Kirtans Glorifying
Sri Nityananda Prabhu

 

INSTRUCTIONS TO THE MIND
Manah-Siksa

by Srila Narottam Das Thakur

 

nitai-pada-kamala koti-chandra-susitala
ye chhayaya jagata judaya
hena nitai vine bhai radha-krsna paite nai
drdha kari' dhara nitaira paya [1]

Cooling like ten million moons, Nitai's lotus feet soothe the world with their shade. O brother! Without Nitai, you cannot reach Radha-Krishna. Firmly grasp Nitai's feet.

se sambandha nahi yara vrtha janma gela
tara sei pasu bada durachara
nitai na balila mukhe majila samsara-sukhe
vidya-kule ki karibe tara [2]

The life of one who had no connection with Nitai passed in vain. Such an animal is very wicked. What will learning (aristocratic birth) do for one who was immersed in worldly pleasures and never called aloud, 'Nitai'?̇

ahankare matta haina nitai-pada pasariya
asatyere satya kari' mani
nitaiyer karuna habe vraje radha-krsna pabe
dhara nitaiyer charan du'khani [3]

Maddened with pride, forgetting Nitai's feet, I accept untruth as truth. When Nitai bestows His mercy you will reach Radha-Krishna in Vraja. Grasp Nitai's feet!

nitaiyer charana satya tanhara sevaka nitya
nitai-pada sada kara asa
narottama bada duhkhi nitai more kara sukhi
rakha ranga-charanera pasa [4]

Nitai's feet are truth, and His servants are eternal. Always aspire for Nitai's feet. Narottam is very sad: "O Nitai! Make me happy. Keep me beside your reddish feet."

 

THE JEWEL OF ALL TRANSCENDENTAL QUALITIES
Nitai Guna Mani Amara

by Srila Narottam Das Thakur

 

nitai gunamani amara nitai gunamani
aniya premera vanya bhasala avani [1]

Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, my Nitai, the jewel of all good qualities, brought a flood of divine love and inundated the earth.

prema-vanya laye nitai aila gauda-dese
dubila bhakata-gana dina-hina bhase [2]

Nitai brought a flood of divine love to the land of Gauda. The devotees immersed themselves in it, but the unfortunate floated on its surface.

dina-hina patita pamara nahi bachhe
brahmara durlabha prema saba kareyache [3]

The sinful, unfortunate, and fallen did not desire this divine love, which is difficult for even Brahma to attain, yet Nitai begged them to accept it.

abaddha karuna-sindhu katiya muhana
ghare ghare bule prema-amiya ravana [4]

Nitai cut a canal into the sealed ocean of mercy and a flood of nectarean divine love spread to every home.

lochan bale hena nitai yeba na bhajila
janiya suniya sei atma-ghati haila [5]

Lochan Das says, "Anyone who did not serve Nitai knowingly committed suicide."

 

SRI NITYANANDA RAYA—NEVER ANGRY AND EVER-BLISSFUL
Akrodha paramananda

by Srila Lochan Das Thakur

 

akrodha paramananda nityananda raya
abhimana-sunya nitai nagare bedaya [1]

The angerless, prideless, supremely joyful Nityananda Ray wanders throughout the towns.

adhama patita jiver dvare dvare giya
hari-nama mahamantra dena bilaiya [2]

Going from door to door to the homes of the lowly and fallen souls, He distributes the Hare Krsna mahamantra.

yare dekhe tare kahe dante trna dhari'
amare kiniya laha bhaja gaurahari [3]

With straw between His teeth, He says to whoever He sees, "Purchase Me: simply serve Gaurahari."

eta bali' nityananda bhume gadi yaya
sonara parvata yena dhulate lotaya [4]

Saying this, Nityananda rolls on the ground like a golden mountain rolling in the dust.

hena avatare yara rati na janmila
lochan bale sei papi ela ara gela [5]

Lochan Das says of one who has not developed attachment to this Avatar, "Such a sinner simply came and went."

 

THE SACRED ORDER OF SRI CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHU
Ajna-Tahal

by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur

 

nadiya-godrume nityananda mahajana
patiyache nama-hatta jivera karana

(1) In the land of Nadiya, on the island of Godruma, the magnanimous Lord Nityananda has opened up the Marketplace of the Holy Name, meant for the deliverance of all fallen souls.

