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Song Lyrics: Hari Haraye Namah
Krsna Yadavaya Namah
Purport Author: A.C. Bhaktivedanta
song of Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura is very famous among
devotees in Bengal and Orissa. When Lord Caitanya returned from Gaya, where He was initiated by Sri Isvara
Puri, He was completely transformed into a
God-intoxicated personality whom His students of grammar had never known
before. Instead of teaching ordinary grammar studies, Lord Caitanya
explained every sentence in such a way that every Sanskrit word and every
letter was understood to indicate Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
This form of grammar was later on developed by Srila Jiva Gosvami in a book called Hari-namamrta-vyakarana, The Grammar of the Nectar and Name
of Sri Hari. But Lord Caitanya's
students thought that their teacher had become mad, and they rubbed His head
with Visnu oil, an oil that
cools the brain. Finally they asked Him, "You say that everything means
Krsna and we should ultimately always be chanting the names of Krsna. Just how
should we do this?" Then Lord Caitanya began to
sing the names of Krsna and clap His hands, and He began His nama-sankirtana movement. The names He sang are the first
two lines of this song, and Narottama Dasa Thakura and others have
placed these names in the beginning of their writings to immortalize these
events in the memory of everyone.
Narottama Dasa Thakura
chants the names of Lord Caitanya, Nityananda, Sri Advaita and Sita (Lord Advaita's consort).
Since Lord Hari, the spiritual master, and the Srimad Bhagavad-gita are all on
the transcendental platform, they are given the same respect. Then Srila Narottama Dasa chants the names of the six Gosvamis.
"I offer my obeisances at their feet," he
sings, "which destroy sufferings accumulated over many long years. I am
the servant of these six Gosvamis, and the dust of
their lotus feet is my five kinds of foodstuffs. To serve their lotus feet and
keep the association of devotees is my only business, birth after birth."
When the six Gosvamis were staying at Vrndavana, they revealed the eternal transcendental
pastimes of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna.
Before Lord Caitanya the exact location of the places
of Lord Krsna's pastimes were not known, and
therefore Lord Caitanya instructed the Gosvamis to uncover the holy places and construct temples.
The temple of Sri Radha Damodara is situated near the location of the rasa dance, and Srila Rupa Gosvami and the other Gosvamis used to gather there and discuss the topics of
their literatures, which scientifically explained the super-excellent pastimes
of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. Narottama Dasa Thakura says, "In great ecstasy shout the name of Hari and serve the real transcendental master and
devotees." He concludes by saying, "With all hopes in the lotus feet
of my guru and the holy Vaisnavas, Narottama Dasa sings the sankirtana of Lord Hari: Hare Krsna
Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare
Hare/Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare."
UPDATED: April 1, 2009