Purport to Sri Krsna Caitanya Prabhu

Los Angeles, January 11, 1969
Prabhupada: Sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu doya koro more, toma bina ke doyalu jagata-mayare. This is a song composed by Narottama dasa Thakura. He is praying Lord Caitanya that "My dear Lord, please be merciful upon me because who can be more merciful than Your Lordship within these three worlds?'' Actually, this is the fact. Not only Narottama dasa Thakura, but also Rupa Gosvami, he also prayed for Lord Caitanya when both of them met at Prayaga, Allahabad, in the first meeting of Lord Caitanya and Rupa Gosvami at Prayaga. At that time, Srila Rupa Gosvami also said, "My dear Lord, You are the most munificent of all incarnations. Because You are distributing love of Krsna, Krsna consciousness.'' In other words, when Krsna was personally present, He simply asked us to surrender, but He did not distribute Himself so easily. He made condition that "First of all you surrender.'' But here, in this incarnation, Lord Caitanya, although He's Krsna Himself, He makes no condition. He simply distributes, "Take love of Krsna.'' Therefore Lord Caitanya is approved as the most munificent incarnation, and Narottama dasa Thakura says that "Please be merciful upon me. You are so magnanimous because You have seen the fallen souls of this age, and You are very much compassionate upon them. But you should know also that I am the most fallen. Nobody is a greater fallen than me.'' Patita-pavana-hetu tava avatara. "Your incarnation is just to reclaim the conditioned souls, fallen souls. But I assure You that You will not find a greater fallen than me. Therefore my claim is first."
Then he prays to Lord Nityananda. He says, ha ha prabhu nityananda, premananda sukhi. "My dear Lord Nityananda, You are always joyful, in spiritual bliss, and You appear always very happy. So I have come to You because I am most unhappy. So if You kindly put Your glance over me, then I may also become happy."
Then he prays to Advaita Prabhu: ha ha prabhu sita-pati advaita gosai. Advaita Prabhu's wife's name was Sita. Therefore He is sometimes addressed as sita-pati. So "My dear Advaita Prabhu, the husband of Sita, please You also be kind upon me because if You become kind upon me, then naturally Lord Caitanya and Nityananda also will be kind upon me." The reason is that actually, Advaita Prabhu invited Lord Caitanya to come down. When Advaita Prabhu saw the fallen souls, they are all engaged simply in sense gratificatory processes without understanding Krsna consciousness, He felt very much compassionate upon the fallen souls, and He felt Himself as incapable of claiming all these fallen souls. He therefore prayed to Lord Krsna that "You come Yourself. Without Your personal presence, it is not possible to deliver these fallen souls." So by His invitation Lord Caitanya appeared. "Naturally..." Narottama dasa Thakura prays Advaita Prabhu that "If You be kind upon me, naturally Lord Caitanya and Nityananda also will be kind upon me."
Then he prays to the Gosvamis. Ha ha svarupa, sanatana, rupa, raghunatha. "My dear Gosvami Prabhus,'' svarupa. Svarupa was Svarupa Damodara was personal secretary of Lord Caitanya. He was always keeping with Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and whatever He wanted, he immediately arranged for that. Two personal attendants, Svarupa Damodara and Govinda, they were always, constantly with Lord Caitanya. So Narottama dasa Thakura also praying Svarupa Damodara. And then the Gosvamis. The next disciples of Lord Caitanya were the six Gosvamis: Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatana, Sri Bhatta Raghunatha, Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami, Jiva Gosvami, and Raghunatha dasa Gosvami. These six Gosvamis were directly instructed by Lord Caitanya for spreading this movement of Krsna consciousness. Narottama dasa Thakura is praying also their mercy. And after the six Gosvamis, the next acarya was Srinivasa Acarya. So he's also praying Srinivasa Acarya.
Actually, Narottama dasa Thakura was in the disciplic succession after Srinivasa Acarya. Or almost he was contemporary. And his personal friend was Ramacandra, Ramacandra Cakravarti. So he is praying that "I always desire the company of Ramacandra." Devotee's company. The whole process is that we should always be praying mercy of the superior acaryas. And we should keep company with pure devotee. Then it will be easier for us to advance in Krsna consciousness to receive the mercy of Lord Caitanya and Lord Krsna. This is the sum and substance of this song sung by Narottama dasa Thakura. (end)

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