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Shri Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya
Prathama Adhyaaya - Chapter 1
Introductory Glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama
By His Divine Grace Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Translated By His Holiness
Bhaktiratna Sadhu Swami Gaurangapada
jaya jaya navadvipa-chandra shachi-suta,
jaya jaya nityaananda raaya avadhuta..1
"Supreme glories to the Supreme Personality of Served Godhead Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu, Who has advented as the divine moon of Shri Navadvipa Dhama and the transcendental son of Shrimati Shachidevi in Kali Yuga. All glories to the Supreme Personality of Servitor Godhead Lord Nityananda Prabhu, Who is the the Supreme King of all exalted personalities."
jaya jaya shri advaita prabhu mahaashaya
gadaadhara shrivaasa pandita jaya jaya..2
"All glories, all glories to Mahavishnu Avatara Lord Shri Advaita Acharya who is the Master of the creation. All glories to the energy of Lord Gauranga, Shri Gadadhara Pandita, and all glories to Shrila Shrivasa Pandita, the commander-in-chief of all the devotees of Lord Gaurahari."
jaya navadvipa-dhaama sarva-dhaama-saara
jaya navadvipa-vaasi gaura-parivaara..3
"All glories to supreme abode of Kali Yuga, Shri Navadvipa Dhama, which is the essence of all Holy Places in creation. All glories to the divine residents of Shri Navadvipa Dhama who are verily the family members of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu."
sakala bhakata-pade kariyaa pranaama
sankshepe varniba aami navadvipa-dhaama..4
"I offer my prostrated obeisances at the lotus feet of all the devotees of Lords Nityananda Gauranga and seek their blessings. It is only by the power of their mercy that I am describing the supreme glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama in summarized form.
navadvipa-mandalera mahimaa apaara
brahmaa aadi naahi jaane varne saadhya kaara..5
"The glories of Shri Navadvipa Mandala (32 miles) are unlimited and unfathomable. What to speak of ordinary souls, even the master engineer of this universe and the guna incarnation Lord Brahma do not know the full glories of Shri Navadvipa. Therefore, who has the capacity to actually describe them?
sahasra vadane shesha varnite akshama
kshudra-jiva aami kise haiba sakshama..6
"Lord Ananta Shesha with His thousands of mouths finds Himself incapable to fully describe the glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama. Thus, how can an insignificant and fallible soul like me become competent for such an exalted service?"
satya bate navadvipa mahimaa ananta
deva-deva mahaadeva naahi paaya anta..7
"There is certainly no doubt that the supreme glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama are unlimited and unparalleled. The God of all the demigods Mahadev Lord Shiva himself does not find an end to the glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama."
tathaapi chaitanya-chandra icchaa balavaana
sei iccha vashe bhakta aagyaara vidhaana..8
"But above all the desire of the Supreme Lord Chaitanyachandra is paramount and most powerful. And understanding that desire of the Lord, His associates desired and ordered me to describe the glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama."
bhakta-gane aagyaa dila chaitanya-icchaaya
nadiyaa-mahaatmya varni bhaktera kripaaya..9
"Thus, knowing the desire of Lord Gauranga, the devotees ordered me to write the glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama. So I am describing them due to the causeless mercy of the devotees upon me."
aara eka kathaa aache gudha atishaya
kahite na icchaa haya, naa kahile naya..10
"There is one more extremely deep and confidential secret. I do not want to tell it but I cannot remain without describing it as it will supremely benefit all souls."
ye avadhi shri chaitanya aprakata haila
dhaama-lilaa prakaashite bhakte aagyaa dila..11
"After the Supreme Lord Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu disappeared and unmanifested His divine pastimes from this material universe, He ordered His associates and devotees to reveal, describe and establish His Supreme Pastimes in the Holy Abodes of Shri Navadvipa and Shri Jagannatha Puri and His Holy Names."
sarva avataara haite gudha avataara
shri chaitanya-chandra mora vidita samsaara..12
"Of all the multifarious incarnations of God in creation, the Supreme moon-like Lord Gauranga, Who is the source of all the incarnations, is the most confidential, mysterious and esoteric."
