Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram with the Narasiṅgha Sevaka Commentary – Verses 56-60Prema Dhāma Deva Stotram with the Narasiṅgha Sevaka Commentary – Verses 56-60
Ātma Samīkṣā – The Value of IntrospectionĀtma Samīkṣā – The Value of Introspection
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This Bengali poem, ‘Svasti No Gaura-vidhur Dadhātu,’ (May the Moon-like Gaura Bestow Auspiciousness) written by Śrīla Bhakti Pramoda Purī Gosvāmī, was first published in 1965 in Caitanya Vāṇī magazine, Vol.5, Issue 1. In this composition, Śrīla Purī Mahārāja gives advice to the fallen jīvas to sincerely accept Mahāprabhu's gift of the Holy Name. This poem was translated into English by Sanātana Dāsa and Parameśvarī Devī Dāsī.

(1)
golokera hari, bhakta-rūpa dhari’
avatari māyāpure
jīva-duḥkha here, adhairya-antare
bhāsichena aṅkhi-nīre

Śrī Hari of Goloka has accepted the form of a devotee and descended in Māyāpura. Seeing the sufferings of the jīvas, He became impatient in His heart and was inundated by the tears pouring from His eyes.

(2)
jīvere sambhāṣi, balena gaura-śaśī
hari hari bal tora
nāmera ābhāse, saba duḥkha nāṣe
viśvāsa ha’yo na hārā

Addressing the jīvas, the moon-like Gaura says, “All of you chant ‘Hari Hari!’ Even by a semblance of the Holy Name (nāmābhāsa), all your sorrows will be vanquished. Do not lose faith in this.”

(3)
nāmera prema haya, ihā suniścaya
laha nāma śraddhā kari’
acire bujhibe, nāmera prabhāve
sarva-śaktimān hari

Through the Name one attains prema – this is certain. Take the Name with faith. By the influence of the Holy Name, one will soon understand that Hari is all-powerful.

(4)
pūrva-karma-phale, sukha-duḥkha mile
duṣi o nā bhagavāne
nija karma-doṣe, baddha māyā-pāśe
cinta tāhā sāvadhāne

According to the results of one’s previous activities, happiness and distress appear together. Please do not blame Bhagavān for this. Due to the faults of one’s own deeds, one is bound by the noose of māyā. One should carefully consider this.

(5)
guṇamayī māyā, ati duratyayā
jñāna-karma-yoga-pathe
śrī-hari caraṇe, prapatti vihane
keha nāre uddhārite

Māyā, who represents the modes of material nature, is very difficult to overcome by the paths of jñāna, karma and yoga. Without surrendering at the feet of Śrī Hari, nobody can be delivered from her.

(6)
ha’ye buddhi-hārā, pāgalera pārā
chūṭile ki duḥkha yābe
śānti śānti kare, śata cītakāre
bala kibā phala pābe

Will one’s distress go away by becoming devoid of intelligence and running here and there like a mad man? What result will you achieve by crying out, śānti, śānti (‘Peace! Peace!’)?

(7)
ohe jīva bhrātā, śuna bhāla kathā
bujhitechi vyātha tora
guru-pādāśraye, kṛṣṇa-nāma laye
ghucā-o vipada ghora

O brother jīva, I can understand your pain, so hear this good advice – take shelter of the feet of Śrī Guru, chant Kṛṣṇa’s Name, and be rid of these terrible dangers.

(8)
sarva-śakti-nāme, kariyā arpaṇe
kahichena gorā-maṇi
dubāhu tuliyā, premete mātiyā
kara uccha hari-dhvani

All potency is within the Holy Name, and bestowing it, the jewel-like Gaura says, “Lift up your arms, and being immersed in prema, loudly cry out, ‘Hari!’

(9)
mrdaṅga mandirā, laye mātoyārā
hao sabe nāma gāne
kalira daurddaṇḍa, pratāpa pracaṇḍa
kṣaṇe habe avasāne

By becoming absorbed in the rhythm of the mṛdaṅgas and karatālas, if everyone engages in singing the Holy Name, then the terrible devastating power of Kali will be eradicated within a short time.

