Temple of Love and Affection:
HIS DIVINE GRACE OM VISHNUPAD
SRILA BHAKTI SUNDAR GOVINDA DEV-GOSWAMI MAHARAJ
dina-yaminyau sayam pratah
Day and night, dusk and dawn, winter and spring come again and again. Time plays on, and life passes away, but the disease of desire (the false hope of material happiness) never leaves.
—Sri Sankar Acharya
gurur na sa syat svajano na sa syat
That guru is no Guru, that kinsman is no kinsman, that father is no father, that mother is no mother, that god is no god, and that husband is no husband, who cannot not save their dependents from impending death.
aho baki yam stana-kala-kutam
How wonderful! Although the wicked Putana nursed Him with her poison-smeared breasts, intending to kill Him, she attained the position of His nurse! What more merciful Lord can we take shelter of other than Him?
ahankara-nivrttanam kesavo nahi duragah
Kesava is not far from those who are free from egotism. There is, however, a mountain range between Him and those who are ridden with egotism.
jananta eva janantu kim bahuktya na me prabho
Some say they know You—let them say so. As for me, O Lord, all I can say is that Your glory is beyond the reach of my mind, body, or words.
Sri Nama Prabhu
yad asanga kriya karma janata vapy ajanata
May whatever offences I have knowingly or unknowingly committed be completely absolved by chanting the Holy Names of the Lord.
namaikam yasya vachi smarana-patha-gatam srotra-mulam gatam va
The Holy Name most certainly delivers anyone who once calls, remembers, or hears Him, regardless of whether one pronounces the Name correctly, incorrectly, or without proper spacing. But, O brahman, should the Name be used for the body, wealth, prestige, greed, or evil, the Name does not produce any quick (spiritual) result (though He does eventually).
namaparadha-yuktanam namany eva haranty agham
When constantly chanted, the Holy Names remove the sins of those who commit offences against Them and grant the ultimate wealth.
akrstih krta-chetasam sumanasam uchchatanam chamhasam
This mantra, Sri Krsna-nam, attracts the devout who are pure in heart, eradicates sin, is easily chanted by anyone who can speak, even the uncultured, and controls the dispensation of liberation. Sri Krsna-nam does not rely upon (brahmnical) initiation, pious works, or preparatory practices in the least; Sri Krsna-nam produces results simply by touching the tongue.
hrdaya ha-ite bale jihvara agrete chale
Forcibly, the Name moves from my heart to the tip of my tongue and incessantly dances there in the form of sound.
—Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
nama nache jiva nache nache prema-dhana
The Name dances, the soul dances, and divine love dances. The whole world then begins to dance and Maya flees.
—Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
seva mora nama-brahma-nada
My service is to chant and glorify the divine Name of Lord Krsna.
—Srila Saraswati Thakur
hari-nama mahamantra sarva-mantra-sara
The Hari-nam mahamantra, the best of all mantras, is distributed throughout the world by the mercy of the sadhus devoted to the Name. Never criticise such great souls.
vrajendra-nandana krsna sarvesvaresvara
Vrajendra Nandan Krsna is the Lord of all Lords. Siva and all other gods are dedicated to His service. The Name is a wish-fulfilling jewel and a spiritual form of Krsna Himself. Do not consider Krsna's Name to be distinct from His Form, Qualities, or Pastimes.
"guru krsna-rupa hana sastrera pramane
"The scriptures confirm that Guru is a form of Krsna. In the form of Guru, Krishna bestows His mercy upon the fortunate" (Cc: 1.1.45). Give up the conception that Guru is a mortal, and all other types of disrespect, and fulfil your cherished dream: serving the Name eternally.
sruti, sruti-mata-saha satvata purana
The Vedas, the veda mata (Gayatri), the Puranas related to the Supreme Truth—they all worship the lotus feet of the Holy Name. You must avoid the association of such sinful offenders who criticise these scriptures.
namera mahima sarva-sastrete vakhane
All scriptures proclaim the glory of the Name. Never even think that such praise is excessive or unreasonable. When Agastya, Ananta, Brahma, Siva, and others are constantly engaged in the sankirtan, chanting the glories of the Name, who can then cross this ocean of the glories of the Name? Those who say that it is excessive or unreasonable, are wicked.