gudha-lilaa shastre gudha-rupe ukta haya
abhakta janera citte naa haya udaya..13
"Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu is described and glorified in the most confidential manner in the most deeply secret scriptures so that those who are envious non-believers and non-devotees will never be able to identify and worship Him as God Himself."
se lila sambandhe yata gudha shaastra chila
maayaadevi bahu-kaala aacchaadi raakhila..14
"The most confidential scriptures describing the supreme glories of the Advent, Holy Names and Pastimes of Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu were covered and concealed by Lord's illusory energy Mayadevi for a very long time."
aprakata shaastra bahu rahe yathaa tathaa
prakata shaastre o yata chaitanyera kathaa..15
se sakala maayaadevi pandita-nayana
aavariya raakhe gupta-bhaave anukshana..16
"Lord Gauranga's supreme glories are described in numerous Vedic scriptures which are in unmanifested form on this earth planet. Even the glories of Lord Gauranga in the revealed and manifest scriptures were secretly concealed and covered by Mayadevi constantly from the vision of even the great scholars of the Vedas."
gaurera gambhira lilaa haile aprakata
prabhu-icchaa jaani maayaa haya akapata..17
"After the unmanifestation of the most esoteric and deep pastimes of the Supreme Lord Gauranga which were to specifically relish the mysteries of His own love, Maya, the illusory energy of Lord Gauranga, understanding the desire of the Lord Gauranga to reveal Himself, decided to become merciful to the souls in this world."
uthaaiya laila jaala jiva-cakshu haite
prakaashila gaura-tattva e jada jagate..18
"After Lord Gauranga's disappearance from this world, Maya lifted the curtain of illusion and forgetfulness covering the eyes of the conditioned souls about the advent and identity of Lord Gauranga. Due to the desire of the Lord Himself, she then clearly revealed the scriptures and the scriptural descriptions of the essential philosophical truths about the supreme glories of Lord Gauranga and His Holy Names and Pastimes in Kali Yuga."
gupta-shaastra anaayaase haila prakata
ghuchila jivera jata yuktira sankata..19
"All the confidential scriptures describing the glories of Lord Gauranga's Name and Pastimes were effortlessly revealed by Maya after Lord Gauranga's disappearance. Due to this, all souls became greatly fortunate and their miserable calamities came to an end."
badai dayalu prabhu nityananda-raya
gaura-tattva prakasila jivera hiyaya..20
"This unprecedented causeless mercy of revealing the Gauranga Nama-Lila Tattva (Spiritual Truths) in the hearts of all souls which was never before seen in the past was possible only because of most magnanimous desire and order of Lord Nityananda Prabhu."
tanra aagyaa peye maayaa chaade aavarana
subhakta pandita-gana paaya shaastra-dhana..21
"Accepting the direct munificent order of Lord Nityananda Prabhu to reveal Lord Gauranga's Name and Pastimes to the world without any further delay,
Maya, the illusory energy, lifted her veil which concealed Lord Gauranga from time immemorial, and the sincere and fortunate devotees could find the treasure of the verses glorifying Lord Gauranga's Name and Pastimes in the scriptures."
ihaate sandeha jaara na haya khandana
se abhaagaa vrithaa kena dharaye jivana..22
"Even after reading these verses, if a person's ruinous and fierce doubts of the above revelation by Lord Nityananda and Mayadevi of Lord Gauranga's Name and Pastimes are not destroyed, then such a person is extremely ill-fated and is uselessly maintaining his or her life."
je kaale ishvara jei kripaa vitaraya
bhagyavanta jana tahe bada sukhi haya..23
"When the Lord distributes His rarest and incomparable mercy in this way, the most fortunate devotees who have faith in Him become very happy and rejoice in bliss."
