6. Eight Prayers for Shrī Nityānanda, Lord of Eternal Bliss

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Shrī Nityānandāshtakam 

Composed by Vrindāvan das Thakur

sharach-chandra-bhrānting sphurad-amala-kānting gaja-gating

hari-premonmattang dhrita-parama-sattvang smita-mukham

sadā ghūrnan-netrang kara-kalita-vetram kali-bhidang

bhaje nityānandam bhajana-taru-kandang niravādhi (1)

The sphere of His bright face resembles a wandering autumnal moon, His pure complexion glistens, His gait is like that of an elephant, He is utterly intoxicated in Love of God, krishna-prema, He is the personification of pure spiritual energy (vishuddha-sattva) and His face is smiling. His eyes are always rolling from intoxication of divine love; His hand holds a staff, and [beating His staff on the ground strongly and loudly chanting “Haribol!”] He dispels the evil forces of this age of Kali. I perpetually worship Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu, the root of the tree of devotion (bhakti) to God.

rasānām āgārang svajana-gana-sarvasvam atulang

tadīyaika-prāna-pratima-vasudhā-jāhnavā-patim

sadā premonmādam param-aviditang manda-manasāng

bhaje nityānandam bhajana-taru-kandang niravadhi (2)

He is the abode of all transcendental relationships with God, rasas; He is everything to His devotees; He is beyond compare; and He is the dear husband of Vasudha and Jāhnavā-devī, who are His very life. He is always maddened in divine love, prema, and He is unknown only to those of mundane intelligence. I perpetually worship Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu, the root of the tree of devotion (bhakti) to God.

shacī-sūnu-preshthang nikhila-jagad-ishtang sukha-māyām

kalau majjaj-jīvoddharana-karanod dāma-karunam

harer ākhyānād va bhava-jaladhi-garvonnati harang

bhaje nityānandang bhajana-taru-kandang niravadhi (3)

He is most dear to Mother Shachi’s son (Chaitanya Mahāprabhu), He is worshiped by the entire universe, and He is forever filled with joy. By His unbounded mercy, He rescues the souls drowning in this iron age of Kali, and by performing shrīharināmasankīrtan, chanting of God’s holy names, He evaporates the swelling pride in this ocean of mundane existence. I perpetually worship Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu, the root of the tree of devotion (bhakti) to God.

aye bhrātar nrinām kali-kalushinām king nu bhavitā

tathā prāyashchitang rachaya yad anāyāsata ime

vrajanti tvām itthang saha bhagavatā mantrayati yo

bhaje nityānandang bhajana-taru-kandang niravadhi (4)

“O My brother, contaminated by the vices of the Iron age or Kali, what will become of mankind?” He thus advises the Supreme Lord, Shrī Krishna Chaitanya, “Please devise a method to purify the souls, whereby they can easily attain Your shelter.” I perpetually worship Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu, the root of the tree of devotion (bhakti) to God.

yatheshtang re bhrātah! kuru hari-hari-dhvānam anishang

tato vah samsārāmbudhi-tarana-dāyo mayi laget

idang bāhu-sphottair atati ratayan yah pratigrihang

bhaje nityānandang bhajana-taru-kandang niravadhi (5)

“O brothers, simply chant incessantly the names of Shrī Hari, and let the responsibility of delivering you from the ocean of repeated birth and death rest upon Me.” While traveling constantly, He approached the door of every home, declaring this with outstretched arms. I perpetually worship Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu, the root of the tree of devotion to God.

balāt samsārāmbhonidhi-harana-kumbhod bhavam aho!

satāng shreyah-sindhūnnati-kumuda-bandhung samuditam

khala-shrenī-sphūrjat-timira-hara-sūrya-prabham ahang

bhaje nityānandang bhajana-taru-kandang niravadhi (6)

How astonishing! He is just like Agastya Muni [who once swallowed the entire ocean], forcibly swallowing the ocean of repeated birth and death. He is the rising moon that causes the ocean of saintly persons’ good fortune to swell. He is the brilliant sun, blazing before the multitude of rogues and dispelling the darkness of their ignorance. I perpetually worship Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu, the root of krishnabhakti tree.

natantang gāyantang harim anuvādantang pathi pathi

vrajantang pashyantang svam api madayantam jana-ganam

prakurvantang santang sa-karuna-drig-antang prakalanād

bhaje nityānandang bhajana-taru-kandang niravadhi (7)

Dancing, singing, and calling out the names of God, the very sight of Him delights the devotees. He roams every path, casting upon the saintly a glance from the corners of His merciful eyes. I perpetually worship Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu, the root of the tree of devotion (bhakti) to God.

su-bibhrānam bhrātuh kara-sarasijang komalatarang

mitho vaktrālokocchalita-paramānanda-hridayam

bhramantang mādhuryair ahaha! madayantang pura-janān

bhaje nityānandam bhajana-taru-kandang niravadhi (8)

When He gently held the supremely soft lotus hand of His brother, Their hearts flooded in ecstasy as They gazed at each others’ faces. As He wandered here and there, He delighted the townspeople with His sweetness. I perpetually worship Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu, the root of the tree of devotion (bhakti) to God.

rasānām ādhārang rasika-vara-sad-vaishnava-dhanang

rasāgāram sārang patita-tati-tāram smaranatah

parang nityānandāshtakam idam apūrvam pathati yas

tad-anghri-dvandvābjam sphuratu nitarāng tasya hridaye (9)

May Shrī Nityānanda Prabhu’s two lotus feet brilliantly manifest in the hearts of those who recite this unprecedented and supremely potent Nityānand āshtakam, which is the reservoir of mellows, rasa, the treasure of exalted Vaishnavas who relish this mellows of divine love (rasika), and the abode of the essence of bhakti-ras. It bestows liberation upon all fallen souls who simply remember it.

Pronunciation

a as in ‘about,’ e as in ‘eddie,’ i as in ‘see,’ o as in ‘yoga,’ u as in ‘food,’ ai as in ‘bye,’ au as in ‘how,’ ā, ī, ū are pronounced the same only that longer.

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