krsna-namavali nitya golokera dhana
Krsna's Names are the eternal wealth of Goloka. Anyone who considers Them imaginary or mundane is an offender.
name sarva-papa-ksaya sarva-sastre kaya
All the scriptures declare that the Name destroys all sin. The wicked and foolish who sin all day long in expectation of this are offenders. They are deluded by maya and enjoy endless sorrow.
atulya sri-krsna-nama purna-rasa-nidhi
The incomparable Name of Sri Krishna is an ocean full of ecstasy. Do not consider it equal to pious actions, religious rites, etc.
name sraddha-hina-jana'vidhata vanchita
To give the Name to those who are deceived by the Providence and have no faith in the Name, is definitely an offence.
suniyao krsna-nama-mahatmya apara
Those who, hearing the boundless glories of the Name of Krishna, remain devoid of love, are wretched, worthless souls. The pure Name of Krishna will never manifest to one is within and without filled with the "I" and "mine" mentality.
ei dasa aparadha kariya varjana
Great souls who avoid these ten offences and engage in Hari-nam-sankirtan attain unprecedented Sri Krsna-prema, and the Name Himself forever sports within their hearts.
—Srila Govinda Dev-Goswami
kamadinam kati na katidha palita durnidesas
O Lord, for how long and in how many ways have I obeyed the wicked dictates of lust, anger, greed, delusion, pride, and envy! They have never taken pity upon me, and I have never felt shame or satisfaction. O Lord of the Yadus, having abandoned them, I have now become conscious and come to You, the shelter where there is no fear. Please engage me in Your service.
mam hi partha vyapasritya ye 'pi syuh papa-yonayah
By taking shelter of Me in all respects, even untouchables, women, merchants, and labourers certainly attain the supreme destination.
na naka-prstham na cha paramesthyam
O Ultimate Principle, I do not desire heaven, the post of Brahma, dominion over the earth, reign of the lower planets, the powers of yoga, or even liberation if I have to leave You.
emana durmati samsara bhitare
O Lord! I am so sinful-hearted and have fallen into this material world, but You have sent a great soul, Your own associate (to rescue me).
—Srila Bhakti Vinod Thakur
I take shelter of Srila Sanatan Goswami Prabhu. He is an ocean of mercy and sorrowful to see the sorrow of others. Although I was blind and unwilling, he carefully forced me to drink the nectar of devotion combined with detachment.
—Srila Das Goswamipad
padabjayos tava vina vara-dasyam eva
Dear Devi, servitude to Your lotus feet is definitely the best. I shall never ever ask You for anything other than that. Eternally shall I pay my obeisances, shall I pay my obeisances to the friendly relationship with You, and forever shall I relish, shall I relish the servitude to You.
—Srila Das Goswamipad
sakhi vina ei lilaya anyera nahi gati
No one has entrance into Radha and Krsna's Pastimes except the sakhis. One who follows the sakhis and their mood attains Radha and Krsna's confidential service. There is no other way to attain this end.
tvam rupa-manjari sakhi prathita pure 'smin
O friend! O Rupa Manjari! You are renowned in Vraja, as you do not even look at the face of another man. So, in the absence of your husband, which great parrot has made that bite on your red lips?
—Srila Das Goswamipad
matala hari-jana kirtana-range
From afar we shall worship the raga-patha, the path of spontaneous affectionate service, while we ourselves shall live within the Vedic guideline.
(Vyasa-Puja Offering, 1997)
apanake janai koti dandavat nati
I offer you ten million prostrate obeisances. My desire is to forever remain at your feet.
maya pase yadi phamsi ye kona samaya
I can be strangled by the noose of maya at any time, but I am calling out to you for help.
sadhu, guru, vaisnavera gane, sukha pai
The glories of the sadhu, gurus, and Vaishnavs bring so much happiness. When I feel this joy, I suddenly start to sing myself.
papa purna labha ksati, nahika vichara
I know nothing about piety or sin, gain or loss. I know that by the mercy of Vaishnavs, all bad things will go away.
