(Srila Narottama das Thakura)

(Prabhupāda 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)

"Kṛṣṇa said that 'When I make one especially favored, then I take away all his riches to make him niṣkiñcana.' Niṣkiñcana means one becomes almost poverty-stricken. Nobody cares for him. Then he become fully surrendered to Kṛṣṇa. Just like Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says,

    hā hā prabhu nanda-suta, vṛṣabhānu-sutā-juta,
    koruṇā karoho ei-bāro,
    narottama-dāsa koy..., koruṇā...,
    nā ṭheliho rāṅgā pāy,
    tomā bine ke āche āmāra
    (Hari Hari Biphale 4)

This position is very nice, niṣkiñcana. 'I have lost everything. I am now not cared by my family, my friends. So everything I have lost. Therefore I am forced to come to You, surrender. So don't kick me, kick me out. Please give me shelter, because I have no other shelter.' Tomā bine ke āche āmāra: 'There is nobody else to take my care except Your Lordship.' This is called niṣkiñcana.

So actually that is the position. So long we shall think that 'For my protection, this arrangement is there for my protection. This arrangement is there,' that is not niṣkiñcana. Niṣkiñcana means when I'll think..., I'll be actually under the understanding that 'I have no other protection except Kṛṣṇa,' and then I fully surrender, that is the best qualification for Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Therefore it is said, naivārhaty abhidhātuṁ vai tvām: 'Unto You.' 'Who are You?' Akiñcana-gocaram: 'You can be understood only by a person who has lost everything.' Who has lost everything."

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Mayapur, October 6, 1974)

"So to lose material opulences for Kṛṣṇa's sake is not loss. It is the greatest gain. Therefore it is said, akiñcana-vitta. When one becomes akiñcana, nothing to possess, everything finished, then Kṛṣṇa becomes the only riches for such person. Because he's devotee. Just like Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura says,

    hā hā prabhu nanda-suta, vṛṣabhānu-sutā-juta
    karuṇā karaha ei-bāra
    narottama-dāsa koy, nā ṭheliha rāṅgā pāy
    tomā bine ke āche āmāra

This position, that 'Kṛṣṇa, except Yourself, I have nothing to claim. I have nothing, no possession. So don't neglect me, because You are my only possession.' This position is very nice. When we do not depend on anything material, simply depend on Kṛṣṇa, that is first-class position of Kṛṣṇa consciousness. Therefore Kṛṣṇa is addressed: akiñcana-vittāya. 'When one becomes impoverished materially, You are the only wealth.'"

(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Los Angeles, April 19, 1973)

"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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