For Sri Ramacandra Kaviraja’s Appearance Day

Sri Ramacandra Kaviraja

svardhunyas-tira-bhumau
sarajani-nagare gauda-bhupadi-patrad
brahmanyad visnu-bhaktad
api suparicitat sri-ciranjiva-senat
yah sri-ramendu-nama samajani paramah
sri-sunandabhidhayam
so-yam sriman narakhye sa hi kavi-nrpatih
samyag asid abhinnah

Ramachandra, a king amongst poets, was born in the town of Sarajani on the banks of the Ganges as the son of Sunanda and Chiranjiva Sen, a well-known minister of the king of Gauda, a devotee of the Brahmins and Vishnu. Ramachandra was not in any way different from Narottam Das Thakur. (Sangita-madhava-nataka, quoted at Bhakti-ratnakara 1.270)

 

Song by Ramacandra Kaviraja

 

dekha dekha are bhai gauranga canda parakasa

purnimara canda yena udita akasa

simharasi paurnamasi gaura avatara

chadala yuger bhara dharani nistara

mahitale achaye yateka jivatapa

harala sakala pahun nijahi pratapa

kaliyuge tapa-japa nahi kona tantra

prakasila mahapratu hare-krsna mantra

premera vadara kari bharila samsara

pataki naraki saba paila nistara

andha avadhi yata kare parakasa

bindu na padila mukhe ramacandra dasa.

“Just see! Just see, brothers how Sri Gauranga has arisen like a golden moon. Just as the full moon had arisen in the sky, another, fuller moon arose in the form of the Gaura avatara, just to deliver us all from this dark age of ignorance.

His mercy takes away all the suffering of the jiva souls.  Japa, mantras, austerities and other rituals are all useless for purification in the age of Kali. The only means of deliverance is the hare krsna mantra. Mahaprabhu is so kind that he has manifest the nectar of the holy name, so that the souls in this dark age can be released from the cycle of repeated birth and death and a hellish life in the lower planetary systems and experience divine love.

Whether one is blind or dumb does not matter; everyone one can drown in this inundation.  In this way Caitanya Mahaprabhu has drowned everyone in love of Godhead, but Ramacandra dasa is so unfortunate that he could not taste even a drop of that nectar.

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