Sri Sri Gaura-Nityanander Daya
“The Mercy of Sri Gaura and Nityananda”
by Locana Dasa Thakura
with explanations by Srila Prabhupada
parama koruna, pahu dui jana
saba avatara-sara siromani
parama koruna–supremely merciful; pahu dui jana–the two Lords;
nitai gauracandra–Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauracandra; saba avatara–of all incarnations;
sara–They are the essence; siromani–and the crest jewels;
kevala ananda-kanda–exclusive fountains of bliss.
- The two Lords, Nitai-Gauracandra, are very merciful.
They are the essence of all incarnations.
The specific significance of these incarnations is that They introduced
a process of chanting and dancing that is simply joyful.
bhajo bhajo bhai, caitanya nitai
sudrdha biswasa kori
visaya chadiya, se rase majiya,
mukhe bolo hari hari
bhajo bhajo–just worship, just worship; bhai–O brothers!;
caitanya nitai–Lord Caitanya and Nityananda; sudrdha visvasa kori’–with firm faith;
visaya chadiya–giving up sense gratification; se rase–in that mellow of worship; majiya–absorbing;
mukhe–with your mouth; bolo hari hari–chant Hari! Hari!
- My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Caitanya and Nityananda
with firm conviction and faith. If one wants to be Krsna conscious by this process,
one has to give up his engagement in sense gratification.
One simply has to chant, “Hare Krsna! Hari Hari!” without any motive.
dekho ore bhai, tri-bhuvane nai,
emona doyala data
pasu pakhi jhure, pasana vidare,
suni’ janra guna-gatha
dekho–just see; ore bhai–O dear brothers!; tri-bhuvane–within the three worlds;
nai–there is none; emona–such as these; doyala data–charitable givers of mercy;
pasu–even the animals; pakhi–and the birds; jhure–weep; pasana vidare–stones melt;
suni’–upon hearing; jara–whose; guna-gatha–glorification of Their qualities.
- My dear brother, just try and examine this.
Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Caitanya or Lord Nityananda.
Their merciful qualities are so great that upon hearing them even birds and beasts cry and stones melt.
samsare majiya, rohili poriya,
se pade nahilo asa
apana karama, bhunjaye samana,
samsare majiya–entrapped in the materialistic sense gratification process;
rohili podiya–falling and remaining; se pade–for Their lotus feet;
nahilo asa–you have no aspiration; apana karama–your own bad karma;
bhunjaye–you are being punished (lit. ‘enjoying’); samana–by Yamaraja, lord of death;
kahoye locana-dasa–thus says Locana dasa.
- But Locana dasa regrets that I am entrapped by sense gratification.
Since I have no attraction for the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda,
then Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, is punishing me
by not allowing me to be attracted by this movement.
Purport to Sri Sri Gaura-Nityanander Daya
by His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
This is a song by Locana dasa Thakura. Pahu means “Lord,” and dui jana means “two.” Locana dasa Thakura declares that the two Lords, Nitai-Gauracandra — Lord Nitai and Lord Caitanya — are very merciful (parama koruna). Saba avatara-sara siromani. Avatara means “incarnation,” and saba means “all.” They are the essence of all incarnations. The specific significance of these incarnations is that prosecuting Their way of self-realization is simply joyful (kevala ananda-kanda), for They introduced chanting and dancing. There are many incarnations, like Lord Rama and even Krsna, who taught Bhagavad-gita, which requires knowledge and understanding. But Lord Caitanya and Nityananda introduced a process that is simply joyful — simply chant and dance. Therefore, Locana dasa requests everyone, bhajo bhajo bhai, caitanya-nitai: “My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Caitanya and Nityananda with firm conviction and faith.” Don’t think that this chanting and dancing will not lead to the desired goal. It will. It is the assurance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu that one will get all perfection by this process. Therefore one must chant with firm faith and conviction (biswasa kori’).
But what is the process? The process is visaya chariya, se rase majiya. If one wants to be Krsna conscious by this process, one has to give up his engagement in sense gratification. That is the only restriction. If one gives up sense gratification, it is sure that he will reach the desired goal. Mukhe bolo hari hari: one simply has to chant, “Hare Krsna! Hari Hari!” without any motive of sense gratification.
Dekho ore bhai, tri-bhuvane nai. Locana dasa Thakura says, “My dear brother, you just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Caitanya or Lord Nityananda, because Their merciful qualities are so great that They make even birds and beasts cry, what to speak of human beings.” Actually, when Lord Caitanya passed through the forest known as Jharikhanda, the tigers, elephants, snakes, deer, and all other animals joined Him in chanting Hare Krsna: It is so nice that anyone can join. Even the animals can join, what to speak of human beings. Of course, it is not possible for ordinary men to induce animals to chant, but if Caitanya Mahaprabhu could inspire animals to chant, at least we can encourage human beings to adopt this path of Hare Krsna mantra chanting. It is so nice that even the most stonehearted man will be melted. Pasana means “stone.” It is so nice that even stone will melt.
But Locana dasa Thakura regrets that he is entrapped by sense gratification. He addresses himself, “My dear mind, you are entrapped in this sense gratification process, and you have no attraction for chanting Hare Krsna. Since you have no attraction for the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, what can I say? I can simply think of my misfortune. Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, is punishing me by not allowing me to be attracted by this movement.”