Arati of Sri Gaura Nitai

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
Kolkata, speaking online to
devotees in Medellin (Colombia),
2 June 2019, part 3


I told Sripad Tyagi Maharaj to write the arati in a certain way and send it to you—have you got it? It was before "Jaya Guru Maharaj karuna sagara..." and I told him to write:

jaya jaya prabhupada karuna sagara
sri-bhaktivedanta-swami acharya prabara

"Glory to Srila Prabhupad, the ocean of mercy and best of Acharyas, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaj Prabhupad!"

prakasile karakase bhuvana mangala
guru-gaura-nityananda-seva samujjvala

"He manifested in Caracas for the welfare of the world the effulgent service of Sri Sri Guru Gaura-Nityananda."

gaura-nityananda bhakta krpa patra gana
dekhena arati sobha durlabha darsana

"Recipients of the mercy of the devotees of Gaura and Nityananda see the splendour of this arati, a sight most rare to behold."

nadiya-lilaya nityananda gaura-nidhi
medellin-bhakta-sange milaila viddhi

"Providence has brought Nityananda and Gauranidhi from Their Pastimes in Nadia to the community of devotees in Medellín."

Are there any questions from you all?

Question: Should we sing this song at all the three aratis?

How many songs do you want to sing? The Deities are Gaura Nitai, so sing some Gaura Nityananda songs in the morning, at noon and in the evening. Which songs to sing is up to you, but sing this arati minimum in the evening. OK? Other than that, whatever you decide, I have no problem with that.

There is also a very nice song written by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur:

kali-kukkura-kadana yadi chao he
kali-yuga-pavana kali-bhaya-nasana,
sri-sachi-nandana gao he [1]

If you want to tame the dog Kali, then chant 'Sri Sachi Nandan!' He is the saviour and destroyer of fear in Kali-yuga.

gadadhara-madana nitai-era prana-dhana,
advaitera prapujita gora
nimai visvambhara srinivasa-isvara,
bhakata samuha-chita-chora [2]

He is Gadadhar's joy, and Nitai's life and wealth. He is worshipped by Advaita Acharya. He is known as Nimai, and is the maintainer of the universe. He is Srivas Thakur's Lord, and He steals the devotees' hearts.

Srila B.R. Sridhar Dev-Goswami Maharaj also wrote:

jaya sachi-nandana sura-muni-vandana
bhava-bhaya-khandana jaya he
jaya hari-kirtana-nartanavartana
kali-mala-kartana jaya he

All glory to Sri Sachi Nandan, who is worshipped by the demigods and sages! All glory to He who destroys all fear of material existence! All glory to the inaugurator of dancing and chanting the Lord's Names! All glory to He who removes the contamination of Kali!

There is also "Yasomati nandana..." You can sing any of these, it is not a problem. You can sing the arati song in the evening or at any other time you like—if you like, you can sing it three times a day also, it is not a problem.


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We cannot follow our mind. We do not know what will be good for us, so what instructions Gurudev gives, what is Gurudev's desire, and what will happen—depend on him, give up everything to him..


'He is the eternal shelter of the souls surrendered unto Sri Gaura and the Guru of the world. He is dedicated to the service of his Guru, Srila Gaura Kisor, and completely devoted to Srila Bhakti Vinod. Eternally I offer my obeisance to my master's feet.'

If you make a mistake and Gurudev chastises you, but out of ego you do not
understand it and think you did right, it becomes a problem for your service life.