durbhaagaa-lakshana ei jaana sarva-jana
nija buddhi bada bali kariyaa ganana..24
"All people should understand that to reject such a rare mercy of the Lord is the symptom of extreme misfortune and inauspiciousness. Due to false ego, one becomes puffed-up and thinks highly of one's own intelligence not accepting the advent of the Lord in Kali Yuga."
ishvarera kripaa naahi karaya svikaara
kutarke maayaara garte pade baara baara..25
"If one does not accept such causeless and unique mercy of the revelation of the Vedic scriptures about the Supreme Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu and refrains from worshiping Lord Gauranga by chanting His Holy Names, then one will have to fall down again and again in the dirty and ghastly pit of the cycle of birth and death."
esa he kalira jiva chaada kutinaati
nirmala gauraanga-prema laha paripaati..26
"Lord Nityananda Prabhu implored to all His part and parcel souls, 'Come, come to Me, all souls, giving up your deceitful mentality. I will personally reward and instruct you in the pristinely pure love for My Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu which you have to learn from Me."
ei bali nityaananda daake baara baara
tabu ta durbhaagaa jana naa kare svikaara..27
"Stating like this, the Supreme Lord Nityananda Prabhu loudly calls out again and again out of intense compassion for all souls but just see the great misfortune of the souls, they do even care to accept this greatly rare spiritual gift personally from the Lord Himself."
kena je emana preme kare anaadara
vichaara kariyaa dekha haiyaa tatpara..28
"O my dear souls, 'Why are you neglecting and insulting this most rare and sublime love for Lord Gauranga which Lord Nityananda is ready to give you freely. I hope you reconsider again and become eager and anxious to receive this great treasure.'"
sukha-laagi sarva jiva naanaa yukti kare
tarka kare, yoga kare, samsaara-bhitare..29
"Each and every soul is constantly striving and devising multitudinous plans to achieve happiness in this world which is the ultimate goal of all endeavors of all kinds of people. Some people are whimsically speculating and some people are fruitlessly performing yoga in this world for happiness."
sukha-laagi samsaara chaadiyaa vane yaaya
sukha-laagi yuddha kare rajaaya rajaaya..30
"Some people become frustrated with material enjoyment and go to the forest for trying to attain happiness. Kings or enemies start fighting with each other for becoming happy."
sukha-laagi kaamini-kanaka paache dhaya
sukha-laagi shilpa aara vigyaana chalaaya..31
"Many run after money and sex for some flickering happiness and others engage in scientific or sculpturing professions in the hope of becoming happy."
sukha-laagi sukha chaade klesha shiksha kare
sukha-lagi arnava madhyete dube mare..32
"In their blind pursuit of so-called material happiness, people give up the eternal spiritual happiness of the soul. People sink and drown in the deep and dangerous ocean of material sense-enjoyment in their quest for happiness."
nityaananda bale daaki du haate tuliyaa
esa jiva karma-gyaana-sankata chaadiya..33
"Lord Nityananda calls out and beseeches all the souls while raising both His lotus hands in the air, 'Come to Me, My dear souls, giving up the perils of fruitive activities (karma) and speculative knowledge (gyaana).'"
sukha-laagi ceshtaa tava, aami taahaa diba
taara vinimaye aami kichu na laiba..34
"I will give you the most superior eternal happiness which is what you are actually seeking for within the heart of your hearts. And in exchange for this great benediction which I will give you, I will not take anythng in return."
kashta naahi vyaya naai naa paabe yaatanaa
shri gauraanga bali naache naahika bhaavanaa..35
"You will not have to undergo any tribulation and misery nor will you need to waste any time, energy or money. You will simply have to dance while chanting the Holy Name of Lord Gauranga and become absorbed in the divine trance of love for Lord Gauranga."
je sukha aami ta diba taara naai sama
sarvadaa vimalaananda naahi taara bhrama..36
"Lord Nityananda continued, 'Nothing is comparable to this matchless divine happiness which I will award you. It is the supremely pure absolute happiness increasing at every moment and is totally free from the contamination of illusion."
