How to Attain Perfection in One Lifetime?

How will one attain perfection in one lifetime?

“One can certainly attain perfection in one lifetime by sincerely worshiping the Lord under the guru’s guidance and giving up one’s independence.”

(By Shrila Bhaktisiddhant Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad)

“Service to the spiritual master, who is most dear to the Supreme Lord, is more beneficial than service to the Supreme Lord Himself. Our progress lies in serving the spiritual master, because by such service the fallen living entities are delivered. Those who want actual benefit must serve the spiritual master and the devotees with love and devotion.
What does it mean to serve them? Guru and the Vaiṣṇavas engage in no other activity but Kṛṣṇa’s service. If we are to serve them, we should assist them in their service to the Supreme Lord and happily follow their orders without reservation.
Subordination to the spiritual master is required at all stages of life. To try to personally serve Kṛṣṇa with pride and without the guru’s guidance simply causes disturbance. By denying or disobeying the spiritual master, one certainly brings about his own ruination.”

(By Shrila Bhaktisiddhant Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad)

How to Attain Krishna Prem?

🌿Attainment of love is the greatest achievement. Krishna Prem is that wealth without which even the so-called richest are also the poorest. We often wonder how we can attain this Krishna-prem. Do we have a clear answer to this crucial question- “How to attain Krishna Prem?”

🌿 The best answer to this question is given by Shrila Bhaktisiddhant Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad as follows,

“It is natural to develop love for those whom we serve. Serve Kṛṣṇa and you will become attached to Him.”

🌿 Now what is the best way to serve Krishna?

🌿 The best way to serve Krishna is to serve His devotees, especially, Sri Guru.

🌿 Who is the Guru of all Gurus and the topmost devotee?

🌿 Adi-Guru, Vaishnav-dham, Doyal NITAI

Therefore, Nitai Seva is the best way to attain Krishna Prem.

P.S. 🌿 What is the best way to serve Nitai?

🌿 Achar and Prachar of Nitailekhan and Nitai Nam-Lila Shravan-Kirtan.

Worship of Gaur and Radha Krishna

🌿 Are we neglecting the worship of Gaur or Radha Krishna?

🌷 It may be falsely claimed that we are displeasing Nitai by excluding the worship of Gaur by quoting the following verse spoken by Nitai in Chaitanya Bhagavata 2.15.69:

“Anyone who worships Me but does not worship Lord Gauranga, brings pain to Me. Such a person suffers birth after birth.”
Our response:

In the above verse, Nitai is condemning only those who do not worship Gaur but only worship Him with no faith in Gaur.

🌷1. Let us first of all see how Gaur is worshipped. As per Jaiva Dharma by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakuar:

“Vrajanatha: Since Shri Gauranga is the original complete Absolute Truth, how should one worship Him?

Babaji: As one worships Lord Krishna by chanting the name and mantra of Lord Krishna, so one should worship Lord Gaur by chanting the name and mantra of Gauranga. One may worship Lord Gaur by chanting Krishna-mantras, or for that matter one may worship Lord Krishna by chanting Gaur-mantras. They are all the same. Anyone who thinks Lord Krishna and Lord Gaura are different is a fool. He is a servant of Kali-yuga.”

Presently, the standard for initiation in our Sadhu Maharaj Sanga is to do Nitailekhan and Hare Krishna Mahamantra chanting. You may object that as Gauranga’s Name is no longer being airwritten or chanted in japa, we have left out the worship of Gaur. As per the above quote from Jaiva Dharma, it is quite clear that one may worship Gaur by chanting Krishna’s mantra (krishna-mantre gaurapuja va gaura-mantre krishnapuja-sakalai eka).

So, Gaur’s worship is possible by the chanting of the Hare Krishna Mahamantra as authorized by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Thus, nobody can say that we are worshipping only Nitai and not Gaur because we are diligently following Gaur’s most important order to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra. Also, we are worshiping Radha Krishna in the topmost way by the japa and kirtan of the Hare Krishna mahamantra.

🌷2. Nitai gets extremely displeased with those who perceive Him as independent of Gaur. That can be so displeasing to Nitai that He may curse someone to suffer birth after birth for that. We know that there were sects in Bengal who used to worship Nitai, Gaur, or even Advaita as separate Gods without paying attention to the relation they had with each other.

