Drown in Bliss Everyday

bhakativinoda, kṛṣṇa-bhajane,
anakūla pāya jāhā

prati-dibase, parama-sukhe,
swīkāra koroye tāhā

So Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur in his bhajana śuddha-bhakata-caraṇa-reṇu, he writes this concluding statement. kṛṣṇa-bhajane, anakūla pāya jāhā. Whatever he finds favorable to Krishna bhajan, everyday prati-dibase, parama-sukhe, with the greatest happiness, he accepts all those activities which are favorable to his bhajana, which are favorable to his bhakti. This is very important. For a devotee, the only goal is to enhance his bhajana quantitatively and qualitatively. The sadhna, bhakti, the seva everything should increase in terms of quantity and in terms of quality. Whatever you find favorable, you get smarana by doing Nitainam Lekhan, by doing Nitai Kirtana, hearing and reading, chanting, association, then do all these things with the greatest happiness. This is the only activity in which you should spend all your time.

Always remain engaged, especially when you are not in dhama, then you cannot waste a single moment, because you are unprotected. If you give up your body outside dhama and you are not even doing bhajana, smarana, if your consciousness is not fixed in the Lord, then you are in a very risky position. So outside dhama you should be more cautious that you do not waste a single moment. You should be very afraid of death. Any moment it may come and then you will waste this precious human life. In the dhama one is more secure, and in dhama bhajana becomes very easy also. But when you are outside dhama, you must be alert, very conscious. prati-dibase, not even a single day you should compromise with your bhajan, your sadhana, your remembrance, your seva, no compromise, there is no room for that because you are in a very very risky position.

So with great delight, with great happiness, parama-sukhe, you must engage yourself in Krishna bhajana and in everything that leads to quantitative and qualitative enhancement of your bhajana. Accept everything that is favorable and reject everything that is unfavourable, then everyday your bliss will increase in bhajana, you will get more and more steadiness and strength to say no to the temptations of maya because you will be drowning in the bliss. You will be actually getting the higher taste which will allow you to give up the lower taste.

And your nishtha for bhakti, your nishtha for the higher taste will reflect in your words, will be reflected in your acharana, your behavior, and others around you will also be inspired to perform bhakti because they’ll feel that you are getting some higher taste, then they will also start hankering for it. Start aspiring for it. They will also start chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, doing Nitainam Lekhan and kirtana, because they will see you directly in so much bliss, pratyaksha, that they will also get inspired.

Joy Nitai!


The Lord of Mercy- Doyal Nitai!

karama geyana, kichu nahi mora,
sadhana bhajana nai
tumi krpa-moya, ami to kangala,
ahaituki krpa cai
(Bhajana Lalsa by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur)

What is Bhaktivinoda Thakur saying? He is saying that just accept that you can’t do sadhana, you can’t do bhajana, you don’t have karma, you don’t have jnana, you don’t have any qualification or yogyata to attain Gauranga and Radha-Shyama. You can only consider yourself as a kangaal and as a beggar and you can start begging for ahaituki kripa means causeless mercy because there is no cause to give you mercy. Even though he himself was performing a lot of sadhana but even if you perform sadhana, you should always consider your sadhana as zero. On the strength of sadhana, you can never attain the Lord. Sadhana is to keep you disciplined. Sadhana is to teach you, you know how to engage your senses in the service of the Lord. But attainment of the Lord is impossible without mercy. And who is the Lord of mercy? Doyal Nitai! So-

heno nitai bine bhai, radha-krishna paite nai
dridha kori’ dharo nitair pay
(Nitai Pada Kamla by Srila Narottama Das Thakur)

nitaiyer charana satya, tahara sevaka nitya,
nitai-pada sada koro asa

And drdha kori dharo nitaira paya and then he is saying dharo nitaiyer charana du’ khani. And in the first line he is saying nitai-pada-kamala. This entire bhajana is you know full of Nitai’s charana. Everywhere he is first of all saying that Nitai’s Lotus feet are more cooling than millions of moons. Then he is saying without Nitai you cannot attain Radha-Krishna, so ‘catch’ Nitai’s Lotus feet. Then he is saying that when Nitai will be merciful on you, then you will automatically attain Vraja dhama, you will see the chinmaya dhama, you will see the real dhama. Your transcendental eyes, senses will awaken and you will see Radha and Krishna. braje radha-krsna pabe. So dharo nitaiyer charana du’ khani. Then he is saying that nitai-pada sada koro asa. Then in the last line he is saying narottama bodo duhkhi, nitai more koro sukhi; rakho ranga-charanera pasa. The entire bhajana means take shelter of Nitai. The entire bhajana the only crux, the jist of the bhajana is that just take shelter of Nitai. Lotus Feet means you have to take the shelter of entire Nitai. You cannot take the shelter of Lotus feet exclusively. You have to take shelter of Nitai. Narottama Dasa Thakur is saying.