ei rupe prema yaache nityaananda raya
abhaagaa karama doshe taaha naahi chaaya..37
"In this way Lord Nityananda Raya solicits the pure love for Lord Gauranga to each and every conditioned soul but the ill-fated conditioned soul does not even desire to accept it due to it's enslavement with karmic reactions and material desires and a lack of pious deeds."
gauraanga nitaai jei bale eka baara
ananta karama dosha anta haya taara..38
"That most fortunate soul who chants or hears the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga just once, instantly destroys unlimited inauspicious and sinful karmic reactions from the past countless number of lives."
aara eka gudha kathaa suna sarva-jana
kali-jive yogya-vastu gaura-lilaa-dhana..39
"O all people of this world, please hear another very confidential secret. The most appropriate and competent means for the deliverance of all souls in Kali Yuga is the supreme treasure of the transcendental pastimes of Lord Gauranga.
gaurahari raadhaa-krishna-rupe vrindaavane
nitya-kaala vilaasa karaye sakhi-sane..40
"It is Lord Gaurahari Himself Who sports in His divinely playful pastimes at every moment in His supremely divine forms of Lord Krishna and Shrimati Radha along with Their Gopi expansions."
shaastrete jaanila jiva vraja-lilaa-tattva
raadhaa-krishna-nitya-lilaa vrajera mahatva..41
"The conditioned souls can know the great glories and importance of the supreme nitya-lila (eternal) pastimes of Shri Shri Radha Krishna and Their matchless Holy Abode of Shri Vrindavana Dhama from the revealed Vedic scriptures."
krishna-naama krishna-dhaama-mahaatmya apaara
shaastrera dvaaraaya jaane sakala samsaara..42
"The spiritual glories and importance of the Holy Name, Pastimes and Abode of the Supreme Lord Krishna are known and easily accessible to the whole humanity through the revealed Vedic scriptures."
tabu krishna-prema saadhaarane
ihaara kaarana kiba chintaha hiyaaya..47
"Even though Lord Krishna's glories and pastimes are known so openly and widely in this world, pure love for Lord Krishna, which is goal of all human endeavors, remains allusive and unobtainable to the general mass of the people."
ihaate aache ta eka gudha-tattva saara
maayaa-mugdha jiva taahaa naa kare vichaara..48
"This mystery of the greatest question and dilemma in the human form of life is not thought about by the souls bewildered by Maya, the illusory energy of the Lord.
bahu janma krishna bhaji prema naahi haya
aparaadha-punja taara aachaya nischaya..49
"If one does not achieve pure love of God after worshiping Lord Krishna and chanting His Holy Names for many lives, one should understand that one has certainly mountains of offenses in one's heart."
aparaadha-shunya haye laya krishna-naama
tabe jiva krishna-prema labhe aviraama..50
"If and only if one chants the Holy Names of Lord Krishna by becoming totally devoid of all offenses against the Holy Names. Deity and Abodes, then that soul will be able to attain the pure love for Lord Krishna without any interruption."
shri chaitanya avatare bada vilakshana
aparaadha-sattve jiva labhe prema-dhana..51
"The incarnation of Lord Gauranga is exceptionally opulent, powerful and influential among all forms of God. Even though Lord Krishna's Name considers offenses and does not give love to an offensive soul, Lord Gauranga's Name, Pastimes and Abodes do not consider offenses and award pure love of God to even the offensive souls. This unprecedented and unimaginable munificence of Lord Gauranga's incarnation is the only life-saving hope for the conditioned souls of Kali Yuga."
nitaai chaitanya bali jei jiva daake
suvimala krishna-prema anveshaya taake..52
"The most esoteric and purest love of Lord Krishna begins searching after that most auspicious soul who feelingly calls out the most benevolent Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga."
aparaadha baadhaa tara kichu naahi kare
niramala krishna-preme taara ankhi jhare..53
"Even the formidable obstacles posed due to the offenses in one's heart are rendered ineffective by the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga and the eyes miraculously flow with the sublime tears of pristinely pure love for Lord Krishna when one chants the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga even though offenses are present in the heart."