tandera guna-gana-sakti, mora kabhu nai
I will never be able to glorify their qualities. Still, like a madman I am singing whatever comes to my mind.
sadhu, guru, vaisnava, krsnera prana-dhana
My mind prays for the foot dust and the water that washed the feet of the sadhus, Gurus, Vaishnavs, who are life and soul of Krishna.
manera pipasa bada sadhu sane vasa
My mind thirsts for living in the association of sadhus. Giving up everything, I long for this only.
tandera charane kata koti papa kari
How many millions of sins do I commit at you feet? Still, you keep me at your lotus feet, and I am clasping them.
arao kata bale mana, koti duhkha sahi
My mind also prays that no matter how many millions of miseries I have to tolerate I may still be at your feet birth after birth.
hathat dese uthala sara, sahara theke sakala pada,
All of a sudden, throughout the land, in all wards of the town, there arose a peculiar delight. Today everybody is filled with bliss and all together dances and sings in many crowds.
bhakta-gana saba avirata sraddhanjali dichchhe kata,
The devotees keep bringing so many offerings, coming to the holy temples. That day, in the heart of Gaura-desh, morning, noon, and evening as if merged and there sounded a stupefying song of flute.
subha atharoi disembara, krsna-dvitiya buddhabara
On the auspicious day of December 18, on the second night of the waning moon (Krishna-dvitiya), Wednesday, a ray of light fell from the sky. In the district of brahmans (Bamunpara), in a house of a brahman, for the sake of jiva souls there took birth an unprecedentedly beautiful child, attracting all good.
sri tarangini devi mata, nitai pada, nitya pita,
Mother Sri Tarangini Devi and eternal father Nitaipad are like Sri Devaki and Vasudev. The youthful son of Nanda came in the form of a Guru to bestow His mercy and destroy the ignorance and passion in the jiva souls.
sei sisu aja mahajana, bhakti sundara govinda dhana,
That child is now a great soul, the treasure named Bhakti Sundar Govinda, the never-ending glory of the world. You revealed Goloka Dham in this universe; my Lord, your name is now renowned everywhere, and there can be felt a sweet fragrance of your service.
tomara komala murati aja, gantha raya yena hrdaya majha,
Your present form is very soft and graceful, and I keep it as if tied within the core of my heart. I will eternally meditate upon your feet. So many great souls and devotees will come and compose hundreds of verses, but how many of your glories is one able to describe?
paiya tava sitala charana, mangalakanksi karibe varana,
Attaining your cooling lotus feet, those who desire true welfare will worship and garland them. You accepted a body for the sake of the jiva souls. Seeing you, maya will flee in fear, and the burning fire of this world will be soothed.
rajasanera raja yemana, tomara sobha ajake temana,
Your beauty and lustre are such that you resemble today a king sitting on a royal throne. However, a king is false, useless, but you are eternally true. Your knowledge of the scriptures is unfathomable, and you distribute this eternal wealth of Goloka and fill the distressed minds of the souls with it.
paramparara sutra dhare, asiyachha modani pare,
You have come in this world in this disciplic succession to manifest your pastimes of delivering the souls. Srila Guru Maharaj, a fountainhead of mercy, passed all his potency onto you and made you sit on his own throne.
chira pankila dharani-tale, suddha bhakati prakata karile'
On this ever covered with mud surface of the earth, you have revealed pure devotion which is like an extraordinary transcendental lotus. Its extremely sweet smell has borne a desire within you to distribute the divine love of Vraja to everybody.
tava krpa-taru-sitala chhaya, e duhkhi-jana yena thani paya,
My Lord, you are so merciful to the poor, and this miserable man has got a place in the cool shade under the tree of your mercy. You are the spotless newly risen sun! O merciful Lord, Sri Bhakti Sundar, please consider me your dog.
sri bhakti-raksaka prabhu sri sridhara, tomake banala bhava karna-dhara,
Lord Sri Bhakti Raksak Sridhar made you the helmsman of the world for the sake of such fallen, degraded souls like me. So, on the auspicious day of your appearance, there is no other refuge for me other than your feet, and this fallen soul is crying and begging you for mercy.
—Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya
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