vrajendra-nandana hari, radha-bhava kanti dhari
mayapure janama labhila
antah-krishna bahir-gaura, nama laila ‘vishvambhara’
prema diya bhuvana bharila
Lord Hari, the sone of the king of Vraja, accepting the mood and beauty of Radharani, took birth in Mayapura. Inside He was Krishna (black) and outside He was Gaura (golden). Taking the name Visvambhara, He filled the universe with love of God.
vraja-parikara yei, gaura-parikara sei
age pache saba prakatila
ta sabare sange kari, bhakti-bhava angi kari
Those who are the associates of Krishna in Vraja are also the associates of Gaura, and they all manifested themselves before and after His advent. In the company of all of them, accepting the mood of a devotee, He tasted the nectarean love which belongs to Vraja.
sri nanda yashoda yena, shachi jagannatha tena
mata-pita tahara ha-ila
rohini-nandana balai, dharilena nama nitai
jyeshtha bhrata rarhe janamila
Shachi and Jagannatha, who are non-different from Yashoda and Sri Nanda, became His mother and father. Balarama, the son of Rohini, accepting the name Nitai, took birth in the country of Rarha as His elder brother.
griha-tyagi sannyasi haila
pandharapurete giya, shankaranya nama lana
yathakale siddhi labha kaila
Gauranga’s elder brother, Vishvarupa, Who was a plenary portion of Lord Nityananda, renounced his home and became a sannyasi. He went to Pandharapura and accepted the name Shankaranya. In due course of time He attained perfection and left the world.
(nitai) avadhuta vesha dhari, deshe deshe ghuri ghuri
sheshe asilena vrindavana
yamunara kule kule, bhratara virahe bule
kotha bhai dake anukshana
Nitai put on the dress of an avadhuta and, travelling throughout the land, finally arrived in Vrindavana, Crying in separation from His brother, He wandered along the bank of the Yamuna, and day and night called out, “Where are You, My brother?”
navadvipe ‘chadma’ haye, ache bhai lukaiye
bujhi tare milibare chaya
shighra asi mayapure, nandana-acharya-ghare
Then He realised that His brother was hiding in Navadvipa, in disguise, and wanted to be united with Him. So immediately Nityananda came to Mayapura and hid in the house of Nandanacharya.
edike agraja mane, milite satrishna mane
pathapane cheye ache gora
du’nayane vahe dhara, hayeche pagala-para
bhai bhai bali atmahara
In the meantime, Gauranga was watching the road, waiting for His elder brother, hankering greatly to meet Him. Tears were flowing from His eyes, and He became almost mad in separation. Thinking of His brother He was beside Himself.
sahasanubhave jani, agrajera agamani
chute chale nandanera ghare
du’bhaye milana ha’la, ki ananda uchalila
nade-vasi nache premabhare
Suddenly realising that His brother had arrived, He ran to the house of Nandanacharya. The two brothers were united and there were feelings of great joy all around. The residents of Nadiya began dancing in loving ecstasy.
namacharya haridasa, mili avadhuta pasha
sri-advaita gadadhara, srivasadi bhakti-bara
se kirtane sabe yoga dila
Namacharya Sri Haridasa came and joined Nityananda, and the two of them began kirtana with great joy. Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasa and all the other devotees also joined in that kirtana.
aha se namera dhvani, ki madhu barashe mani
apamare kare dana, bhagyavan-kare pana
pipasha barhaye anibara
O, the sound of that Holy Name! What sweetness it showered, bringing the essence of the sweet love of Goloka! Such sweet love was distributed to everyone, even to sinful people. Those who were fortunate drank it to the fullest, but their thirst kept on increasing.
sri advaita nityananda, srivasadi bhakti-vrinda
gadadhara haridasa sange
suradhuni-tire gora, sankirtane matoyara
‘hari’ bali nache prema range
On the banks of the Ganga, in the association of Advaita, Nityananda, Gadadhara, Haridasa, Srivasa and others, Lord Gauranga, being intoxicated in the mood of sankirtana, danced in great joy calling out the name of Hari.
srivasa-angana hala, sankirtana-yajna-sthala
sapta-jihva uthe yajnanala
tahe atma-purnahuti, deha bhakti mahamati
nama-rase halena vihvala
The courtyard of Srivasa became the site of the sankirtana-yajna, and it seemed that the fire of this yajna was burning all the time with its seven tongues. The great devotees completely sacrificed their souls in that fire of the Holy Name, and became overwhelmed by its nectarean influence.
uchalila premavanya, dharitri halena dhanya
anandera ara sima nai
gaurahari hari bali, nache bhakti bahu tuli
duhkha-shoka bhulila sabai
There was a flood of love everywhere and the planet earth became very satisfied, and it seemed that there was no bound to its joy. All the devotees danced with uplifted arms taking Lord Gauranga’s Name, knowing Him to be Lord Hari. Everyone forgot all the grief and miseries.