(sraddhavan jan he, sraddhavan jan he)
prabhura ajnaya, bhai, magi ei bhiksa
bolo 'krsna,' bhajo krsna, koro krsna-siksa

(2) O people of faith! O people of faith! By the order of Lord Gauranga, O brothers, I beg these three requests of you: Chant "Krishna!", worship Krishna, and teach others about Krishna.

aparadha-sunya ho'ye laha krsna-nama
krsna mata, krsna pita, krsna dhana-prana

(3) Being careful to remain free of offences, just take the holy name of Lord Krishna. Krishna is your mother, Krishna is your father, and Krishna is the treasure of your life.

krsnera samsara kara chhadi' anachara
jive daya, krisna-nama—sarva-dharma-sara

(4) Giving up all sinful activities, carry on your worldly duties only in relation to Lord Krishna. The showing of compassion to other souls by loudly chanting the Holy Name of Krishna is the essence of all forms of religion.

 

MY MOST MERCIFUL NITAI
Nitai amara dayara avadhi

by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur

 

are bhai! nitai amara dayara avadhi!
jivere karuna kari,' dese dese phiri' phiri'
prema-dhana jache niravadhi

(1) O brothers! My Lord Nitai's mercy is limitless! Bestowing His mercy upon the souls of this world He wanders from place to place perpetually offering the great treasure of ecstatic spiritual love to all.

advaitera sange ranga, dharane na jaya anga,
gora-preme gada tanu khani
dhuliya dhuliya chale, bahu tuli' hari bole,
du-nayane bahe nita-ira pani

(2) Joyous in the association of Adwaita Acharyya He is so full of ecstatic love for His Lord Gauranga that He cannot remain standing. Repeatedly staggering, intoxicated with love, He raises His arms and chants, "Haribol!" as tears stream from His two lotus eyes.

kapale tilaka sobhe, kutila-kuntala-lole
gunjara antuni chuda taya
kesari jiniya kati, kati tate nila dhati
bajana nupura ranga paya

(3) His forehead anointed with beautiful tilaka, His curling locks swaying to and fro, He wears a crown of red gunja berries. Blue garments decorate His waist which defeats that of a lion's beautiful waist and ankle bells tinkle upon His reddish lotus feet.

bhuvana-mohana vesa! majaila saba desa!
rasa vese atta atta hasa!
prabhu mora nityananda kevala ananda-kanda
guna gaya vrndavana dasa

(4) His glorious beauty enchants the whole world! He inundates the entire world with the nectar of spiritual love! Overcome with ecstatic love, He smiles and loudly laughs and laughs! Lord Nityananda is my Master. He is the only source of spiritual joy for this world; and I, Vrindavan Das, sing His divine glories.

 

EIGHT PRAYERS GLORIFYING LORD NITYANANDA
Sri Sri Nityanandastakam

by Srila Vrindavan Das Thakur

 

sarach-chandra-bhrantim sphurad-amala-kantim gaja-gatim
hari-premonmattam dhrita-parama-satvam smita-mukham
sada ghurnan-netram kara-kalita-vetram kali-bhidam
bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(1) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, whose bright face outshines the full autumn moon, whose pure complexion glistens, whose gait is like that of an intoxicated majestic elephant, who is always mad in Krishna-prema, who is the personification of pure spiritual energy, whose face wears a gentle smile, whose eyes are always rolling due to His absorption in Krishna-prema, whose lotus hand gracefully carries a staff, and who, by the performance of Nama-sankirttan, pierces the influence of kali-yuga.

rasanam agaram svajana-gana-sarvasvam atulam
tadiyaika-prana-pramita-vasudha-jahnava-patim
sada-premonmadam param aviditam manda manasam
bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(2) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who is the mainstay of all rasas (mellows of devotional service), who is the be-all and end- all of His devotees, who is beyond compare, who is the master of both Vasudha and Jahnava-devi who consider Him more dear than their own lives, who is always maddened in Krishna-prema, and who is unrecognised as the Supreme Lord only by those of apathetic disposition.

