Appreciating Worship of Nrisinghadev
His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
vande 'ham sri-guroh sri-yuta-pada-kamalam sri-gurun vaisnavams cha
I offer my obeisance unto the lotus feet of my Guru, the predecessor Gurus, the Lord's devotees, Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatan, Sri Raghunath, Sri Jiva, Sri Rupa's followers, Sri Krishna Chaitanyadev, Sri Nityananda Prabhu, Sri Advaita Prabhu, Sri Chaitanyadev's associates, Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, Sri Lalita Devi, Sri Visakha Devi, and all of Their associates.
om ajnana-timirandhasya jnananjana-salakaya
I offer my obeisance unto Sri Gurudev, who has opened my eyes, which were blinded by the darkness of ignorance, with the salve of divine knowledge.
gurvvabhista-supurakam guru-ganair asisa-sambhusitam
I offer my obeisance unto he who perfectly fulfils his Gurudev's most cherished desires; who is fully adorned with the blessings of his Gurudev's associates; who is expert in all aspects of Vedic knowledge, both conceivable and inconceivable; who is the pre-eminent follower of Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhu's line; who is known as 'Govinda'—Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj; whose beautiful, effulgent, exalted form is infused with pure devotion; who is the Guru of the entire universe; and who is the giver of the seed of divine love for the Supreme Lord.
devam divya-tanum suchanda-vadanam balarka-chelanchitam
I offer my obeisance unto my lord, Srila Bhakti Raksak Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj, whose speech is most pleasing; whose divine form is adorned with garments the colour of the newly-risen sun; who is an abode of intense, ecstatic devotion; who is the sadhus' sole choice; who is an ocean of renunciation and knowledge; who is a treasure-house of perfect conclusions; who is resplendent with pure devotion; who is the best of Srila Saraswati Thakur's followers; who is the giver of all good; who is the leading general of the tridandi-sannyasis; and who is my sole shelter.
Again and again I offer my obeisance unto the Supreme Lord's devotees, who are saviours of the fallen, oceans of mercy, and wish-fulfilling trees.
vrndayai tulasi-devyai priyayai kesavasya cha
Again and again I offer my obeisance unto Vrnda Devi, who is known as Tulasi Devi and Satyavati, who is most dear to Krishna, and who bestows devotion to Krishna upon us.
atha natva mantra-gurun gurun bhagavatarthadan
Having offered obeisance to one's initiating Guru, to the Gurus who have taught one the meaning of the Bhagavat, and to all the authors of Vedic literature, who are the Gurus of the entire world, proclaim "Jay!"
jayah sa-parikara sri-sri-guru-gauranga-gandharvagovindasundar-padapadmanam jayastu!
All glory to the lotus feet of Sri Guru, Sri Gaurasundar, Sri Sri Gandharva-Govindasundar, and all of Their associates!
vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau sri-jiva-gopalakau
I offer my respectful obeisances unto the Six Goswamis, namely Sri Rupa Goswami, Sri Sanatan Goswami, Sri Raghunath Bhatta Goswami, Sri Raghunath Das Goswami, Sri Jiva Goswami, and Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami.
sri-krsna-chaitanya prabhu nityananda
hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare
When your mind goes to some other place, or when it gives some disturbance, you must always loudly chant this Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
By the mercy of Gurudev, by the mercy of devotees, we are present here, in Vijayawada. We did some programme here yesterday also, and today we have been to the temples of Pana Nrisingha and Laksmi Nrisingha.
Actually, you are very fortunate souls because you live near Laksmi Nrisingha, Pana Nrisingha temples. You should understand how much devotion Prahlad Maharaj has, and what his devotion, his desire and mood of devotion are like; you should also read Srimad Bhagavatam. Prahlad Maharaj has a disinterested nature, he never thinks about himself: whenever we worship any demigod or god, we always ask for something for our own benefit, but Prahlad Maharaj said, "Prabhu, please remove that kind of asking mood from my heart."
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also came here—the Lord Himself came here to pay obeisance to Lord Nrisinghadev, and He asked Nrisinghadev for mercy. Nija achari' dharma sikhaya (নিজে আচারি' ধর্ম্ম শিখায়): He poses as a student, as a devotee. The Lord Himself comes as a devotee and He shows us that we must worship Lord Nrisingha.
That is why at our temple we have established singing the pranam-mantra of Nrisinghadev as the arati:
jaya nrsimha, sri nrsimha, jaya jaya nrsimha
"All glories to Nrisinghadev! All glories to Nrisinghadev, who is the Lord of Prahlad Maharaj and, like a honeybee, is always engaged in beholding the lotus face of the goddess of fortune."
Our Gurudev, Om Vishnupad Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj, also chanted this pranam-mantra song. By the mercy of Gurudev, last year we installed the Deities of Laksmi Nrisingha and Prahlad Maharaj in Nrisingha Palli, Nabadwip Dham, Godrumdwip. Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur, the acharya of Gaudiya Math and the main acharya of our Guru-parampara line, also installed the Deities of Laksmi Nrisingha in Yogapith. Prabhupad Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur said that Nrisinghadev always went to Yogapith to see the arati of Lord Nitai Chaitanyadev, the arati of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the arati of Radha Krishna, but now that Laksmi Nrisingha had appeared in Yogapith, it was not necessary for Him to come from His place—now He can always see the arati there. By the mercy of Gurudev, Laksmi Nrisingha appeared in Chaitanya Saraswat Math also—in Nrisingha-tala, Nrisinghapur (Godrumdwip, Nabadwip), so now it is not necessary for Him to come to Yogapith also—Lord Nrisinghadev can see the arati of Nitai Chaitanyadev from where He is seated.
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