Purport to Gauranga Bolite Habe

Los Angeles, January 9, 1969
Prabhupada: This nice song was sung by Narottama dasa Thakura, one of the great acaryas of the Gaudiya Vaisnava sampradaya. That is the sect of Vaisnavism started by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Gaudiya means belonging to Bengal. There are five Gauda-desa in the northern part of India, out of which, part of Bengal, West Bengal, is called Gauda-desa. So Narottama dasa Thakura's songs are very appropriate just to the conclusions of Vedic injunctions. So he sings this song, how one can rise up to the transcendental plane for associating directly with Radha and Krsna, what is that process. The process is one should begin this
Krsna consciousness under the$mercy of Lord Caitanya. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krsna Himself and He is teaching people how to become Krsna consciousness. Lord Krsna, He personally spoke about Himself in the Bhagavad-gita, but people who are not very intelligent, who are described in the Bhagavad-gita as mudha... Mudha means rascal. And duskrtina, miscreant, and naradhama. Naradhama means lowest of the mankind. Such persons cannot understand Krsna. But still, Krsna was so merciful that in order to claim all these people, means the lowest of mankind, miscreant, and fools, and rascals, rejected, so He came in the form of Lord Caitanya to reclaim them. So God is so merciful that even some persons cannot understand Him... First thing is people cannot understand actually what is God, but God comes Himself to explain Himself. Still, they commit mistake. Therefore Krsna comes as a devotee to teach us about Krsna consciousness.
So we have to follow the footprints of Lord Caitanya. And Narottama dasa Thakura teaches that "First of all, try to chant the name of Gaursundara." Sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda. In this way, when we are a little bit attached with Gaurasundara, Lord Caitanya, then we automatically feel transcendental emotion. And that emotional stage is exhibited by shivering in the body. We should not, however, imitate such shivering to show to the public that "I have become a great devotee," but we should execute devotional service nicely and faithfully.; then that stage will come automatically, shivering. As soon as one will chant the name of Sri Krsna Caitanya, there will be shivering. This is the first symptom that one is getting advanced in the perfectional stage of Krsna consciousness. So Narottama dasa Thakura says, gauranga bolite habe pulaka sarire. He's expecting. Although he was a great acarya, still, he was expecting, "When that stage will come?'' The wording of the song is as follows. G-a-u-r-a-n-g-a, gauranga. Bolite, b-a-l-i-t-e. Habe, h-a-b-e. Gauranga bolite habe pulaka, p-u-l-a-k-a. Pulaka sarira, s-a-r-i-r. Gauranga bolite habe pulaka sarira hari hari, h-a-r-i h-a-r-i. Bolite, b-a-l-i-t-e. Hari hari bolite habe, h-a-b-e. Hari hari bolite kabe. Not habe, kabe, k-a-b-e. Nayane, n-a-y-a-n-e. Ba'be, b-a-b-e, Nira, n-e-e-r. The meaning is that there will be not only shivering as soon as I utter the name of Gauranga, but there will be torrents of tears in my eyes as soon as I chant Hare Krsna. this is the explanation.
The next line is ara kabe nitai-cander koruna hoibe. (spells out) Ara kabe nitai-cander koruna koribe. This is also aspiration, that "When Nityananda Prabhu, the constant associate of Lord Caitanya, will be pleased upon me?" Koruna koribe. Koruna koribe means He will be pleased upon me. Nityananda Prabhu or Nitai-cand, is the original spiritual master. He is Baladeva. Bala means strength, and deva, the Personality of Godhead who gives strength. Therefore Nitai-cand is the symbol of spiritual master who gives strength to the disciples. This is the process of disciplic succession. We have to acquire the spiritual strength. No amount of material strength can help me in the advancement of spiritual life. We must derive the spiritual strength. Just like we have to take electricity from the powerhouse by directly connecting with the powerhouse. Not the wiring but the electricity. Similarly, this disciplic succession means the strength is descending from the original person through the spiritual master. That is the idea. So Narottama dasa Thakura explains that "When Nitaicand will be pleased?" And the result of such pleasure of Nitaicand is that one becomes free from all desires for material enjoyment.
ara kabe nitai-cand koruna karibe
samsara-basana mora kabe tuccha ha'be
(spells out). So by the mercy of Nitai-cand, one will get free from all desires of material enjoyment.
The next line is visaya chadiya kabe suddha ha'be mana. (spells out) This kabe means when, aspiring. Suddha means purified. Ha'be, will be. Mana means mind. So when actually our spiritual master or Nityananda Prabhu is pleased upon us, at that time the symptom will be that we shall no longer hanker after material enjoyment. When that stage of life is arrived, at that time only, we can understand what is Vrndavana, the abode of Krsna. Vrndavana is not a material place, just like ordinary city or country. It is transcendental. So appreciation of Vrndavana will be possible when our mind is free from all material desires. Visaya chadiya. Visaya means eating, sleeping, mating and defending. They are called visaya. Visaya means objects. In the material world there are, these four objects are in view: how I shall eat, how I shall sleep, how shall I mate, how shall I defend. So as soon as one is purified of all material desires, these material objectives will not be a problem.
So then we shall be able to understand what is Vrndavana and what is kingdom of God or Goloka Vrndavana.
And the next stage is that one has to understand what is the loving affairs, conjugal love, between Radha and Krsna. And that will be possible if we carefully study the literatures left by the Gosvamis. Just like Rupa Goswami has left behind him bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Vidagdha-madhava, Lalita-madhava. Many books. Especially that Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. So
(spells out) Habe means "will be". Akuti eagerness. "When I shall be very much eager to understand what is spoken by the Gosvamis?'' These are the processes. We have to derive the pleasure of Nityananda. We have to understand the six Gosvamis, what they are speaking. We have to cleanse our mind from material desires. These are the qualifications to understand what is Radha and Krsna. Otherwise we shall be misled, we shall think Radha-Krsna ordinary boy and girl. No. The activities are just like that, but it is all spiritual. There is no material contamination at all. There is no material inebrieties. Therefore, in such loving affairs, in such embracing, such kissing, in Radha and Krsna, that is all spiritual, eternal, blissful, full of knowledge, full of pleasure.
So at the present moment, in material condition, it is not possible to understand, but this is the purificatory process. We have to chant sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu-nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda, Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. This chanting process has got the spiritual value to lead us to the highest stage of understanding Radha and Krsna. And as soon as we are capable of understanding what is Radha and Krsna, then it is possible for getting admission in the spiritual world. So all people interested in Krsna consciousness should follow the regulative principles, gradually raise himself one after another, and reach the highest successful transcendental platform of understanding Radha and Krsna. (end)

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