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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

"The Holy Name of Krishna cleanses the mirror of the heart and extinguishes the fire of misery in the forest of birth and death. As the evening lotus blooms in the moon's cooling rays, the heart begins to blossom in the nectar of the Name, and at last the soul awakens to its real inner treasure a life of love with Krishna. Again and again tasting nectar, the soul dives and surfaces in the ever-increasing ocean of ecstatic joy. All phases of the self of which we may conceive are fully satisfied and purified, and at last conquered by the all-auspicious influence of the Holy Name of Krishna."

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur writes:

pita-varana kali-pavana gora
gaoya-i aichhana bhava-vibhora

"Golden Gora, the saviour of the age of Kali, sings this, overwhelmed with divine love."

chitta-darpana-pari marjana kari
krsna-kirtana jaya chitta-bihari

"All glory to Krishna-kirtan, the sheer joy of the heart that cleanses the mirror of the heart!"

Chitta-darpana: if you have a mirror in your house and 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.

krsna-kirtana jaya klesa-nivrtti [3]

"All glory to Krishna-kirtan, the extinguisher of the fire of material existence that ends all suffering!"

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!"

krsna-kirtana jaya siddha-svarupa [5]

"All glory to Krishna-kirtan, the embodied perfection and the life of those who have newly entered into the domain of pure paramour love for the Lord!"

krsna-kirtana jaya plavana-murti [6]

"All glory to Krishna-kirtan, the embodied flood that makes the milk-ocean of ecstasy swell!"

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

"All glory to Krishna-kirtan, the bestower of transcendental love that allows the soul to taste nectar at every step!"

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

"All glory to Krishna-kirtan, the very basis of transcendental love that bathes Bhaktivinod in his own soul!"

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'

"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

"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

"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 Name 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

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

nahi janamala name anuraga mora
bhakti-vinoda-chitta duhkhe vibhora

"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 a great person endowed with all good qualities, give up desire for prestige and make your heart free from any honour."

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

"Being always aware of the fact that Krishna resides within every soul, constantly treat everyone with respect and affection."

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 these 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 expecting 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 happiness, knowledge, wealth, or any friends or family."

I am praying to you Prabhu: I do not want any bodily 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]

"Whatever birth I get as the result of my own actions, qualities, and faults, may I birth after birth sing Your Name and glories."

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

"This is my only desire: may unconditional devotion to Your holy feet awaken in my heart at every moment."

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

"May I love Your feet as much as I now love this material world."

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

"In misfortune and in good fortune, may that love remain the same and day by day 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, may devotion to You remain in the heart of Bhaktivinod."

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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