(Srila Narottama dasa Thakura)

(Srila Prabhupada plays harmonium and sings Hari Hari Biphale)

Professor: Who has written this kīrtana?

Prabhupāda: Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura.

    narottama-dāsa koy, nā ṭheliho rāṅgā pāy,
    tomā bine ke āche āmāra

Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura's singing, hari hari biphale janama goṅāinu: "My dear Lord, I have simply wasted my time, biphale, without any profit. Because I got this human form of life, but I missed the opportunity for worshiping Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa." Manuṣya-janama pāiyā, rādhā-kṛṣṇa nā bhajiyā. "And by doing this, I have taken poison knowingly." Jāniyā śuniyā biṣa khāinu. Then, golokera prema-dhana, hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana: "This nāma-saṅkīrtana is not any material thing. It is the ecstatic love of Kṛṣṇa in the Goloka Vṛndāvana."

    golokera prema-dhana, hari-nāma-saṅkīrtana,
    rati nā janmilo kene tāy

"But I have no attachment for this hari-kīrtana." Biṣaya-biṣānale, dibā-niśi hiyā jwale: "My heart is always burning in material existence," tore bāro na koinu, "but I did not make any means by which I can get out of it." Brajendra-nandana jei, śacī-suta hoilo sei: "Formerly, the same Personality of Godhead, Kṛṣṇa, who was, who appeared as the son of Nanda Mahārāja, He has again appeared as the son of Śacīdevī." And balarāma hoilo nitāi, "And Balarāma has appeared as Nityānanda Prabhu."

So their business is, papī-tāpī jata chilo, hari-nāme uddhārilo: all sorts of sinful men, and materially suffering men, all of them have been delivered by these two brothers, Gaura-Nitāi, by preaching the saṅkīrtana movement. Tāra śākṣī jagāi and mādhāi: "They have delivered all kinds of sinful men. The evidence is Jagāi and Mādhāi." Hā hā prabhu nanda-suta, vṛṣabhānu-sutā-juta: "My Lord Kṛṣṇa, the son of Nanda Mahārāja, You are now standing with Rādhārāṇī, the daughter of King Vṛṣabhānu. So it is my appeal," koruṇā karoho ei-bāro, "kindly be kind upon me." Narottama-dāsa koy: Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says, "Don't kick me out. I have no other shelter. Please take me." This is the...

    narottama-dāsa koy, nā ṭheliho rāṅgā pāy,
    tomā bine ke āche āmāra

"I have no other shelter. Don't kick me." There are many very appealing songs in Vaiṣṇava literature.

(Srila Prabhupada Conversation with Sanskrit Professor, Dr. Suneson, Stockholm, September 5, 1973)

"This prayer is offered by Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura, a great ācārya of the Vaiṣṇava sampradāya. He is saying for himself, 'My dear Lord, don't kick me away.' Narottama dāsa kahe, nā ṭheliho rāṅgā pāya: 'Don't kick me away. Accept me in the service of Your lotus feet.' Tomā bina ke āche āmāra: 'I have no other shelter than Yourself.' This is the sum and substance of all prayers. If you submit to the Lord that 'I have no other shelter than Yourself,' then He takes at once charge of you. But if you think that 'My dear Lord,' or 'My dear God, I come to You for my daily bread, and as soon as You give me my daily bread, my business is finished with You...' No. That is also very good, but this is not love. This is business. The Kṛṣṇa wants lover not for any business."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Montreal, August 20, 1968)

"So here also, Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura prays, 'My dear Lord Kṛṣṇa, You are now present before me with Your internal potency, Your pleasure potency, Rādhārāṇī. So I am surrendering unto You.' Hā hā prabhu nanda-sutā. 'Don't neglect me because I am so sinful, my past life is so black. Don't neglect me. Please accept me. Don't kick me away. I surrender unto You.' "

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, November 13, 1968)

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