In honour of Sri Nityananda Trayodashi, we are presenting the three verses from the Temple of Love and Affection which encapsulate Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj’s appreciation for Sri Nityananda Prabhu.
Temple of Love and Affection Verse Twenty-Four
ye chāyāya jagata juḍāya
hena nitāi bine bhāi, rādhā-kṛṣṇa pāite nāi,
dṛḍha kari dhara nitāira pāya
“The lotus feet of Nitai are cooling like ten million moons. Their shade soothes the world. O brothers! Without Nitai, one cannot reach Radha-Krishna. Firmly clasp the feet of Nitai!”
Temple of Love and Affection Verse Twenty-Five
preme matta nityānanda kṛpā-avatāra
uttama, adhama, kichhu nā kare vichāra
ye āge paḍaye, tāre karaye nistāra
(Sri Chaitanya-charitamrita: Adi-lila, 5.208)
“Intoxicated with prem, Nityananda Prabhu, the embodiment of mercy, does not discriminate between the high and the low whatsoever. He delivers whoever falls before Him.”
Temple of Love and Affection Verse Twenty-Six
saṁsārera pāra haiyā bhaktira sāgare
ye ḍubibe se bhajuka nitāichā̐dere
(Sri Chaitanya-bhagavata: Adi-lila, 17.152)
“May those who wish to cross over material existence and dive in the ocean of devotion serve Nitaichad.”
Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj speaks about Nityananda Prabhu
Without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu no one will get Krsna-prem, without the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu one will not proceed even one inch in their spiritual life.
We are very fortunate souls because we heard the divine Name of Nityananda Prabhu and we are following, as possible by us, Nityananda Prabhu’s line. That is most clean and clear for the conditioned souls. We will get everything by the grace of Nityananda Prabhu and His associates. I must say to everyone: take shelter of the lotus feet of Nityananda Prabhu and you will have no fear from anywhere. We are all fallen souls and our only hope is the mercy of Nityananda Prabhu.