svalpa kaale aparaadha aapani palaaya
hridaya shodhita haya prema baadhe taaya..54
"After granting the most confidential pure love for Lord Krishna to even the offensive chanter, the Holy Names of Nityananda and Gauranga make the offenses run away from the heart within a very short time. Then the heart becomes fully purified and the love increases even more."
kali-jivera aparaadha asankhya durvaara
gaura-naama vinaa taara naahika uddhaara..55
"The offenses and sins of the souls of Kali Yuga are unlimited and absolutely impossible to overcome. Thus, there is no other means of deliverance in Kali Yuga other than the exceptionally merciful Holy Name of Lord Gauranga."
ataeva gaura vinaa kalite upaaya
naa dekhi kothaa o aara shaastra phukaaraya..56
"Thus, it a firmly established and repeatedly stressed truth in all the Vedic scriptures that there is no other means of extrication from the cycle of birth and death other than the Holy Names, Pastimes, Abodes and Associates of Lord Gauranga."
navadvipe gaurachandra haila udaya
navadvipa sarva-tirtha-avatamsha haya..57
"Since the Supreme Source of all Incarnations, the moon-like Lord Gauranga Mahaprabhu, advented in Shri Navadvipa Dhama, the glories of all the other millions of Holy Places combined together became only a fractional part of the glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama."
anya tirthe aparaadhi dandera bhaajana
navadvipe aparaadha sadaai maarjana..58
"The offenders and sinners in all other Holy Places of pilgrimage are liable to be heavily punished for their wrong-doings. But the offenses of the offenders in Shri Navadvipa Dhama are destroyed and the offensive mentality is removed forever."
taara saakshi jagaai maadhaai dui bhai
aparaadha kari paila chaitanya-nitaai..59
"The practical proof of this purifying power of Shri Navadvipa Dhama is Shrila Jagai and Shrila Madhai, who got delivered and attained the direct mercy of Lords Nityananda and Gauranga even agter committing so many sins and offenses in Shri Navadvipa Dhama."
anyaanya tirthera kathaa raakha bhaai dure
aparaadhi daitya danda paaya vraja-pure..60
"What to speak of the other places of pilgrimage, even the offenders and sinners in Shri Vrindavana Dhama, the Holy Abode of Lord Krishna, get stringently punished for their sins."
navadvipe shata shata aparaadha kari
anaayaase nitaai-kripaaya jaaya tari..61
"Even if one commits hundreds upon hundreds of offenses in Shri Navadvipa Dhama, one will get easily delivered there if Lord Nityananda Prabhu is causelessly merciful to that person."
hena navadvipa-dhaama je gauda-mandale
dhanya dhanya sei desha rishi-gana bale..62
"All the great sages state, 'All glories! All glories to the supremely holy abode of Shri Navadvipa Dhama in Shri Gauda Mandala."
hena navadvipe bhaai yaahaara vasati
bada bhaagyavaan sei labhe krishna-rati..63
"Those who reside in Shri Navadvipa Dhama are supremely glorious and fortunate as they are certainly sure to attain spontaneous attraction and attachment to Lord Krishna."
navadvipe jebaa kabhu karaya gamana
sarva aparaadha-mukta haya sei jana..64
"Those very fortunate souls who go to visit Shri Navadvipa Dhama become totally free from all kinds of sins and offenses."
sarva tirtha bhramiya tairthika jaahaa paaya
navadvipa-smarane sei laabha shastre gaaya..65
"According to all the revealed scriptures, the pious results attained by a pure brahmana sage by visiting all the millions of Holy Places in creation is easily attained simply by remembering Shri Navadvipa Dhama from a distant place ."
navadvipa darashana kare jei jana
janme janme labhe sei krishna-prema-dhana..66
"Those exalted souls who behold the beauty of Shri Navadvipa Dhama attain pure love for the Supreme Lord Krishna life and life."
karma-buddhi-yoge o je navadvipe jaaya
nara-janma aara sei jana naahi paaya..67
"Even if someone goes to Shri Navadvipa Dhama full with desires for sense-gratification, fruitive activities and speculative knowledge, one will be saved from the gruesome pain of taking another human birth in the womb of a mother again."
