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The manjaris serve Krishna by being Radha’s. Similarly, we should serve Gauranga by being Nityananda’s.
“Sarva bhave swami….”
Chaitanya Bhagavata Adi Khanda 9.231. Srila Vrindavana dasa Thakura explains the mood here of every Gaudiya devotee. It’s just like the mood of the palya dasis of Radharani. They want to serve Krishna through Radharani. Without Radharani’s service they don’t want Krishna. Manjaris, asta sakhis. They are the creepers. The manjaris are the leaves of creeper of Radhika so they are full attention and full surrender is to Radha only. Nobody can dare to challenge them that “why are you not serving Krishna directly?” Because the service of Radha is higher than the service of Krishna. The service of Radha is the sure shot guarantee that you will attain the service of Krishna because when you are serving Radha then you can never be away from Krishna because Krishna is never away from Radha. In the same way Vrindavan das Thakur is saying that “sarve bhave swami jena hena nityananda.” This verse is very very important. One can only understand Chaitanya Bhagavat, Chaitanya Charitamrita if one inculcates this verse in one’s consciousness.
What is the meaning? “Sarva bhave swami jena hena nityananda.” In all ways, in all respects, with all my surrender, all my devotion, my master is Nityananda. “Sarva bhave.” That does not mean that there is no bhava left for Gauranga, no. The bhava which we show to Nityananda that is the bhava we show to Gauranga. “Tahare ….”
That is the bhava which we show to Gauranga.
“Sarva bhave swami jena.” In all respects Nityananda is my master and I will love Nityananda. I will serve Nityananda. I will clasp His lotus feet. Fan Him, you know, serve Him. Serve His servants and in that way “tanra haiya.” I will become His, I will become Nityananda’s own. I will become part of His family. “Tanra haiya,” what a beautiful two words! “Tanra haiya.” So much tattva Vrindavan das Thakur has condensed in these two lines. “Tanra haiya baji ami jena gaurachandra.” If I become Gaurachandra’s first I have to endeavor to become Nityananda’s. “Tanra haiya.” I have to “Sarva bhave.” I have to accept Him as my master in all ways. I have to do one pointed devotion to Nityananda because then Gauranga will be in my grasp. Gauranga will come to me, I don’t have to go to Gauranga. Just like when the Gopis, the Manjaris are serving Radhika, Krishna comes to Them even for Radhika’s audience. So “sarva bhave.” But that, how will Gauranga come? When I will worship Nityananda with everything, one pointedly, “sarva bhave.”
Does that mean that Vrindavan dasa Thakura has given up Gauranga? No. By worshiping Nityananda with all respects in “sarva bhav,” with all his bhakti and all his devotion and focusing on the service of Nityananda and surrendering to Him everything, mind body and soul, then Nityananda. If I do that, then Nityananda will accept me as His own. “Tanra Haiya.” And then when Nityananda will accept me then Nityananda will take me to Gauranga. I will not go to Gauranga directly. No.
Jagai Madhai were taken by Nityananda to Gauranga. And we, are we even as qualified as Jagai Madhai? We were never born in Navadwip when Nityananda Gauranga were doing Their pastimes. How much, Rupa Sanatan, They met Nityananda. Raghunath das met Nityananda. Jiva Goswami met Nityananda. Krishna das Kaviraj met Nityananda. We think we can go to Gauranga directly? Raghunath das Goswami when he went to Puri even after blessings of Nityananda, he would never speak before Gauranga. He attained Gauranga because of Nityananda. So “sarva bhave swami jena hena nityananda.” Remember this verse. In all respects focus on Nityananda and you will attain everything. Nityananda will give you Radha Krishna. “Heno Nityananda Vine Bhai Radha Krishna.” “Nityanandera Karuna Habe, Vraje Radha Krishna Pabe.”
So focus on Nityananda and you will get everything. You will get Gaurachandra without fail.
Transcription service by Nam Bhikshu das.