The Devotee's Aspiration to Reside in Sri Vrndavana, Part 4
BY: SUN STAFF
Jan 25, 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.
(Faith in Lord Caitanya)
are bhai bhaja mora gauranga-carana
na bhajiya mainu duhkhe dubi' grha-bisa-kupe
dagdha kaila e panca parana
O brother, please worship the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga. I have not worshipped them, but instead have dived into the poisonous well of materialistic household-life, and as a result my five life-airs are burning with the poison of material life.
tapa-traya-bisanale ahar-nisi hiya jwale
deha sada haya acetana
ripu-basa indriya haila gora-pada pasabila
bimukha haila hena dhana
Day and night I burn in the poisonous fire of the threefold miseries of material life, and as a result I repeatedly faint. My senses are overwhelmed by lust, agreed, and numberless other enemies, and I am averse to the great treasure which is the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga.
hena gaura dayamaya chadi' saba laja-bhaya
kaya mane laha re sarana
parama durmati chila tare gora uddharila
ta'ra haila patita-pabana
O brother, give up all fear and shyness, and take shelter of merciful Lord Gauranga. Lord Gauranga rescues those who are most wicked at heart, and therefore He is known as Patita-pavana, the savior of the fallen.
gora dwija-nata-raje bandhaha hrdaya-majhe
ki karibe samsara-samana
narottama dasa kahe agora-sama keha nahe
na bhajite deya prema-dhana
If you place Lord Gauranga, the brahmana king of dancers, within your heart, then what will death be able to do to you? Narottama dasa says: There is no one equal to Lord Gauranga. Even if one will not become His devotee, still Lord Gauranga will freely give him the treasure of love of Krsna.
(The Glories of Lord Gauranga)
gaurangera duti pada, jar dhana sampada,
se jane bhakati-rasa-sar
gaurangera madhura-lila jar karne prabesila
hrdoya mirmala bhelo tar
Anyone who has accepted the two lotus feet of Lord Caitanya can understand the true essence of devotional service. If one is captivated by the pleasing pastimes of Lord Caitanya, the dirty things in his heart will all become cleansed.
je gaurangera nama loy tara hoy premodoy,
tare mui jai bolihari
gauranga-gunete jhure, nitya-lila tare sphure,
se jana bhakati-adhikari
One who simply takes the holy name of Gaurasundara, Sri Krsna Caitanya, will immediately develop love of God. To such a person I say; Bravo. Very nice. Excellent; If one appreciates the merciful pastimes of Lord Caitanya and feels ecstasy and sometimes cries, this process will immediately help him to understand the eternal pastimes of Radha-Krsna.
gaurangera sangi-gane nitya-siddha kori' mane
se jay brajendra-suta-pas
sri-gauda-mandala-bhumi jeba jane cintamani
tara hoy braja-bhume bas
Simply by understanding that the associates of Lord Gauranga are eternally free from material contamination, one can immediately be promoted to the transcendental abode of Lord Krsna. If one simply understands that the land of Navadvipa is not different from Vrndavana, then he actually lives in Vrndavana.
gaura-prema-rasarnave se tarange jeba dube
grhe ba banete thake 'ha gauranga' bo'le dake
narottma mage tara sanga
If one says: "Let me dive deep into the waves of the nectarean ocean of the transcendental loving movement introduced by Lord Caitanya," he immediately becomes one of the confidential devotees of Radha and Krsna. It does not matter whether one is a householder living at home or a vanaprastha or sannyasi living in the forest, if he chants "O Gauranga", and becomes a devotee of Lord Caitanya, then Narottama dasa begs to have his association.
sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu doya koro more
toma bina ke doyalu jagat-somsare
My dear Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, please be merciful to me, because who can be more merciful than Your Lordship within these three worlds.
patita-pabana-hetu taba abatara
mo sama patita prabhu na paibe ara
Your incarnation is just to reclaim the conditioned, fallen souls, but I assure You that You will not find a greater fallen soul than me. Therefore my claim is first.
ha ha prabhu nityananda, premananda sukhi
krpabalokana koro ami boro duhkhi
My dear Lord Nityananda, You are always joyful in spiritual bliss. Since You always appear very happy, I have come to You because I am most unhappy. If You kindly put Your merciful glance over me, I may also become happy.
doya koro sita-pati adwaita gosai
taba krpa-bale pai caitanya-nitai
My dear Advaita Prabhu, husband of Sita, Your are so kind. Please be kind to me. If Your are kind to me, naturally Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda also will be kind to me.
ha ha swarup sanatana, rupa, raghunatha
bhatta-juga, sri-jiva ha prabhu lokanatha
doya koro sri-acarya prabhu srinivasa
ramacandra-sanga mage narottama-dasa
O Sri Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, O Sri Sanatana Gosvami, O Sri Rupa Gosvami, O Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami, O Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Gosvami and Sri gopala Bhatta Gosvami, O Sri Jiva Gosvami, O my master, Sri Lokanatha Gosvami, O Sri Srinivasa Acarya, I beg you all to please be merciful to me. Narottama dasa prays that he may always have the company of Ramacandra Cakravarti.