However, we perceive Nitai as the topmost servant of Gaur and His dearmost associate and brother. Nitai is our Prabhu and Gaur is Nitai’s Prabhu. As long as we have this understanding of Vrindavana das Thakura in Chaitanya Bhagavata 1.17.153, there is no problem at all.

amara prabhura prabhu shri gaurasundara
e bada bharasa citte dhari nirantara

Nitai will never mind if we worship Him more as long as we accept in our heart that Nitai is Gaur’s dearmost servant and serves Gaur in many ways. Remembering Nitai means remembering Gaur and Radha Krishna as stated in Chaitanya Bhagavata. When we perceive Nitai as Gauranga’s topmost servant then Nitai is happy. And when we airwrite निताइ and sing His Name then Gaur is happy.

Thus, we are making both the Brothers happy. We know that Nitai is the Adi-Guru, the Guru of all Gurus. if He gets displeased with anyone then that devotee cannot advance an inch in devotion. In fact, one will lose whatever Bhakti one has. (yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasado
yasyaprasadan na gatih kuto ‘pi).

However, our devotees are showing contrary results by getting more and more realizations, taste, and bliss in devotional service and harinam. And as Shrila Prabhupada says, phalena paricīyate: one’s success or defeat in any activity is understood by its result. Therefore, it is a certain truth that Nitai is not at all displeased with us.

It is also important to remember that if one displeases Gaur, one can be forgiven by Nitai’s worship but if one displeases Nitai then even Gaur’s worship does not help, as stated by Shrila Jiva to Lord Nitai in Navadvipa Dham Mahatmya 4.34,35:

tomara karuna vina gaur nahi paya,
shata janma bhaje yadi gauranga hiyaya.“Even if someone worships Gauranga whole-heartedly for a hundreds births, without Your
mercy Nitai, they will never attain Him.”

gaura danda kare yadi tumi raksha kara,
tumi jare danda kara gaura tara para.

“If Gauranga wishes to punish someone, Nitai, You always protect that person. But, if You punish someone, the person will go away from Gauranga eternally.”

🌷3. Another point to note is that our philosophy is not to worship only Nitai. We simply try to focus more on Nitai so that attainment of Gaur Radha Krishna becomes a greater reality. Focussing more on Nitai does not exclude the bhajan of Gaur Radha Krishna.

It is known that Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is worshipped by sankirtana yajna. And we do worship Mahaprabhu by performing daily sankirtana of Gaur nam, Nitai nam, and Hari nam as an offering to Gauranga Mahaprabhu. Additionally, our Guru and Acarya, Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj, has personally recommended many a times to remember Gauranga even while singing or chanting the Hare Krishna Mahamantra.

🌷4. It was Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj who established and advocated the chanting of the Gaura Gopala Mantra – “Gauranga”, which is composed of four syllables for the first time so openly in this world. It is due to his untiring efforts that many devotees all over the world have felt attracted to Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

He had published Chaitanya Bhagavat (the prominent biography of Nitai Gaur) and distributed it at cost price widely in order to spread the glories of Nitai Gauranga. He has also written and published an explanatory translation of Chaitanya Chandramrita (a book that contains the exclusive glories of Gaur) and the first chapter of Navadvip Dhama Mahatmaya (a book that contains the glories of Gaur’s Abode).

You can read them here:

Shri Chaitanya Chandramrita
https://nitaaiveda.com/SG_Translated_and_Main_Scriptures/Shri_Chaitanya_Chandramrita.htm
Shri Navadvipa Dham Mahatmaya
https://nitaaiveda.com/SG_Translated_and_Main_Scriptures/Navadvipa_Dhaam_Mahatmya.htm

Moreover, he published small booklets containing the 100 Names of Gaur and Scriptural Evidences in support of Gaur’s Godhood. For more than a decade, He has been taking devotees on Navadvipa Parikrama, many a times throughout the year.

Even today, our preachers all over the world are spreading the glories of Gaur by establishing that He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead on the basis of the Vedic Scriptures. How can anyone claim that we are worshiping only Nitai and not Gaur? Can’t they understand how much Nitai must be pleased with all these efforts to glorify Gaur?

🌷5. Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj has never stopped anyone from worshiping Gauranga through His name and has no intention to ever do so. In fact, He Himself is very pained by those who stop others from chanting the holy names of Nityananda and Gauranga.

He has written, “Even if they are devotees, I will never forgive deep within my heart, those who discourage or stop others from chanting the names of Nityananda and Gauranga or from airwriting निताइ, along with Hari nam, because they mercilessly strip those souls from the only chance to offenselessly chant Hari nam, simply by giving the excuse of the Panch-tattva mantra, which is a prayer not a mantra for chanting like Nitai nam and Gaur Nam.”

