Nitai Guna Mani (Nityananda, the Jewel of Virtues)
(from the Caitanya-mangala, by Locana dasa Thakura)
nitai guna-mani amar nitai guna-mani
aniya premer vanya bhasailo avani
My Lord Nityananda, the jewel of all virtues, my Lord Nityananda, the jewel of all virtues, has brought the flood of ecstatic love of God that has drowned the entire world.
premer vanya loiya nitai aila gauda-dese
dubilo bhakata-gana dina hina bhase
Bringing this overwhelming deluge of prema when He returned to Bengal from Jagannatha Puri on Lord Caitanya’s order, Nitai has inundated the assembly of devotees. The fallen nondevotees did not drown, however, but remained floating on that ecstatic ocean.
dina hina patita pamara nahi bache
brahmar durlabha prema sabakare jace
Lord Nityananda freely offered this exalted prema, which is difficult for Lord Brahma to attain, even to the fallen and wretched souls who did not desire it.
abaddha karuna-sindhu nitai katiya muhan
ghare ghare bule prema-amiyar ban
The ocean of mercy had formerly been sealed tight, but Nitai cut a channel in its boundary to allow the great flooding waves of nectarean prema to splash from house to house.
locan bole mor nitai jeba na bhajilo
janiya suniya sei atma-ghati hoilo
Locana dasa says, “Whoever has not worshiped my Nitai or taken advantage of this excellent opportunity offered by Him knowingly commits suicide.”