(10)
dharma-glāni yata, haiyeche udbhuta
kalira prabhāve bhave
nāma-kṛpā-labe, saba dūre yābe
avaśya maṅgala habe

All sorts of degradation of religion has manifested due to the influence of Kali in this world. If one accepts the mercy of the Holy Name, all obstacles will be removed, and certainly one will attain auspiciousness.

(11)
‘nīti’ ‘śikṣā’ ādi, dharma hate yadi
pṛthak karaha dhārya
‘sunīti’ ‘suśikṣā’, haibe upekṣā
sṛṣṭi-nāśa anivārya

If you decide to separate conduct (nīti), teachings (śikṣā) etc, from religion, then true conduct (su-nīti) and true teachings (su-śikṣā) will be neglected and the destruction of this creation will be inevitable.

(12)
āhāra vihāra, varṇāśramācāra
yāhā kichu tumi kara
śrī-kṛṣṇa-uddeśe, sādha’ sa-viśeṣe
śrī-mukha-vacana dhara

Eating, playing, engaging in the activities of varṇāśrama – whatever you do, perform them specifically for Śrī Kṛṣṇa. and accept the statements that come from His divine lips.

(13)
svatantra jīvana, duḥkhamaya jāna
jīva – kṛṣṇa-paratantra
kṛṣṇa-kṛpā vinā, kichu se pāre nā
yantrī-haste yena yantra

Please know that independent life is full of misery. The jīva is under the supreme control of Kṛṣṇa. Without the mercy of Kṛṣṇa, the jīva cannot do anything, as if he is a machine in the hands of an operator.

(14)
chaḍa ahaṅkāra, nāstikatā chāra
kara kṛṣṇe ātmārpaṇa
koṭi guṇa vṛddhi, habe bala buddhi
sarva-siddhi saṁghaṭana

Abandon pride, reject atheism, surrender yourself to Kṛṣṇa. One’s strength and intelligence will increase a million-fold, and all perfection will be achieved.

(15)
yatra yogeśvara, kṛṣṇa sarveśvara
yatra pārtha dhanurdhara
tatra ‘śrī’ ‘vijaya’, dhruvā nīti haya
‘bhūti’ tathā sthiratara

Where there is Yogeśvara Kṛṣna, the Controller of all, and where there is Pārtha, the wielder of the bow, there is opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality.

* Translator’s Note: See Bhagavad-gītā 18.

(16)
aśānta jagate, śānti saṁsthāpite
kāhāra śakati bala
kṛṣṇa-tuṣṭi vinā, aśānti yabe nā
(kṛṣṇa) nāma kara susambala

Tell me, who has the potency to establish peace in this turbulent world? Without pleasing Kṛṣṇa, disturbances will not go away, so take proper shelter of kṛṣṇa-nāma.

(17)
bala kṛṣṇa nāma, bhaja kṛṣṇa-dhāma
kara kṛṣṇa-śikṣā sāra
bindu-mātra sneha, kara gaura keha
bhulo nāre ihā āra

Chant kṛṣṇa-nāma, worship Kṛṣṇa’s abode, and make the teachings of Kṛṣṇa essential. One who has but a little drop of affection towards Gaura, will never forget this ever again.

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Śrīla Bhakti Pramoda Purī Gosvāmī appeared in a respectable brāhmaṇa family in Gaṅgānandapur, East Bengal, in 1898. After accepting initiation in 1923 from Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura, he served his guru in the publication department of Śrī Gauḍīya Maṭha. In 1947 Śrīla Purī Mahārāja accepted sannyāsa from his godbrother, Śrīmad Vaikhanasa Mahārāja and continued to edit various periodicals published by his godbrothers, such as ‘The Gauḍīya’ and ‘Caitanya Vāṇī.’ He was expert in arcana (Deity worship) and was renowned for his nāma-ruci (taste for the Holy Name) and deep Vaiṣṇava humility. Śrīla Purī Mahārāja departed this world in Jagannātha Purī in 1999.
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