Truce for the Holy Day
by Narayani d.d.
Posted February 13, 2003

My dear Vaisnavas,

Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories all glories to Srila Prabhupada!

I have a humble request to make, please forgive me if I ignorantly offend anyone. I request, in honor of the up and coming appearance day of Sri Nityananda Prabhu, that we put aside our discussions/arguments (at least for a few days) i.e. the meaning of siksa/diksa guru, homosexuals in ISKCON, and the many others that seem, to me, to be dividing our wonderful home that Srila Prabhupada built for us, and focus on "the basic principles of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement. Chanting, dancing, and eating Krsna prasadam (one of my favorite things:))." I would like to share this beautiful song by Narottama Das Thakura in glorification if Lord Nitai with you all!

nitai-pada-kamala, koti-candra-susitala,
je chayay jagata juray
heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krsna paite nai,
drdha kori' dharo nitair pay

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

ahankare matte hoiya, nitai-pada pasariya,
asatyere satya kori mani
nitaiyer koruna habe, braje radha-krsna pade,
dharo nitai-carana du'khani

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

"This is a very nice song sung by Narottama Dasa Thakura. He advises that nitai-pada, the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda, are a shelter where one will get the soothing moonlight not only of one, but of millions of moons. We can just imagine the aggregate total value of the soothing shine of millions of moons. In this material world (jagat), which is progressing toward hell, there is always a blazing fire, and everyone is struggling hard without finding peace; therefore, if the world wants to have real peace, it should take shelter under the lotus feet of lord Nityananda, which are cooling like the shining of a million moons. Juraya means relief. If one actually wants relief from the struggle of existence and actually wants to extinguish the blazing fire of material pangs, Narottama Dasa Thakura advises, 'Please take shelter of Lord Nityananda.'

What will be the result of accepting the shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda? He says, heno nitai bine bhai: unless one takes shelter under the shade of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda radha-krsna paite nai--it will be very difficult for him to approach Radha-Krsna and associate with the Supreme Lord in His sublime pleasure dance. Narottama Das advises that if one actually wants to enter into the dancing party of Radha-Krsna he must accept the shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

Then he says, se sambandha nahi. Sambandha means 'connection' or 'contact.' Anyone who has not connected a relationship with Nityananda is understood to have spoiled his human birth....Why is he spoiling it? Sei pasu boro duracar. Sei means 'that,' pasu means 'animal,' and duracar means 'misbehaved' or 'the most misbehaved.' Without elevation to Krsna consciousness through the mercy of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, life is simply spoiled in the animal propensities of sense gratification....

....What are they doing? Nitai na bolilo mukhe. Since they do not know who Nityananda is, they never say the names of Lord Nityananda and Lord Caitanya. Majilo samsara-sukhe. Majilo means 'becomes absorbed.' They become absorbed in so-called material enjoyment. They don't care who Lord Caitanya and Nityananda are, and therefore they go deep down into material existence. vidya-kule ki koribe tar: if one has no connection with Nityananda, and if he does not come to Krsna consciousness, his vidya, or his so-called academic education, and kula, birth in a high family or great nation, will not protect him...

...Why are these human animals acting this way? Ahankare matta hoiya, nitai-pada pasariya. They have become maddened by a false concept of bodily life, and thus they have forgotten their eternal relationship with Nityananda. Asatyere satya kori mani: such forgetful persons accept the illusory energy as factual. Asatyere refers to that which is not a fact, or, in other words, Maya. Maya means that which has no existence but is a temporary illusion only. Persons who have no contact with Nityananda accept this illusory body as factual.

Narottama Dasa then says, nitaiyer koruna habe, braja radha-krsna pabe: 'If you actually want to approach the association of Radha-Krsna, you must achieve the mercy of Lord Nityananda first. When He is meryful toward you, then you will be able to approach Radha-Krsna.' Dhaaro nitai-carana du'khani. Narottama Dasa advises that one firmly catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

Then again he says, nitai-carana satya. One should not misunderstand and think that he has caught hold of Maya, similarly the lotus feet of Nityananda may also be something like that Maya, or illusion. Therefore Narottama Dasa confirms, nitai-carana satya: the lotus feet of Nityananda are not illusion; they are a fact. Tahara sevaka nitya: and one who engages in the transcendental loving service of Nityananda is also transcendental. If one engages in the transcendental loving service of Nityananda in Krsna consciousness, he immediately achieves his transcendental position on the spiritual platform, which is eternal and blissful. Therefore he sdvises, nitai-pada sada koro asa: always try to catch the lotus feet of Lord Nityananda.

Narottama boro dukhi. Narottama Dasa Thakura, the acharya, is taking the position that he is very unhappy. Actually, he is representing ourselves. He says, 'My dear Lord, I am very unhappy.' Nitai more koro sukhi: 'Therefore I am praying to Lord Nityananda to make me happy.' Rakho ranga-caranera pasa: 'Please keep me in a corner of Your lotus feet.'"

Sri Nityananda Mahaprabhu ki jai!! This song really inspires me!

I love where Srila Prabhupada says we can "enter the dance party of Radha and Krsna." What could be more ecstatic? I, personally, love a pounding kirtana!! Never at any other time in my life do I feel as much joy and happiness as when I'm in a great kirtana and all the devotees are dancing and singing! All of my daily problems and worries just go right out the door. I remember during gurukula when my sister and I would fight (as siblings seem to always do) during kirtan it never mattered. We would dance with each other anyway. Krsna consciousness is "sublime and easy."

"If one is captivated by the pastimes of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, simply by chanting and dancing and eating prasada the dirty things in his heart will become cleansed. The heart of anyone who takes to this movement of chanting, dancing, and eating krsna-prasada will surely be cleansed of all dirty material contamination!"
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Sri Nityananda Mahaprabhu Ki Jai!!!!!!!

Your servant,
Narayani d.d.