chabhisha batsara-dhari, grihashrame vasa kari
dharma-marma shikhalena gora
pare halena sannyasi, kadalena nade-vasi
radha-bhave halena vibhora
For twenty-four years Lord Gauranga lived in His house and taught the essence of dharma. Then He made the residents of Nadiya cry when He became a sannyasi, being immersed in the mood of Radharani.
kadilena shachi-mata, vishnu-priya jagan-mata
bhakti-vrinda kadiya vikala
shire buke hani kare, dhairaya dharite nare
nidrahara saba teyagila
Mother Shachi cried and so did Vishnupriya, the mother of the universe. The devotees cried as their hearts were crushed by grief. They could not tolerate this pain and they beat their foreheads and chests in intense misery, giving up food and sleep.
purve yena vraja-vasi, haraye kala-shashi
ebe tena nade vasi, haraiye gaura-shashi
prana-tyage sankalpa karila
Just as before the residents of Vraja, losing their Black Moon (Krishna) were immersed in an ocean of separation, similarly now the residents of Nadiya, losing their Golden Moon (Gaura), were ready to give up their lives.
gaura-shiksha smari pare, ati-kashte dhairya dhare
phukari yukari nama kare
smariya gauranga-nama, netre ashru avirama
svapne gaura prabodhena tare
Later they remembered the teachings of Lord Gauranga, and tried with great difficulty to tolerate their pain. They kept taking the Holy Name even though the Name hardly came out of their mouths as they were heartbroken. As they were remembering the Name of Gauranga, tears flowed incessantly from their eyes, and the Lord consoled them in all their dreams.
gauranga prakata-kale, chabhisha-varsha nilachale
prati-varsha dekhibare yaya
bhakta-prati kripa kari, bhakta-vatsala hari
bhakti-vancha sakali puraya
The Lord manifested Himself for twenty-four years in Nilachala and the devotees went to see Him every year. The Lord, who is very affectionate to His devotees, being very merciful to them, fulfilled all their desires.
gaura-shiksha-krishna-nama, sankirtana avishrama
sarva-shreshtha tahai bhajana
bala krishna bhaja krishna, kare shiksha bhajana krishna
The instruction of Lord Gauranga is that one should engage in sankirtana, taking the Name of Lord Krishna without interruption. This is the best worship. “Take the Name of Krishna, worship Krishna, learn how to worship Krishna in the three stages of sambandha, abhidheya and prayojana.”
vraje yare kadaiye, antarale lukaiye
prema-rasa kaila asvadana
ebe tara bhava laye, phire krishna anveshiye
Hiding from Her, He made Her cry in Vraja and thus tasted the sweet nectar of love; now accepting Her mood, He is searching for Krishna, being engulfed in the grief of separation.
nilambudhi-tate gaura, kede kede hana sara
radha-bhava sada vibhavita
kaha krishna prana-dhana, bale jhare du-nayana
muhuhmurhu hana murachita
Lord Gauranga was crying incessantly as He was wandering along the shore of the blue ocean, being immersed in the mood of Radharani. His eyes were shedding tears and saying, “Where are You, Krishna, the treasure of My life?” He fainted now and then.
gambhiraye ratri dine, svarupa ramananda sane
mahabhave chitta gara gara
prabodhena tara yata, vyatha bare dvigunita
dhairya nahi manaye antara
Day and night, staying in the room called Gambhira, He shared with Svarupa-Damodara and Ramananda Raya His feelings of intense love, which made His heart ache. The more they consoled Him, the more His pain increased. He found little patience in His heart.
krishna priyatama radha, tara preme krishna badha
sei prema karite prachara
svayam krishna dayamaya, gaura-lila prakataya
dhanya kali sarva-yuga-sara
Radharani is the Supreme Beloved of Krishna, and Krishna is bound by Her love. To preach about that love, merciful Krishna Himself manifested the pastimes of Lord Gauranga. Therefore all glories to this age of Kali, which is the best of all ages.
sei prema labhopaya, nama-sankirtana haya
sri-mukhe kahena goramani
svarupa rama-rayera kantha, dhari ka’na gaura-krishna
nirashaya ashvasera vani
It came from our beloved Lord Gauranga’s own sweet lips – the only way to attain that love is to engage in the chanting of the Holy Name. Embracing Svarupa-Damodara and Ramananda Raya, the Golden Krishna delivered the most encouraging message to all the hopeless souls.
