Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nitai Pada Kamala (Gaurangi Devi Dasi and Srila Prabhupada)

Today is the Appearance Day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. The blog gives you Nitai-Pada-Kamala, sung by Gaurangi Devi Dasi, with purport by Srila Prabhupada.




Purport to Nitai-Pada-Kamala
By Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada 

Los Angeles, January 31, 1969, Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day

Prabhupada: (sings) 

nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala
je chayay jagata juray
heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai
dridha kori’ dharo nitair pay


se sambandha nahi ja’r, britha janma gelo ta’r
sei pasu boro duracar
nitai na bolilo mukhe, majilo samsara-sukhe
vidya-kule ki koribe tar


ahankare matta hoiya, nitai-pada pasariya
asatyere satya kori mani
nitaiyer koruna habe, braje radha-krishna pabe
dharo nitai-carana du’khani


nitaiyer carana satya, tanhara sevaka nitya
nitai-pada sada koro asa
narotamma boro dukhi, nitai more koro sukhi
rakho ranga-caranera pasa


Nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala, je chayay jagata juray. This is a song by Narottama dasa Thakura, a great acarya of the Gaudiya-vaishnava-sampradaya. He has written many songs about the Vaishnava philosophy, and they are approved as completely corresponding with Vedic instructions. So here Narottama dasa Thakura is singing that “The whole world is suffering under the blazing fire of material existence. Therefore, if one takes the shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda…,” whose birthday is today, 31st, January, 1969. So we should relish this instruction of Narottama dasa Thakura that in order to get relief from the pangs of blazing fire of this material existence, one should take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda because it is as cooling as the moon rays combined together of millions of moons. That means one will immediately find peaceful atmosphere. Just like a man works whole day and if he comes under the moonshine he feels relief. Similarly, any materialistic man who comes under the shelter of Lord Nityananda will immediately feel that relief. Then he says, 

nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala
je chayay jagata juray
heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai,
dharo nitai-carana du’khani
 


He says that “If you are anxious to go back to home, back to Godhead, and become associate with Radha and Krishna, then the best policy is to take shelter of Nityananda.” Then he says, 

se sambandha nahi ja’r, britha janma gelo ta’r

“One who has not been able to contact Nityananda, then one should think of himself that he has simply spoiled his valuable life.” 

britha janma gelo 

Britha means for nothing, and janma means life. Gelo ta’r, spoiled. Because he has not made connection with Nityananda. The Nityananda, very name, suggests… Nitya means eternal. Ananda means pleasure. Material pleasure is not eternal. That is the distinction. Therefore those who are intelligent, they are not interested with this flickering pleasure of material world. Every one of us, as living entity, we are searching after pleasure. But the pleasure which we are seeking, that is flickering, temporary. That is not pleasure. Real pleasure is nityananda, eternal pleasure. So anyone who has no contact with Nityananda, it is to be understood that his life is spoiled. 

se sambandha nahi ja’r, britha janma gelo ta’r
sei pasu boro duracar
 


Narottama dasa Thakura uses here very harsh word. He says that such human being is an animal, an uncontrollable animal. As there are some animals that cannot be tamed, so anyone who has not contacted Nityananda, he should be considered as an untamed animal.  

sei pasu boro duracar

Why? Because, 

nitai na bolilo mukhe

“He never uttered the holy name of Nityananda.” And,   

majilo samsara-sukhe

“And become merged into this material happiness.”  

vidya-kule ki koribe tar

“That nonsense does not know that what will his education and family and tradition and nationality help him?” These things cannot help him. These are all temporary things. Simply, if we want eternal pleasure, we must contact Nityananda.   

vidya-kule ki koribe tar 

Vidya means education, and kula means family, nationality. So we may have a very nice family connection or we may have very nice national prestige, but after ending this body, these things will not help me. I’ll carry my work with me, and according to that work, I shall have to accept by force another type of body. It may be something other than human body. So these things cannot protect us or give us the real pleasure. So Narottama dasa Thakura advises that vidya-kule ki koribe tar. Then he says,  

ahankare matta hoiya

“Being maddened after false prestige and identification…” False identification with the body and prestige of bodily relationship, it is called ahankare matta hoiya. One is mad after this false prestige.  

ahankare matta hoiya, nitai-pada pasariya

Due to this false prestige we are thinking, “Oh, what is Nityananda? What can He do for me? I don’t care.” So these are the signs of false prestige. Ahankare matta hoiya, nitai-pada pasa…, asatyere satya kori mani. The result is that I am accepting something which is false. For example, I am accepting this body. This body, I am not this body. Therefore, with false identification I am becoming entangled more and more. So one who is puffed up with this false prestige, ahankare matta hoiya, nitai-pada pa…, asatyere satya kori mani, he accepts something wrong as right. Then he says,  

nitaiyer koruna habe, braje radha-krishna pabe

If you are actually serious about going back to home, back to Godhead, then please seek after the mercy of Nityananda. Ahankare 

nitaiyer koruna habe, braja radha-krishna pabe
dharo nitai-carana du’khani
 


“Please catch up the lotus feet of Nityananda.” Then he says, 

nitaiyer carana satya

One may think that as we catch hold of so many shelter, but in this material world later on they prove false, similarly, suppose we catch hold of the lotus feet of Nityananda; it may also prove false. But Narottama dasa Thakura assures that nitaiyer carana satya: “It is not false. Because Nityananda is eternal, His lotus feet is also eternal.”  

tanhara sevaka nitya

And anyone who takes to the service of Nityananda, they also become eternal. Without being eternal, nobody can serve the eternal. That is the Vedic injunction. Without becoming Brahman, one cannot approach the Supreme Brahman. Just like without being fire, nobody can enter into the fire. Without being water, nobody can enter into the water. Similarly, without being fully spiritualized, nobody can enter into the spiritual kingdom. So

nitaiyer carana satya 

If you catch nitaiyer, the lotus feet of Nityananda, then you become immediately spiritualized. Just like if you touch electricity, immediately you become electrified. That is natural. Similarly, Nityananda is eternal happiness, if you touch Nityananda some way or other, then you become also eternally happy.  

tanhara sevaka nitya 

Therefore one who has come in contact with Nityananda, they have become eternal. 

nitaiyer carana satya, tanhara sevaka nitya
dridha kori’ dharo nitair pay
 


So just catch Him very tightly. 

narottama boro duhkhi, nitai more koro sukhi

At the last Narottama dasa Thakura, the composer of this song, he is appealing to Nityananda, “My dear Lord, I am very unhappy. So You please make me happy. And You kindly keep me in corner of Your lotus feet.” That is the sum and substance of this song. 

Nityananda's lotus feet


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