Proof : Nitai Removes False Pride

                                
It is well understood by all that those who consider themselves fallen achieve the real mercy of Gaur-Krishna. They are always preferred much more by the Lord than those souls who are floating on the waves of ignorance by being puffed up with ahankar (false pride). Humilty is the real beauty of a devotee that attracts Gaur-Krishna.

Shrila Jagadananda Pandit writes in Prem Vivarta,

dīnere adhika dayā kare bhagavān

abhimāna dainya nāhi rahe eka-sthāna 

“The Lord bestows greater mercy upon those who are humble. Pride and humility cannot co-exist.” (Text 14, Chapter 10, Prema Vivarta)

                                 
In fact, considering oneself lower than a blade of grass is one of the most principal teachings of Shri Gauranga Mahaprabhu. However, the reality is that it is very difficult to achieve such a state of mind voluntarily. We are so much habitual of this false pride that it has become our second nature. We are very stubborn and we are simply not ready to improve. We need someone who can forcefully remove our false pride and make us dear to Gaur-Krishna. Who can do this other than Nitai? No one. Only Nitai is ready to forcefully make us humble because He is very eager to take us to Gaur-Krishna, in other words, He is very eager to save us from material existence and drown us in the ocean of pure love and bliss. We are not saying this, Shrila Jagadanand Pandit is saying this. He mentions in the same chapter that only Nitai can help us with this chronic disease of false pride. 

abhimāna-tyāga nityānandera dayā sāpekṣa

Giving up pride is dependent on Nityānanda’s mercy

āhā! prabhu nityānanda kabe karibe dayā

abhimāna chhāḍāñā more dibe pada-chhāyā

(Text 16, Chapter 10, Prem Vivarta)

“Ah! When will Nityānanda Prabhu be merciful to me? When will He force me to leave my pride and give me the shade of His feet?”  

Here the word chhāḍāñā indicates that if Nitai will be merciful upon us then He will forcefully remove our false pride. In our practical experience we can see that the devotees of Nitai are genuinely very humble. To sum, do Nitai Vayulekhan and receive Nitai’s mercy; become humble as a result, and finally receive Gaur-Krishna’s mercy. 

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Nitaimani das

Preacher of Nitainam Dhyan, Spiritual Author, and disciple of B.S. Nitaipreshthji

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