Two famous songs of Locana dasa Thakura

Igor - January 21, 2006 7:53 am

Today is dissappereance day of Locana dasa Thakur.

Here are two most known poems by Locan dasa Thakur, parama karuna ( purport by Srilla Prabhupada) and Nitay Guna Mayi.

Gaurapremanande haribol!


Parama Karuna


parama karuna pahun dui jana

nitai gauracandra


saba avatara, sara shiromani

kevala ananda kanda


bhaja bhaja bhai, chaitanya nitai

sudhrida visvasa kori


vishaya chariya se rase majiya

mukha bolo hari hari


dekho ore bhai, tribhuvane nai

emona doyala data


pashu-pakhi jhure, pashana vidore

shuni yar guna gantha


samsare majiya, rahile pariya

se pade nahilo asha


apana koroma, bhunjaye shamana,

kohoye locana dasa


This song was especially dear to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada who translates it as follows:


"This is a song by Locana dasa Thakura. Locana dasa declares that the two Lords, Nitai-Gauracandra?Lord Nitai and Lord Caitanya?are very merciful. They are the essence of all incarnations. The specific significance of these incarnations is that prosecuting their way of self-realization is simply joyful, for they introduced chanting and dancing. There are many incarnations, like Lord Rama and even Krishna, who taught Bhagavad-gita, which requires knowledge and understanding. But Lord Caitanya introduced a process which is simply joyful? simply chant and dance.


Therefore Locana Das requests everyone: "My dear brother, I request that you just worship Lord Caitanya and Nityananda with firm conviction and faith." Don't think that this chanting and dancing will not lead to the desired goal. It will. It is the assurance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu that one will get all perfection by this process. Therefore one must chant with firm faith and conviction.

But what is the process? If one wants to be Krishna conscious by this process, one has to give up his engagement in sense gratification. That is the only restriction. If one gives up sense gratification, it is sure that he will reach the desired goal. One simply has to chant "Hari Hari!" without any motive of sense gratification.


Locana das says, "My dear brother, you just try and examine this. Within the three worlds there is no one like Lord Caitanya or Lord Nityananda, because Their merciful qualities are so great that They make even birds and beasts cry, what to speak of human beings."

Actually, when Lord Caitanya passed through the forest known as Jharikhanda, the tigers, elephants, snakes, deer, and all other animals joined Him in chanting Hare Krishna. It is so nice that anyone can join. Even the animals can join, what to speak of human beings. Of course, it is not possible for ordinary men to induce animals to chant, but if Caitanya Mahaprabhu could inspire animals to chant, at least we can encourage human beings to adopt this path of Hare Krishna mantra chanting. It is so nice that even the most stonehearted man will be melted. It is so nice that even stone will melt.


But Locana dasa Thakura regrets that he is entrapped by sense gratification. He addresses himself, "My dear mind, you are entrapped in this sense gratification process, and you have no attraction for chanting Hare Krishna. Since you have no attraction for the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda, what can I say? I can simply think of my misfortune. Yamaraja, the superintendent of death, is punishing me by not allowing me to be attracted by this movement."


Nitai Guna Mani by Lochan Das Thakur

Nitai - the jewel of all good qualities


nitai guna-mani amar nitai guna-mani

aniya premer vanya bhasailo avani


premer vanya loiya nitai aila gauda-dese

dubilo bhakata-gana dina hina bhase


dina hina patita pamara nahi bache

brahmar durlabha prema sabakare jace


abaddha karuna-sindhu nitai katiya muhan

ghare ghare bule prema-amiyar ban


locan bole mor nitai jeba na bhajilo

janiya suniya sei atma-ghati hoilo



1) My Lord Nityananda, the jewel of all good qualities. My Lord Nityananda, the jewel of all good qualities, has brought the flood of ecstatic love of God that drowned the entire world.

2) Bringing this overwhelming deluge of prema when he returned fron Bengal fron Jagannnath Puri onLord Chaitanya's order, Nitai inundated the assembley of devotees. The fallen non-devotees did not drown, however, but remained floating on that ecstatic ocean.

3) Lord Nityananda freely offered this exalted prema, which is difficult for Lord Brahma to attain, even to the fallen and wretched souls who had no desire to recieve it.

4) The ocean of mercy had formerly been tightly sealed, but Nitai cut a channel in it's boundary to allow the great flooding waves of nectarian prema to splash from house to house.

5) Lochan Das sings, "Whoever has not worshipped my Nitai or taken advantage of this excellent opportunity offered by Him, knowingly commits suicide".


Locana das Thakur ki jay!