athanaghanghres tava kirti-tirthayor
bhutesv anukrosa-susattva-silinam
syat sangamo nugraha esa nas tava
athatherefore; anagha-anghrehof my Lord, whose lotus feet destroy all inauspiciousness; tavaYour; kirtiglorification; tirthayohthe holy Ganges water; antahwithin; bahihand outside; snanataking bath; vidhutawashed; papmanamcontaminated state of mind; bhutesuunto the ordinary living beings; anukrosabenediction or mercy; su-sattvacompletely in goodness; silinamof those who possess such characteristics; syatlet there be; sangamahassociation; anugrahahmercy; esahthis; nahunto us; tavaYour.
My dear Lord, Your lotus feet are the cause of all auspicious things and the destroyer of all the contamination of sin. I therefore beg Your Lordship to bless me by the association of Your devotees, who are completely purified by worshiping Your lotus feet and who are so merciful upon the conditioned souls. I think that Your real benediction will be to allow me to associate with such devotees.
The Ganges water is celebrated as being able to eradicate all kinds of sinful reactions. In other words, when a person takes his bath in the Ganges, he becomes freed from all lifes contaminations. The Ganges water is celebrated in this way because it emanates from the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Similarly, those who are directly in touch with the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and who are absorbed in the chanting of His glories are freed from all material contamination. Such unalloyed devotees are able to show mercy to the common conditioned soul. Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura has sung that the devotees of Lord Caitanya are so powerful that each one of them can deliver a universe. In other words, it is the business of devotees to preach the glories of the Lord and deliver all conditioned souls to the platform of suddha-sattva, pure goodness. Here the word su-sattva means suddha-sattva, the transcendental stage beyond material goodness. By his exemplary prayers, Lord Siva teaches us that our best course it to take shelter of Lord Visnu and His Vaisnava devotees.

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