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Lord Nityānanda Prabhu's Āvirbhāva Appearance Day

Nitāi
Nitāi--Pada
Pada--Kamala Purport

Los Angeles, January 31, 1969

Prabhupāda: (sings)

nitāi-pada-kamala, koṭi-candra-suśītala,
je chāyāy jagata jurāy
heno nitāi bine bhāi, rādhā-kṛṣṇa pāite nāi,
dṛḍha kori' dharo nitāir pāy

se sambandha nāhi jā'r, bṛthā janma gelo tā'r,


sei paśu boro durācār
nitāi nā bolilo mukhe, majilo saṁsāra-sukhe,
vidyā-kule ki koribe tār

ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pāsariyā,


asatyere satya kori māni
nitāiyer koruṇā habe, braje rādhā-kṛṣṇa pābe,
dharo nitāi-caraṇa du'khāni

nitāiyer caraṇa satya, tāṅhāra sevaka nitya,


nitāi-pada sadā koro āśā
narotamma boro dukhī, nitāi more koro sukhī,
rākho rāṅgā-caraṇera pāśa
Nitāi-pada-kamala, koṭi-candra-suśītala, je chāyāy jagata jurāy. This is a
song by Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, a great ācārya of the Gauḍīya-vaiṣṇava-
sampradāya. He has written many songs about the Vaiṣṇava philosophy,
and they are approved as completely corresponding with Vedic instruc-
tions. So here Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura 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 Nityānanda...," whose birthday is today,
31st, January, 1969. So we should relish this instruction of Narotta-
ma dāsa Ṭhākura 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 Nit-
yānanda because it is as cooling as the moon rays combined together of mi-
llions of moons. That means one will immediately find peaceful atmosphe-
re. 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 Nityānanda will immediately feel that relief. Then he says,

nitāi-pada-kamala, koṭi-candra-suśītala,
je chāyāy jagata jurāy,
heno nitāi bine bhai, rādhā-kṛṣṇa pāite nāi,
dharo nitāi-caraṇa du'khani

He says that "If you are anxious to go back to home, back to Godhead, and
become associate with Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa, then the best policy is to take shel-
ter of Nityānanda." Then he says, se sambandha nāhi jā'r, bṛthā janma gelo
tā'r: "One who has not been able to contact Nityānanda, then one should
think of himself that he has simply spoiled his valuable life." Bṛthā jan-
ma gelo, bṛthā means for nothing, and janma means life. Gelo tā'r, spoiled.
Because he has not made connection with Nityānanda. The Nityānanda,
very name, suggests... Nitya means eternal. Ānanda means pleasure. Mate-
rial 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 nityānanda, eternal pleasure. So anyone who has
no contact with Nityānanda, it is to be understood that his life is spoiled.
se sambandha nāhi jā'r, bṛthā janma gelo tā'r,
sei paśu boro durācār

Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura uses here very harsh word. He says that such hu-
man being is an animal, an uncontrollable animal. As there are some ani-
mals that cannot be tamed, so anyone who has not contacted Nityānanda,
he should be considered as an untamed animal. Sei paśuboro durā-
cār. Why? Because nitāi nā bolilo mukhe: "He never uttered the holy name
of Nityānanda." And majilo saṁsāra-sukhe, "and become merged into this
material happiness." Vidyā-kule ki koribe tār. "That nonsense does not
know that what will his education and family and tradition and nationality
will help him?" These things cannot help him. These are all temporary
things. Simply, if we want eternal pleasure, we must contact Nityānan-
da. Vidyā-kule ki koribe tār. Vidyā means education, and kula means fa-
mily, 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 ot-
her than human body. So these things cannot protect us or give us the real
pleasure. So Narottama dāsaṬhākura advises that vidyā-kule ki koribe
tār. Then he says, ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā. "Being maddened after false pres-
tige and identification..." False identification with the body and prestige of
bodily relationship, it is called ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā. One is mad after this
false prestige. Ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pāsariyā. Due to this false
prestige we are thinking, "Oh, what is Nityānanda? What can He do for me?
I don't care." So these are the signs of false prestige. Ahaṅkāre matta hoi-
yā, nitāi-pada pāsa..., asatyere satya kori māni. The result is that I am ac-
cepting something which is false. For example, I am accepting this body.
This body, I am not this body. Therefore, with false identification I am beco-
ming entangled more and more. So one who is puffed up with this false
prestige, ahaṅkāre matta hoiyā, nitāi-pada pā..., asatyere sat-
ya kori māni, he accepts something wrong as right. Then he says, nitāiyer
koruṇā habe, braje rādhā-kṛṣṇa pābe. If you are actually serious about
going back to home, back to Godhead, then please seek after the mercy
of Nityānanda. Ahaṅkāre...
nitāiyer koruṇā habe, braja rādhā-kṛṣṇa pābe,
dharo nitāi-caraṇa du'khāni

"Please catch up the lotus feet of Nityānanda." Then he says, nitāi-


yer caraṇa 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 Nityānanda; it may also prove false. But Na-
rottama dāsa Ṭhākura assures that nitāiyer caraṇa satya: "It is not false. Be-
cause Nityānanda is eternal, His lotus feet is also eternal." Tāṅhāra seva-
ka nitya. And anyone who takes to the service of Nityānanda, they also be-
come 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 king-
dom. So nitāiyer caraṇa satya. If you catch nitāiyer, the lotus feet of Nityā-
nanda, then you become immediately spiritualized. Just like if you touch
electricity, immediately you become electrified. That is natural. Simi-
larly, Nityānanda is eternal happiness, if you touch Nityānanda some way
or other, then you become also eternally happy. Tāṅhāra sevaka nitya. The-
refore one who has in contact with Nityānanda, they have become eternal.

nitāiyer caraṇa satya, tāṅhāra sevaka nitya,


dṛḍha kori' dharo nitāir pāy

So just catch Him very tightly. Narottama boro duḥkhī, nitāi more koro suk-
hī. At the last Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, the composer of this song, he is ap-
pealing to Nityānanda, "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. (end)