"We have to practice remembering the Lord always, twenty-four hours a day, by chanting His names and molding our life’s activities in such a way that we can remember Him always.

"How is this possible? The ācāryas give the following example. If a married woman is attached to another man, or if a man has an attachment for a woman other than his wife, then the attachment is to be considered very strong. One with such an attachment is always thinking of the loved one. The wife who is thinking of her lover is always thinking of meeting him, even while she is carrying out her household chores. In fact, she carries out her household work even more carefully so her husband will not suspect her attachment. Similarly, we should always remember the supreme lover, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and at the same time perform our material duties very nicely. A strong sense of love is required here. If we have a strong sense of love for the Supreme Lord, then we can discharge our duty and at the same time remember Him. But we have to develop that sense of love. " - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita As Is Is, Introduction

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Remembering the Lotus Feet of Lord Nityananda

Sri Nityanande Nistha

by Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura 

 

nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala,
je chayaya jagat judaya
hena nitai vine bhai, radha-krsna paite nai,
drdha kari’ dhara nitaiyera paya
(1) 

Nitai’s lotus feet are more cooling than the shining of millions of moons. Their shade gives solace to the universe. O brother, without a personality such as Nitai, it is not possible to attain Radha and Krsna. So hold on very tightly (drdha) to His lotus feet.

se sambandha nahi ja’ra, vrtha janma gela ta’ra,
sei pasu bada duracara
nitai na balila mukhe, majila samsara sukhe,
vidyakule ki karibe ta’ra
(2) 

If someone has not yet established his relationship with Nityananda Prabhu, his life has been wasted. He is no better than an animal. Not taking the name of Nitai on one’s lips, one becomes absorbed in the so-called happiness of this world. Then what is the value of one’s education and birth in a high family or great nation?

ahankare matta haiya, nitai-pada pasariya,
asatyere satya kari’ mani
nitaiyera karuna habe, vraje radha-krsna pabe,
dhara nitaiyera carana du’khani
(3) 

Forgetting Nitai’s lotus feet, one becomes maddened by the false concept of bodily life and considers the illusory energy as real. Receiving the mercy of Nitai, he can attain Sri Radha and Krsna in Vraja. Firmly catch hold of the lotus feet of Nitai.

nitaiyera carana satya, tahara sevaka nitya,
nitai-pada sada kara asa
narottama bada duhkhi, nitai more kara sukhi,
rakha ranga-caranera pasa
(4) 

The feet of Nitai are real and service to Him is eternal. Always hope and pray for the lotus feet of Nitai. “Narottama is very unhappy! O Nitai, please make me happy. Keep me tucked close to Your feet which are like reddish lotuses.