sachi-sunu-prestham nikhila-jagad-istam sukha-mayam
kalau majjaj-jivoddharana-karanoddama-karunam
harer akhyanad va bhava-jaladhi-garvonnati-haram
bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(3) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who is very dear to Sri Sachi-nandana, who is worshiped by the entire universe, who is the embodiment of happiness, whose infinite mercy is the means for delivering the souls who are drowning in the age of Kali, and who by performing Sri-Harinama-sankirttana eradicates the swelling of false pride in the ocean of repeated birth and death.

aye bhratar ninam kali-kalusinam kim nu bhavita
tatha prayaschittam rachaya yad-anayasata ime
vrajanti tvam ittham saha bhagavata mantrayati yo
bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(4) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who said to Sri Krishna Chaitanya, "O brother Gauranga! What will be the destination of the sinful souls of kali-yuga and how will they be redeemed? Please devise a method by which they will easily attain You."

yathestham re bhratah kuru hari-hari-dhvanam anisam
tato vah samsarambudhi-tarana-dayo mayi laget
idam bahu-sphotair atati ratayan yah pratigriham
bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(5) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who, wandering throughout Bengal, approached the door of every home, and with upraised arms exclaimed, "O brothers! Without inhibition all of you together, continuously chant Sri-Harinama. If you do so, I will ensure your deliverance from the ocean of material existence."

balat samsarambhonidhi-harana-kumbhodbhavam aho
satam sreyah-sindhunnati-kumuda-bandhum samuditam
khala-sreni-sphurjittimira-hara-surya-prabham aham
bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(6) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who forcibly swallows the ocean of repeated birth and death like the Agastya Muni that made all the oceans dry up by drinking only a palmful of water, who is the rising full moon (the friend of the night-blooming lotus) which causes the ocean of the saintly persons' welfare (their bhavas) to swell, and who is the sun whose brilliant rays dissipate the darkness of ignorance cast by the various classes of miscreants.

natantam gayantam harim anuvadantam pathi pathi
vrajantam pasyantam svam api na dayantam jana-ganam
prakurvantam santam sa-karuna-drig-antam prakalanad
bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(7) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who wandered on every path in Bengal dancing, singing, and calling out "Haribol! Haribol!" and who, inconsiderate of His own self, lov- ingly bestowed merciful sidelong glances upon those who were not compassionate to even their own selves.

su-bibhranam bhratuh kara-sarasijam komalataram
mitho vaktralokochchhalita-paramananda-hridayam
bhramantam madhuryair ahaha madayantam pura-janan
bhaje nityanandam bhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi

(8) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krishna-bhakti tree, who held the supremely soft lotus-hand of His brother Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, whose heart became filled with the highest bliss when they gazed into each other's lotus faces, and who wandered here and there delighting the townspeople with His sweetness.

rasanam adharam rasika-vara-sad-vaisnava-dhanam
rasagaram saram patita-tati-taram smaranatah
param nityanandastakam idam apurvam pathati yah
tad-anghri-dvandvabjam sphuratu nitaram tasya hridaye

(9) May Sri Nityananda Prabhu place His lotus feet in the heart of one who lovingly recites this unprecedented and supremely potent Nityanandastakam, which is full of spiritual rasa, the greatest treasure of the pure devotees qualified to relish such transcendental rasa, and the storehouse of the very essence of such rasa. It bestows liberation to fallen souls who simply remember Nityananda Prabhu's sublime qualities.

 

THE DIVINE FORM OF SRI NITYANANDA PRABHU

Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita: Adi-lila, 5.181-197
by Srila Krishna Das Kaviraj Goswami

 

naihati-nikate 'jhamatapura' name grama
tanha svapne dekha dila nityananda-rama

Near the town of Naihati, in the village of Jhamatapur, Lord Nityananda Rama appeared to me in a dream.

dandavat haiya ami padinu payete
nija-pada-padma prabhu dila mora mathe

I fell at His feet, offering my obeisances, and He then placed His own lotus feet upon my head.

