Siksastakam

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
25 October 2018, Dum Dum Park, part 3

 

We are singing the Siksastakam songs every day [in Kartik month]. Mahaprabhu is Radha-Krishna's combined form and Siksastakam is His teaching.

cheto-darpana-marjanam bhava-mahadavagni-nirvapanam
sreyah-kairava-chandrika-vitaranam vidya-vadhu-jivanam
anandambudhi-vardhanam prati-padam purnamrtasvadanam
sarvatma-snapanam param vijayate sri-krsna-sankirtanam

"Sri Krishna-sankirtan cleanses the mirror of consciousness, extinguishes the raging forest fire of material existence, shines moonlight on the evening lotus of good fortune, is the life of the divine knowledge—the life of souls enlightened with paramour love for the Lord, expands the ocean of ecstasy, is the taste of full nectar at every moment, and soothes the entire self. May Sri Krishna-sankirtan be supremely victorious!"

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur writes:

pita-varana kali-pavana gora
gaoya-i aichhana bhava-vibhora [1]

Golden Gora, the saviour of the Age of Kali, sings as follows, overwhelmed with love.

chitta-darpana-pari marjana kari
krsna-kirtana jaya chitta-bihari [2]

All glory to Krishna-kirtan, which cleanses the mirror of consciousness and delights the soul!

Chitta-darpana: if you have a mirror in your house and you do not clean it, you will not be able to see your face in it. Your heart is also like this—your heart, your mind, everything is full of dust! What dust is it? Kanak (desire for money), kamini (desire for companions), pratistha (desire for name and fame), kama (lust), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), moha (illusion), mada (intoxication), matsarya (envy). Your mirror can become clean with good association, sadhu-sanga and sankirtankrsna-kirtana jaya chitta-bihari, chitta-darpana-pari marjana kari.

hela-bhava-dava-nirvapana-vrtti
krsna-kirtana jaya klesa-nivrtti [3]

All glory to Krishna-kirtan, which extinguishes the fire of material existence and ends all suffering!

sreyah-kumuda-vidhu-jyotsna-prakasa
krsna-kirtana jaya bhakti-vilasa [4]

All glory to Krishna-kirtan, the joy of devotion, which shines moonlight on the evening lotus of good fortune!

visuddha-vidya-vadhu-jivana-rupa
krsna-kirtana jaya siddha-svarupa [5]

All glory to Krishna-kirtan, the fulfilment of the self, the life of the souls purely enlightened with paramour love for the Lord!

ananda-payonidhi-vardhana-kirti
krsna-kirtana jaya plavana-murti [6]

All glory to Krishna-kirtan, which is renowned for swelling the milk-ocean of ecstasy and causing it to overflow!

pade pade piyusa-svada-pradata
krsna-kirtana jaya prema-vidhata [7]

All glory to Krishna-kirtan, which gives the soul the taste of nectar at every moment and grants divine love!

bhakati-vinoda svatma-snapana-vidhana
krsna-kirtana jaya prema-nidana [8]

All glory to Krishna-kirtan, which soothes the soul of Bhakti Vinod and is a storehouse of divine love!

It is very nice. We must practise this song.

namnam akari bahudha nija-sarva-saktis
tatrarpita niyamitah smarane na kalah
etadrsi tava krpa bhagavan mamapi
durdaivam idrsam ihajani nanuragah

"O Lord, You have manifested Your many Names, put all Your power in Them, and made no rules regarding the time for remembering Them. Such is Your great mercy. My misfortune, however, is such that I have no attachment to Your Names."

tunhu daya-sagara tarayite prani
nama aneka tuya sikhaoli ani' [1]

You are an ocean of mercy. To deliver the souls, You have brought Your many Names to this world and taught everyone to chant Them.

sakala sakati dei' name tohara
grahane rakhali nahi kala-vichara [2]

You have put all Your power in Your Names, and You have not made any rules regarding the time for chanting Them.

You can chant the song at any time, you can chant the maha-mantra at any time—during prasadam time, while sleeping, sitting, walking, driving, etc. You can chant the Holy Name, the maha-mantra at any time.

sri-nama-chintamani tohari samana
visve bilaoli karuna-nidana [3]

Your Names are wish-fulfilling jewels equal to You, and You have distributed Them throughout the world, O ocean of mercy!

Krishna's Name, beauty, pastimes are non-different from the Lord. Sri-nama-chintamani tohari samana—Krishna's Nam and Krishna's form are fully equal, the Holy Name is Krishna Himself, it one and the same, non-different from the Lord.

tuya daya aichhana parama udara
atisaya manda natha! bhaga hamara [4]

Such is Your extremely liberal mercy. I, however, O Lord, am extremely unfortunate.

nahi janamala name anuraga mora
bhakti-vinoda-chitta duhkhe vibhora [5]

I have no attachment to Your Names. The heart of Bhakti Vinod is overwhelmed with sorrow.