dina hina prati ara, eta daya kotha kara
asadhane dena cintamani
ayacake prema yache, uccha nicha nahi kache
bhaja gaura-charana du-khani
Who else has so much mercy for the fallen and the insignificant? He gives us the cintamani jewel without any austerity on our part. He gives love to one who does not ask for it; He does not discriminate between the high and the low. Therefore lets us worship the lotus feet of Lord Gauranga.
sri-nama bhajane haya, gaura-kripa atishaya
aparadha shighra dure yaya
krishna-prema upajaya, jivana sarthaka haya
lila-rase adhikara paya
One attains Lord Gauranga’s great mercy by chanting and worshipping the Holy Name, and all His offences are quickly erased. He attains love of Krishna and his life becomes successful. He gains entrance into Krishna’s nectarean pastimes.
puraite manaskama, sarva-shakti-dhara nama
aghatana ghataite pare
vishvasa kariya tare, ye-vashraya nite pare
nama-prabhu uddharaye tare
To fulfill one’s desire the Holy Name is all-powerful, and it can make the impossible happen. If one takes shelter of the Holy Name with great faith, then the Lord, Who is non-different from His Holy Name, delivers him.
avatara-shiromani, sri-gauranga guna-mani
kara mana gorapada sara
bhajana sadhana hine, ke taribe gora vine
kshama-guna eta ache kara
Sri Gauranga, the reservoir of transcendental qualities, is the essence of all avataras. Therefore, O mind, make His lotus feet the only object of your worship. Who else but Lord Gauranga will deliver someone bereft of devotional practice? Who else has the quality of forgiveness in such great quantity?
kata janmera aparadhi, papi-tapi murhamati
hena apadartha jane, raksha gaura nija-gune
hao gati charama parama
I am an ignorant, fallen, suffering soul who has been an offender for many lifetimes. I am a very inferior living entity enchanted by the illusory energy. O Lord Gauranga, please protect an insignificant person like me by dint of Your own mercy, and become my supreme destiny.
sri-guru vaishnave mati, na janmila eka rati
aparadha kari kata shata
amara ki habe gati, bhaviya na pai sthiti
kise habe aparadha hata
I have not acquired any love for Sri Guru and the Vaishnavas, and I am committing hundreds of offences. I become very restless when I cannot even imagine what will be my future, and how my offences will be erased.
sri-gauranga dayamaya, kripa-drishti yadi haya
tabe asha haya taribara
sri-guru vaishnava more, prasanna ha-ite pare
dite pare seva adhikara
If the merciful Sri Gauranga will glance at me with kindness, then there is some hope of my being delivered. It is possible that Sri Guru and the Vaishnavas will be pleased with me and will grant me the privilege of serving them.
guru-kripa nahi hale, (gaura) krishna-kripa nahe-mile
bhajana sadhana vritha haya
antaraya nahi yaya, pade pade badha paya
keha nahi tare sambhashaya
Without the mercy of Gurudeva, one does not attain the mercy of Gaura of Krishna, and all his devotional practices become useless. He cannot get rid of his obstacles. In fact, he meets obstacles at every step. No one wants to be his friend.
lanchana ganjana bare, shar-ripu nahi nahi chare
vritha vahi mare deha-bhara
shanti nahi eka-kshane, krishna-chinta nahi mane
diva-nishi kare hahakara
He gets chastised and persecuted all the time. His own six enemies (lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride and envy) never leave him alone. Carrying the burden of his body, one day he will just die uselessly. He does not have peace for one moment. There is no thought of Krishna in his mind. He simply laments day and night.
daivi-gunamayi maya, atishaya duratyaya
kara shakti tare jinibara sri-krishna prapanna hale, maya jaya avahele
The divine illusory energy, consisting of the three modes of material nature, is very difficult to overcome. Who has the strength to conquer her? But if one is surrendered to Sri Krishna, he can very easily conquer the illusory potency. The mercy of Krishna possesses all potency.
gaura-kripa kara more, rakhsa e vipada ghore
sthana dao charane tomara
tava nija jana sange, rakha more seva range
nama rase kara matoyara
O Lord Gauranga! Please be merciful to me. Please rescue me from this great danger. Please give me shelter at Your lotus feet. Please sustain me in the joy of devotional service in the company of Your associates. Please intoxicate me with the nectar of the Holy Name.
gahite gahite nama, ghuche yabe jata kama
aparadha chale yabe dure
ha nitai bale kede, katare janaba pade
nitaiyera daya habe more
By singing the Holy Name continuously, I will wipe out my material desires and my offenses will be erased. Crying, “O Nitai!” I shall earnestly submit my prayer at His lotus feet. Then Nitai will be merciful to me.