navadvipa bhramite se pade pade paaya
koti-ashvamedha-phala sarva-shastre gaaya..68
"All the scriptures state that on every step one takes even while wandering in Shri Navadvipa Dhama, one will attain the pious results of performing ten million Vedic horse-sacrifices, each of which is difficult to be performed even by the demigods."
navadvipe vasi jei mantra japa kare
shri mantra chaitanya haya anaayaase tare..69
"One who resides in Shri Navadvipa Dhama and chants one's worshipable Mantra, will find that the Mantra will become spiritual conscious very soon and effortlessly deliver that person from the cycle of birth and death."
anya tirthe yogi dasha-varshe labhe jaahaa
navadvipe tina-ratre saadhi paaya taahaa..70
"The pious results which an accomplished yogi attains after ten years of intense spiritual practice in another place of pilgrimage, is attained in Shri Navadvipa Dhama just by staying there for three nights."
anya tirthe brahma-gyaane jei mukti haya
navadvipe bhaagirathi-snaane taa ghataya..71
"The sayujya liberation of merging in the impersonal brahman effulgence of Lord Gauranga-Krishna is attained in other places of pilgrimage only by full perfection in the knowledge of brahman which is very rarely attained. If desired, this liberation can be attained in Shri Navadvipa Dhama simply by taking a bath in the river Bhagirathi-Ganga."
saalokya, saarupya, saarshti, saamipya, nirvaana
navadvipe mumukshu labhaya vinaa gyaana..72
"Even without any knowledge, the spiritual aspirant desiring to cross the ocean of birth and death, attains the following five kinds of liberation which are difficult to attain for the most advanced transcendentalists: (1) The liberation to reside in the same spiritual planet of the Lord, (2) The liberation to attain the same divine form as the Lord, (3) The liberation to attain the same spiritual opulences like the Lord, (4) The liberation to attain close physical proximity with the Lord, and (5) The liberation to merge in the impersonal brahman effulgence emanating from the divine body of the Lord.
navadvipe shuddha-bhakta-charane padiyaa
bhukti-mukti sadaa rahe daasi-rupa haiyaa..73
"Material enjoyment and all the five kinds of liberation remain as always eager to serve maid-servants at the lotus feet of a pure devotee in Shri Navadvipa Dhama, who is not even desirous of using their services."
bhakta-gana laathi maari se duye taadaaya
bhakta-pada chaadi daasi tabu na palaaya..74
"Even if the pure devotees residing in Shri Navadvipa Dhama chastise these two servants of sense-enjoyment and liberation with a stick, still they do not leave the lotus feet of the pure devotees."
shata-varsha sapta-tirthe mile jaaha bhaai
navadvipe eka raatra-vaase taaha paai..75
"The pious results attained by residing for one hundred years in each of the seven main holy places of pilgrimage are effortlessly attained in residing in Shri Navadvipa Dhama for just one night."
hena navadvipa dhaama sarva-dhaama saara
kalite aashraya kari jiva haya paara..76
"Thus, this Shri Navadvipa Dhama is the distilled essence of all the billions of Holy Places in creation. The most fortunate soul who takes devoted shelter of Shri Navadvipa Dhama in Kali Yuga certainky crosses over the ocean of material nescience."
taaraka paaraka vidyaadvaya avirata
navadvipa vaasi gane seve ritimata..77
"The two kinds of divine spiritual knowledge of taraka (deliverance) and paraka (auspiciousness) eternally serve and worship the residents of Shri Navadvipa Dhama constantly as per all the scriptural injunctions."
nitaai-jaahnava-pada-chaayaa jaara aasha
se bhaktivinoda gaaya paaiya ullaasa..78
"Fully surrendering to the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord Nityananda Prabhu and His eternal divine consort Shrimati Jahnava devi, I (Bhaktivinoda) sing the supreme glories of Shri Navadvipa Dhama in a blissful trance."