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Song Name: Nitai Guna Mani

Official Name: None

Author: Locana Dasa Thakura

Book Name: Caitanya Mangala

Language: Bengali

 

 

LYRICS:

(1)
nitāi guṇa-maṇi āmār nitāi guṇa-maṇi
āniyā premer vanyā bhāsāilo avanī

 

(2)
premer vanyā loiyā nitāi āilā gauḍa-deśe
ḍubilo bhakata-gaṇa dīna hīna bhāse

 

(3)
dīna hīna patita pāmara nāhi bāche
brahmār durlabha prema sabākāre jāce

 

(4)
ābaddha karuṇā-sindhu niṭāi kāṭiyā mohān
ghare ghare bule prema-amiyār bān

 

(5)
locan bole mor nitāi jebā nā bhajilo
jāniyā śuniyā sei ātma-ghātī hoilo

 

TRANSLATION

1) My Lord Nityananda, the jewel of all virtues, my Lord Nityananda, the jewel of all virtues, has brought the flood of ecstatic love of God that has drowned the entire world.

 

2) Bringing this overwhelming deluge of prema when He returned to Bengal from Jagannatha Puri on Lord Caitanya's order, Nitai has inundated the assembly of devotees. The fallen nondevotees did not drown, however, but remained floating on that ecstatic ocean.

 

3) Lord Nityananda freely offered this exalted prema, which is difficult for Lord Brahma to attain, even to the fallen and wretched souls who did not desire it.

 

4) The ocean of mercy had formerly been sealed tight, but Nitai cut a channel in its boundary to allow the great flooding waves of nectarean prema to splash from house to house.

 

5) Locana dasa says, "Whoever has not worshiped my Nitai or taken advantage of this excellent opportunity offered by Him knowingly commits suicide."

 

REMARKS/EXTRA INFORMATION:

This song was featured in Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura’s compilation, Sri Ksanada Gita Cintamani, Saptadasa Ksanada Sukla Dvitiya (the 17th night, the second day of bright portion of the month), as the second song.

 

This can be rendered in Raga Sri.

 

Variations exist for the following verses:

(3B)

brahmāra durlabha prema yāre tāre yāce

 

(5)

locana bale āmāra nitā-i yebā nāhi māne

ānala bhejā-i tāra mājha mukha-khāne

 

“Locana dāsa says: Anyone who will not say, "Lord Nitāi is my master", sets a fire in his mouth.”

 

UPDATED: November 7, 2015