(jata) vishaya-vasana yabe, hridaya nirmala habe
(chinmaya) vrindavana darashana paba
sri-guru-vaishnava-kripa, habe more nishi diva
yugala piriti upajaba
When material desires are wiped out from my heart, it will become pure and clean. I will see the transcendental Vrindavana. Day and night I will receive the mercy of Sri Guru and the Vaishnavas. Thus I will appreciate the conjugal love of the Divine Couple.
svarupa rupa raghunatha, karibena atma-sat
nija yutha sange milaibe
yugala bhajana riti, janabena kari priti
ashta-yama seva shikhaibe
Svarupa, Rupa and Raghunatha will capture me and make me join their camp. Being affectionate to me, they will teach me how to worship the Divine Couple. They will teach me the different kinds of service to be done during the eight periods of the day.
rupanuga-bhakta-sange, krishna-katha rasa range
dvadasha-vana upavane, ye ye lila yei sthane
sei sthane garagari diba
In the company of the devotees following Sri Rupa, I will spend my time very joyfully, hearing topics of Krishna and visiting different places of His pastimes. I will go and roll on the ground of the twelve forests and groves of Vrindavana where various pastimes occurred.
shuniba sadhura mukhe, se sthana mahima sukhe
vraja-bhumi nitya-lila sthana
adyapi se saba lila, hateche rakhala mela
With great happiness I will hear the glories of Vraja-bhumi, where Krishna’s pastimes eternally take place, from the lips of saintly devotees. Even today the cowherd boys gather there. Those pastimes, which steal the hearts of the gopis, are still going on there.
nitya-dhama vrindavana, parikara nitya hana
asura-marana adi, naimittika lila-riti
vyatireke lila-pushti kaila
Vrindavana is the Lord’s eternal abode. His associates are eternally present there. His pastimes with the gopis such as the rasa-dance, are among His eternal pastimes. Such pastimes as the killing of demons depend on time and circumstances. They are occasional additions to His pastimes.
(jada) vishayandha cakshu bale, darashana nahi mile
aprakrita se lila vilasa
gurudeva kripa kaile, divya-netra tabe khule
nitya-lila ha’na sva-prakasha
With material eyes, which are blinded with worldly desires, it is not possible to see the opulence of Krishna’s transcendental pastimes. Only by the mercy of Gurudeva does one get transcendental vision, so that the eternal pastimes of the Lord manifest themselves to him.
ajio vashira gana, yamuna bahaya ujana
sthavara jangama-dharma paya
bhakta-preme badha kanu, bajaye mohana venu
dhenu laye ajo gothe yaya
Even today the melody of the flute causes the river Yamuna to swell. Inanimate nature becomes animated. Even today, Krishna, who is bound by the love of His devotees, gathers His cows around Him to take them to pasture, playing His enchanting flute.
(aja-o se) tribhanga bhangima thama, pita-vasa anupama
shire shikhi pincha shobha paya
adhare murali shobhe, vraja-gopi mana lobhe
vamshi-gane gopire mataya
Even today His charming form, curving in three places and clothed in splendid yellow cloth, can be seen there, and the peacock feather looks very beautiful on His head. The flute which steals the hearts of the gopis is on His lips and He intoxicates the gopis with its music.
nava-ghana-shyama kanti, galadeshe vaijayanti
vamshi-bata mule shyama-raya
karshiya vashira gane, gopi-gane vane tane
gopinatha gopi-sanga chaya
With the vaijayanti garland made of forest flowers on His neck and His dark complexion resembling a new monsoon cloud, beloved Shyama is standing under the bamboo grove. He attracts the gopis to the forest with the sound of His flute. The Lord of the gopis hankers for their association.
sri-rasa-rasika bara, radha-prana manohara
sri-radha-vallabha-shyama, sri radha-ramana-rama
The young cowherd boy who lifted Govardhana Hill charms the heart of Radharani, and along with His consort He enjoys the ecstasy of the rasa dance. Beautiful Shyama, who is the Lord of Radharani, and who is the enjoyer of the beauty of Radha, steals the hearts of the damsels of Vraja.
(ha ha) dina-bandhu dina-natha, srimati radhika satha
e dasere uru kripa kari
ayogya yogyata diya, aparadha ghuchaiya
nitya sevaya kara adhikari
O Lord of the fallen, friend of the fallen, please come along with Srimati Radharani and bestow Your unlimited mercy on this fallen servant of Yours. Removing my offenses, please bestow some qualification on my unqualified self and please give me entrance to Your divine service.
gaurabhinna vraje heri, gaura-guna-lila smari
vraje krishna-lila asvadiba
sri-gaura karuna habe, radha-krishna seva dibe
yathakale deha teyagiba
Seeing Vraja-bhumi as non-different from Gauda-desha and remembering the qualities and pastimes of Lord Gauranga, I will taste the joy of Krishna’s pastimes in Vraja. Sri Gaura will be merciful to me and will grant me devotional service to Radha-Krishna, and in due time, I will give up my material body.