'utha', 'utha' bali' more bale bara bara
uthi' tanra rupa dekhi' hainu chamatkara

"Arise! Arise!" He told me again and again. Upon rising, I was astonished to see the beauty of His divine form.

syama-chikkana kanti, prakanda sarira
saksat kandarpa, yaichhe maha-malla-vira

He had a bright, whitish complexion. He was seven feet tall and had a strong, stout figure like that of a great wrestler. His exalted beauty was just like that of Lord Balaram.

suvalita hasta, pada, kamala-nayana
patta-vastra sire, patta-vastra paridhana

He had very pleasantly formed hands, arms and legs, and eyes like lotus flowers. He wore silk cloth and a silk turban on His head.

suvarna-kundala karne, svarnangada-vala
payete nupura baje, kanthe puspa-mala

He wore golden earrings on His ears, golden armlets and bangles. He wore tinkling ankle bells on His feet and a flower garland around His neck.

chandana-lepita-anga, tilaka suthama
matta-gaja jini' mada-manthara payana

His body was anointed with sandalwood pulp, and He was nicely decorated with tilaka. His intoxicated movements surpassed those of a dancing elephant.

koti-chandra jini' mukha ujjvala-varana
dadimba-bija-sama danta tambula-charvana

His face was more effulgent than millions upon millions of moons, and His teeth resembled pomegranate seeds because of His chewing betel.

preme matta anga dahine-vame dole
'krisna' 'krisna' baliya gambhira bola bale

His body swayed to and fro, absorbed in ecstasy, and He chanted "Krishna, Krishna" in a deep voice.

ranga-yasti haste dole yena matta simha
chari-pase vedi achhe charanete bhringa
parisada-gane dekhi' saba gopa-vese
'krisna' 'krisna' kahe sabe saprema avese

He moved like an intoxicated lion with a strong, knotted bamboo stick in His hand. On all four sides His devotee-associates, dressed like cowherd boys, surrounded His lotus feet like a swarm of bumblebees and chanted "Krishna, Krishna," absorbed in ecstatic love.

singa vamsi bajaya keha, keha nache gaya
sevaka yogaya tambula, chamara dhulaya

Some of them played horns and flutes, and others danced and sang. Some of them offered betel nuts, and others waved chamara fans about Him.

nityananda-svarupera dekhiya vaibhava
kiba rupa, guna, lila--alaukika saba

Thus I saw the opulence of Lord Nityananda Svarup. His wonderful form, qualities and Pastimes are all transcendental manifestations.

anande vihvala ami, kichhu nahi jani
tabe hasi' prabhu more kahilena vani

I was overwhelmed with transcendental ecstasy, not knowing anything else. At that time Lord Nityananda smiled and spoke to me as follows.

are are krsnadasa, na karaha bhaya
vrindavane yaha,--tanha sarva labhya haya

"O my dear Krishna Das, do not be afraid. Go to Vrindavan, for there you will attain all things."

eta bali' prerila more hatasani diya
antardhana kaila prabhu nija-gana lana

After saying this, He directed me toward Vrindavan by waving His hand. Then He disappeared with His associates.

murchchhita ha-iya muni padinu bhumite
svapna-bhanga haila, dekhi, hanachhe prabhate

I fainted and fell to the ground, my dream broke, and when I regained consciousness I saw that morning had come.

ki dekhinu ki suninu, kariye vichara
prabhu-ajna haila vrindavana yaibara

I considered what I had seen and heard, and concluded that Lord Nityananda Prabhu had ordered me to go to Vrindavan at once.

sei ksane vrndavane karinu gamana
prabhura kripate sukhe ainu vrindavana

That very second I immediately started for Vrindavan, and by Lord Nityananda Prabhu's mercy I reached there in great happiness.

jaya jaya nityananda, nityananda-rama
yanhara kripate painu vrindavana-dhama

All glory, all glory to Lord Nityananda Rama, by whose mercy I have attained shelter in the transcendental abode of Vrindavan!

 

 

 

 

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CONTENTS:

Foreword
Sriman Nityananda Dvadasakam
The Divine Pastimes of Sri Nityananda Prabhu
The Glories of Sri Nityananda Prabhu in the Scriptures
Kirtans Glorifying Sri Nityananda Prabhu:
Manah-siksa
Nitai Guna Mani Amara
Akrodha Paramananda
Sri Ajna-Tahal
Nitai amara dayara avadhi
Sri Sri Nityanandastakam
The Divine Form of
Sri Nityananda Prabhu

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