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This blog is for sharing one of the six loving exchanges between vaishnavas - bhajana katha sravanam alapa - sharing and discussing bhajan topics with devotees.

It is also my humble attempt to follow the instruction my gurudeva would give at the end of every class: take these pastimes and instructions into your heart. Therefore in the hopes that it will make some impression in my heart, I am sharing lecture notes, quotes, book excerpts, and other words from the brahma-madhva-gaudiya sampradaya and vaisnava/is around the world.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Srila Vrndavana das Thakur ki jai!

om ajnana timirandhasya jnananjana salakaya
caksur unmilitam yena tasmai sri gurave namah

"O Gurudeva, you are so merciful. I offer my humble pranama unto you and am praying from the core of my heart that, with the torchlight of divine knowledge, you open my eyes which have been blinded by the darkness of ignorance."

the deities of Srila Vrndavana das Thakur

Here is a link to a sweet biography of Srila Vrndavana das Thakur: Sri Vrndavana das Thakur

Srila Vrndavana das Thakur was the last disciple of Sri Nityananda Prabhu. Jai! He wrote the Caitanya Bhagavata,, and beautiful, beautiful songs, one of which is the following, Jaya Jaya Nityananda Rohini Kumar:
jaya jaya nityananda rohini-kumara
patita uddhara lagi su-bahu pasara
gada gada madhura madhura adha bola
pare dekhe gare preme dhari deya khola
dagamaga locana ghoraye nirantara
sonara kamale yena phiraye bhramara
dayara thakura nita-i para duhkha jane
hari-namera mala ganthi dila jane jane
papi pasandi yata karila dalane
dina hina jane kaila prema bitarane
aha re gauranga bali pade bhumi-tale
sarira bhijila nita-ira nayanera jale
brndabana dasa mane e-i bicarila
dharani upare kiba sumeru padila
(1) Glory, glory to Lord Nityananda. He is Lord Balarama Himself. To deliver the fallen sinners He extends His two arms.
(2) His half words spoken in a choked voice are the sweetest nectar. Whomever He sees He hugs in the ecstasy of spiritual love.
(3) His eyes are always restless. They are like two black bees flying among golden lotus flowers.
(4) Lord Nitai is the master of mercy. Seeing the people tormented by troubles, He strings for them a necklace of Lord Hari’s holy names. To person after person He gives that necklace.
(5) The arrogant blasphemers and sinners He rips into shreds. To the poor fallen people He gives the gift of ecstatic spiritual love.
(6) Calling out, “O! O Gauranga!”, He falls to the ground. His whole body is soaked with tears.
(7) In his heart Vrndavana dasa thinks: Now Lord Nityananda is like a golden Mount Sumeru fallen to the ground.

Here is a video of Srila Gurudeva in Sridham Mayapura glorifying Sri Vrndavana das Thakur:

Srila Gurudeva glorifies Sri Vrndavana das Thakur