The Devotee's Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.
Jan 24, CANADA (SUN) Sadhaka-dehocita-Sri-brndabana-basa-lalasa (The Devotee's Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana), by Srila Narottama das Thakur, translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.
dhana mora nityananda pati mora gauracandra
prana mora jugala-kisora
adwaita acarya bala gadadhara mora kula
narahari bilasai mora
Lord Nityananda is my wealth. Lord Gauracandra is my master. The Youthful Divine Couple is my life. Advaita Acarya is my strength. Gadadhara is my family. narahari Sarakara is my glory.
baisnabera pada-dhuli tahe mora snana-keli
tarpana mora baisnabera nama
bicara kariya mane bhakti-rassa aswadane
madhyastha sri-bhagabata purana
The dust of the devotees' lotus feet is my bathing water. The chanting of the devotees names is my satisfaction. Considering the merits of all Vedic literatures in the light of devotional service, I have concluded the the Srimad- Bhagavatam is the best of all scriptures.
baisnabera ucchista tahe mora mano-nistha
baisnabera namete ullasa
brndabane cautara tahe mora mano-ghera
kahe dine narottama dasa
My mind is firmly convinced of the spiritual benefit obtained by eating the remnants of foodstuff left by the devotees. The names of the devotees are my happiness. The land of Vrndavana is the enclosure within which I keep my mind. Poor-hearted Narottama dasa speaks in this way.
Nityanda-nistha (Faith in Lord Nityananda)
je chayay jagata juray
heno nitai bine bhai radha-krsna paite nai,
drrha kori' dharo nitair pay
Lord Nityananda's lotus feet are a shelter where one will get the soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. The shade of Lord Nityananda's lotus feet give relief from the sufferings of material existance. If one does not take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, then it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha and Krsna. Therefore, with firm conviction, one should take shelter of Lord Nityananda's lotus feet.
se sambandha nahi jar brtha janma gelo ta'r
sei pasu boro duracar
nitai na bolilo mukhe majilo somsara-sukhe
bidya-kule ki koribe tar
Anyone who has not contacted a relationship with Lord Nityananda is understood to have spoiled his human birth. Such a person is just like a misbehaved animal. Such persons never say the name of Lord Nityananda. Such persons simply become absorbed in so-called material enjoyment. What benefit will such persons obtain by their so-called academic education or birth in a high family or great nation?
ahankare matta hoiya nitai-pada pasariya
asatyere satya kori mani
nitaiyer koruna habe braje radha-krsna pabe
dharo nitai-carana du'khani
These persons have become maddened by a false concept of bodily life, and thus they have forgotten their eternal relationship with Nityananda, and instead accept the illusory material energy as factual. If you actually want to approach the association of Radha-Krsna, you must achieve the mercy of Lord Nityananda first. When he is merciful toward you, then you will be able to approach Radha-Krsna. For this reason one should firmly catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.
nitaiyer carana satya tahara sebaka nitya,
nitai-pada sada koro asa
narottama boro dukhi nitai more koro sukhi
rakho ranga caranera pasa
The lotus feet of Lord Nityananda are not illusion; they are a fact, and therefore one who engages in the transcendental loving service of Nityananda is also transcendental. For this reason one should always try to catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda. O Lord Nityananda, this Narottama dasa is very unhappy, and therefore I am praying that You please make me happy. Please keep me in a corner of Your reddish lotus feet.