He was the Supreme Personality of Godhead and He had no shame, no hesitation, no ego when he went from door to door and he was begging. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sakshat Balrama Sarva Shaktidhara, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, He was not having any ego in begging and we fallen souls, we vibhinamsha, tathastha shakti, badha jiva, badha souls, we have ego that too in front of the Lord. We may have ego in front of some ordinary person. But why are we having ego in front of the Supreme Personality of Godhead who had no ego in begging from us? He was begging from us and we can’t beg from Him? That is very shameful. So we should not request, we should beg Nitai.

Touch Nitai, Get Nam-ruchi!(Based on Hari Nam Chintamani)

In the 4th chapter of Hari Nam Chintamani, Shrila Bhaktivinod Thakur writes,
vaiṣṇava dehete thāke śrī-kṛṣṇera śakti 
sei deha sparśe anye haya kṛṣṇa-bhakti

“Lord Krishna’s power rests in the body of such a Vaishnava. Simply by the TOUCH OF HIS BODY others may attain devotional service.” (Text 52)
Krishna’s shakti surely resides in the bodies of pure Vaishnavas. But such powerful Vaishnavas are very rarely found in Kali Yug. It is also said that by coming in contact with such Vaishnavas can only one obtain devotional service to Krishna. What if I tell you that there is a way by which you can touch the body of all Vaishnavas together while comfortable sitting in your home? Yes, there is a way. There is one personality in this creation by whose mercy everything can become miraculously easy, simple, and practicable. That personality is so unique that He has got solutions to all the problems that one can possibly face in one’s material or spiritual life. He is surely the only reliable rope which we can hold in order to save ourselves from drowning in this ghastly material ocean. He is the only rope for the ‘ropeless’, that is, the only hope for the ‘hopeless’. 
Yes. You are right. That personality is Nitai. And the miraculous way to touch the body of this topmost Vaishnav along with the body of all other Vaishnavas (Nitai is Vaishnav-dham) combined is Nitai Vayulekhan. When we do Nitai Vayulekhan, that is when we write Nitai’s name in air with our finger, we are directly touching Nitai only because abhinnatvan nama-naminoh. There is no difference between Nitai and Nitai’s name. 
Shrila Bhaktivinod Thakur is mentioning the glories of touching a Vaishnav because he wants to teach us what all is favorable for Nam bhajan. He knows that if we will go near a pure devotee and get a chance to receive his touch then that pure devotee’s Krishna-bhakti and nam-ruchi will enter into us. Thus, who will miss a chance of doing Nitai Vayulekhan after knowing how favorable it is for one’s Hari nam bhajan? The level of Nitai’s Krishna consciousness and nam-ruchi is matchless. So getting a chance to touch His transcendental body by Vayulekhan should not be missed by any sane person.  
Shrila Bhaktivinod Thakur also reveals why the bodies of certain devotees start trembling upon doing Nitai Vayulekhan,
vaiṣṇava-nikaṭe yadi baise kata-lakṣaṇa 

deha haite haya kṛṣṇa-śakti niḥsaraṇa 

sei śakti śraddhāvān hṛdaye paśiyā 

bhaktira udaya kare deha kāṅpāiyā 

“If for a few moments one stays near a Vaishnava, one will come into contact with Lord Krishna’s power coming from that Vaishnava’s body. When it enters a FAITHFUL person’s heart, THAT POWER MAKES THE BODY TREMBLE. It makes devotional service arise in that heart.” (Text 54 & 55)
Thus, those who faithfully associate with Nitai via the process of Nitai Vayulekhan will experience ecstatic symptoms like trembling of the body, flow of tears in the eyes, and much more. Without doubt. 
Worthless disciple of Shrila Nitaipreshthji,
Nitaimani das