Seva-unmukhta leads to suddha-nam.
Thus, Nitai Vayulekhan leads to suddha-nam!
Shrila Prabhupad has translated the one word ‘Bhakti’ into two words, namely, ‘devotion’ plus ‘service’. In his preface to the Nectar of Devotion, he puts it very simply “Bhakti means ‘devotional service.”
Also, ‘devotion’ is synonymous with ‘love’. Thus, he translated Bhakti also as ‘transcendental loving service’ of the Lord.
Shrimati Radharani is the embodiment of ‘devotion’ or ‘love’ and Nitai Balaram is the embodiment of ‘service’. Thus, whenever we come across the phrase “devotional service” we must remember Nitai and Radha. This, also means that Bhakti is nothing but Nitai and Radha. Devotion without service is incomplete, and vice versa. This further indicates that both Nitai and Radha are having a very strong functional connection even though it is not explicitly visible in the Pastimes. This is corroborated by the fact that all our Acaryas who teach devotional service are always considered either one of the confidential associates of Radha or a manifested representation of Nitai.
“In all the ancient scriptures of devotional service and in the more recent songs of Śrīla Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and other unalloyed Vaiṣṇavas, the spiritual master is always considered either one of the confidential associates of Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī or a manifested representation of Śrīla Nityānanda Prabhu.” (Shrila Prabhupad’s purport to CC Adi 1.46)
With the real import of the word ‘service’ clear in our mind, let us analyse this epic verse oft-quoted by our Acaryas in regards to Nam tattva:
na bhaved grahyam indriyaih
sevonmukhe hi jihvadau
svayam eva sphuraty adah
“No one can understand the transcendental nature of the name, form, quality and pastimes of Sri Krishna through his materially contaminated senses. Only when one becomes spiritually saturated by transcendental service to the Lord are the transcendental name, form, quality and pastimes of the Lord revealed to him.” (Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu 1.2.234)
Here, the greatest emphasis is laid on the word sevonmukhe which basically means having an inclination to serve. Nitai is seva (service) ‘personified’. That is why He is known as Sevak Bhagwan- the Supreme Personality of Servitor Godhead. He is the very foundation of service (bhajana-taru-kandam). Let me come to the point now. It is a top secret that becoming seva-unmukha is possible only by becoming Nitai-unmukha. That is, inclination towards service is possible only by inclination towards Nitai as Nitai is Seva and Seva is Nitai. Thus, the more we become inclined towards the name, form, qualities, pastimes, associates, and abode of NItai, the more chances are there that the name, form, qualities, pastimes, etc., of Gaur-Krishna will be revealed to us. Therefore, it is recommended to do Nitai Vayulekhan before chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra as it is the easiest way to remember the name, form, qualities, etc., of Nitai. In fact, Nitai Vayulekhan factually increases our propensity to serve manifold. Those who regularly perform Nitai Vayulekhan definitely feel a strong urge to serve Hari, Guru, and Vaishnavs to the best of their abilities. Another literal meaning of unmukha is turning one’s vision towards something. This is exactly what we do in Nitai Vayulekhan. We try to direct our vision towards Nitai both externally as well as internally in His most merciful syllables’ form. As a result, our service attitude increases automatically and the pure name of Krishna manifests on our tongue.
Worthless disciple of Shrila Nitaipreshthji,