Phala Shruti of Shri Nityanandashtakam

Following is the Phala Shruti of Shri Nityanandashtakam:

rasanam adharam rasika-vara-sad-vaishnava-dhanam

rasagaram saram patita-tati-taram smaranatah

param nityanandashtakam idam apurvam pathati yas

tad-anghri-dvandvabjam sphuratu nitaram tasya hridaye

“May Lord Nitai’s two lotus feet briliantly manifest in the hearts of those who recite this unprecedented and supremely potent Nityanandashtakam, which is the reservoir of rasa, the treasure of exalted rasika Vaishnavas, and the abode of the essence of bhakti-rasa. It bestows liberation upon fallen souls who simply remember it.”

The above Phala Shruti of Nityanandashtakam by Shrila Vrindavan das Thakur reveals a lot about Nitai’s unique position. It is true that Nitai is the best friend of all fallen souls. But that does not mean that the most exalted rasika Vaishnavas have got nothing to do with Nitai. The name, form, qualities, and pastimes of Gaur Radha Krishna are not the only wealth of rasika Vaishnavas. The most advanced Vaishnavas like Shrila Vrindavan das Thakur and Shrila Narrotam das Thakur (dhana mora nityananda) have explicitly stated that Nitai, His name, form, qualities, and pastimes are the most cherished wealth for the topmost rasik Vaishnavas.
Moreover, this Phala Shruti also tells us that the name, form, qualities, and pastimes of Nitai are universal. They are accessible to the most fallen and the most exalted equally.
(uttama adhama kichu na kare vichaara) That’s why on one hand Shrila Vrindavan das Thakur writes that this Nityanandashtakam is the treasure of all exalted rasika Vaishnavas (rasika-vara-sad-vaishnava-dhanam), and on the other he mentions that the most fallen souls can get liberated simply by remembering it (patita-tati-taram smaranatah). It is indeed very wonderful how Shrila Vrindavan das Thakur glorifies the non-discriminating nature of Nitai even in the phala-shruti. Only in the case of Nitai, such contrast can be seen. In the same verse you may find rasika-vara-sad-vaishnava and patita receiving the same mercy by Nitai. Shrila Vrindavan das Thakur ki Jaya! Joy Nitai!

Worthless disciple of Shrila Nitaipreshthji,

Nitaimani das


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Nitaimani das

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

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