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Song Lyrics: Jaya Jaya Gauracander Aratiko Sobha (Sri Gaura Arotik)

Purport Author: A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

December 31, 1968 Los Angeles, CA, USA


Pradyumna: Jāhnave. Next one.

Prabhupāda: Jāhnave. Jāhnavī. Jāhnavī means the Ganges.

Pradyumna: Taṭa.

Prabhupāda: Taṭa, bank.

Pradyumna: Vane.

Prabhupāda: Of the forest.

Pradyumna: Jaga-jana.

Prabhupāda: Jaga means of the world, and jana means people.

Pradyumna: Mana.

Prabhupāda: Mana means mind, heart.

Pradyumna: Lobhā.

Prabhupāda: Attractive. This means "The ārātrika ceremony which is going on the bank of the Ganges to receive Lord Caitanya is so beautiful that it is attractive to the people of the world, all people of the world." Jaga-jana-mana-lobhā. Mana... "Attractive to the mind of all people of the world."

Pradyumna: Kibā.

Prabhupāda: Kibā again, the same thing, "hello."

Pradyumna: Hello. Bosiyāchen

Prabhupāda: Bosiyāchen, is seated.                    

Pradyumna: Is seated. Gauracand is Lord Caitanya.

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Pradyumna: Ratna?

Prabhupāda: Ratna means jewels.

Pradyumna: Siṁhāsane.

Prabhupāda: On the throne.

Pradyumna: "Come see Lord Caitanya seated on the jeweled throne"?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Pradyumna: Ārati koren.

Prabhupāda: Ārati means the arati, reception. Koren, doing. Brahma, Lord Brahma. Ādi, headed by. Deva-gaṇe, all the demigods. that means "To offer ārati reception to Lord Caitanya, all the demigods have come down, headed by Lord Brahma." Ārati koren brahmā-ādi deva-gaṇe.

Pradyumna: Kibā, hello. Dakṣine?

Prabhupāda: Dakṣine, on the right side.

Pradyumna: Nitai.

Prabhupāda: Lord Nityānanda.

Pradyumna: Cand? Cand.

Prabhupāda: Cand, Nitāicand. His name, Nityānanda's, means Nitāicand. Yes.

Pradyumna: Bāme.

Prabhupāda: Bāme, on the left side. This is Nityānanda on the right side, and that is Gadādhara on the left side.

Pradyumna: Nikaṭe.

Prabhupāda: Nikaṭe, near by.

Pradyumna: Advaita Prabhu.

Prabhupāda: Here is Advaita Prabhu.

Pradyumna: Śrīvāsa.

Prabhupāda: Śrīvāsa, there, another Lord's devotee. Śrīvāsa.

Pradyumna: Chaterjra.

Prabhupāda: Chatra-dhara. Chatra-dhara means he is bearing the umbrella.

Pradyumna: Śrīvāsa is?

Prabhupāda: Śrīvāsa, you know? Śrīvāsadi-gaura-bhakta. He is the chief devotee of Lord Caitanya. Śrīvāsa. He is Śrīvāsa.

Pradyumna: So it says, "Nearby, Advaita Prabhu and Śrīvāsa are bearing an umbrella."

Prabhupāda: That means Advaita Prabhu is nearby, and Śrīvāsa is also nearby, and Śrīvāsa is bearing the umbrella on the head of Lord Caitanya.

Pradyumna: Śaṅkha. Kibā śaṅkha.

Prabhupāda: Śaṅkha. Śaṅkha means the conchshell.

Pradyumna: Conchshell?

Prabhupāda: Yes.

Pradyumna: Bāje.

Prabhupāda: Bāje. Śaṅkha bāje means bugling, or what is it. Sound, make sound. What do you call?

Pradyumna: Trumpet? Bugle or trumpet?

Prabhupāda: Yes. trumpeting. Trumpeting. The conchshell.

Pradyumna: Sounding. It's called. You sound.

Prabhupāda: Sounding, yes. Sounding the conchshell. Śaṅkha bāje. Bāje means sounding. Yes.

Pradyumna: Ghaṇṭā.

Prabhupāda: Ghaṇṭā, bells. Different kinds of bells are also ringing.

Pradyumna: Bāje, sounding, ringing.

Prabhupāda: Ringing.

Pradyumna: Bāje karatāla.

Prabhupāda: Karatāla, cymbal, this is also being sounded, all together.

Pradyumna: Madhura mṛdaṅga.

Prabhupāda: And the madhura, with sweet mṛdaṅga. You know, mṛdaṅga.

Pradyumna: Madhura means street?

Prabhupāda: Sweet.

Pradyumna: Sweet.

Prabhupāda: Yes. The mṛdaṅga vibration is very sweet.

Pradyumna: Bāje, sounding. Śunitai?

Prabhupāda: Śunite, to hear.

Pradyumna: Rasāla.

Prabhupāda: Rasāla, very relishable. All these sounds together, when vibrated, they are very relishable to hear. So make typed copies nicely, with diacritic mark, hard "a," and explain. And the sound is there, repeat. If you practice two, three days, it will be all right. Everyone will be able to sing, and it will be very nice.

Pradyumna: It's very beautiful.

Prabhupāda: Yes. Everything will come out nice, beautiful. (break—Prabhupāda sings mahāmantra in morning tune, also mixing the words) Like that. I asked you not to sit down before Deity like that. You should always sit very respectfully. This is to be practiced. So these words can be mixed in a different way to make the sound palatable. That's all. Just repeat. The Hare Kṛṣṇa is there, but in a different way. That's all.


NOTE: This conversation/purport took place before his disciples, Acyutananda Svami and Brahmananda Svami, collected a handful of Vaisnava songs and brought them back to Srila Prabhupada in preparing the first Vaisnava songbook. Srila Prabhupada approved the original verses and Refrain 1 and Refrain 3 presented on the lyrics page for this song.


UPDATED: April 1, 2009