 

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."

sri-krsna-kirtane yadi manasa tohara
parama yatane tanhi labha adhikara [1]

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

Who can chant the Holy Name?

trnadhika hina, dina, akinchana chhara
apane manabi sada chhadi ahankara [2]

Give up your false ego, and always consider yourself lower than grass, poor, needy, and mean.

vrksa-sama ksama-guna karabi sadhana
pratihimsa tyaji anye karabi palana [3]

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

jivana-nirvahe ane udvega na dibe
para-upakare nija-sukha pasaribe [4]

Do not trouble others for your own upkeep, and forget your own happiness in the course of helping others.

ha-ileo sarva-gune guni mahasaya
pratisthasa chhadi kara amani hrdaya [5]

Even if you are honourable and qualified with all qualities, give up desire for prestige and make heart your prideless.

krsna-adhisthana sarva-jive jani sada
karabi samana sabe adare sarvada [6]

Knowing Krishna resides eternally within every soul, always respectfully honour everyone.

dainya, daya, anye mana, pratistha varjana
chari-gune guni ha-i karaha kirtana [7]

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

bhakati-vinoda kandi bale prabhu paya
hena adhikara kabe dibe he amaya [8]

Crying at the feet of the Lord, Bhakti Vinod says, "O when will You give me these qualifications?"

Bhaktivinod Thakur says: When will You give me the right to chant the Holy Name? I have no right (adhikar) to chant the Holy Name because I have no humility, I have no tolerance, I cannot give honour to others. I do not have the qualities. Mahaprabhu's Siksastakam says that you must be humble, tolerant and give honour to others, but I do not have those qualities, then how can I chant the Holy Name? When will You give me that kind of quality, when will You give me the right to chant the Holy Name? That is everything—you must be humbler than a blade of grass, more tolerant than a tree and give honour to others without expect any honour for yourself. If you have these qualities, you can chant the Holy Name, but I do not have any of such qualities, then how can I chant the Holy Name?

This is a very nice song—it contains important things. Gurudev always preached these things all over the world.

na dhanam na janam na sundarim
kavitam va jagad-isa kamaye
mama janmani janmanisvare
bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi

"O Lord of the universe! I do not desire wealth, followers, beautiful women, or learning. Birth after birth, O Lord, let me have unconditional devotion to You."

prabhu tava pada-yuge mora nivedana
nahi magi deha-sukha, vidya, dhana, jana [1]

O Lord! This is my appeal at Your feet: I do not pray for bodily pleasure, learning, wealth, or followers.

I am praying to you Prabhu: I do not want any body happiness, I do not want any kind of education, I do not want any wealth, property, popularity—I do not want it.

nahi magi svarga ara moksa nahi magi
na kari prarthana kona vibhutira lagi [2]

I do not pray for heaven, I do not pray for liberation, and I do not pray for any supernatural powers.

Nahi magi svarga ara moksa nahi magi: I do not want liberation, I do not want to go to heaven. Na kari prarthana kona vibhutira lagi: I am not praying for any of these things, I do not want to have any mystic powers (to be able to do any astonishing things).

nija-karma-guna-dose ye ye janma pai
janme janme yena taba nama guna gai [3]

Receiving any birth as a result of my piety and sins, birth after birth, let me sing Your Name and glories.

ei matra asa mama tomara charane
ahaituki-bhakti hrde jage anuksane [4]

My only desire is that unconditional devotion to Your feet always arises in my heart constantly.

visaye ye priti ebe achhaye amara
sei mata priti hauk charane tomara [5]

Let me have love for Your feet like the love I have now for material things.

vipade sampade taha thakuk samabhave
dine dine vrddhi hauk namera prabhave [6]

In misfortune and in good fortune, let that love remain the same, and day by day, let it increase by the influence of Your Name.

pasu paksi haye thaki' svarge va niraye
tava bhakti rahu bhakti-vinoda-hrdaye [7]

Whether a bird or a beast, in heaven or in hell, let devotion to You remain in the heart of Bhakti Vinod.

I can be a bird, I can be a beast next life, but please give me that kind of devotion to Your lotus feet—I want only that. I only want pure devotion to Your lotus feet. If I have devotion to Your lotus feet, that is sufficient for me. I want only that. I do not want anything more than that.

Jay Om Vishnupad Jagad-Guru Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj ki jay.

 

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Kali-Yuga's Treasure
'In Dvapar-yuga Krishna thought, 'How will people be rescued from this environment in Kali-yuga?' Krishna Himself came in this world in Kali-yuga as Gauranga Mahaprabhu and said, 'I have come here, so I must give them something.' What does He give?'

 

Ki jani ki bale
'O Lord! You are merciful. This is my sole hope. There is no one who needs Your mercy more than I. Certainly You will dispel all my fear.'
কি জানি কি বলে

We joined the Krishna consciousness line, and our line must be very pure—we will be
most humble, most tolerant, and give all honour to others.

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