into this ocean of misery, my life is a bewilderment, and I do not know how to reach its shore, nor even where to search for it. All my efforts (karma) are useless, all my knowledge (jnana) is useless, as are mysticism (yoga), austerity, religious penance, and mundane piety. None of these processes have any power to rescue me. I am weak, helpless. I don’t know how to swim across this ocean of ignorance. Who will deliver me from this dangerous predicament? Within this dangerous ocean of material existence I see the crocodiles of sense gratification-what a terrible sight! Within this ocean, I am tossed about by the turbulent waves which constantly boil and churn like a ship without a rudder. The impulses and urges that I have acquired from my previous births are like a wind that blows the ship in all directions. My mind is unsteady. This ship has no captain, no direction. I weep in despair, seeing that I cannot cross this ocean of misery. O Jahnava Devi! Today, by the power of your divine qualities, be merciful to this servant of yours. Dispell this illusion which torments me, and relieve me of the anguish of material existence. Let me take shelter at your lotus feet, for in this way I shall certainly cross over the ocean of birth and death. You are Nityananda-shakti-the divine energy of Nityananda Himself. You are the guru of Krsna-bhakti. Be merciful to me and grant me the shade of your holy lotus feet, which are like a wish-fulfilling tree. You have delivered countless abominable sinners. Please deliver me in the same way. Today, this lowly sinner falls at your holy feet, praying for your mercy.?