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Attend to Kirtan—Attain Kirtan

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Sri Nabadwip Dham, evening class, part 1
7 November 2012, mostly translated from Bengali


[After chanting all evening kirtans, plus all the Siksastakam songs:]

Are you sleepy? These were the Siksastakam kirtans. If you do not understand them, what will you do? These are very high level kirtans, very high conception, we do not have now the power to understand them. Even we start singing them, but do not get strength to finish all of them. But do you get taste for taking plain dal and subji every day? At first good taste is not coming, you want to eat some other things, but that taste eventually comes—if you continuously chant kirtans, every day, you will understand them.

sri-krsna-viraha ara sahite na pari
parana chhadite ara dina dui chari

"I am unable to further tolerate this separation from my Lord Krishna and am ready to give up my life in two days or four."

It says here, "Prabhu, I am unable to see You anymore! Unable to bear it, I will not keep this life any longer!"

sravanera dhara, ankhi barisaya,
sunya bhela dhara-tala

"Showers of tears pour from my eyes like the monsoon rains of August. The whole world is empty."

Tears flow from one's eyes...

dina-dayamaya karuna-nidana
bhava-bindu dei rakhaha parana

"O ocean of mercy, compassionate to the poor, give me a drop of love. Save my life."

Who can understand these songs? We cannot even understand this:

trnad api sunichena taror api sahisnuna
amanina manadena kirtaniyah sada harih

"One who is humbler than a blade of grass, more forbearing than a tree, who gives due honour to others without desiring it for himself, is qualified to always chant the Holy Name of Krishna."

...then can we proceed to the other songs?

vrksa-sama ksama-guna karabi sadhana
pratihimsa tyaji anye karabi palana

"Practise tolerance like a tree. Give up vengeance and nurture others."

dainya, daya, anye mana, pratistha varjana
chari-gune guni ha-i karaha kirtana

"Humility, compassion, honouring others, and giving up prestige—become qualified with these four qualities and chant the Name."

sri-krsna-kirtane yadi manasa tohara
parama yatane tanhi labha adhikara

"If you aspire to chant the Name of Krishna, then, with great care, become qualified to do so."

If we want to chant the Name of Krishna, then we must become like this—trnad api sunichena...—as we sing in this kirtan.


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