Therefore, even though the present standard for aspiring disciples and followers is to do Nitailekhan and chant the Hare Krishna Mahamantra, still many of the disciples continue to chant Gaur’s Name and will continue to do that in future as well without any hindrance.

🌷6. Please read these verses from Sri Chaitanya Charitamrit,

kālā-kṛṣṇadāsa baḍa vaiṣṇava-pradhāna
nityānanda-candra vinu nahi jāne āna
(CC Adi 11.37)

“The twenty-second devotee of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu was Kālā Kṛṣṇadāsa, who was the ninth cowherd boy. He was a first-class Vaiṣṇava and did not know anything beyond Nityānanda Prabhu.”

hoḍa kṛṣṇadāsa — nityānanda-prabhu-prāṇa
nityānanda-pada vinu nāhi jāne āna

(CC Adi 11.47)

“The thirty-sixth devotee of Lord Nityānanda was Hoḍa Kṛṣṇadāsa, whose life and soul was Nityānanda Prabhu. He was always dedicated to the lotus feet of Nityānanda, and he knew no one else but Him.”

In these verses it is clearly mentioned that these two associates of Nitai knew no one but Nitai. They were exclusively devoted to Nitai. Do you think Nitai was displeased with them? Do you think Nitai will make them suffer birth after birth?

Let us summarize. The verse quoted in the beginning from Chaitanya Bhagavata can never be even remotely applicable to us because of our staunch faith and regard for Lord Gauranga.

In fact, the basic reason for emphasizing more on Nitai is to WIN THE HEART OF GAUR as it is the shortest and surest way to do so. This stress on Nitai’s Name and Glories was an offering by Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu to Lord Gauranga on His Appearance Day (Gaur Purnima, 2015). Offerings are given to those whom we adore and whom we wish to please.

He wrote this on that day, “I promise to Gaur today on His appearance day that I will try to spread the airwriting, singing, and chanting of Nitai’s name even more vigorously than before since it the only hope for the rebellious conditioned souls to become favourable towards Nitai Gaur and Radha Krishna bhakti according to all our beloved acharyas.”

Worthless disciple of Shrila Bhaktiratna Sadhu Maharaj,
Nitaimani das

Secret Desire of the Two Brothers

Lord Krishna (apparently) left Vrindavan at a very young age along with Lord Balaram. All Vraja-vasis experienced intense Viyog (separation) because of that. Krishna also felt the same Viyog from the Vraj-vasis. However, Balaram could not experience the same as Krishna always kept Him by His side. Not could Krishna experience separation from Lord Balaram like He felt from other Vraj-vasis. Hence, when Krishna came as Gaur, He fulfilled this desire also when He went to Puri along with His desire of relishing Radha-bhav. He sent Nitai to East Bengal for distributing Krishna-prem to one and all. And here in Puri, He experienced intense separation from Nitai. Simply by chanting Nitai’s name He would fall unconscious on the ground. And the same happened with Nitai when He was away from Gaur. He would shout “Aha re! Gauranga!” and He would fall down on the ground drenching His body with His own tears.

So this is a secret desire of both the brothers which got fulfilled in this Lila. In fact, in this most confidential Nitai Gaur Lila, the innermost desires of the Lords and all the associates got surprisingly fulfilled.

The Glorification of Unparalleled Love

निताइ! The Hare Krishna Mahamantra is replete with Radhey-Shyam’s love for each other. Radha’s love for Krishna and Krishna’s love for Radha. The Mahamantra is not just the glorification of Radha and Krishna, it is the glorification of their unparalleled love. It is overflowing with the divine couple’s madness for each other. We celebrate their eternal love by singing the Mahamantra! निताइ!

निताइ! We can’t imagine how grateful Jagai and Madhai must be to Nitai throughout their lives. Everyday they must be crying profusely in gratitude. Their every drop of tear was a testimonial of Nitai’s unparalleled mercy.  निताइ!

निताइ! Writing Nitai’s name in the air with the tip of your index finger is not only eco-friendly but also ego-friendly.
निताइ! Fortunate are those who have an inclination to serve. Blessed are those who get a chance to serve.

निताइ! Respect, service, and love have to be unconditional or else they cease to be what they are.

Nitai is an Ocean of Mercy

Joy Nitai!

Nitai is very merciful. We say this all the time. We hear this all the time. We have read it so many times that Nitai is very merciful, Nitai is so merciful. But now we say it very casually that Nitai is very merciful but can we really fathom the depth of His mercy? He is an ocean of mercy and when we try to ponder upon His merciful nature, we have no other option but to surrender. His mercy is so overwhelming. When we start feeling His mercy, I mean even a small small fraction of it, He is an ocean of mercy. You can never fathom, you can just say He is very merciful, but you cannot exactly define the word ‘very’ here. The word ‘very’ is very limited. It describes Nitai’s mercy in a very limited way.

So we can just keep on thinking and contemplating within your mind and heart about the mercy of Nitai. The depth because He is an Ocean of Mercy. karuna sindhu. And the more you take shelter of His name, the more you chant His name, you sing His name aloud in kirtana, you do Nitai Namlekhan, the more you realise how deep the ocean of mercy He is. How deep it is. You can actually enter the ocean, go deeper and deeper and you’ll be more surprised at every moment. You will realise His merciful nature with much more clarity.

In the beginning its just an abstract concept for you. It is very vague that yes yes, He is very merciful. The more you take shelter of His name, the more you realise His true.. the true nature of Nitai comes out from the name and you start getting overwhelmed. You get surprised and tears also start falling from your eyes because it is very natural because such kind of mercy is completely inconceivable. It is incomprehensible. Nobody can understand it. Nobody can conceive it. Nobody can even think of it, the kind of mercy Nitai possesses, bestows upon the fallen souls. The more you realise it, the more you will be overwhelmed and the more you will be attracted to Nitai, the more you will surrender to Nitai. You will take His shelter.

nitai-pada sada koro asa
narottama boro dukhi,
nitai more koro sukhi
rakho ranga-caranera pasa

So just like we say Krishna is rasaraj, He is an ocean of Rasa. We say it very casually but the more a devotee realises that, the more one falls in love with Krishna. The more he realises the rasa, the madhurya of Krishna. Similarly we say Nitai is karuna sindhu, He is an ocean of mercy but just saying is not enough, when you start realising that how merciful He actually is then that mercy attracts you so much that you fully surrender to Nitai. You realise that no one is going to actually deliver you other than Nitai. There is no other gati for you other than Nitai.

nitai charana vina nāhiko ashraya

There is no other shelter. So that is why just philosophy is not enough, practice is very important. When you actually take shelter of His name through Nitai Namlekhan, you practice it. Sadhana is also very important. You do Nitai kirtana, you practice then the philosophy becomes alive. Simply by understanding philosophy, by reading articles and posts or just knowing that Nitai is very merciful is… you know, that is also good but that is not enough. We have to practically realise that and for that you need to practice, you have to do sadhana. And you have to please the Nitai Bhaktas.

So philosophy alone won’t help you so much. You have to accompany it with practice also. Very important. And then you will see that philosophy helps practice and practice helps you to understand philosophy in a better way. They both are complementing each other. Philosophy improves practice and practice improves our philosophical understanding.

Joy Nitai!

What brings Krishna in your heart ?

In the realm of devotional service (Bhakti) if you try to become too practical then you’ll never become ideal. However, if you try to become ideal then the Lord makes everything practical.  So go beyond what is practical and embrace what is ideal fearlessly. People may misunderstand idealism but the Lord understands it very well and even appreciates it.

The most striking quality of Krishna is that He is bhakta-vatsal. And the most striking quality of Nitai is that He is abhakta-vatsal too.  Krishna has a lot of Vatsalya for his surrendered devotees. But Nitai has immense Vatsalya for all living entities. Uttam adham kichu na kare vichar.

Harinam Japa is a thread to bind Krishna. Harinam Kirtan is a rope to bind Krishna. But where is Krishna? First He needs to come in your heart then only you can bind Him with your thread or rope. What brings Krishna in your heart in the first place? Nitai’s name. (Avashya paibe Krishnachandra sei jane) Therefore, Nitainam Lekhan ki Jaya!

 

Pearls of the ocean can’t be obtained simply by standing on the shore. One has to muster courage and dive deep. No pain no gain! Hare Krishna!
If you can’t make this extremely difficult move but still aspire for pearls then simply put your faith in Nitai and He will get the pearls for you. No pain still gain. Joy Nitai!

(Self-advice) Either with closed or open eyes, just try to see the most merciful syllables of निताइ‘s name and nothing else. Don’t engage your eyes in seeing any other beautiful object, person, or scene. Otherwise you won’t be able to see the syllables of Nitai Nam clearly. It is up to you now. What do you really want to see?